ITEM #1:House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff can’t seem to keep his story straight regarding his office’s early contact with the “whistleblower” in the Ukraine saga. Via Fox News:
“The whistleblower’s contact with Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff’s staff before filing the complaint in mid-August has prompted renewed scrutiny of Schiff.
“The top Democrat previously said ‘we have not spoken directly to the whistleblower,’ but his office later revised the claim, saying that Schiff himself ‘does not know the identity of the whistleblower, and has not met with or spoken with the whistleblower or their counsel’ for any reason.”
Read more here. It’s becoming more and more clear every day that House Democrats’ impeachment efforts are nothing more than a politically motivated witch-hunt against President Trump.
ITEM #2:Which serves as a valuable reminder: The deep-state CIA operative who filed the complaint about President Trump’s phone call with the new Ukrainian president in August isn’t a “whistle-blower” — he’s a leaker.
The true whistle-blower is President Trump himself, who’s been blowing the whistle and exposing D.C. corruption for the past three years. 
And you can’t expect those responsible for the corruption to go quietly; they’re going to have to be dragged kicking and screaming from inside the Beltway.
ITEM #3:Now that it’s been revealed that the leaker who filed the complaint hid his relationship with Schiff — who is essentially leading an effort to undo the 2016 election via impeachment — the leaker himself may now be subject to prosecution.
Jared Harris of Western Journal“According to 18 U.S. Code § 1001, anyone who ‘falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact’ might be guilty of making a false statement.”  Which would be a felony. 
But don’t hold your breath waiting for charges to be filed. Anyone helping to oust the President from the Oval Office will not only enjoy immunity from congressional Democrats, but will be lionized by them and their media allies.
ITEM #4: Let’s not lose sight of this crucial truth: Asking Ukraine’s new president to look into what Joe Biden and his son might have been involved in is NOT an impeachable offense.
Vice President Mike Pence nailed it last week in noting that “the American people have the right to know” if former Vice President Biden “or his family profited from his position” as Obama’s second-in-command.
It’s obvious to anyone not suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome that Biden’s son, Hunter, was “selling influence.” There’s no other reason for someone with no background in energy issues or Ukraine to be paid $50,000 per month by a Ukrainian energy company.
ITEM #5:The push to impeach President Trump has been a nakedly partisan ploy from the get-go — a textbook example of a punishment in desperate, fruitless search of any actual wrongdoing. So as this all continues to unfold, it’s been refreshing in recent days to see a number of more serious thinkers incisively tear the case apart.
Renowned scholar John G. Malcolm, writing for the Federalist Society, helpfully reminds us that, “The impeachment process is not intended to serve as a partisan political weapon. … Its purpose is to address serious misconduct, not to settle policy disputes.”
Former U.S. Attorney General (and former federal judge) Michael Mukasey, when asked whether what President Trump did breaks any law, bluntly said: “No.
And lawyer/scholar Alan Dershowitz (a long-time prominent Democrat, by the way), stated recently that, “There are no impeachable offenses. The Constitution is very clear that you need bribery, treason, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Not that Democrats will care about any of those facts in the slightest.
ITEM #6: And right on cue, Nevada’s Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have all lined up for impeachment: Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Steve Horsford.
Titus and Horsford, who represent districts favorable to Democrats, have always been unapologetic partisans. But Lee, who represents the competitive 3rd congressional district, promised to be different.
“The dysfunction and gridlock in Washington has been making it harder for Nevada families to get ahead,” Lee declared on her campaign website. “I know that our leaders in Washington should work together to find real solutions to problems in our community … and it’s why I’m running for Congress.”
No wonder voters no longer trust what politicians say on the campaign trail.
ITEM #7:The Speech Police in New York City have announced a $250,000 fine for calling an illegal alien an “illegal alien,” contrary to the constitutional protection of free speech.
“People have a right to point out that illegal aliens are illegal aliens,” Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Victor Joecks notes in response to the new dictat by the city’s Commission on Human Rights.  “It’s an accurate description of some people’s immigration status.”
Interesting that Democrats trying to impeach President Trump continue to declare that “no one is above the law,” while refusing to acknowledge, prosecute and deport illegal aliens who … broke the law. 
Some people, apparently, ARE more equal than others.
ITEM #8: The NFL has fined New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis $7,000 for wearing a headband under his helmet which simply read, “Man of God.”
“Of course you don’t want to be fined,” Demario said of the penalty. “Nobody wants to lose money.  But I think any time that the conversation about God is brought up, especially in these times, I think it’s always a positive.”
Is it only a matter of time before the NFL outlaws the “Hail Mary” pass?
“The reason there is so much animosity against Trump is that he represents a massive disruption to the business model of Washington, which is — you come in, you are a powerful and respected person, your family is accepted, and you can do favors for your friends and supporters, can arrive from a moderate income lifestyle, leave rich, and then obtain a high paying job. Trump is an outsider (who is already rich) and is considered by insiders (Democrats and many Republicans) as a major risk to blowing up this comfortable lifestyle.”
– Best-selling author Peter Schweizer, “Secret Empires; how the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends”
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Yesterday, I had the honor of visiting the Oval Office, where President Donald Trump presented Edwin Meese III with the nation’s highest civilian honor — the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Meese, who served as U.S. Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan, has long been one of my greatest heroes in public life. And it was an incredible experience to join him, the President, and so many giants of American conservatism yesterday for this historic day.

