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Letter — Last widow in Nevada

My husband, rancher Jack Vogt, of Lida, Nevada this September became another fatality on the Bureau of Land Management’s “rural cleansing” hit list.

Jack’s fault? He would not sign a devastating 10-year BLM permit extinguishing control of his private property in water and its beneficial use by grazing. BLM canceled the permit, not my Jack.

We continued to run cattle on the ranch to protect Nevada’s and our water rights. We could no longer pay grazing fees because there was no one to pay them to! Bob Abbey, BLM state director has lied time and again to Nevadans in the press by repeatedly mouthing that we were not paying our grazing fees. Who, I ask, were we to pay them to? The BLM rode off from my husband, not the other way around.

Jack was from the old school, a real cowman. He understood range and cattle, qualities that put him in the gun sites of the new “rangeland reform” BLM in 1995. The BLM paper bullet found its mark in less than seven years. The final battle came in the heat of the summer of 2001, with BLM’s hired rustlers, gun-slinging rangers and helicopters running our cattle off

our waters, now using real bullets. No court order or due process of law.

Jack passed away in a little over a year from this terrorism.

Our ranch before 1995, by my husband’s records, was very productive because of the water and its service areas. Not any more. Rustlers, thieves and scoundrels have trampled its greatness.

Now BLM wants to run cattle by proxy on our ranch! I ask you who are the real trespassers?

The BLM homing gun sites have now switched to me. I want to run cattle and use our water, Nevada’s water, on this beautiful ranch. I want to be a productive citizen, as my husband and I used to be. So, I cannot give up.

Why? Because if I am to call myself an American, a Nevadan, a rancher’s wife, true to the West. I have to take the fire and be … the last widow standing.

Joan Vogt

Lida Livestock

Star Route 41-5

Goldfield, Nevada 89013

775 482 4201tribune@tahoe.com

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