Border War paradox precludes Miners’ Rendezvous

Security PARADOX: No security in the Coronado National Forest, WAR on Private land!
SEPT. 26th 4 PM : Southern Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties, Arizona;
Border Patrol, Forest Service, Feds are not patrolling PUBLIC LANDS,
They are not, cannot confront smugglers or illegals there. {I know, it does not make sense.}
They are entering Private Land [w/o warrants] to make arrests of illegals & smugglers,
subjecting residents to a lot more potential of being caught in a cross-fire,
not to mention being awakened by a wild chase across the property. {I know, It doesn’t make sense.}

We have also found serious errors in property surveys, even those of the National Forest Boundary!

So it is now evident that it is neither a fair nor safe situation for the public, for rock-hounds, mineral collectors,
as well as hunters, hikers, bird watchers, all the multiple users of our public lands!
That’s an INTOLERABLE situation. Why should we pause? Can we afford to hesitate?
We have been endangered, our entire National Security, and my peaceful sleep, ONLY by
the cowardice and dereliction of duty of those sworn to do otherwise.

So, if one camps in the Forest, you are on your own.
 They won’t come to a citizen’s aid even if he manages to call for help!
But they can show up at your private home’s front door uninvited!
It makes no sense to plan, or operate, MINERS’ Rendezvous Mining Camp under such circumstances.

Amethyst Ranch, therefor, will NOT be opening our gates as planned.
We thank all of you who have been following this story and we share disappointment with a
larger-than-anticipated group of people who support us as we and much of Arizona battles negativity,
and a minerals interest group which apparently has been following this old prospectors trails for many years. (I am honored.)

This does NOT mean there will not be commercial mining ongoing,
so, as has been true for over 35 years, collectors, dealers, museums,
 can still think of Frank Lavoie as a good source of fine mineral specimens.
Look for our postings on Facebook and on Ebay as  Timelessgemminer

Despite this, there will be good news and surprises!

Miners’ Rendezvous in Border zone Arizona updated Canx as of 26th.

CANCELLED as of update, Sept. 26th, 4 PM 

Rendezvous of Miners  see Amethyst Rancher on Facebook
There’s a community of sorts, about 150 people, if you include our locals as well as the Facebook family,
who have taken seriously our invitation to "Get a piece of the mining boom and land scramble" in Santa Cruz County, Arizona.
There has been a growing discussion of supporting such a place for conferences, mineral symposiums, and other field collecting associated efforts taking form near the Tucson annual trade shows.

Additionally, an excellent rationale has been established for investing in the preservation of historic mining localities from acquisition or bullying by the large corporate mining companies now grabbing LARGE parts of the Patagonia Mountains and the San Rafael Valley. The mineral values are high while real estate prices are low.

We are looking at a private land offering which includes a famous mine and much remaining mineral deposit. It was last sold for $128K, was last listed at $92K, and is now available for less. WE hope to acquire it for ourselves, and private use, but are open  hosting an annual event for mineral enthusiasts and a seasonal fee-dig.  Where YOUR opportunity comes in, is the chance to get an AFFILIATED MINING CLAIM within 2 miles, a short ride, from Amethyst Ranch, site of the *tangible Miners’ Rendezvous Mining Camp. (Or, to ‘put in’ with us in buying a World-Class locality!)

 [*aside from the one that exists on the internet, as a community with common interests and projects.]

For those mineral collectors, self-employed contract miners, and dedicated mineral dealers who see this as the bargain it is, have asked good questions of process and procedures, given the apparently inconsistent nature of the BLM administration of mining claims in different districts, and the controversy, now in Congressional Hearings, about the FS & BLM & BP NOT PATROLLING the PUBLIC LANDS. {The Coronado National Forest "abandonment issue"} Thus, this posting on the details of the existing RULES. One may not camp ON PUBLIC LAND while digging a claim. One may camp UPON the claim. Casual Use may include a form of "occupancy" and posting a watchman. Read, please so you will know—we know what we are doing, and we believe there will be great success.

“Casual use” under 43 CFR 3809.1–2 or does not require a Plan of operations under 43 CFR §3802.1–2 and §3809.1–4 or a Notice under 43 CFR §3809.1–3   BUT YOU MUST GIVE the information to exercise your rights. [BTW the fees for filing a mining claim have been raised (w/o notice)  to $189.]
 