Debra Saunders has a great write-up of the ceremony in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which I encourage you to read here. Saunders quotes President Trump, who said of Meese:
“Perhaps Ed’s greatest contribution to American law has been his unwavering advocacy for the legal principle that judges must adhere to the original meaning of the Constitution, setting aside their own personal and political views.”
Saunders also includes some wonderful anecdotes from my fond encounters with Meese:

“Laxalt told the Review-Journal that Meese once told him that Reagan wanted to appoint his grandfather, the late Sen. Paul Laxalt, R-Nevada, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Laxalt demurred, but he agreed to tour the Supreme Court with Meese.”
I’ve always had so much admiration for Ed Meese, who truly belongs on the Mount Rushmore of the conservative legal pantheon.

He helped start the great debate in the mid-1980’s. This debate he courageously led was about returning to the original understanding of how to interpret our Constitution. He also pushed for Judges that would not make law or rewrite the Constitution from the bench.
This along with a conscientious approach to nominating federal judges is often seen as one of President Reagan’s enduring legacies. Meese was often the architect and implementer of Reagan’s vision, and judicial nominations were certainly no exception.

Meese was often said to be Reagan’s most trusted advisor and the person Reagan said he would always turn to first in a crisis. Meese was certainly the kind of man with whom you wanted to be alongside in a foxhole. Thank God Reagan found him in 1967. And indeed Meese praised God at his award ceremony for the chance to have a role in the Reagan revolution and in defending our fundamental principles for over five decades since that chance meeting.

Thank you to President Trump for recognizing this incredible public servant and defender of freedom. His lifetime commitment to the principles that maximize freedom in our great country are more than worthy of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It was an honor to join him yesterday, and an experience I’ll never forget.

For Nevada,
Adam Laxalt
Morning in Nevada PAC
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Greetings sports fans and welcome to another thrilling episode of Vegas Valley Sports beat that spunky little sports column that can and just might survive the zombie apocalypse due to a lack of discernible brain activity.

I’m sitting out on my front porch this lovely Monday evening enjoying the slightly cooling touch of a slight south-easterly breeze that is finally stirring up this muggy heat we’ve been enjoying so little as of late. And speaking of grasshoppers how about those hoppin’ little green boogers huh? Aren’t they a hoot? That’s nothing just wait until they all become locusts.

Speaking of deep religious matters let us turn our attention now to yesterday, July 28th and the fact that yesterday was my 55th annual birthday celebration which for the 5th annual year in a row almost, I had the honor and privilege of attending my own free keg party at the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings Nevada yesterday, July 28th.

The world-famous Pioneer Saloon was built by a prominent local businessman named, George Fayle. The Pioneer Saloon first opened the front door for business in 1913 and which makes it the oldest operating Saloon in the state of Nevada.

The walls both inside and out were manufactured by Sears and Roebuck and are of made of beautiful stamped tin panels. It is thought to be the last of its kind in the United States. The bar, which was installed in 1913, was made by the Brunswick Company of Maine in the 1860s and it still features the original brass foot rail which was also installed in 1913.                                                        

Video gamers will surely recognize the Pioneer Saloon from the popular video game Fallout 3 as the Pioneer Saloon is where the game really begins. It must be noted however that all though the two versions may vary this Pioneer Saloon is the real McCoy. Accept no substitutes.

