I-Team / Pickens Horse Sanctuary
Posted by Texas Mustang Project on April 14, 2012
George Knapp is digging into the delays (obstructions) that Madeleine Pickens is facing regarding her Elko County horse eco-sanctuary. It appears to be the same old issue involving the “good ole boys” holding Nevada tourism hostage. Y’all might remember Director of Agriculture Jim Barbee’s recent “Livestock trumps horses” message that was quickly rebutted with “Tourism trumps livestock” in the local papers. And so the games continue.
The incongruity here is that while the tourism industry isn’t trying to put livestock operators out of work, there is evidence that Nevada’s livestock lobby and it’s all-or-nothing positions are putting people in the tourism industry on the unemployment rolls.
Here’s a link to the I-Team report. Intelligent reader comments may be helpful.
Interestingly enough I recently had a former cattleman tell me that he got out of the business because “You can’t make a living when your industry’s claim to fame is 200 years of tradition unmarked by progress.” Maybe the folks in our ranching sector, an historic element of Nevada that does belong here, should join us in the 21st Century. After all there is room in this state for everybody so long as we all play nice.