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El Dorado County Sheriff Strips Forest Service Of State-Law Enforcement Power

Sheriff John D'Agostini is taking the unusual step of pulling the police powers from the federal agency because he says he has received “numerous complaints.” “I take the service that we provide to the citizens of El Dorado County and the visitors to El Dorado County very seriously, and the style and manner of service we provide,” D’Agostini said. “The U.S. Forest Service, after many attempts and given many opportunities, has failed to meet that standard.”

Laura Cole, CBS | June 21 2013

EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) — The El Dorado County Sheriff says he’s not happy with the U.S. Forest Service, so he’s stripping them of their authority by keeping them from enforcing state law within the county.

Sheriff John D’Agostini is taking the unusual step of pulling the police powers from the federal agency because he says he has received “numerous, numerous complaints.”

In a letter obtained by CBS13, the sheriff informs the federal agency that its officers will no longer be able to enforce California state law anywhere in his county.

“I take the service that we provide to the citizens of El Dorado County and the visitors to El Dorado County very seriously, and the style and manner of service we provide,” D’Agostini said. “The U.S. Forest Service, after many attempts and given many opportunities, has failed to meet that standard.”

The sheriff won’t give specifics, but he says he’s concerned about the number of complaints his department’s received against the federal officers.

We asked law professor John Myers if the sheriff’s actions can supercede the feds.

“Looks to me as though the sheriff can do this,” he said. “They don’t have state powers in the first place, but essentially the sheriff can deputize individuals to have authority in his or her jurisdiction.”

The U.S. Forest Services wouldn’t comment beyond this statement:

“The U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement has not received this letter yet, but we have valued our partnership and good working relationship with the county over the years.”

But with limited resources and such a large area to patrol, some may be concerned that public safety may be compromised.

We asked the sheriff whether this will increase response times.

“It could be, but I doubt it.”

But the bottom line for campers is knowing someone will come when they call and report a crime.

D’Agostini’s order will go into effect on July 22, and for now, there’s no resolution in sight.

 See video report here: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/06/21/el-dorado-county-sheriff-strips-forest-service-of-state-law-enforcement-power

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Captain Terry M. Hestilow, United States Army, Retired (Examiner)

On Saturday March 23, Terry M. Hestilow, a retired Army officer with nearly 30 years of service under his belt, posted this letter he sent to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) this week. Hestilow wants DHS to hand over their war weapons to the Department of Defense.

The Honorable Senator John Cornyn, State of Texas
United States Senate
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Re: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and that agencies preparation for war against citizens of the United States of America

Dear Senator Cornyn,

It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that can only be understood as a bold threat of war by that agency, and the Obama administration, against the citizens of the United States of America. To date, DHS has been unwilling to provide to you, the elected representatives of the People, justification for recent purchases of almost 3,000 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) armored personnel carriers, 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition (with associated weapons), and other weapons systems, when, in fact, the DHS has no war mission or war making authority within the limits of the United States of America.

Significant is the fact that at the same time the Obama administration is arming his DHS for war within the limits of the United States against the People of the United States in accordance with his 2008 campaign speech claiming,

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve gotta (sic) have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the United States military]”–Candidate Barack Obama, 2008.

The Obama administration is deliberately defunding, overextending, and hollowing the Department of Defense; the only legitimate agency of the U.S. government with a war mission.

This act of the Obama administration stands as a glaring threat of war against our nation’s citizens!
This act of the Obama administration can only be understood as a tyrannical threat against the Constitution of the United States of America! If left unresolved, the peace loving citizens who have sworn to defend the United States Constitution “against all enemies, both foreign and domestic” are left no option except to prepare to defend themselves, and the U.S. Constitution, against this Administration’s “coup” against the People and the foundations of liberty fought for and defended for the past 238 years. We have no choice if we honor our oaths.

