People came from across Arizona to attend a recent property rights workshop. They listened to speakers who were equipped with real-world experience, and a commitment to our American way of life protected by the Founding Fathers with the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Present were Senator Jake Flake, Gila County Supervisors Sanchez, Martin and Dawson, Judge Dorothy Little, and Pleasant Valley District Ranger, Jerry Mastel.
It was a fantastic day-long seminar in Young.
Dr. Michael Coffman of Environmental Perspectives, Inc. reported that he has seen plans for the elimination of communities like Young, which lie in the path of the Wildlands Project. Dr. Coffman presented new research showing how much of our nation and the environmental agenda has already secured from private landowners, and how much more they intend to take. He reviewed the juggernaut plan of sustainable development including abolishing private property rights in America, separating people from their water, the government regulations that threaten America and the global warming fraud (not caused by mankind). Dr. Coffman currently has a series of articles in RANGE Magazine, "The Greening of America: How Did It Happen." Visit http://www.rangemagazine.com/ Dr. Coffman's must-have presentation "Taking Liberty" is available on CD or DVD. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arizona rancher Jim Chilton was a real hit with his cowboy discussion about winning his lawsuit against the Center for Biodiversity. One of Jim's allotments, the "Montana," became the object of intensive attacks and the focal point of the court case he recently won against the Center for Biological Diversity. A Tucson jury found the Center guilty of malicious, knowing misrepresentations concerning the conditions on the well-managed allotment. The jury also found that the Center for Biological Diversity unlawfully interfered with the Chilton family's ranching business.
Jennifer Perkins, attorney with the Institute for Justice, explained in her opening remarks that the staff of attorneys at the Institute for Justice come in each day and look for ways to sue the government. She reviewed the use of public use, condemnation law, and eminent domain to abuse private property rights. She also gave a review of IJ's winning Bailey's Brake Shop eminent domain lawsuit in Mesa.
Hertha Lund, attorney with Budd-Falen Law Offices, discussed Budd-Falen's winning RICO lawsuit, Robbins vs Wilkie, Robbins v. Bureau of Land Management; one of the first private citizens to successfully sue individual federal employees for violation of the Racketeering, Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO").
Howard Hutchinson, Executive Director of the Coalition of Arizona/New Mexico Counties, presented the Region 3 Forest Service contract with the Nature Conservancy for forest management. Who is the Nature Conservancy, and why does the United States Forest Service need them to develop its forest plans?
The Nature Conservancy will establish a team of ecologists from the Arizona and New Mexico Chapters to work with the Forest Service over an 18-month period to complete the first part of the study. This multi-million dollar contract was not put out to competitive bid. The Nature Conservancy's plan for fulfillment is to take free USFS information and sell it back in the form of a plan.
Tom Whittmer, of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, discussed the Gila River Indian Water Adjudication, which is not expected to affect the water in Young. The issue raised by attendees is that all well owners in the area have received ADWR notices that "our water rights may be affected," which Mr. Whittmer explained is standard language on all ADWR notices, whether it applies or not.