Utah lawmakers dispute tactics and say Nevada land battle is bigger than grazing rights

By Glen Mills

Published 04/30 2014 05:05PM

Updated 05/01 2014 09:39AM

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – So far gun violence has been averted in the old west showdown between Nevada rancher, Cliven Bundy and the BLM, but words are cutting deep.

"Each day that goes by, it's hard for me to comprehend how ugly, vile, vulgar, and threatening people are, sending letters to my home and making other threats," said Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.

Reid has been a key figure in the battle going on in his home state.

The threats follow recent comments from Reid, calling Bundy and his militia supporter’s “domestic terrorists.”

Members of Utah's congressional delegation have made it clear from the beginning they want the cattle and the fight to stay out of our state.

"There's no excuse for anybody breaking the law and there's really no excuse for not paying your taxes, the other ranchers do," said Senator Orrin Hatch, ( R ) Ut.

We do have a land battle of our own in Utah.

"It's not just about Mr. Bundy, it really should be about the bigger, broader intrusion of the federal government on states and counties," said Representative Jason Chaffetz, ( R ) Ut.

That's why elected leaders are negotiating with the federal government to gain control of most of the federal lands in our state.

"We don't want to take over the national parks and the national monuments, I mean those are beautiful things that ought to be maintained by the federal government," said Hatch.

Outside of that, the state's argument is it's our land and we can do better at managing wild horse populations, natural resource development and more.

Senator Hatch says the BLM spent $1,000,000 on the standoff with Bundy and his supporters.

He believes that money would have been far better spent on managing land in Nevada and Utah.

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