Set far and away from the blare and the bustle of the maddening crowd, the Pioneer Saloon is situated 20 miles west of Las Vegas on I-15 West. Taking a right turn at the Jean exit and following your front tire(s) a few more miles down the road will find you in beautiful downtown Goodsprings, Nevada where the rugged desert landscape that surrounds the Pioneer Saloon is as tough and timeless as the history of the mining town it grew up in.                                                        

The first time I visited the Pioneer Saloon was in 2014. I was riding with a group of motorcycle enthusiasts like myself and while I was there I purchased a lifetime membership to the Association of Assholes which entitles me to a free keg party every year on my birthday for the rest of my life.

I’m sorry but even a near totally total teetotaler such as myself simply cannot beat that deal with a stick. of course, I signed up. It turned out that the initiation speech was well worth the price of admission in and of itself.

If I was not in fact such an asshole I probably would have been offended instead of finding myself in total agreement as they loudly heralded my lifelong commitment to being an asshole in front of the whole bar but there you have it, my friends, if the shoe fits wear it. At least you get a free keg of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer out of it at the Pioneer Saloon every year thereafter for the rest of your life. A man has got to have his priorities in order you know.

I invited more than 8,600 people from Twitter and millions from but you know how it goes. People are busy they have jobs to go to and children to watch and it can be a long flight to Las Vegas from London, Dallas, or Washington D.C. so I was not at all disappointed when it was just myself my very good friend Jim, my editor-in-chief Mark Satorre and his family made a total 6 in our little party. What we lacked in size we made up for in fun, laughter, genuine enthusiasm for the day which we seized without a doubt, and a few good riddles.

Shortly after we met up and got settled in, a larger birthday party of Spanish ladies and gentlemen arrived and we made a large group of new friends.                                                       

The Pioneer saloon has such a fantastic and varied menu that ranges from steak and eggs to their ghost pepper specialty menu. Last time I had the ghost pepper barbecue burger and it was screamin’ good. If that does not suit your palate no worries my friends I can assure you that every taste bud will find something toothsome and quite savory to gnaw on at the Pioneer Saloon. I and Jim both had the grilled chicken breast sandwich with grilled mushrooms and cheese no cheese respectively and we agree they were superb. Jim said he will order the same thing next time we visit and you can bet that will be soon as Jim also visits the Pioneer on a semi-regular basis.                                                                  

While we were having our little double-birthday soiree a tour group came in and the tour operator held part of a ghost tour at the corner table behind me. It sounded like fun but I did not catch the whole story as I was somewhat distracted at the time. Some other folks came in as well and a few others chose to eat at the bar but it was full of friendly faces but it was quite evident that a good time was had by all.

At 106 years old and still going strong, the venerable Pioneer Saloon is most certainly haunted. Yep, you can bet your garlic cloves and prayer beads on that and if you don’t believe it they’ll be happy to lock you in the haunted jail for as long as you can stand it. At your request of course. Unless that is someone else has you locked up in it first and yes they can do it if they pay the bounty for your immediate incarceration.

I spoke to the head of the ghost hunters when he offered me a position on the team and he told me something there burned him on the back of his neck like a cigarette burn and left a welt.

The Pioneer saloon has so much character and living history and it is there to see on the framed pictures and old newspapers on the walls and the bullet holes in the walls themselves which could surely tell many blood-chillingly scary ghost stories about ghoulies, ghosties, long-legged beasties, and things that do The Bump in the night when everyone has gone home. No question but those walls could sing a few thousand sad songs and tell a million funny tales.

The Pioneer Saloon has so many options and amenities available that they are far too numerous to list.

  • Bachelor Parties
  • Birthday Parties
  • Cook Outs
  • Corporate Getaways
  • Group Event
  • Weddings

Almost.That’s not even counting the cool back patio with picnic tables and conversation pits where good friends old and new can circle up and enjoy good times beneath the misting canopy. With a full bar outside the back door and an attentive waitstaff on hand, all a world-weary time traveler has to do is put their feet up in front of the fire pit and listen to the world passing by to the rhythms of a bluegrass duo, solo rock/blues artist, or country group playing just inside. It all depends upon when you get there.

