Battle Born Media acquires Mesquite newspaper

Mesquite Local News website today

Mesquite Local News website today

Stephens Media, parent company of the Las Vegas daily newspaper, continues to shed personnel and assets. The latest leaf to fall is the Mesquite Local News weekly newspaper and online website, which have been purchased by Battle Born Media, a company owned by former, longtime Las Vegas Review-Journal publisher Sherman Frederick and globetrotting Associated Press sports columnist Tim Dahlberg, who has been based in Nevada for decades.

BBM already publishes the Lincoln County Record, The Ely Times, Eureka Sentinel and Mineral County Independent-News. In the story announcing the acquisition, Frederick was quoted as saying: “Mesquite is a wonderful town with no shortage of news. It fits in nicely with our other newspapers and our style of providing uncompromising community news in rural Nevada. We’re looking forward to becoming a vital part of the region and its communities.”

The Las Vegas paper made no note of the transaction.

Today’s edition contains a column on the Bundy confrontation under the headline: “What choices did Cliven Bundy have?”

It points out, as few news accounts have, that Bundy was literally in a Catch 22 when he was told by the BLM that could not graze cattle in the spring in order to protect threatened desert tortoises:

“The whole premise that Bundy owes $1 million in unpaid fees, fines and interest is suspect.

“Bundy explained to the BLM that he had no feed lot in which to hold cattle and his only option would be to sell his cattle for slaughter in February and buy new stock to put out to pasture in July. But from July to February desert range cattle actually lose weight.

“When Bundy was told he could not graze in the spring, he also was told to remove all his water tanks and the lines that fed them from local springs. The reason for this has never been explained, and never mind that water rights are granted by the state and the federal government is not allowed to interfere with those rights, as several federal court cases have upheld.

“So, if he had paid his fees and grazed when the BLM told him he could, Bundy would have gone out of business. It is a Catch-22. Pay your fees and go broke. Defy an unsound and unscientific order and get broken. If Bundy had written the BLM a check for grazing his cattle when the BLM said he shouldn’t, they would not have accepted it.”

The paper also carries an editorial talking about the destruction of Bundy’s private property by the BLM and calling on Bundy to call up Sheriff Doug Gillespie, show him his destroyed 12,000-gallon water tank and demand an arrest warrant be issued. The water tank — torn apart by BLM agents — was undeniably Bundy’s private property as a part of his water rights, granted by the state of Nevada.

The Mesquite Local News is published in print and online on Thursday.

 

16 comments on “Battle Born Media acquires Mesquite newspaper

  1. Steve says:

    BBM growing in the face of shrinking industry.
    Could the cause of this growth be paying attention to local interests and concerns in conjunction with a spot or two of truth in reporting?

    Not many more to go before BBM picks up the pieces of the old publication on Bonanza?
    That is hope I can support.

  2. Not sure BBM can carry that much baggage.

  3. Winston Smith says:

    Hey, did someone else post this? http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/29/The-Long-History-Of-BLM-s-Aggressive-Cattle-Seizures

    I can’t remember where I got it…getting old I guess…

    BTW, Tom, you look very forthright in that in that Mesquite pic. Did you have six-guns on at the time?

    BTW2: You owe me for that Catch-22 ref 🙂

  4. Yes, better to steal a good line than invent a poor one.

  5. Winston Smith says:

    Indeed…

  6. Steve says:

    “Not sure BBM can carry that much baggage.”

    Stop giving Nyp ammunition! Once we decide the value and worth, conservatives can do anything we set our minds to doing!

    Libs are the closed minded, negative, only government can handle life, ones today!

  7. Rincon says:

    In contrast to Conservatives who value rule by business.

  8. Steve says:

    “In contrast to Conservatives who value rule by business.”

    Proved my point, thanks.

  9. Rincon says:

    You were born in the wrong time Steve. The Gilded Age would have been perfect for you.

  10. […] paper keeps cutting personnel and assets. (R-J did get around to mentioning it had sold the Mesquite Local News in a brief on 2B Friday that […]

  11. Winston Smith says:

    Tom, the Mesquite paper’s link is gone. Would you pls repost that here, or at least e-mail a copy of it?

    http://mesquitelocalnews.com/sections/opinion/guest-columnist/what-choices-did-cliven-bundy-have.html

  12. […] Publisher Sherman Frederick. The paper features ultra-right-winger and Bundy supporter Thomas Mitchell, who also writes under 4th ST8. Battle Born Media also owns the Mesquite Locate News, whose editor, Barbara Ellestad, mixes […]

  13. […] Publisher Sherman Frederick. The paper features ultra-right-winger and Bundy supporter Thomas Mitchell, who also writes under 4th ST8. Battle Born Media also owns the Mesquite Locate News, whose editor, Barbara Ellestad, mixes […]

  14. […] Publisher Sherman Frederick. The paper features ultra-right-winger and Bundy supporter Thomas Mitchell, who also writes under 4th ST8. Battle Born Media also owns the Mesquite Locate News, whose editor, Barbara Ellestad, mixes […]

  15. […] Publisher Sherman Frederick. The paper features ultra-right-winger and Bundy supporter Thomas Mitchell, who also writes under 4th ST8. Battle Born Media also owns the Mesquite Locate News, whose editor, Barbara Ellestad, mixes […]

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