Are you wondering how much this latest Bureau of Lawless Mobsters attempted land grab is costing YOU, the taxpayer?
You should ask them! You'll get quite a shock.
A couple of years ago, USFS decided to endlessly harass another miner, named David Everist, who lived out in the woods in an old trailer on his claim. They prosecuted him for removing a DEAD TREE, littering, and not having a plan of operation. Dave mined with a sluice box, a shovel and a gold pan.
That case cost YOU, the TAXPAYER, $11.5 million.
This number was obtained via FOIA documents procured from USFS by David Everist.
Yes, you read that right.
ELEVEN AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS.
Can you even imagine how much the Sugar Pine case is costing? Public relations specialists being flown in from DC, the team of lawyers, the cost of all the Homeland Security and FBI they've brought into the area, apparently for YOUR safety (from what I do not know.)
And all because they wouldn't sit down with us and allow us to present the abundance of proof we have of our surface control. They were given the opportunity to do the right thing, numerous times. They refused. Repeatedly.
Diane Parry, BLM Geologist for Medford District, arranged a meeting with us and decided not to turn up, claiming to be sick, and instead sent her assistant and an obnoxious constitution-hating Sheriff's deputy (BLM law enforcement). We actually had somebody else call her office and ask to be put through to her. They WERE put through to her. She was NOT sick at all. She lied. So, you see, this isn't something that came out of the blue and we just decided to get Oath Keepers to protect our property on a whim. This has been ongoing for months. They just didn't think we would or could put up the fight that we have.
And now YOU are going to be made to pay for all of this with your taxes.
Seriously, you have a right to know how many millions they are spending on this frivolous case that they CANNOT WIN in law, because they are simply WRONG.
Here's who you should contact to ask -
Dayne Barron - BLM District Manager
Medford District Office
Phone : 541-618-2444
email : D1Barron@blm.gov
Diane Parry - Geologist (The person who ordered this unlawful land grab in the first place.)
Medford District Office
Phone : 541-618-2353
email : DParry@blm.gov
Office Address -
BLM Medford District 3040 Biddle Road
Medford, OR 97504
Phone: 541-618-2200 (Main Office number)
email : BLM_OR_MD_Mail@blm.gov (Main Office email)
Whomever you talk to is unlikely to tell you anything more than you should file a FOIA request, for which they charge sometimes large sums of money. (The cost to Rick Barclay, Sugar Pine owner, has already reached approximately $10,000, most of which is FOIA request fees for documents.) But just making your concern known to them will send a message.
What they are doing to Sugar Pine is wrong. They are not following even their own agency regulations. They are breaking federal law for which some of them may lose their pensions. They are committing federal crimes for which some of them may go to jail when their superiors throw them under the bus as a sacrifice to save their own jobs.