Every time I have visited the Pioneer Saloon there has been a group playing live music and anyone bold enough to get up there and belt one out is always welcome to sing along with the performers on stage, or they might even go solo if they wish.

That is one of the Pioneer Saloon’s most endearing qualities to my mind because every human being carries a song close to their heart that they secretly want to sing out loud in front of a live audience at some point in their lifetime and others love to sing no matter who hears it. I myself am one of the latter.                                                 

I’m so proud to call Noel, the owner of the Pioneer Saloon, a very good friend of whom I have high regard because I know him as a genuinely decent and friendly man. I’ve had four parties out of the last five birthdays since obtaining my membership and not once has there been so much as a hiccup or a hitch in reserving whatever day I choose to hold the party. The beer is always there, it is always cold, and they are always glad to see you again whether they remember you or not. I can totally relate so no worries there.

This coupled with the high level of prompt service, friendliness, and knowledgeability of the Pioneer’s staff regarding the history of the Saloon make it a fine establishment without question.But there is so much more to it than that and for those reasons I would sincerely and highly recommend to anyone who is visiting our fair city of Las Vegas, or if you live here already, to take the time out to discover Goodsprings, Nevada the best little Saloon in the Silver State for themselves as soon as possible. If you have any further questions they will be happy to answer them for you promptly and courteously.Feel free to tell them that asshole Charles Ramos Jr from Vegas Valley News sent you.                                                


Vegas Valley Sports Beat

 May 23, 2018Charles Ramos JrBLMcold creeklas vegasMustangsnewsroundupWild horses



The fact that the condition of the herd of approximately 470 wild horses now living in and around Cold Creek and within the Spring Mountain Recreation Area must be addressed immediately so as to find a suitable, humane and permanent solution is irrefutable. How so ever one might feel about their treatment this is an emergency issue that needs our full attention.

It is a disservice to the herd and an unacceptable way of thinking to any right-thinking person to waste time pointing fingers and trying to assign blame. Y’all can take all of that nonsense up later on amongst yourselves. My Great-Grandfather would have drug both sides out behind the barn and made them beat one another senseless until they finally got some sense and made peace.

Whatever your issue is, get over it or get lost. The horses have enough problems of their own without their advocates having a free-for-all in and over their best interests.

I call Horses#it.

Two weeks in a row, Mr. James Belvin and I toured the Mountain Springs Recreation Area. The first time was the 12th of May when we went from just above Pahrump all the way back to and around Cold Creek and back in Jim’s RZR 800.

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That’s me making my own brand of Humboldt charcoal on the western slopes below Wheeler’s Pass.

The second time was this past Saturday, May 19th, 2018 when we took the horses up to the same spot where we off-loaded the RZR and tracked the movements of the smaller herd on the western slopes. That was a success despite the fact that we didn’t see a single horse during the entire 4-hour ride.


James Belvin mounted on Doc Box. Photo by Charles Ramos Jr. 5/19/2018

What I did see was encouraging for the herd there as there were many prickly pear cacti in full bloom along with many beautiful wild-flowers that the horses can eat. They are sparsely distributed across the landscape but not so sparse as to be considered rare.

The herd cannot be sustained by such meager fare but it will surely help them. But only for a short time and them all of that vegetation is going to burn off leaving a deeper crisis than ever.

In the past several days I have seen rain falling in the Spring Mountain region and on Mt. Charleston that was unexpected and this too will be a relief for the herd but only for a short time. What is needed is a permanent solution and many folks agree.

America was won and built on the backs of these horse’s ancestors. They are the spirit of America and the wild west embodied in flesh and flying flowing manes and tails. All the kings the world has ever known could not muster up even half of the splendor and majesty of the sight of a thundering herd of Mustangs rolling across the desert landscape wild and free on a level no other creature can possibly match.


The midnight ride of Paul Revere, the bloody battles of Bunker Hill, Bull Run, and The Little Bighorn might be ancient history to some points of view. But had it not been for Paul Revere’s horse

But the last mounted cavalry charge made by the U.S. Cavalry was made by the Black Horse Cavalry unit of the United States Army on January 16th, 1942 on the Bataan Peninsula, in the Philippines. The 26th Cavalry Regiment of the Philippine Scouts represented the last U.S Army horse cavalry unit to fight mounted.