43 CFR 3715 USE AND OCCUPANCY UNDER THE MINING LAWS
USE AND OCCUPANCY GENERAL INFORMATION
The
purpose of this subpart is to manage the use and occupancy of the
public lands for the development of locatable mineral deposits by
limiting such use or occupancy to that which is reasonably incident. The
BLM will prevent abuse of the public lands while recognizing valid
rights and uses under the Mining Law of 1872 (30 U.S.C. 22 et seq.) and
related laws governing the public lands, regardless of when those rights
were created. The BLM will take appropriate action to eliminate invalid
uses, including unauthorized residential occupancy of the public lands.
a. Activities Required for Use of Public Lands
Under
§3715.2, in order to occupy the public lands under the mining laws for
more than 14 calendar days in any 90-day period within a 25-mile radius
of the initially occupied site, the occupant must be engaged in certain
activities. These activities must:
(1) Be reasonably incident –
Reasonably incident means the statutory standard “prospecting, mining,
or processing operations and uses reasonably incident thereto” (30
U.S.C. 612). It is a shortened version of the statutory standard. It
includes those actions or expenditures of labor and resources by a
person of ordinary prudence to prospect, explore, define, develop, mine,
or beneficiate a valuable mineral deposit using methods, structures,
and equipment appropriate to the geological terrain, mineral deposit,
and stage of development and reasonably related activities.
Unnecessary
or undue degradation, as applied to unauthorized uses, means those
activities that are not reasonably incident and are not authorized under
any other applicable law or regulation. As applied to authorized uses,
the term is used as defined in 43 CFR §3802.0–5 and §3809.0–5.
(2)
Constitute substantially regular work – Substantially regular work means
work on, or that substantially and directly benefits, a mineral
property, including nearby properties under the control of the
claimant/operator.
The work must be associated with the search for and
development of mineral deposits or the processing of ores. It includes
active and continuing exploration, mining, and beneficiation or
processing of ores. It may also include assembly or maintenance of
equipment, work on physical improvements, and procurement of supplies
incidental to activities meeting the conditions of §3715.2 and
§3715.2–1. It may also include off-site trips associated with these
activities. The term also includes a seasonal, but recurring, work
program.
(3) Be reasonably calculated to lead to the extraction and beneficiation of minerals;
(4) Involve observable on-the-ground activity that the BLM may verify under §3715.7;
(5)
Use appropriate equipment that is presently operable, subject to the
need for reasonable assembly, maintenance, repair, or fabrication of
replacement parts; and
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(6) In addition to the requirements specified in §3715.2, the occupancy must involve one or more of the following:
(a) protecting exposed, concentrated, or otherwise accessible valuable minerals from theft or loss;
(b)
protecting from theft or loss appropriate, operable equipment which is
regularly used, is not readily portable, and cannot be protected by
means other than occupancy;
(c) protecting the public from
appropriate, operable equipment which is regularly used, is not readily
portable, and, if left unattended, creates a hazard to public safety;
(d)
protecting the public from surface uses, workings, or improvements
which, if left unattended, create a hazard to public safety; or
(e)
being located in an area so isolated or lacking in physical access as to
require the mining claimant, operator, or workers to remain on site in
order to work a full shift of a usual and customary length. A full shift
is ordinarily 8 hours and does not include travel time to the site from
a community or area in which housing may be obtained.

If the need
for a watchman or caretaker to occupy the public lands to protect
valuable or hazardous property, equipment, or workings, is asserted, it
must be shown that the need for the occupancy is both reasonably
incident and continual. It must be shown that a watchman or caretaker is
required to be present either whenever the operation is not active or
whenever workers are not present on the site.
The BLM may allow
temporary occupancy at a single site to extend beyond the 14-day period
described in §3715.1 if it is needed to secure the site beyond 14 days
through the use of a watchman as allowed by §3715.2–2 and the“Casual
use” under 43 CFR 3809.1–2 or does not require a Plan of operations
under 43 CFR §3802.1–2 and §3809.1–4 or a Notice under 43 CFR §3809.1–3

Consultation with the BLM and submittal of the materials is required by §3715.3–2 to BLM.
Any casual use activities that do not involve occupancy and are reasonably incident may proceed in accordance with 43 CFR §3809.