The only proper response to this threat against the American people is for the representatives of the People, the members of the U.S. House and Senate, to demand in clear terms that the Administration cannot ignore, that the Department of Homeland Security immediately surrender their newly appropriated weapons of war to the Department of Defense (DoD). Further, since the DHS has assumed a position in the Administration to enforce the tyrannical acts of this president against the People of the United States against the limits of the United States Constitution, it remains for the United States Congress to exercise its limiting power in the balancing of powers established by our founding fathers, to disestablish and dissolve the DHS as soon as possible. One needs only to look to the rise of Adolf Hitler, and his associated DHS organizations, the SA and the SS, of 1932-1934, to see the outcome of allowing an agency of government this kind of control over the free citizens of a nation. The people of Germany could not have imagined, until it was too late, the danger of allowing a tyrant this kind of power. We must not be so na´ve as to think it will not happen to us as well if we remain passive toward this power grab by the Marxist Obama administration!

Finally, for more than two centuries the nation has lived in peace at home because of the protections of our legitimate military and the many appropriate state and federal law enforcement agencies, supported by Constitutional courts. We stand today at a cross-road. Will we allow this present Administration to overthrow our United States Constitution and its legal processes to amend injustices, or, will we honor our obligations to defend the Constitution against a “domestic” enemy? Our Constitution lays out the proper methods of resolving our differences; and it does not include its overthrow by a rogue agency of a Marxist leadership at home. You, sir, are our constitutionally elected agent to defend our Constitution at home. We are counting upon you. We remain aware, however, of this present threat and will not expose ourselves as an easy prey to the authors of the destruction of our nation.

I know that this letter demands much of you. We elected you because we, the citizens of the State of Texas, believe that you are up to the task at hand and will, against all threats, honor your oath and office. We are also writing to your fellow members of the House and Senate to stand in integrity with the Constitution and against this present threat by the Obama administration and his DHS.

We refuse to surrender our Constitution or our nation!


Captain Terry M. Hestilow
United States Army, Retired
Fort Worth, Texas
March 23, 2013


279 Sheriffs and 8 State Sheriff's Associations Saying ‘NO’ to Obama Gun Control

Posted on February 01, 2013



Sheriffs have risen up all over our great nation to stand up against the unconstitutional gun control measures being taken.

The following is a list of sheriffs and state sheriff’s associations from who have vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against Obama’s unlawful gun control measures.  I applaud these public servants for their courage and conviction.  

I call on sheriffs all over this nation to add their voices to the growing numbers of faithful protectors of our freedom. -Richard Mack

Constitutional Duty of the Sheriff – Richard Mack


Sheriffs and associations who have made public statements committing to protect their citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights from Obama’s gun control efforts will be added.  Some of these sheriffs are members of the CSPOA, but inclusion in this list does not necessarily mean they are a member.

List of State Sheriff’s Associations

1. Utah Sheriffs Association

2. Florida Sheriffs Association

3. Georgia Sheriffs Association

4. Colorado Sheriffs Association

5. New Mexico Sheriffs Association

6. Nebraska Sheriffs Association

7. Wyoming Sheriffs Association

8. Indiana Sheriffs Association


Pasted from <http://cspoa.org/sheriffs-gun-rights/>


List of New Mexico County Sheriffs standing against gun control

Disclaimer: While we encourage all sheriffs, their departments and peace officers to join CSPOA, the above list was created to identify those county sheriffs who have gone on record to uphold their oath by having made public statements, written open letters or called our office and asked to be included in the list of sheriffs and peace officers standing against gun control.  This DOES NOT mean they are members of the CSPOA.

