Thursday, January 10 2013 8:57 PM EST2013-01-11 01:57:01 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A federal judge has issued a stop order to the Bureau of Land Management for its wild horse roundup operation in northern Nevada. The order puts on hold a wild horse gathering going on atMore>>
A federal judge has issued a stop order to the Bureau of Land Management for its wild horse roundup operation in northern Nevada. The order puts on hold a wild horse gathering going on atMore>>
Wednesday, January 9 2013 1:53 PM EST2013-01-09 18:53:20 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A federal judge in Nevada has set a hearing Feb. 19 to determine whether the Bureau of Land Management violated the First Amendment rights of a photographer and wild horse protectionMore>>
A federal judge in Nevada has set a hearing Feb. 19 to determine whether the Bureau of Land Management violated the First Amendment rights of a photographer and wild horse protection advocate when it restricted her access to mustang roundupsMore>>
Friday, January 4 2013 10:59 AM EST2013-01-04 15:59:38 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- State agriculture officials are exploring ways to muster support for slaughtering stray horses in Nevada and the discussions are stirring protests among advocates for the free roamingMore>>
State agriculture officials are exploring ways to muster support for slaughtering stray horses in Nevada and the discussions are stirring protests among advocates for the free roaming animals.More>>
Friday, September 21 2012 8:30 PM EDT2012-09-22 00:30:42 GMT
Wild horses are under attack in northern Nevada.
LAS VEGAS -- Any wild horse advocates who were hoping for big changes when the Texas cowboy president gave way to the urbanite from Chicago have been sorely disappointed. During the past four years, theMore>>
Any wild horse advocates who were hoping for big changes when the Texas cowboy president gave way to the urbanite from Chicago have been sorely disappointed.More>>
Friday, April 20 2012 4:23 PM EDT2012-04-20 20:23:13 GMT
Federal land managers have agreed to study a proposal by the wife of oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens to establish an ecosanctuary for wild horses across more than 900 square miles of northeast Nevada.More>>
Wednesday, April 4 2012 6:45 PM EDT2012-04-04 22:45:32 GMT
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid heard from Nevada business leaders today. One topic discussed was eco-tourism. But one tourism destination facing years of federal delays before it ever opens up. More>>
Thursday, February 16 2012 10:20 PM EST2012-02-17 03:20:15 GMT
Thirty thousand wild horses are stacked in government-supported holding facilities. The program costs more than $70 million per year, but an ambitious plan to improve conditions for the horses has been bottled up within the BLM for years, in part because cattle ranchers don't like it.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:05:13 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself. But on Thursday morning, as he was assisting someone who had crashed their car, anotherMore>>
When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:02 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:02:54 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said. According to the Clark County Detention Center, the volunteer coach,More>>
A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:56:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS - Metro Police says a preteen who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted robbery has died. Investigators said the preteen was walking near Charleston Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive withMore>>
Marcos Arenas, a Bonanza High School student who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted theft, has died, Metro Police said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:39:56 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating two people found dead in an apartment complex near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway. According to police, the bodies were found around 3 p.m. Friday atMore>>
Metro Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found in an apartment Friday afternoon near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:17 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:17:28 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Clark County firefighters are responding to reports of an explosion and fire at a facility located at North Las Vegas Boulevard and Sloan Lane. This is a developing story. 8NewsNOW. com willMore>>
One person is reported dead following an explosion and fire at a facility located at North Las Vegas Boulevard and Sloan Lane.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:03 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:03:09 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The theft of iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices is becoming commonplace, earning it the nickname, "Apple-picking," the police said. Bonanza High School student Marcos Arenas died ThursdayMore>>
The theft of iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices is becoming commonplace, earning it the nickname, "Apple-picking," the police said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:42 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:42:38 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The Federal Election Commission had found that the parents of disgraced former Sen. John Ensign of Nevada made excessive in-kind contributions to a former political action committee staffMore>>
The Federal Election Commission had found that the parents of disgraced former Sen. John Ensign of Nevada made excessive in-kind contributions to a former political action committee staff member.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:21:11 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The lawyer who unsuccessfully defended O.J. Simpson against armed robbery charges in Las Vegas says his client knew two companions had guns in a 2007 confrontation with memorabilia dealers. MiamiMore>>
The lawyer who unsuccessfully defended O.J. Simpson against armed robbery charges in Las Vegas says his client knew two companions had guns in a 2007 confrontation with memorabilia dealers.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 2:08 PM EDT2013-05-17 18:08:48 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Eight hundred new teachers will head into Clark County classrooms, as the Clark County School board approved its $2.1 billion dollar budget for the 2013-2014 school year. For the first timeMore>>
Eight hundred new teachers will head into Clark County classrooms next year based on the $2.1 billion budget the Clark County school board approved Wednesday night.More>>
In general, wild horse advocates don't get along too well with the Bureau of Land Management. There's a lot of bad blood, but differences have been set aside for a mutually beneficial cause -- National Adopt a Wild Horse Day -- with events at more than 60 locations around the country including one this weekend out in Pahrump.
Finding adoptive homes for horses and burros is a much better option than sending them to slaughter or leaving them in BLM corrals. BLM is hoping this adoption event will be the start of something big.
"They are gathering these horses to make room for cattle and to take care of a problem they would rather not have," said wild horse advocate Jerry Reynoldson.
Reynoldson has never been shy about criticizing the BLM and its management of the wild horse program. He has been among that agency's most outspoken critics for years. Now, though, Reynoldson and other defenders of the mustang herds find themselves working hand in hand with BLM on a nationwide series of events, designed to jump start the horse and burro adoption program.
It was Reynoldson's idea for a national event -- a national wild horse adoption day.
There's little doubt something is needed. There are now more wild horses in government-funded facilities than there are mustangs on the public range. Although BLM has complained it has no budget to keep feeding so many horses, it continues to round them up at an astonishing clip.
While spending has increased on roundups and warehousing of the horses, BLM's spending on adoptions has dwindled. The expense and crowding at government corrals is a primary reason BLM spoke openly last year of euthanizing the 30,000 or so horses it has already captured.
"When we look at the issue of euthanasia, every year it's a cyclical thing. It comes back around no matter what we do to put it in the box. It comes back and for one good reason: we have too many horses standing around. Until we find a way to effectively place horses in good homes on a consistent basis, we will always see the threat of euthanasia raise its head again and again," said Reynoldson.
BLM knows its adoption program has failed to keep pace. It has studied the idea of privatizing the adoption program but can't seem to pull the trigger.
Reynoldson and his partners managed to secure BLM's blessing and federal funding. They spent half of what was budgeted, which means there is already money for a follow-up next year. The hope is to find homes for 1,000 horses and burros in one swoop, including 10 animals available at the local event, which is being held at the Saddle West Casino in Pahrump on both Saturday and Sunday.
"The number is insignificant when you think about what we are trying to accomplish. We're trying to assist the BLM in establishing a new model for adoptions that will help year in and year out with the horses," said Reynoldson.
It might be a tough sell in such a tough economy to get people to take a horse or burro, but the animals often sell themselves, assuming organizers can draw a crowd to the events.
Adoption costs are minimal, but taking 1,000 horses off the government dole would save taxpayers more than $1.5 million. Whether this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship between horse advocates and BLM remains up for debate.
The adoption event in Pahrump starts at 9 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and you can bring home your own piece of American history.
Reynoldson says National Adoption Day would never have happened without the help of the Humane Society, National Wild Horse Association, the Mustang Heritage Foundation, and his pals at the BLM.
Nevada members of Congress Harry Reid and Dina Titus have put their political muscle behind it as well.