FINANCIAL GUARANTEES
In accordance with the revised 43 CFR 3809
regulations, reclamation bonds are now required for both plans of
operations and Notices. The regulations provide for three types of
operations on public lands: Casual Use, Notice level and Plan of
Operation level operations.


Casual Use means activities ordinarily resulting in no or negligible
disturbance of the public lands or resources. Casual Use does not
include the use of mechanized earth moving equipment, truck mounted
drilling equipment or motorized vehicles in areas closed to “off-road
vehicles”, explosives, chemicals, or occupancy as defined by 43 CFR
3715. Operators conducting operations at the Casual Use level are not
required to post a financial guarantee for their operations.


Casual Use operations involve simple prospecting with hand tools such a
picks, shovels, metal detectors and camping for less than 14 days in a
90-day period. It does not involve any type of explosives, chemical
usage or mechanized earth moving equipment. Small scale mining devices
such as dry washers having engines with less than 10 brakehorsepower are
allowed, provided they are fed using only hand tools.

CFR 3809
This document provides interim guidance for
Operators/Claimants to submit Notices and Plans of Operation under 43
CFR 3809 for mining activities on lands administered by the Bureau of
Land Management (BLM) in Arizona. It is subject to change pending
subsequent guidance and policies now under review at the BLM national
level.
PROCESSING CASUAL USE ACTIVITES
The BLM does not process applications
for Casual Use activities under 43 CFR 3809 and you are not required to
contact BLM before beginning Casual Use activities. You are however
required to have a working knowledge of all applicable laws and
regulations pertaining to mining in Arizona before you begin your Casual
Use activities. A simple example of a Casual Use activity common in
Arizona is the operation of prospecting or rock collecting using a metal
detector and/or other hand tools while camping on public lands. Your
camping must be in compliance with all camping regulations and you must
not occupy the public lands
, within a radius of 25 miles for more than
14 days in a 90 day period.
PROCESSING NOTICE LEVEL OPERATIONS
When submitting a Notice, your
Notice must contain all of the information listed under 43 CFR 3809.301.
If you propose an occupancy, as defined by 43 CFR 3715, your Notice
must also include the information required under 43 CFR 3715.3-2.
Processing Notice level operations involves a 15-day time frame. [They have to give you a reply in that time.]

Gold: $1276/oz   Amethyst cut gems: $2250/oz {@ $15. per carat*, 150 cts to the ounce.} 
    * can be as valuable as $75/ct.

DO NOT DELAY CONTACTING US! We both desire rapid progress and quick results, and the PRACTICALITY is that some wholesale level, valuable mine production can be underway very soon, and upgraded to a very profitable market asset within 120 days with the establishment of a continuing presence. This may be done with an ‘encampment’ according to the above defined regulations, or established independent of BLM approval or subsequent changes or limitations by using private land nearby.
520-508-7592    Amethystranch@gmail.com

For more information, or to make a deposit [easy through PayPal!] to secure your interest**, call us without delay.
** Part interest in the "Miners’ Rendezvous Mining Camp" Joint Venture, and/or Part interest in a Joint Venture Mining Project, and/or part interest in Contract Mining Leases, or part interest in mine production (or net profits) facilitated by your support, for example. We can file shared claims and operate mines on behalf of participating investor(s) as well.{limit ten claims per person, or 200 acres}

Feds lose ground to Cartels, Miners fight to rescue land, resources

The Gunbelt Report

September: "Pick & Shovel" War begun.
INDEPENDENT Prospectors & Miners take on Cartels,
challenge border zone ranchers  in wake of Federal
abandonment of Coronado National Forest.

An OPEN LETTER to the border zone ranchers:
1Dear Mr XXXXX, and other Border Zone Ranchers:
Thank you again for your note of concurrence supporting our intent to exercise
our rights in accessing our mining claims and private properties in Cochise &
Santa Cruz Counties, by contributing to road repairs to our mutual benefit. Our last
visit, on Father’s Day, had us in your front dooryard waiting for you or XXXX,
with four Border Patrol guarding us for well over an hour. It’s a pity you didn’t come out
to talk, and answer a few questions for us then and there. I will find the answers or the
courtesy of a reply from you immediately. We were very disappointed in your lack of
response to our prior letter. Silence was, quite simply, incriminating, as is the obvious
lack of effort on your part, to get volunteers or guards to secure your part of the border
zone nor to protect your ranch & resources, and further, conspicuously absent, any
public visibility [above the ranch group’s unpublished 18 point plan to secure the border]
in terms of responding to offers of qualified help, nor to host militias or Minuteman type
groups who have made recent offers on TV. The inference is of cowardice in the face of
cartel threats, and/or complicity in denying Public Use of Public Lands -benefiting the
smugglers. Silence is no longer an option. NO ONE IS NEUTRAL.

