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MESQUITE

— Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy is accusing the Bureau of Land Management and a number of who he described as “contract cowboys” working for the agency, of killing and partially burying an unknown number of cattle in a remote “mass grave” on Gold Butte.

Bundy said Wednesday his sons and other family members found the dead cattle.

Ryan Bundy, oldest of Cliven Bundy’s 14 children, said the grave was found while he was working to round up and bring cattle off the Gold Butte area into the Bundy ranch to be branded, saying “They used a backhoe to dig a pit about 50-feet long, 18-feet wide and 10-feet deep that was back-filled with dirt and dead cattle for nearly 20 feet,” adding  “There’s no way to tell how many animals were buried in it.”

Ryan Bundy said family members also found two dead bulls both of which had been shot; one from above, “like from a helicopter,” and the other in a corral that was then dragged out into the desert.

Carol Bundy said some 12 calves have been found “without mommas.” The Bundys are bottle-feeding two or three of the small calves. Additionally, one of the water developments Cliven Bundy installed in the Gold Butte area was torn out by the BLM, according to the Bundys.

In an email,  Craig Leff, BLM spokesman said “This is a matter of fairness and equity and we remain disappointed the Cliven Bundy continues to not comply with the same laws the 16,000 public lands ranchers every year,”"After 20 years and multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, Mr. Bundy owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially.”

Leff  also disputed the Bundys’ accusations.

The BLM has moved out and the Bundys have “returned to ranching as much as possible,” but the feud is far from over.

The BLM said Bundy owes the federal government $1.1 million and Bundy has been delivered three certified letters since the stand-off ended.

(Eldorado, TX)  –  The state of Texas is taking control of a ranch where followers of Utah polygamist Warren Jeffs once lived.  State authorities there say agents seized the Yearning For Zion Ranch in a secluded area of Eldorado in western Texas yesterday.  It was six-years ago when federal agents raided the same property and removed hundreds of children following allegations of sexual abuse.  Jeffs is now serving life in prison for his conviction for sexual assaulting two girls who he took as his wives.

ST. GEORGE

— Three schools, including East Elementary, Dixie Middle School and Dixie High School, were placed on lock-out around 2 p.m., Thursday, after a man named “Martin” was reported walking in the area of East Elementary in possession of a large knife and threatening to hurt someone.

The man, later identified as 24 year old Martin Fernando Garcia of St. George, was walking in the area of East Elementary School. It was reported that he had a large knife and was threatening to hurt someone. East Elementary was placed on lock-out. St. George Police officers arrived on scene and were unable to find the suspect. Dixie Middle School and Dixie High School were then notified of the incident and both schools were placed on lock-out as well while officers canvassed the area and attempted to contact both the man identified as “Martin” and the reporting party.

Officers then located Garcia near his residence. During contact with Garcia, a large hunting knife was found concealed underneath Garcia’s clothing and he was arrested for possession of a concealed weapon.

Area schools were notified and the lock-out was ended.

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