UPDATE – AT 2 p.m. AHP Sgt. John Bottoms advised the Interstate is back open, with traffic moving slowly in both directions through the Virgin River Gorge because everyone is slowing down to see all the activity on the side of the highway
“There appear to be militia members wearing military style uniforms,” Bottoms said, “and they are estimating the number of Bundy supporters around 100-200 along the Interstate.”
Motorist cautions are advised and longer than normal delays are expected for southbound travelers after Mesquite, Nev.
So if you travel to the Las Vegas areas – plan on longer than normal delays after they get through Mesquite.
This is a changing and developing situation. This post may be updated.
ST. GEORGE – Despite the announcement earlier Saturday that the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service have ceased their cattle impounding operations in connection with the dispute with Cliven Bundy, conflict between law enforcement agencies and groups that have come purportedly to Bundy’s aid continues and Interstate 15 southbound at Nev. mile post 115 is currently blocked. There is no through southbound traffic at this time.
“It is true that the militia have blocked I-15 around (Nev.) mile post 115, about 7-8 miles south of the Arizona state line,” Arizona Highway Patrol Sgt. John Bottoms said.
He does not know how many people are involved and whether the emerging conflict will cross over onto the northbound side of I-15 in the area.
People traveling are encouraged to modify plans to avoid the area until further notice.
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- Range war: BLM, Iron County to work together on feral horse issue – Iron County
- Range war: County resolves to solve wild horse problem if BLM prioritizes Bundy cattle – Iron County
- Range war: County Commissioners oppose BLM bringing Bundy cattle to Utah – Washington County
- Range war: Rancher stands defiant as BLM moves to impound ‘trespass cattle’
- BLM, National Park Service close public lands due to trespassing cattle dispute
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