If you are in fear, no one will protect you. Honest people have no fear. Just let me know
when you will be at the Patagonia P.O. & I will call the pay-phone. Or just get me your
cell #   We intend to destroy the Cartels. Everyone knows who they are on both sides.
My first question is how much private property do you own at "XbarX" Ranch? How
much of those THOUSANDS of acres is grazing lease from BLM? Would you be willing to sell all or
part of your property immediately? Would you consider leasing all of the ranch and
sell off the cattle?


Are you “Gentleman’s Recreational Ranching” without profit, or as a business venture in

concert with the Cattle Rancher’s Association; are any of you showing a profit?

Prudence would dictate your time and money could be much better spent, but it seems
much too late for old dogs & new tricks. I see no future in cattle, so my next question:
What plans do you have for the property? [assuming you own it quiet title & all, w/o
partners or bank leeches] Cows till Kingdom come? Are you planning to sell or Will the
ranch to someone? WHEN? Is there any other potential for El Rancho  beyond cattle
if there is no grazing lease available? If the lease were canceled or forfeited this month
what would you do?
When drug stashes are found, smugglers captured, + the ranchers’
hired raiders caught [you know the day is at hand] on your land…and people do talk, as
they already have…under drug seizure law, ranchers like you are in such jeopardy, only
the foolhardy would not bail out asap.
How can you sleep at night knowing…you are widely thought of as lazy, greedy, selfish
land hogs who are “Failing to deny haven & sanctuary to criminals & terrorists” ?

That is an applicable, PROVABLE criminal charge, and the other is “Knowingly
providing haven, sanctuary, and/or support for criminals and/or terrorists.”

As I said, doing nothing is no longer an option, and since you seem oblivious
to your own plight, and have yet to act, I put it simply: We want your ranch
right now, since we think you are about to lose it, and we think you’d rather
leave it in our hands than lose it all -or more- to the Zetas. (Who have already
taken at least 2 ranches in TX, thankfully allowing the ranchers to escape with
their lives); They are still in (Mexican) standoff mode, with our forces planning
a counter-offensive to liberate the ranches.) We expect a Word to the Wise is
sufficient. Mexican “Army”-like units are already camped in the mountains*
[*see the report link & map at the bottom of the page.]
There is a war imminent, and the ‘spreads’ along the border zone are now
under a threat unlike any you have ever faced. It’s time to dig into that
retirement treasure chest and go live on a sailboat in the Gulf- I hear there’s
some real deals on used fishing boats. We are asking you to voluntarily
abandon your leased BLM Lands, to let your Grazing Permit expire, and to
constrain yourself and your business to private land.
Many are seeking to force you to do so, we are openly, brutally honest
about wanting all cattle off Public Lands.
You cannot convince me that you and R and J have things under
control, or that you can be relied upon to yell for help, since you haven’t yet.
Are you waiting for blood? Do you really think you have a “Separate Peace” or
an ‘understanding’ with the cartel that keeps you safe? DO YOU THINK WE
TRUST YOU to be able to secure & hold your part of the ‘Gunbelt’? Do you
really think Old Tony Estrada can hack a gun-battle?

We regret not having trustworthy neighbors, and we take great offense that
None of You have been able to kept the area safe; all of you seem to be cowards
 -not worth defending, so just get the hell out of the way so other, braver MEN can
defend the resources that belong to us and our grandchildren,
….and understand why we want your risky lack of responsibility in holding such lands
to end, and end NOW, before we lose MORE territory and freedom
because you chose the ‘easy way out.’

 You also failed to report corrupted officials trafficking tar opium

 picked up on your grazing lease by your “friend” Exx Kxx, Badge # 1942, and the fact that many
smugglers trails converge near “xyz” ‘s camp off F.R.4×20. As if you did not know!