This is a somewhat controversial claim to some people who say that the Scouts were not a regular U.S. unit, rather they served the function of mounted infantry, not cavalry.

No matter how you choose to look at it, the fact is that they charged an overwhelming Japanese force and were eventually forced to withdraw from the field under intense fire. The Scouts were eventually forced to destroy their horses and continued to fight the Japanese invasion forces dismounted.

When can their glory fade? Oh the wild charge they made, all the world wondered. Honor the charge they made, honor the light brigade. Noble 600.

Does that poem sound familiar to anyone?


The 26th Cavalry Regiment of the Philippine Scouts represented the last U.S Army horse cavalry unit to fight mounted. On the Bataan Peninsula, in the Philippines, the 26th Cavalry executed a charge against Japanese forces near the village of Morong on 16 January 1942, possibly the last U.S. cavalry charge. This is a controversial claim since the Scouts are not a regular U.S. unit and they functioned as mounted infantry, not cavalry. Withdrawing under Japanese pressure, the Scouts were eventually forced to destroy their horses and fight dismounted.

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It is undeniably imperative upon America to take care of its wild horse herd like the national treasure they truly are because the noble mounts that carried the heroes of the Black Horse Cavalry into that final charge came from the same stock as these horses in the Spring Mountains.

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As did these horse who serve the cause of freedom and democracy to this day. Unsung. Unprotected. And facing starvation in our own backyards. General George Washington commissioned the U.S. Cavalry in 1776. I submit to you that nothing says American independence louder than that name alone. Nothing sings of American pride and freedom louder than the songs and the sight of the wild horses of North America.


Stop for just a minute and ponder this question in light of what you probably didn’t know. Where would this nation be now if Paul Revere had to walk that night? History records no evidence that Revere actually owned a horse when he made his famous ride but he in fact borrowed one from an unknown person or persons in Charlestown just for that purpose. According to notations in Revere’s personal papers, he did own a horse in the early 1770’s but it appears that he no longer possessed it at the time he began serving as a courier for the Boston Committee of Correspondence.

Even if he had owned a horse on the 18th of April in ’75, he would not have been able to take it with him when he was rowed across the Charles River to Charlestown north of Boston, prior to setting off on his ride.

It was a spark from this unsung horse’s iron-shod hooves flying over cobblestone streets and rock-strewn lanes from Charlestown to Concord that ignited the powder keg called the American Revolution, not any actual or metaphorical gunshot.


For the want of a horse, an entire nation would have been lost.

One problem which exists for the horses in the Spring mountains and which has yet to be addressed is the amount of off-road motor-vehicle traffic in the area where they live. In the park which consists of 102,000 acres are numerous trails and a lot of them are either made by off-road motor vehicles or they were made by horses who have used them for many generations.

Horses are flight animals. Sneak up behind any horse and yell BOO! as you grab it by the tail, and see what happens to you. That horse is probably going to kick you in the face with both hind feet and be gone like the wind before you even feel the pain.

No proof exists that I’m aware of which might show that people using the park are chasing the horses around deliberately but it’s a sure bet that the horses are being scared out of their minds when there they are chilling in a meadow eating some nice flower tops when all of a sudden Evil Knevil or the like comes flying off of a bluff atop a fire-breathing yellow Yamaha 460 2 stroke dirt bike screaming YEEHAW! at the top of his lungs and lands in their midst like some kind of demented mechanical bat straight out of hell.

This might very well tend to explain why we saw no horses on Saturdays, and it might also tend to explain why the herd which the BLM observed from a helicopter recently displayed no fear of the helicopter itself as they usually do. No doubt this is partly due to their weakened condition but it could also be true that they have become accustomed to the sight and sound of nightmarish machines screaming through their home.

Picture this if you will. You and your church family are sitting on a blanket spread beneath a huge maple tree enjoying a lovely Sunday morning picnic when right in the middle of your store-bought designer salad and soda pop a full-blown fire-breathing dragon comes flying over your head that has horses riding on it and in it. Tell me that wouldn’t freak you, the flock, out. Tell me you wouldn’t run screaming for the hills as fast as your feet will fly, in a blind mindless panic. If I’m there you damn sure better be because if you’re not you can bet your assets I am going to run right over the top of you.

