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Nevada BLM Set to Discuss Use of Motorized Vehicles to Manage Wild Horses

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada will host its annual statewide public hearing to discuss the use of helicopters and motorized vehicles and aircraft in the monitoring and management of wild horses and burros on public lands in Nevada. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2020, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Lander County Courthouse located at 50 NV-305, Battle Mountain, NV 89820. For the health and safety of participants, wearing of masks during the public meeting will be mandatory and all other CDC and Nevada health guidelines will be followed.

The purpose of the hearing, required by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, is to solicit public comment on the use of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft to estimate wild horse or burro population size and the use of helicopters to gather and remove excess animals. The hearing will also consider the use of motorized vehicles to transport gathered wild horse or burros, as well as, to conduct field monitoring activates.

Nevada’s statewide wild horse and burro population numbers currently exceed 51,500 animals, which is more than 400 percent of the approved appropriate management level of 12,811. Having an overabundance of wild horses and burros above BLM management levels may cause resource damage resulting in limited forage and water availability, which reduces the number of animals that the land can support.

Helicopter and motorized vehicle usage is a critical tool for managing wild horses and burros on public lands,” said Ruth Thompson, BLM Nevada’s Wild Horse and Burro State Lead. “These management tools allow us to conduct aerial population surveys, monitor animal distribution, conduct safe and effective gathers, and transport captured animals in a humane and efficient manner.”

Since legislated removals began in 1976, the BLM Nevada has removed more than 161,196 wild horses and burros from Nevada’s rangelands. Over 5,477 of those animals have been adopted or sold locally; the majority of animals gathered in Nevada shipped to other states for adoption, sale or older animals are sent to off-range pastures to live out the remainder of their lives.

BLM Nevada has partnered with the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC), for over two decades. The NNCC and BLM-Nevada not only hosts public adoption offering saddle-trained animals through a competitive bid process but, the partnership is responsible for training animals to be used within other state and federal agencies programs such as the local Sheriff and U.S. Marine Corp Mounted Units, the U.S. Border Patrol and Park Services and U.S Forest Service and both State and Federal Fish and Wildlife agencies.

If you cannot attend the hearing, written comments must be mailed to the BLM Battle Mountain District Office, attention: Jess Harvey, 50 Bastian Rd, Battle Mountain, NV 89820 and must be received by close of business on June 25, 2020, to be considered.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals. 

On June 16th, the Board of County Commissioners adopted County Resolution 2020-08: A Resolution Opposing BLM’s Round-Up of Wild Horses and Burros by Helicopter in Nye County: https://www.nyecounty.net/DocumentCenter/View/36812/Item32

BLM to host statewide public hearing regarding use of motorized vehicles and aircraft in the Wild Horse and Burro Program




Suspects arrested in Nye kidnapping

Tonopah couple arrest in alleged Kidnapping

from the Nye County Sheriffs Department.

On May 1st, 2015, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a 14 year old girl who had not returned home after leaving for school earlier during the day and was initially believed to be a runaway. Deputies responded to the girl’s address on Isaac Street in Pahrump where the investigation indicated that she may have actually been abducted by a man and a woman, both of who are known to the girl’s family. The suspects were identified as Jason Klipple, age 34 and Tammy Ehart, age 40, both of Tonopah, NV.
Deputies learned that Klipple had been communicating with the girl through social media before picking her up on the morning of her disappearance and before she was able to arrive at school. Detectives developed several leads to believe the suspects may have been on their way to northern Nevada with the child at that time of the report.
NCSO Detectives and Deputies in Pahrump and Tonopah immediately began an intensely coordinated investigation, involving numerous resources and agencies to locate the suspects and the abducted girl.
Several unsuccessful attempts were made to contact Klipple, but Detectives eventually spoke with Tammy Ehart by phone, who provided false information about her identify and location in order to avoid apprehension and prevent the recovery of the child.
The coordinated investigation eventually led to information that the suspects had concealed the child in a moving van and were now attempting to return the child to Pahrump once it became clear that the investigation was closing in on them. Detectives and Deputies eventually located the van in Tonopah and located the child within. She was uninjured and turned over to her family.
Klipple and Ehart were taken into custody. Both were transported to Pahrump and booked at NCDC (Klipple, Kidnapping in the first degree, Conspiracy kidnapping in the first degree, Obstruct Police Officer) (Ehart, Kidnapping in the first degree, Conspiracy kidnapping in the first degree, Obstruct Police Officer, Use I.D. of another to avoid prosecution). Bail in the respective amounts of $225,640.00 and $230,640.00.
The motive for this abduction remains under investigation however it appears Klipple was falsely attempting to convince the child that he was her biological father.
Detectives are following up on several leads. Although the suspects are familiar to the child and her parents, Detectives are nevertheless advising parents to always be vigilant regarding the activities of their children on social media websites and with who they are communicating online.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information pertaining to this case is urged to contact the Nye County Sheriff’s Office at (775)751-7000 or by e-mailing ncso_detectives@co.nye.nv.us, attention Detective Cory Fowles.

