In­te­rior chief vis­its town in ’14 stand­off

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

LAS VE­GAS — U.S. In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke was to make a stop Sun­day in the home­town of Cliven Bundy, a Ne­vada rancher ac­cused of or­ga­niz­ing an armed stand­off three years ago that forced fed­eral agents to end a roundup of his cat­tle.

Zinke’s planned stop in Bunkerville, Nev. — about 80 miles north­east of Las Ve­gas — is part of his tour of na­tional mon­u­ments be­ing scru­ti­nized by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Trump an­nounced the re­view of 27 mon­u­ments in May, say­ing the des­ig­na­tions im­posed by pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents amounted to a fed­eral land grab. Mon­u­ment des­ig­na­tions pro­tect fed­eral land from en­ergy de­vel­op­ment and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

Zinke planned the stop in Bunkerville ahead of vis­its to­day to the nearby Gold Butte and Basin and Range na­tional mon­u­ments, which cover a com­bined 1,500 square miles — about the size of Rhode Is­land.

Gold Butte is the graz­ing area at the cen­ter of the cat­tle roundup and armed stand­off in April 2014 in­volv­ing Bundy and fed­eral land man­age­ment agents.

Bundy ar­gues that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has no ju­ris­dic­tion in such vast range­lands of the West.

He and four of his sons are in jail await­ing fed­eral trial on felony charges that they or­ga­nized an armed in­sur­rec­tion to turn away Bu­reau of Land Man­age­ment agents and con­tract cow­boys, and to re­lease cat­tle col­lected from the Gold Butte range.

AP/Tulsa World/JESSIE WADARSKI

Lob­sang Youden be­gins the de­con­struc­tion of a sand man­dala by the Ti­betan Bud­dhist monks from the Dre­pung Go­mang Monastery as part of a bless­ing cer­e­mony at the Unity Cen­ter of Tulsa on Sun­day.

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