I have priors.

I will very happily throw my worst enemy, my best friend, and you who are reading this article too; up against or up underneath a bus for the sake of saving these horses lives. Bet on that every single time.

I like off-road vehicles just as much as the next guy but the horses were there first and they must come first in any event because we can take care of ourselves. There are a million acres of open desert land in every direction you turn from Cold Creek where sportsmen can get their ya-ya’s until their heart’s content. People can move to somewhere else that’s basically the same. Even better still, half the fun of seeing someplace new is getting there.

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The people who use the park to ride around in can ride in any number of places nearby but the horses don’t have that same luxury because they live there. One or the other has to go and we can all agree that nobody wants to see the wild Mustangs taken away from their home range and out of the wild where they belong.

Nobody that matters anyway.

There are 102,00 acres populated by an estimated 470 horses and the entire area is crisscrossed with off-road trails which also means that people are destroying a lot of the horse’s food supplies with the repeated traffic. We kept to the marked roads when we took the RZR but when we rode up most of the ground we covered away from the roads on horseback was mostly dirt and stones interspersed with growths of varied nature and species.


The first thing that must be done (besides everyone getting off of the backs of the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service) is to secure their home in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area by getting the legislature to declare the park a state and national wild horse sanctuary and equestrian park. America doesn’t have one, as far as I know, and if we don’t have one, then it’s high time that we do.

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 Is it not?

People have been asking me about feeding the horses themselves. I can only say that it is a federal crime to do so which is punishable by a fine of $500. There are however issues which are associated with feeding normal horse fare to wild horses.

If they were to be given alfalfa in their current state they would be harmed by it because it is hard on their kidneys to process it during the hot months of summer. Changing their diet dramatically can also cause colic which can result in the deaths of horses who are already far too weakened by malnutrition to survive it.

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Some wild Mustang “advocates” want to demand that the BLM shall sterilize some of the mares so that they cannot have any foals. On their planet that might be a great idea but before I can endorse any such program, I for one want to know what the criteria’s going to be which decides which mares can breed and which ones can’t.

The inherent danger in this program is that one could easily choose a mare or a bloodline which has carries an unknown genetic defect that could conceivably lead the entire species to extinction. Granted that this is the extreme end of the list of possible scenarios, but it’s still one which must be considered as a real possibility and which cannot be ignored because it’s not going to go away.

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Horses have their own way of selecting suitable mates for themselves that goes beyond the lesser human standard of sticking it in anything, animal, vegetable, or mineral, living or dead just for the fun of it.

If Americans can set afford to set aside sanctuaries for birds then America can surely afford to set aside a sanctuary for these wild horses too. Even if people do go up to Cold Creek hauling a ton of hay at a time this is not very practical and it is not a permanent solution.

Feeding 270 horses which shall remain in the Spring Mountain range after the BLM has concluded its roundup will still be daunting at best. Feeding 470 is completely out of the question. At this time anyway.

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This is only about 35 horses. Multiply that by 13.5 and that’s what the size of the Cold Creek mob is.

But there is a solution. A very simple and cost-effective solution that will take care of itself and ensure that there is more than enough high-quality food available for not only the wild horses that live in the region but the wild donkey’s and burros as well.




By Henry Brean Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 2, 2018 – 4:20 pm

You probably won’t see it in any tourism campaigns, but Pahrump has dramatically reduced its population of jackasses.

The Bureau of Land Management quickly and easily conducted a burro roundup at the north end of Nye County’s largest town last week, thanks to cooperative group of mostly male captives.

The operation began Dec. 19 and was slated to last several weeks with a goal of collecting 75 nuisance burros. Instead, it took just five days of trapping over a 10-day period to collect 117 burros from the area about 70 miles west of Las Vegas. Thirty-nine burros were collected on the first night alone.

“It went really well,” said Tabitha Romero, wild horse and burro specialist for the BLM in Southern Nevada. “The nuisance problem I think we’ve got a handle on now.”

The BLM conducted the roundup to remove burros from the Johnnie herd management area north of Pahrump that had been roaming into town, damaging fences, water lines and vegetation on private property and causing a safety hazard on state Route 160.