Tammy Denise Ehart, AGE: 40, of Tonopah Nevada
Tammy Denise Ehart, AGE: 40, of Tonopah Nevada
Jason Allen Klipple, AGE:  34, of Tonopah Nevada
Jason Allen Klipple, AGE: 34, of Tonopah Nevada
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Tonopah Murder

1 Dead, 1 in custody in Tonopah

The Nye County Sheriffs department is reporting a fatal encounter Friday at a Tonopah Motel.  The incident left Penny Sue Silas dead and suspect Maureen Kinnamon arrested and charged with 1st degree murder.  According to the Nye County Sheriffs department, on Friday, March 27th,  at approximately 10:25 pm, NCSO deputies were dispatched to the National 9 Motel in Tonopah on a report of a female having been stabbed.

NCSO Deputies arrived and located Penny Sue Silas unresponsive laying on the 2nd story balcony of the motel, with Maureen Kinnamon sitting over her crying for help.   According to the Nye County Sheriffs department report, “As deputies were attempting to assist the victim, Maureen Kinnamon was making statements that she didn’t mean to hurt her like this.”

NCSO Deputies were able to get Penny Sue Silas loaded into the ambulance, and then began the process of securing the crime scene. According to the Nye County Sheriffs department, “Maureen Kinnamon was taken into custody when she made statements that she had done this to Silas.”

Nye Regional Medical Center advised deputies that Penny Silas succumbed to her injuries at 11:05 pm.

NCSO Detective Perry then began processing the crime scene. Through the course of the night and morning, multiple items of evidence were located in and around the motel room that was shared by Maureen Kinnamon and Penny Silas, to include the weapon used kill Penny Silas.

Kinnamon was booked into the Nye County Detention Center on a charge of 1st degree murder.

Maureen R. Kinnamon
Maureen R. Kinnamon
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Tonopah Man Arrested

Nye Sheriff arrests Kenneth Cardenas

According to officials in the Nye County Sheriffs department, 39 year old Kenneth Cardenas has been arrested on a charge of Sexual Assault.  The arrest was made after a lengthy investigation.  A statement from the Nye County Sheriffs department indicates that during the first week of March 2015 Nye County Sheriff’s Office received information from an outside agency pertaining to a female juvenile being sexually assaulted by Kenneth Cardenas, between the years of 2011 and 2012 at a location in Tonopah, NV.
The information was reviewed by Detective Perry, and found to be a credible disclosure of alleged sexual assault. The female juvenile who was 3 years old at the time, disclosed Kenneth Cardenas had allegedly been sexually active with her.  According to the Nye county sheriffs department, Detective Perry conducted an extensive interview with Cardenas.   The arrest report indicates that, “Cardenas made several incriminating statements of his involvement that were consistent with the disclosure from the female juvenile”.  Cardenas was booked on  a charge of sexual assault without incident.

Cardenas, photo by the Nye County Sheriffs department
Cardenas, photo by the Nye County Sheriffs department
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