New Mexico Dan Houston Bernalillo
  Shawn Menges Catron
Patrick R Jennings Chaves
Johnny Valdez Cibola
  Jim Maldonado Colfax
  Dennis A. Cleaver De Baca
Todd Garrison Dona Ana
Scott London Eddy
Raul Holguin Grant
Michael R Lucero Guadalupe
Herman Martinez Harding
Saturnino Madero Hidalgo
  Mark Hargrove Lea
  Robert Sheppard Lincoln
Marco Lucero Los Alamos
  Raymond Cobos Luna
  Benny House Otero
Joe Schallert Quay
Joe Mascarenas Arriba
  Darren Hooker Roosevelt
Ken Christesen San Juan
Benjie Vigil San Miguel
  Robert Garcia Santa Fe
  Joe Baca Sierra
Phillip Montoya Socorro
Miguel Romero Jr Taos
Heath White Torrance
  William Spriggs Union
  Louis Burkhard Valencia


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As hard economic times get harder, the STATE is out to squeeze even more money out of the People. "Sobriety Check Points" are only one of the ways the government generates revenue in these tough times, but the lawfulness of such NAZI behavior is being challenged Tuesday November 15th at 10:AM in the Catron County Magistrate Court. Here's the link:


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Catron County

Catron County is the largest county, by area, in New Mexico. At almost 7,000 square miles, Catron County is larger than a few Eastern states. With a population of only 3,543 people, the county is as sparsely populated as many an old West frontier area.

Within the boundaries of Catron County lie parts of the Gila National Forest, the Apache National Forest and the Cibola National Forest. The establishment of these national forests, in the past called "forest reserves," led to the name Reserve being given to a village on the San Francisco River.

In the 1860s, Mexican-Americans established a string of villages along the river, naming them the Upper, Lower, and Middle San Francisco Plazas. In the late 1870s anglo settlers began arriving. They called the Upper Frisco Plaza, Milligan's Plaza, naming it after a merchant and saloon owner. This village is now Reserve.

Milligan's Plaza was the site of the first legendary exploit of Elfego Baca. In 1882, or perhaps 1884, the nineteen-year-old Baca apparently appointed himself deputy sheriff and rode 130 miles from Socorro to the Plaza. Here he set about bringing justice to the Mexican-American community which had been beset by drunken cowboys.

Slightly outnumbered by, it is said, 80 Texans, he holed up in a jacal, the flimsiest kind of hut, and was besieged by a mob. Bullets and dynamite could not dislodge him, and in a gun battle lasting 33 hours, he inflicted death and grievous injury on his adversaries without being injured himself.

Bordering Arizona, Catron County affords the shortest route between Albuquerque and Phoenix or Tucson. Reserve can also be reached by following US 180 north from Silver City and NM 12 east for a total of 99 miles.

Catron County has always been rich in history from prehistoric Indians to the Chiricahua Apaches who hid in the Apache Creek and Tularosa River area in the 1880’s to Apache tribes with leaders such as Mangas Coloradas, Victorio, Geronimo, Chato, and Cochise who were housed on the Apache Indian Agency from 1870 to 1874 until they were moved back to the Ojo Caliente reservation and the Fort was abandoned. Until 1906 this settlement was know as Joseph. From Fort Tularosa housed the Apache Indian Agency until the Indians were moved back to the Ojo Caliente reservation and the Fort was abandoned.

Did you know Catron County even has claimed to a UFO crash in 1974 near Horse Springs on the San Augustine Plains? As the story goes one or maybe two of the aliens were still alive after the crash. However, no one living in the area at that time seems to remember the crash. But, still one has to ask was it a UFO or just a plane crash? Either way it makes a good story to when sitting around the campfire on a starry night.

Rising majestically from the bush and grass of the San Agustin Plains, the Datil Mountains rise to an elevation of 7,500 feet with the town of Datil nestled at its feet. This picturesque little town was established in 1884 and was named for the yucca seedpods resembling dates, Datil is the Spanish work of “date”. Levi and Fred Baldwin opened the first store and post office to serve area ranchers. Today, the Eagle Guest Ranch, a café, motel, general store, gas station, and RV park acts as the general meeting place for the community and surrounding area. A few miles to the west the Datil Well Campground was a watering well for cattle on the historic stock drive from Springerville, Arizona to the railhead in Magdalena, New Mexico.

Just down the road on US 60 sits a small community on the Continental Divide at the altitude of 7,900 feet. Clyde Norman owned the town’s only gas station and café, he began selling pies to the local community and passers by and in the 1920’s the town become known as Pie Town. In 1934 the area was opened to homesteaders who began dry land farming, mostly growing pinto beans until 1956 when the lack of rain and snow made farming difficult. Today an annual Pie Festival is held the second Saturday of September.

