Businesses lose thousands in Bundy ordeal - 8 News NOW

Businesses lose thousands in Bundy ordeal

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MESQUITE, Nev. -- Hotels in Mesquite say they have already lost more than a $100,000 in business because of armed militia groups patrolling Bunkerville.

8 News NOW has learned Mesquite Police are investigating death threats to hotel staffers following a bomb threat earlier this month. The threats were reportedly called in by supporters of Cliven Bundy, the Bunkerville rancher battling over his cattle with the Bureau of Land Management.

Democratic Representative Steven Horsford says people are living in fear, under the constant presence of armed militia groups.

8 News NOW investigated those claims and found that while people from some of the top hotel chains didn't want to go on camera, the dispute is costing them, and the community, plenty.

As armed militia groups poured into Bunkerville to support rancher Cliven Bundy, so did threats.

One Mesquite city leader said the entire Holiday Inn Express was evacuated for hours following a bomb threat related to the Bundy saga more than two weeks ago.

8 News NOW obtained a police report which also shows the hotel received at least nine threatening phone calls in April, after they allowed BLM rangers to stay in the hotel.

Workers were told to kick out the BLM or they "would not be standing in the morning."

One Mesquite hotel worker, who didn't want to go on camera, said he was told by an anonymous militia member that he would be "dragged out in the parking lot and shot".

"We are not a playground for armed militias." Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., said during a meeting with area leaders about the militia last week.

Now lawmakers say these out-of-state, armed Bundy supporters need to go.

"This unfortunate incident and the outside groups that have come for their own agenda are putting a black eye on this community," Horsford said.

In this letter to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, Congressman Horsford says the militias are "setting up checkpoints" that are "near schools and churches" and people "fear for their safety."

However, 8 News NOW crew was in the area Tuesday and did not find any roadblocks with militia members checking on people trying to pass.

Meantime, Cliven Bundy, who just turned 68, says it is not the militias causing fear, but instead, the police who are investigating them.

"I think those people have put a little fear into my friends and neighbors and my church board members, and I don't like that. I think that is totally unfair to my friends," Bundy said.

Tuesday, the militias told us they feel this fight is still not over, and they don't plan to leave.

Mesquite city leaders were hesitant to talk on camera Tuesday. They say they're concerned about making the situation worse.

However, Mesquite Police insist the city is safe and there are very few militia groups staying there.

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