We are such highly qualified resource managers, we are certain of our ability
to HONESTLY pay any reasonable price for any parcels of land in the area.
~ I had mentioned in our personal conversation a plan for commercial mining
operations in the vicinity, which would have benefited the community greatly,
but we have suspended those plans for enriching your area with tens of millions
in royalties each year, as it seems the inaction of the community suggests the

resources could have already fallen into the wrong hands.

In that we have what we want, it’s the County and the State taking the future loss
at the hands of the Federal Government, again, by failing to secure the actual border.

    We seek to take possession and control of as much land near the border as possible,
as soon as possible, by adverse possession if necessary. Our public postings,
our legal notices of intent- have gotten NO negative feedback, no resistance,
no denial of the right to do so. {Implied Consent}

I enclosed two CD data discs in my previous unanswered mailing to you, with mining
claim & other permittee’s legal status & rights explained and elaborated. {In part provided
by plp2.org}  We have made public evidence the Phoenix BLM has committed several “Plain
Error” violations in defiance and contempt of 36 CFR Part 261 of Dec. 8, 2008, adding to
the corruption charges against the FSLE of the Sierra Vista Forest Service Office.

What we have is what Sheriff Paul Babeau said: “The Federal Government is the enemy.”

Would you rather have a giant mining corporation arrange for Ranches to be taken by imminent
domain? See scenicsantaritas.org web page, and examine their Eastern Patagonia
Mountains Mines page, wherein they spell out plainly, Augusta Resources, (Rosemont Mine)
plans for our lands, including YOUR RANCH. We (not you) are in a unique position, able to
deal with such companies and regulatory agencies. {I authored a similar ‘controlling
research’ report for the OIG, Dept. of AG. in Colorado, 2002} Therefor, I come to my…
CENTRAL PROPOSAL: If you own any of the in-holdings, patented claims, such as at the
xxxxx xx Mine or near the Duquesne site, as we have indications you do, we want to buy
them immediately. (Why didn’t you reply?)

Your issuance of a lease, and/or permission & transfer of the right to possess and occupy
& mine same will assure you of your price paid in a short time. If, on the other hand,
we cannot determine the ownership, or your lack of reply indicates that you neither own them
nor wish to admit to owning same, be assured someone has taken adverse possession
and the actual, true owner will be forced to come forward or forfeit the land. {for Property taxes}

Rather than be dependent on you to responsibly make a courteous and timely reply, and
being unwilling to wait months AGAIN for any reply at all, and being independently free of any
outside influence or regulatory constraints, we only give you this
FINAL NOTICE
OF INTENT :
 we  Post on the internet THIS letter because one sent to you did not receive a written reply.

 Yes, you Border Zone Ranchers are under a tremendous amount of pressure -its a
LAWLESS ZONE. But because the Federal Government is now widely understood to be truly
considered treasonous, much of the Public Lands having now having been abandoned,
CITIZENS have responded LEGALLY by seizing and protecting more and more of the
Coronado National Forest, which means YOUR GRAZING LEASE with the BLM has been
declared null & void by parties challenging the administration [not to mention the cartels]
by holding fast to the 36 CFR Part 261 Decision on Petitioners (Class Action) Sovereignty
by virtue of the Mineral Estate Grant of 1866, in effect ‘patent’ of claims filed by
members of the Action. By holding these mineral rights the “Group” can stop the Giant
Corporate Mines and control an artisan small mine industry employing thousands & far
out-producing in value & variety the largest open-pit copper monstrosities and much
more beneficial to the local economy and benevolent to the landscape. Its a powerful
economic force previously hidden & underestimated, but whose time has come. I will
NOT, as part of this historic transfer of resources, be patient. CALL 520-508-7592
Here’s the TRUTH: Cartel teams in position in S. AZ remain unchallenged.
Neither Ranchers nor BP/ICE nor State of AZ admit this is TREASON.
http://blog.vdare.com/archives/2010/09/02/blm-southern-arizona-is-dangerous-because-mexican-cartels-control-it/

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http://www.vdare.com/misc/070414_numbersUSA.htm

There will never be enough cowards to Take the Border zone back.

Someone better babysit those National Guardsmen, specially if they fail to challenge the cartel spotters posted on over 150 hilltops and ridges for 100 miles along and north of the border.