Another short drive west of Pie Town will bring you to Quemado, which lies at an altitude of 6,970 feet. Quemado is the Spanish word for “burned”. In 1880 a settler by the name of Jose Antonio Padilla noticed the brush had been burned by the local Indians and named the settlement Rito Quemado. Today Quemado serves the surrounding area with cafes, motels, garages, a general store, a hardware store, and a high school.

Luna is a tiny sleepy historical village that was settled in the 19th Century by a sheep rancher and powerful political force in New Mexico named Solomon Luna. The area was later settled by Mormon ranchers from Utah. However, the Hough Ruin (pronounced HUFF) is just a reminder these early settlers were but newcomers, as the Hough Ruin dates back 700 years earlier. In 1995, ten rooms were being excavated by archaeologists from the Museum of New Mexico and a great kiva was discovered. After further excavation it was found this site, though to be a Mogollon ruin, was different from other ruins. It was found to be a large, L-shaped, multi-storied ruin containing 20 to 35 rooms, and two kivas. Kivas were used for religious purposes. Although a shelter was built over the excavated ruins for their protection, it has yet to be developed, due to lack of money, into a visitor’s center and historical site.

Although today the narrow water pipeline named the “catwalk” by workman, to the 1890’s mining town of Graham, has been replaced by a metal walkway along the Whitewater Creek offers breath taking views of nature as the creek below races by. Ruins of the old mill can still be seen on the north side of the canyon from the parking lot. Past the canyon walls the trail continues to the old pump house. Another trail continues 14 miles to a 10,000 foot ridge in the Mogollon Mountains offering breath taking views.

The town of Mogollon was founded in 1895, and produced gold and silver for the next 20 years, until 1942 when wartime legislation was passed by Congress affecting gold production. Today Mogollon, now considered a ghost town, has few full time residents. The town has two small museums, an antique shop filled with mining artifacts, a B & B, and the old theatre is being restored. Mogollon offers the visitor a change to step into the past for a hour or two. The winding mountain road opens up into a canyon with houses on either side of the canyon and Silver Creek flowing quietly and lazily from one side of the canyon to the other. The mining community produced about 70% ($5,500,000.00) of all precious metals produced in New Mexico. This mountain range was either named for the mistletoe, which grows throughout the area, called Mogollon (pronounced muggy-yone) or Juan Ignacio Mogollon and early Spanish governor. In 1891, the town boosted of a public school with 120 students, a Catholic church, seven saloons and two red-light districts, but fires wiped out several of the buildings. Along with the consistent threat of fire floods became increasingly frequent due to the harvesting of trees for homes and mining operations. The gold and silver ore was freighted down the mountain and supplies were freighted up by wagons pulled by 18 horses around hairpin curves. As you drive along the road to Mogollon let your imagine drift back in time when the road was much narrower then your presently driving and wagons were pulled by 18 horses struggling all day to travel the 7 miles from the valley below to the bustling mining town.

Catron County Population: 3,543
Land Area: 6,898 square miles
Median Rainfall:
Average First Freeze Date September 24
Average Last Freeze Date: June 8
Elevation: 6,879 ft.
County Seat: Reserve
Total Federal Land: 2,799,004 acres
  581,435 acres BLM
  2,217,036 acres Forest Service
State Land: 533,037 acres
Indian Land: 10,880 acres
Deeded Land: 1,081,779 acres

Tom Klumker is standing for the right to be free from big-government control from Washington DC.  The People of Catron County know very well how to handle and care for their land and animals, both domestic and wild.  Generations of Catron County Citizens have lived lives bound to the Land and its native animals, plants and minerals.  We can take care of ourselves! Thank you for offering to get highly paid to help, but we can handle our local affairs just fine.

God bless all you fine Federal Folk and we'll look forward to seeing you next time we visit WASHINGTON D.C.

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