Boner Candidates for February 08 2016

Boner Candidate #1: GOOD PLAN CLIVEN

About eighty people (ranchers and media) attended a public lands workshop at the public library in Kanab, Saturday February 6, 2016. Kanosh attorney Todd Macfarlane (pictured) said he also hoped to help outsiders better understand the importance of land use to area ranchers. Finicum had urged ranchers to disavow contracts with the federal government, as Bundy did more than 20 years ago and as Finicum did after participating in a 2014 standoff between Bundy and the BLM in southeastern Nevada. If they do so, Bundy said, the ranchers’ stewardship gives them rights to that land. “They don’t want him to teach that kind of stuff,” said Bundy, who showed up unannounced to participate in a memorial ride. Conservation groups have said the federal government’s current arrangement is a good deal for ranchers and warned that if they don’t follow regulations, any rights to use those lands will vanish.Finicum was fatally shot Jan. 26 after he twice appeared to reach toward where the FBI said it later found a 9mm handgun. Bundy’s sons Ammon and Ryan were arrested at the scene after a weekslong armed occupation of an Eastern Oregon wildlife refuge. Saturday, while Finicum’s family laid his body to rest, land-use activists invited ranchers and media who were at Friday’s funeral to attend the latest in a series of workshops on the legality of claims like Bundy’s. Kanosh attorney Todd Macfarlane said he also hoped to help outsiders better understand the importance of land use to area ranchers.


Almost every top official in a remote South Texas city was arrested Thursday under a detailed federal indictment that accuses them of taking bribes from contractors and sending city workers to help an illegal gambling operator nicknamed “Mr. T.” Crystal City’s mayor, city manager, mayor pro tempore, one of three current councilmen and a former councilman were all arrested under an indictment obtained by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Antonio, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney said. A second councilman is already charged in a separate case with smuggling Mexican immigrants. That leaves just one councilman not facing federal charges in Crystal City, a town of about 7,100 people about 50 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Once billed as the “Spinach Capital of the World,” Crystal City’s logo features a cartoon of Popeye, and a spinach festival with a cook-off and a beauty pageant draws tens of thousands of people each year. But in recent months, the town has been in the news for turmoil at City Hall and allegations of misuse of public money. “What happened is nothing to celebrate. It’s something sad that happened to us,” said the remaining councilman, Joel Barajas, on Thursday. “By all means, we need to move forward.” The indictment accuses the town’s leadership of using their positions “to enrich themselves by soliciting and accepting payments and other things of value.” Also charged was Ngoc Tri Nguyen, alleged to be an operator of illegal gambling rooms, who was nicknamed “Mr. T.” Crystal City Mayor Ricardo Lopez took $6,000 from Nguyen to buy a vehicle, the indictment alleges. In return, he allegedly waived some taxes for Nguyen and had employees close competing casinos that violate state law but exist informally throughout South Texas. Lopez allegedly told city employees inspecting Nguyen’s property to “make it easy.” City Manager William James Jonas and Mayor Pro Tempore Rogelio Mata are accused of giving a contractor a $12,000 payment “in exchange for payments and other things of value.”

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An Orem woman is accused of leaving young children at home while she was drinking elsewhere. The 25-year-old woman was charged Friday with two counts of child abandonment, a third-degree felony. In the early morning of Dec. 13, two people found a 4-year-old boy “wandering around outside, crying and calling for his mother,” according to the charges. “He was not properly dressed to be outside.” The people contacted police, who found the boy’s apartment where an alarm was going off and a 7-month-old child was inside, the charges add. “During the time that the police were trying to sort things out,” the woman walked up and her 4-year-old ran to her, according to the charges. Police say that the woman had been drinking and said that her neighbor “was supposed to be watching the children by baby monitor,” But when the police checked, “this neighbor was not even in the state at the time.”

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