Thirty National Guardsman for all of Arizona’s border, did they say thirty? Why, there’s more bikers parked at Tombstone’s Crystal Palace Saloon on any given Friday night! May as well stake a goat to the ground and wait for the tigers to come and eat the hunters and the goat. Locals better adopt the idea FAST that it’s better to safeguard their communities than to police them. Keep us safe, marshals, and we’ll not disappoint you in policing ourselves, for with you cops out of the way, all of the previously supressed and politically over-ruled tools, the crisis centers, the therapists, the churches and charities, can apply the other tools available to a conscientious community to solve its problems.
Get your priorities straight.
WATCH THIS:
http://www.kgun9.com/global/Category.asp?c=172043&clipId=5072999&flvUri=&partnerclipid=&topVideoCatNo=0&autoStart=true&activePane=info&LaunchPageAdTag=homepage&clipFormat=flv

We honor the miners lost  at Show Low AZ in a freak accident. Such miners are a secretive lot; it was such a sad way to learn of them and their love of the earth. We know there are other amethyst miners like ourselves out there; let’s work in the sunshine.

http://www.azfamily.com/news/2-men-killed-in-homemade-mine-near-Show-Low-101794523.html

We are reminded to repeat that we have planned and intend to work in safety at our mines near the border. We take whatever steps and preparations are needed. We can trade campsites and other benefits in trade for ‘volunteers’ to help us with the upcoming and ongoing "Miners’ Rendezvous" and Mining Camp. Providing Security is a valuable barter service. http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.2.1.swf
From the FLYING  R  Ranch….Arizona Stagecoach…1942            {Public Domain}
sponsored by  Timeless Mining Company’s Amethyst Ranch Miners’ Rendezvous Mining Camp and Old Tombstone Studio

“Where’s the Beef? Is anyone ON the Border?

SPLASH!
"Hey, what’d ya do that for?"
"Because you were on fire, fool!"

From the ‘Gunbelt Report’ : An opinion open to challenge, but we think this one ‘nails it’.

"The 14th amendment does not apply to those who have illegally entered, that is to say they entered in such a way, time, and place so as to AVOID being subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Obviously, to pass thru a Port of Entry is to subject oneself to the authorities there, as well as to any law or scrutiny applied, and not even the most basic of public concerns, such as being sick and contagious with Plague, is detected by crossing the border elsewhere. Therefor no child of illegals has any such rights under the 14th amendment; all such prior presumptions to the contrary by the local or U.S. governments have been in error if not by corrupt intent of garnering votes."

                                      "You can lead a cowboy to logical waters, but you can’t make him drink."

LOCHEIL, Arizona Aug. 30th Around this time last year, we enjoyed the heck out of our prospecting expedition and camp-out on the border for a few weeks, learning much, meeting the neighbors from ‘both sides’, and dedicating ourselves to be in the position we are today -grateful to have achieved our vision of our mission. One glaring hole in the big picture, even after speaking at length with one of the ranchers near Mowry and after all the news and political bandwagoning around the (Cattleman’s) Ranchers’ Association meetings and "Press Conferences" {much the focus after the Krentz murder}…is their conspicuous lack of communication. I HAVE YET TO SEE THEIR 18 Point Plan to ‘secure the border’, nor Kyl-McCain’s piggyback 10 point plan!
It would seem that they would be very public asking for support and/or security volunteers, but they seem to have, instead, assumed some fearful secrecy, for some unknown reason.

