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Piute County, Utah, may be where the next big showdown with the federal government occurs. Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of the county is controlled by the BLM and the Forest Service, and Sheriff Marty Gleave has had enough. He took a strong position in a recent discussion with the Rural Caucus of the Utah State legislature.

We’re not taking no more cuts on the Mountain. I’ll deputize every man, woman and child in the county to stop what’s going on.

The Forest Service has already seized grazing permits from Stanton Gleave and another rancher, Keith Anderton as it endeavors to revitalize aspen growth on Monroe Mountain.

It’s difficult to say in some cases what is just talk and what will translate into action, but we certainly hope that Sheriff Gleave—and other Sheriffs throughout the occupied West—will stick to their guns and throw the feds out on their ears.

Fox 13 in Salt Lake City has more on this story: