Purge valve before the update

Dealing with the issues of the cases and observation and the things life brings… very busy.

But it always seems the busier I get the more waves of “stupid” that waft my way.

It is frustrating that I need to deal with these things…

There appears to be a new rumor about me flying around. I usually don’t address them because of the time… but instead of looking at the source and possible motivation… or asking me a question… the rumors just fly. They fan a fire that is not productive in any fashion.

There has NEVER been a case filed by Cattoor against me nor any subsequent injunction to keep me from roundups. I was just at Kiger, folks. It was Cattoor… Sue and I spoke. OK?

There was a case against someone else and a settlement. It was about an article that was written.

It was not me, nor my photograph.

ALSO please do not attribute statements to me that others may write that use my photos. I sign my own name to my words.

Update soon… after I eat and get everything offloaded.


23 thoughts on “Purge valve before the update

  1. Mar Wargo says:

    Seems you are OK and viewing will change at the new trap site. I have not heard the BS but it is so typical and does no one any good including those who create it. Undercurrents are always there and feed those who buy into the negativity. We are not about the negative minds we are about the wild horses and their futures and the lawsuits that are ongoing and ACTIVE!!

    • Mar Wargo says:

      Spring Creek Basin Roundup began Today in Southwestern Colorado, Dolores BLM District;

      pring Creek Wild Horse Gather

      Gather operations from Sept. 15 to Sept. 17

      Details of the Gather:

      September 15, BLM will gather approximately 60 wild horses in the Herd Management Area (HMA), which is a 21,932 acre area managed for a healthy wild horse herd that is in balance with other resources and uses. The current estimated population of wild horses in the HMA is about 90. This number is based on ground survey completed in May 2011 by volunteers with the Four Corners Backcountry Horsemen and includes the 2011 foal crop.

      The appropriate management level identified for the population in this HMA is between 35 to 65 wild horses. Up to 10 of the captured adult horses will be released to maintain herd population within the established appropriate management level. The application of the contraceptive porcine zona pellucida will be administered to mares released back into the HMA.


      About 25 of the wild horses gathered will be available for adoption through BLM’s wild horse and burro program. The adoption will be held at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 24 at 9 a.m. in Cortez. Individuals interested in adopting a horse must meet corral and shelter requirements. These standards are at http://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/requirements.php. The wild horses not adopted will be placed in long-term pastures.
      Latest News:

      For BLM news releases and statements issued about White River Gather, check our Newsroom.

      • Linda Horn says:

        Rain delay yesterday at Spring Creek Basin. Weather should be better today, but no Hotline update so far.

        • Mar Wargo says:

          It was ‘official’ today… we have had hard rain again here which somehow finds us by going South of Spring Creek (tho’ I hope it rained there) and North of Farmington!! I am not sure I will get over until the weekend.

          • Linda Horn says:

            How did you get the “official” word? I called the Front Desk about half an hour ago, and was sent to the same message I heard early this morning. Maybe a “little bird” told you?!?

          • Mar Wargo says:

            No, it actually was their official date as seen on the document I posted!! Just a co-incidence!

          • Linda Horn says:

            Mar, can’t believe I missed that after 4 cups of coffee (maybe that’s the problem!).14th …15th … why does EVERYTHING have to be so confusing? Another rhetorical question … sigh …

            We sure do have whacky weather around here! I’ve been told that when storms come from the SW, it’s due to “funneling”. Something about the valleys and mesas influencing steering currents.

          • Mar Wargo says:

            Patricia ran for cover also out at Mustang Camp. It is coming from that direction. We just came in after looking at all the snow we just got on the Nipple and Pagosa Peaks! It is down the sides. Roger said there was some snow along the road coming from town!! My toes get cold thinking about it!

          • Mar Wargo says:

            NORWOOD, Colo. – To protect the safety of the wild horses, the public and the Bureau of Land Management employees and contractors, public lands within the Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area (HMA) will be closed to all entry effective immediately until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.

            “The BLM received indication that some members of the public were planning to disrupt gather operations, and decided it was necessary to issue a closure to protect the wild horses,” said Lori Armstrong, BLM Southwest District Manager. “The BLM is responsible to ensure safety for all operations associated with the gather.”

            During the four-day period, public use or travel across any or all parts of the Spring Creek Basin HMA is prohibited. This closure affects public lands located in San Miguel and Dolores counties. The legal description of the HMA includes BLM-administered lands in T.42 and 43N. R.14 and 15W. N.M.P.M.

            The public may enter the described closure area if they are escorted to a designated observation site by an authorized BLM official. No motorized vehicles, bicycles, dogs or domestic horses are permitted within the closure area.

            Maps of the closure area may be obtained from the Dolores Public Lands Office located at 29211 Highway 184, Dolores, CO 81323. The areas affected by this closure order will also be posted with appropriate regulatory signs and or physical barriers.

            Violations are punishable as a Class A misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $100,000 for an individual or $200,000 for an organization and/or up to 12 months imprisonment.

  2. Mar Wargo says:

    All the horses captured at Winter Ridge, Utah, have tested NEGATIVE for Equine Infectious Anemia!!!!! They will be going to the Delta short term facility for processing.

    Thanks Leslie Peeples for getting the news out!!

  3. R.T. Fitch says:

    Personal Opinion: ignore stupid…stupid killed horses, lost wars and toppled nations. No time for stupid.

  4. Leslie Peeples says:

    LOL RT, love that, no time for stupid! and Laura also, “the busier I get the more waves of stupid that waft my way”! Thanks for clearing up the rumor. People could have just checked that one out for themselves by a google search, but no, lets just spread shit that damages our cause! Thanks for being there Laura!
    Please, please skip a latte every month guys and send a monthly donation of what ever you can to keep our witness and warrior on the road!

  5. Margaret says:

    Laura I’m sorry your having to deal with this kind of stuff. You do amazing work for all of us. I wish I had more funds to send you to help with gas and legal.

    Thank you doesn’t even begin to express my admiration of you and what you do.

  6. Poor Ginger says:

    The “stud (or mare!) pile” just keeps on growing! Thanks, Laura. Be safe out there.

  7. Louie Cocroft says:

    Mar, what contractor did that round-up at Winter Ridge…do you know? Were there any observers there?

  8. Mar Wargo says:

    Cattoors. If there were observers we have not heard from them and do not know there names. m

  9. Louie Cocroft says:

    So, again, those Horses can just be whisked out of sight, with absolutely no justification.

  10. Mar Wargo says:

    Delta, short term facility for Processing and then adoption at infamous Butterfield/Herriman and LTH for the ‘unadoptable’.

  11. polopaula says:

    Infamous as “questionable adopters”? They looked like such nice horses.

    • Mar Wargo says:

      ‘Infamous’ as in Herriman Facility, South of Salt Lake City where horses were sick and standing in mud up to their hocks for months earlier this year. It may be hoped this facility has been drained and altered so that will never happen again. Where have you seen pictures of the Winter Ridge horses? Are they public? Yes, they are beautiful. I was there in 2010. Horses of all colors and very healthy. We saw about 85 wild horses on the reservation.

  12. polopaula says:

    Laura..thanks a million. This is a crazy question..nope, just won;t ask that. Love everything that you are doing. Sent my $50, and hope to do that each month. Worked smooth on my end . hope it did on yours.
    I hadn’t heard any rumors.. but I am typically the last to know.

  13. savewildhorses says:

    “The wilderness needs no defense. But it does need defenders.”
    ~Edward Abbey

    Thanks for all you do.

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