We have spotlighted the voices crying to the Feds to do the job of securing and controlling the border…INSTEAD OF staging possible gunfights with intercepted smugglers all over our backyards. We support the position that if any gunfire is introduced into our neighborhoods, we will respond with overwhelming firepower ON BOTH PARTIES, bringing the foolhardiness and public endangerment to an immediate and permanent halt.
In that regard, too many ranchers are still subject to suspicions & questions: Of what worth are you; Can you justify your business existence with statistics of what your production means to the local economy? Where’s the product? Is there any Southern Cochise or Santa Cruz County Organic short-grass open range [San Rafael Valley] BEEF AVAILABLE LOCALLY? Why do we NOT SEE any ads or find local ranchers’ products to buy? Are these ranches JUST FRONTS for multi-million dollar smuggling route toll-road schemes? How did you come to own such large spreads, and how did you pay for them?; or, would you still be in business without Federal Grazing allotments?
It’s reasonable to suspect, with the market & economy as it is, that some ranchers have been & still are willing to supplement their income ANY WAY THEY CAN, including, it appears, conceding to the message from a PALOMINAS rancher who was beaten by smugglers, and told to pass the warning to the other ranchers: Worst would happen if they intercepted the smugglers. In spite of the warning, and without alerting others or asking for help, the day before Bob Krentz was killed, they seized some 300 lbs of pot ON HIS RANCH …and BP consequently released four smugglers UNDER THE 500 Pound Rule. I don’t believe that any legitimate cattle ranch production can begin to justify the losses, repair the damage, nor restore the economy or PEACE which has been harmed across the Nation by the unfettered safe passage you ranchers and cowardly Border Patrol have aided & abetted by years of failing to resist or stop the criminals. It’s not at all absurd to think that a better use for these ranches would be as marijuana plantations, taking care of the whole flock of birdbrains, pulling the black market out from under the cartel, employing many locals, and boosting the economy with multiple valuable products & sustainable agriculture. It would have been much easier to trust and support these mysterious ranchers if they would just operate openly and publicly.
I can understand being ashamed of being a cattle rancher, beef cattle being so damaging to the land, and the biz being one of the laziest, and most surviving off Public Land grazing permits that are unjustified subsidies which cost them entirely too little per cow, and which give them way too much control over Our Public Lands under their give-away lease from the BLM.

But NONE among them (and even more surprising, B.P.) have pursued public awareness of Cartel observation posts on their ranches, or of the locations of smuggling trails, nor of the identities of smugglers and mules. The obvious lack of unified, organized, private security forces deployed by the ranchers means this: They care more about their cows and their smuggler-provided benefits, and their "separate peace" with the cartels than they do about ALL the communities across America suffering from drug and crime-gang violence + murders.
They, and Border Patrol, have not, and will not ever do anything [or it would have been done by now] -not even SPEAKING UP- to change this Nation-breaking invasion and attacks.  With "defenders" like these is it any surprise we consider them lower than cowards, unreliable as traitors, untrustworthy as the criminals they have failed to challenge & oppose? It would seem to be counter-productive and a flaw in National Security to continue to allow cattle ranching within the border war zone while some theater of National Guard ON THE "FENCE" plays out…  Too bad they don’t just send a few BRAINS instead. Plastic UV fluorescent tagging burrs, like micro toy ‘jacks’ spread along the border would embed themselves into the shoes & sneakers of border-crossers, making it all too easy to stop traffic: Tag! You’re IT!  Crushed fluorescent minerals, like those from Franklin, New Jersey, could be dusted into the dirt or sprayed across the landscape with no environmental impact, and likewise would tag the passers-by in a way they could not detect or counter.
So, as the National Guard "deploys" along the ‘Gunbelt’, we await the inevitable CONFLICT with the Mexican "Army", ZETAS, or other players we are way too familiar with, [expect an ambush on the naive] there is only the sound of gunfire to be awaited upon, heralding only the wider public’s surprise & experience of war we have lived with and the escalation to full-tilt conflict we have seen coming, heavy weapons always handy. It is expected, anticipated, planned, prepared for. What will be different this time is that WE WILL NOT ALLOW THE COWARDS TO RETREAT, we will be behind them, ready to help if they perform their duty or need us as reserves…but also ready to exercise The Green Valley Rule: You FOOLS on both sides {Yes, that also means you, treasonous Feds…we’d like you to leave AZ} may die for bringing this unnecessary war with you, and the Prohibition that caused it, into our Peaceful lives, into our own public lands, and worst of all, into our yards! YOU SHOULD HAVE TAKEN & HELD THE BORDER LONG AGO.
 There will be blood. This is ‘No Country for Old Men’ just as in the Cohen Brothers Film!
Militias, vigilantes, independent sovereign citizens, as long as there is all this Federally abandoned Public Land, formerly the Coronado National Forest, and Ranches For The Taking -it would seem that many mechanisms are available to turn the balance of power against the corrupt, the cartels, and the traitors…such as…just find some drugs on their ranches while they are present and seize the place, the bank accounts, the vehicles & assets, on behalf of the citizens, & hand over the players to the County Sheriff, and appoint yourselves as stewards while taking adverse possession….Homestead, here we come!