Sen. Heller Battles BLM, Defends Rancher

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dean Heller is adding his voice to complaints about a federal roundup of cattle from a rural Nevada rancher who claims longstanding grazing rights on remote public land about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

The Republican senator said Wednesday he told new U.S. Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze in Washington, D.C., that law-abiding Nevadans should not be penalized by an "overreaching" BLM.

Bureau and National Park Service officials haven't commented about criticism of the roundup of cattle from rangelands that rancher Cliven Bundy has used for decades in the Gold Butte area.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says there's an atmosphere of intimidation, and says constitutional rights are being trampled.

The elected officials say they're concerned about closed roads and land declared off-limits during the operation.

The Republican senator said Wednesday he told new U.S. Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze in Washington, D.C., that law-abiding Nevadans should not be penalized by an "overreaching" BLM.

Bureau and National Park Service officials haven't commented about criticism of the roundup of cattle from rangelands that rancher Cliven Bundy has used for decades in the Gold Butte area.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says there's an atmosphere of intimidation, and says constitutional rights are being trampled.

The elected officials say they're concerned about closed roads and land declared off-limits during the operation.


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