BLM rangers pelted with eggs at Sand Mt. over weekend

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BLM rangers pelted with eggs at Sand Mt. over weekend

Post by Crowdog » Tue Mar 29, 2005 7:24 am

A few idiots are going to have the place crawling with law enforcement, and force capacity limits.....

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BLM rangers pelted with eggs at Sand Mt. over weekend

Marlene Garcia, mgarcia@lahontanvalleynews.com
March 29, 2005

Three major accidents, two arrests and personal attacks on Bureau of Land Management rangers marred a crowded Easter weekend at Sand Mountain, 30 miles east of Fallon.

A BLM official estimated there were 2,500 people at the popular off-road recreation area between Thursday and Sunday.

Elayn Briggs, associate field manager for the BLM, said extra park rangers were sent to Sand Mt. after raw eggs were thrown at rangers enforcing the law and at their vehicles. The egg-throwing occurred Thursday night, Briggs said. On Friday, there were eight rangers patrolling the area.

On Saturday night, someone threw a rock at a BLM vehicle, breaking out a window.

A sign at the Pony Express Station nearby was also chopped down and stolen.

Briggs said there have been verbal confrontations between law enforcement and campers in the past but rangers had not been physically targeted like they were over the weekend.

"I don't know that the crowd was more unruly but we had incidents we hadn't experienced before. We never had eggs thrown at us," Briggs said. "I wouldn't say the crowd was more unruly than normal."

Careflight was called to three "major medicals" that were described as serious by Briggs. One of the victims refused to be airlifted just as the helicopter was preparing to land, she added.

Churchill County Sheriff Richard Ingram said the county responded to a total of six requests for ambulances between 11 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

At least one minor was arrested by the Churchill County Sheriff's Office for alcohol violations. An adult was taken into custody on suspicion of violating probation because he was consuming alcohol, said Briggs.

"Law enforcement issued about 100 warnings and 50 citations," said Brings.

Citations are issued for violations such as open container, failure to pay entrance fees, riding without a whip flag, riding without headlights and tail lights at night, possessing glass containers and trashy campsites.

Briggs said the BLM will be exploring a hike in fees at Sand Mountain and possibly limiting the number of campers next year. She said the public will have plenty of time to comment on any proposed changes before they are implemented.

Currently, campers pay $20 to stay up to a week. A $45 annual pass is also available.

"The BLM is facing budget problems and the fees are not nearly enough manage it by providing law enforcement, emergency medical, road grading, restrooms and dumping the trash," said Briggs. "The fees don't begin to cover it appropriately.

"We'll be looking to increase the fees next year and look at the carrying capacity - how many people that area can sustain. We'll be looking for public input on that."

On Memorial Day and Labor Day, up to 5,000 people have camped at Sand Mountain in the past, according to Briggs.

Marlene Garcia can be contacted at mgarcia@lahontanvalleynews.com

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Post by foolofsand » Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:10 am

great for all the idiots there that were involved-keep it up and before long away the riding area goes. we have no one to blame but ourselves

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Post by LoBuck » Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:15 am

foolofsand wrote:great for all the idiots there that were involved-keep it up and before long away the riding area goes. we have no one to blame but ourselves
Sorry, but I can't claim these jokers as "ourselves". Still the same result no doubt. :twisted:
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Post by rbjcampi » Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:15 am

These idiots probably all stopped for gas at fox peak too. Might as well go all out in getting Sand Mountain closed down

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Post by Crowdog » Wed Mar 30, 2005 7:44 am

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BLM needs to keep rowdies in check at Sand Mountain

March 30, 2005

It was disturbing to learn some yokels threw eggs at Bureau of Land Management rangers, cut down a pony express sign and broke out a window in a federal vehicle at Sand Mountain over the Easter weekend.

While BLM officials have dealt with big crowds before, the actions of a few troublemakers crossed the line this time. BLM rangers felt they had to call in extra help to deal with a few bad apples in an estimated crowd of 2,500. The busy weekend at the dune also brought accidents, six requests to Churchill County for an ambulance, underage drinking and other assorted activities.

Sand Mountain is far too important as a regional attraction for thousands of off-road enthusiasts to let it be taken over by rowdies.

The economic importance of Sand Mountain is tremendous. Fallon is the last stop for food, gas and supplies on the "loneliest" highway to the recreation area. RVs hauling ATVs, sand rails, dune buggies and motorcycles stop in Fallon every weekend to gas up and buy food at local grocery stores. Many visitors are families looking to have a little off-road weekend fun, and we'd hate to see the public recreation area get a reputation for out-of control partying and trouble makers.

The BLM is already talking about the possibility of hiking users fees to cover the cost of dealing with the crowds, the garbage they leave behind and law enforcement. The land management agency also is considering limiting the number of users. We'd prefer neither of those scenarios take place.

The minimal rules and regulations in place are not onerous to observe, and they are what make the area so attractive. It's the freedom to camp out most anywhere, go sand boarding at midnight and race dune buggies nonstop that brings up to 5,000 people on big weekends like Memorial Day and Labor Day.

We don't advocate a heavy-handed approach to policing Sand Mountain, but we would encourage the BLM to keep rowdies in check on big weekends. Enforce the laws in place so that everyone else can enjoy one of Nevada's most unique places.

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The Reason they were Pelted

Post by Erik Gauger » Sun May 08, 2005 7:59 pm

May I ask, does anybody know the reason the rangers were pelted? Does it have something to do with their attitude, the butterflys, etc? Thanks, Erik

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Post by N2Deep » Sun May 08, 2005 8:28 pm

I don't believe there is any excuse to be pelting the Rangers. If they were doing something wrong, file a formal complaint. This kind of behavior hurts us and does no good for the off road community.

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Post by Poiks » Sun May 08, 2005 8:35 pm

N2Deep wrote:I don't believe there is any excuse to be pelting the Rangers. If they were doing something wrong, file a formal complaint. This kind of behavior hurts us and does no good for the off road community.
I'll second that.

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Post by Erik Gauger » Mon May 09, 2005 11:05 am

Hi, thanks for writing back...I understand that you know that pelting the rangers is bad, but I am specifically interested to know what made people do it. What do the rangers do or represent that makes people want to pelt them?

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Post by Sand Commander » Mon May 09, 2005 1:22 pm

I am looking for the press release as I type this, seems I remember some trails being shutdown or restricted to one way. I can't remember which. Something about a butterfly as I recall. Maybe some people didn't like that.
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Thanks Sand Commander

Post by Erik Gauger » Mon May 09, 2005 3:11 pm

Thanks Sand Commander, I would love to hear about the press release. Seems an interesting topic, I'll be at Sand Mountain on Saturday of this week with my wife and offroader and just wanted to learn about the area from a current events standpoint. Erik

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Post by Crowdog » Mon May 09, 2005 5:10 pm

Nothing justifies throwing rocks or eggs at a law enforcement officer.

I know that some folks felt that BLM "cracked down" a bit hard on enforcing the rules, and this may have excited the situation.

There hasn't been any press releases for quite some time in regards to Sand Mountain. BLM implemented their trail closures over a year ago, and are planning to close more if users don't stay on the "green" routes. So really nothing new on the butterfly. CBD's petition to list the butterfly as endangered is still being considered by USFWS.

More info: http://www.SandMountain-NV.org

I may be there Friday/Saturday of this week too.

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