UPDATE: I-15 slow but moving, expect delays

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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19 Comments

  • Cathy April 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    It is not illegal in every state to block roads?

  • San April 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Why isn’t someone sending you photos from their phones? That is absolutely nuts…

    • Cathy April 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Because all cell and internet services have been shut down, from what I understand but how anyone knows that when they cant call is beyond me.

  • Cathy April 12, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    BTW, where is the Hwy Patrol because now this is their issue and they need to go take care of it. The Mililta are now breaking the laws of the State of Nevada.

  • carrnel April 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I say hold a cattle round up and arrest them all.

    • Bree April 12, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Agree, they are low life squatters!

  • E T April 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    No cell service in Gorge and it’s always slow going thru it until construction is finished 2015 or 16?

  • Harveyn April 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Mile post 112 is the one to the ranch.

  • Yeah Yeah April 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Stupid hillbillies. Go home.

    • Ang in Nebraska April 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      By all means, come visit me & I will GLADLY educate you on being a “hillbilly”.

  • S. Carter April 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Time to call in the national guard

  • TNT April 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Money and Power, Money and Power. If you are not a good little consumer and you do anything that’s free or makes life easier they’ll arrest you.
    There is oil and natural gas under Clive Bundy’s property. They are even lining the pockets of the bureau of land management because they are broke.
    It appears they will even commit terrorist acts for money.
    The Federal government is out of and continues to take our rights from us. Amending the constitution, making laws better against the constitution.
    We just look and do nothing.
    The American people have been dooped or we are just blind.

    • Joe April 12, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      Wow, did you know that Santa and Snow White procreated the Easter Bunny?

  • Real Life April 12, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Militia? LOL!!! What are they doing there but stirring the pot? If it gets out of control, like they want it to, I got my money on the guys with Apache helicopters and hellfire missles.

  • Kyle April 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Where is any picture or evidence supporting that it is militia blocking the road!!! My friend came up from Las Vegas yesterday and was stuck in traffic for over an hour. How about some un-biased reporting. Oh wait… it does not fit your agenda that big government is good for everyone.

    • Joe April 12, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      Golly gee sakes Kyle it happened today so what does your friend coming from Vegas yesterday have to do with the price of tea in China?

  • Kevin April 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Hi! I’m a redneck …. I am now the law, including your law. Yay patriotism.
    Ed. ellipsis

  • JustMe April 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Here is a link to a feed it says live feed not available but the video is available if you click the black box.
    http://topconservativenews.com/2014/04/live-feed-from-bundy-ranch/

  • Mark April 13, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Round up those idiots along with the Bundy’s, what dumb rednecks!

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