Residents at one home in the area were providing water to the animals, which rewarded their generosity with increasingly aggressive behavior. “They said they’ve had jacks charge them,” Romero said.

It’s a good lesson for people living in areas frequented by wild animals: “If you want them to stay wild, you need to let them be wild,” Romero said. “People think they’re helping by dropping off a bale of hay, but what happens is (the animals) stop looking for food on their own.”

The burros were lured into corrals set up on private land and baited with food and water. The final tally included 74 adult males, 31 adult females and 12 foals.

All but one of the burros were safely transported to Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in California to be checked by a veterinarian and readied for adoption.

Romero said an approximately 30-year-old jenny — or female burro — in “really poor body condition” was euthanized after being trapped. She said the animal probably would not have survived the trip to Ridgecrest.


“She was pretty much at the end of it,” Romero said. “The poor thing, she was just a bag of bones.”

This was the first burro gather in the Johnnie herd area since December 2014.

Bureau officials estimate the area can sustainably support 108 burros, but more than 200 burros remain there after the roundup.

Contact Henry Brean at or 702-383-0350. Follow @RefriedBrean on Twitter.


My own research into the matter turned up a cheap effective means by which the Spring Mountain park could be seeded and nourished back to health to an extent that would support the herd and that range can be expanded as they grow.

This is what I propose. Any grass(es) which shall be planted for this purpose must be of a native species.

Meet Indian Rice Grass, or Indian Rye Grass.

Nevada State Grass - Indian Rye Grass

(Oryzopsis hymenoides)

Adopted in 1977

Indian Rice Grass(Oryzopsis hymenoides,) was adopted in 1977 as the Nevada State Grass. It was once a source of food for Native Nevada Indians. Indian Rice Grass now provides valuable feed for wildlife and range livestock. This tough native grass, which is found throughout the state, is known for its ability to reseed and establish itself on sites damaged by fire or overgrazing.

Nevada State Grass: Indian Rye Grass

Nevada State Grass - Indian Rye Grass

Oryzopsis hymenoides (Synonym: Stipa hymenoides, Common name: Indian ricegrass) is a perennial cool-season[citation needed] bunchgrass with very narrow, rolled leaf blades. It is native to western North America east of the Cascades from British Columbia and Alberta south to southern California, northeastern Mexico, and Texas. In the wild it typically grows 4 to 24 inches (10 to 61 cm) tall and 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) wide.

It grows in a variety of habitats from desert shrub up to ponderosa pine forests. It can live in soils from sand to clay, but it does particularly well in sand, where it is the dominant grass growing with sagebrush and may occur almost unmixed with other plants

It is drought-resistant, adapted to dry, sandy soils. The plant grows in dense clumps, up to 2 feet tall and are beautifully airy & a graceful accent in rock garden, or flower beds & a great sandy soil/meadow reclamation grass.

By June, it turns straw colored & remains this color until Winter rains renew its growth. Often found in flower markets, many people grow it specifically for cutting. The leaves are slender and nearly as long as the stems. It is highly palatable to livestock, both while green in summer and dried in winter. Natural stands in many areas have been greatly depleted by over grazing. This is an important species for reseeding range lands. Seeds were formerly used by Indians for grinding into meal and making bread.


This species of grass can be broadcast over strategic tracts of fertile land in and around the Cold Creek area and this seed once it sprouts can easily be watered regularly enough to ascertain that they flourish there as they will surely do.

The area is and if made a national equestrian park still will be under the supervision of the U.S. Forest Service, and the BLM. These agencies do not make policy they only follow it so wasting one’s time chastising a ranger who’s trying to relay information to those whom they thought might care about the horses more than they do the view from the big expensive homes they’ve built in the middle of this rangeland.

They follow the whims of the lawmakers who, if you let them know how hazardous doing nothing for the welfare of this mob can be to their own political well-being then they just might get off of their assets and help make this sanctuary a reality with all due haste.

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The U.S. Forest Service has a number of airborne water tankers which they use to fight forest fires and wildfires. The pilots of those planes and the planes themselves have to remain certified. The pilots must put in so many hours at the yoke to remain qualified to fly those missions or else someone’s neighborhood or a parking lot gets painted bright red by a near miss.

