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Sen. Heller Says Bundy Should Pay BLM Grazing Fees

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Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada says Cliven Bundy should pay the Bureau of Land management more than $1 million in grazing fees the agency says he owes.
 
Heller made no additional comment on the subject at a news conference in Washington.
 
A Nevada rancher, Bundy says he doesn't recognize federal authority over lands around his property where his cattle have long grazed.
 
The BLM claims the cattle are trespassing on fragile Gold Butte habitat set aside for the endangered desert tortoise, and that Bundy owes $1.1 million in fees and penalties since 1993.

A recent armed standoff during a BLM roundup of the family's cattle earlier this month became so tense that the agency stopped its efforts, released about 350 animals back to Bundy and left the area.

Meanwhile, for weeks, police in Mesquite, Nevada, have been getting phone calls from travelers from around the country, wondering if it's safe to drive on Interstate 15 near where armed backers of a Nevada rancher have been camped since a standoff April 12 over cattle grazing on federal land.
 
Police Chief Troy Tanner tells callers it's safe.

But local authorities and Bundy's neighbors in the tiny farm town of Bunkerville are growing weary of intense media attention and the unresolved dispute in the scenic Virgin River area 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
 
The campers say they aren't leaving until Bundy tells them to go.   (AP)
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