It would be child’s play to convert the park to equestrian only and develop bridle paths for horsemen and women to use to explore the beautiful features of the park which they would probably never see from the back seat of a buggy. I’ve made both trips and the first one did not even compare to the one I made on horseback.

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This is a massive stone carving which I call, Groot. I found it during the first trip to Cold Creek. But there I am right in front of it without the first clue as to what it is because I was not looking at the big picture. I was looking down. Just as are many of the people which I saw come through the park when I was there with Jim, who didn’t see it either.

People who love riding and who love the wild Mustangs can put their money where their mouths are and help feed the herd by this manner as well. The lawmakers who oversee making the policies of the USFS and the BLM have bosses too. They are you and I.

A very lovely lady called me just the other day and she asked me where do we start? Good question.

It has to begin somewhere and the phone in the offices of your representatives in the house and in the Senate both state and national. By making phone calls to them and to everyone you know that loves horses and animals in general and getting a commitment from them to get involved and stay involved in getting a home set aside for this mob and to make sure that once it is declared off-limits to motorized vehicle traffic; the park will be self-sustaining and capable of providing a healthy home for a herd of 470 horses or more if necessary.

Once the Indian Ryegrass has been planted it can easily be watered by the U.S. Forest Service who shall be directed to require periodical certification of its pilots as fire pilots by making targeting runs above the seeded areas. Thus keeping the grass watered whenever it shall be determined necessary. It will not take much to do this and the planes and the pilots have to do something with all that time they have to spend in flight to remain in flight.


The care and feeding of these horses is the responsibility of the BLM and USFS and so there’s no need for a lot of fancy lawyering to make it a reality all that needs to be done really is for someone to get the ball rolling and tell those agencies that this is what they’re going to do from now on and allocate the funds to get it started.

Funds which have already been taken out of your pockets and mine to (ostensibly) pay for what’s obviously not getting done. If enough people demand action and sign enough signatures it should be made official without a great deal of opposition.

But honestly, what is there for anyone to actually oppose? Saving the lives of the herd? Keeping them in one place where they were born free to remain free and thrive on native grasses as they deserve to do?

Now that America has put its equestrian heritage out to pasture and allowed it to run wild; are we as a nation, being indebted past our eyeballs as we are to those horses; going to just sit back and do nothing but bicker and bitch at one another over who’s to blame for their condition while they starve to death in our front yards?



Me and Just A Lady in the Spring Mountains.

Not on my watch.

Henry Brean’s article was a big help in the development of the first article in this 3 part series.

Images courtesy of Heartfelt thank you’s also to Google,,,, and of course to Mr. James Belvin, without whose valuable contributions and assistance this article simply would not have been possible.

I Robot – Burning Man 2018

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 February 8, 2018Charles Ramos Jrartsburning mancampingfestivalsfoodlas vegasmusic

I’ve never been to Burning Man but there’s no doubt in my mind that this is an annual event that should be on the bucket list of every free thinking human being on the planet. For the rest, attendance should probably be mandatory.

Founded in 1986 this annual festival draws as many as 65,000 musicians, and artists from around the world. They all come together to let their hair down and to freely express themselves. All the while learning to share ideas and knowledge with an eye towards learning as an intelligent species of animal to live together working to solve the pressing social issues that trouble all of mankind from America to Zaire.

From August 26th through September 3rd participants will construct a small town called Black Rock City out in the desert that includes a post office, fire department, and medical facilities. Campers are asked to bring what comforts they will but that all should respect the Earth and leave behind only footprints. Tire tracks will cost you extra.

Every Burning Man has a theme and this years theme is I, Robot. A robot’s first directive is that one may not injure a human being, nor through inaction allow a human being to come to harm.

Whether one should choose to construct an elaborate robot, wear a robot costume, or to walk, talk, and/ or act like a robot for the duration or …. ? Just come as you are, with an open mind and an eagerness to live and laugh in the desert sun and to be yourself.

Registration began on Wednesday and closes at 12pm PST on Friday. This is only the first part of the ticket purchasing process. Burners must register and create a burner profile before tickets go on sale next Wednesday for $425. If you plan to drive to Black Rock City you will need to buy a vehicle pass for $80. Presale tickets have gone for as much as $1,200 per person.

Registration opens: January 24, 2018 12pm (noon) PST – Closes: January 26, 2018 12pm (noon) PST