Action Alert: Your Help Needed to Protect the Pryor Mustangs BLM Sets Sights on Cloud’s Herd Once Again

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The following is an email I received from the cloud foundation.

Dear Cloud and Pryor Wild Horse Defenders;[sic]

The BLM is proposing another significant removal of wild horses on the Pryor Mountains. I know. Just when you thought it was safe… they’re back!

BLM’s recently released Environmental Assessment (EA) seeks to remove via bait trapping and potentially water trapping, 30 young Pryor mustangs, ages 1-3 years. Bait and/or water trapping could begin as early as mid-January. Comments are due by January 6, 2012. We urge you to comment and to support the NO Action Alternative, the only alternative that keeps a viable population of horses on the mountain.

Here are the points we feel you may want to mention in your remarks. Make sure to use your own words.

1) Making decisions on a 30 horse removal now could put the Pryor Wild Horse Herd in jeopary of a die-off. Natural mortality in the winter of 2011-2012 is an unknown. The number of foals to be born and survive in 2012 is also unknown.
2) The population of the Pryor Wild Horse Herd is currently stable with only 150 animals one year of age or older. According to Gus Cothran, PhD, the foremost equine geneticist in the U.S., “A census population size of 150-200 is required to achieve the minimum effective population size (usually 1/4 to 1/3 of the of the total population).” Currently, the Pryor population is at this bare minimum level.
3) In 2011 there was no population growth. Births equaled deaths—18 births versus 18 deaths.
4) Removing 30 young horses in one year alone is risky, unnecessary and threatens the genetic viability of the herd, diminishing their ability to survive into the future.
5) We urge BLM to wait and see what winter brings as far as mortality, and what the foal crop looks like in August of 2012. Late summer would be the time to assess herd growth and health as well as range health and decide on whether removals are really necessary.
6) No details have been provided in this EA regarding the disposition of young horses once they are caught, other than their transport to the Britton Springs corrals at the base of the mountain. What then? Where and when would the young horses be available for adoption? These details need to be revealed to the public.
7) There are no criteria cited which ensure that young horses with narrow genetic representation in the herd, unique or underrepresented colors and markings, and rigorous physical characteristics (i.e. size, health) would be retained on the range. Consideration must be given to these removal criteria to ensure that the “best” are left on the range in order for the herd to perpetuate itself into the future.
8) Urge BLM to adopt the No Action Alternative.

We are encouraging you to speak up on behalf of this small, isolated, genetically unique, world-famous herd. BLM will not accept emailed comments but feel free to send your comments via email to and please put in the subject line, “Pryor EA comments.” We will print out your emails and mail them with our Foundation comments. Or you can send your letters directly to:

Jim Sparks
Field Manager
BLM Billings Field Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, MT 59101

Thanks for speaking out to ensure that the Pryor herd and Cloud’s family line will continue into the future! Stay tuned for an update on our latest visit.

Happy Trails!

A Tale Of Two Cities: Tim Tebow’s Denver and Pat Sullivan’s Denver

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Early morning talk-radio in Denver was buzzing with tales of sheriffs and judges gone bad, church pastors visiting male-prostitutes for meth and sex, underage boys (10-12 years) blindfolded and performing sex acts for adult males in a social-club, a wealthy business man flying his private jet to Denver for drugs and sex with boys, alleged rooms with (hidden) drugs, rumors of the newly elected mayor visiting prostitutes, and it goes on and on… NFL, and NBA stars, police officers, judges, lawyers, educators, and prominent Denver business “leader’s” names reportedly on a “sex & drugs (mostly meth) with boys” list.

Denver’s Tom Martino writes about it on his website.

Thursday, December 15, 2011 – Tom Martino

The Troubleshooter Network has known for some time that the Community Country Club (Triple C, for short) was linked to the Pat sullivan case.

That’s because our informants, all who claim to have been victimized by Sullivan, say he visited there often to hook up with young men.

A few weeks ago, Troubleshooter investigator Jonathan Elinoff, went undercover inside triple CCC.

What he found were young men lined up waiting for sex. And he found what looked like drugs more from

Here’s another story from Tom’s website.

Friday, December 02, 2011 – Tom Martino

By now you’ve probably heard of the incredible story of a former decorated and respected sheriff who traded methamphetamine for sex. You may have also heard that my initial research and investigation into these allegations and a subsequent meeting with law enforcement authorities was the primary reason for the recent hasty police investigation that resulted in Pat Sullivan’s arrest.

I say “hasty” because two weeks after we met with police, Sullivan was arrested. Did police have hints of Sullivan’s wrongdoing prior to our meeting? We think so. But we felt the information was not so eagerly pursued until police felt I was going to air the the story.

First, some background: It all began with a phone call to my office from a young man who claimed Sullivan was engaging in “drugs-for-sex” prostitution involving mostly young men. It sounded too crazy to be true. But one of my investigators (Jonathan Elinoff) decided to check it out. His investigation led him to other alleged victims of Sullivan. Eventually we had what I felt was incriminating evidence, including some audio and video tape that appeared to capture Sullivan saying things that could incriminate him.

We gathered the interviews, hidden videos, hidden audio recordings and various documents — that appeared to tie Sullivan to young homosexual men and methamphetamines!

Here are some of the bare bones items being alleged by various young meth addicts: read more from Martino

On the other side: Tim Tebow’s Official Website


Here’s where the latest sex scandal began – originally posted here on December 2, 2011.

As bad as it gets: Ex Colorado one-time “Sheriff of the Year” in Meth-for-Gay-Sex-Scandal.

From KHOW AM Radio in Denver
Friday, December 2, 2011

Sullivan to face more charges in meth for sex scandal
Former Arapahoe County Sheriff will face a new set of charges when he returns to court on Monday.

Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan is already being held in jail for one count of distributing a controlled substance but now more charges are being filed against Sullivan including three felony counts and one misdemeanor.

Among the new charges are a count of attempting to influence a public servant, a count of pocession[sic] and a count of soliciting a prostitute.

Meanwhile, authorities say they have arrested the man who they believe supplied the meth Pat Sullivan used to exchange drugs for sex.

Investigators followed Sullivan to the home of Timothy Fasse in Denver. He was arrested on Tuesday and was charged with being in pocession[sic] of more than 2 grams of methamphetamine. Fasse is being held on $25,000 bond.

Sullivan is accused of offering methamphetamine in exchange for sex from a male acquaintance.

The 68-year-old former Arapahoe County sheriffis being held on a $500,000 bond. His next court date is December 5th where it’s expected he may face additional charges.

Sullivan appeared in court on Wednesday morning using a cane to walk. He appeared to have a bad limp. He was dressed in a jail-issued orange jumpsuit.

On 630 KHOW, Tom Martino and an investigator were onto the story weeks ago. They talked with meth addicts who say its was well known Sullivan would trade meth for sex.

A probable cause document released by authorities says two informants claim they had sex with Sullivan for meth or cash.
A sting was set up at a home that was outfitted with video and audio equipment. Sullivan was handling meth in the bedroom when he was arrested. There was a bag of meth on the bed and another bag on his person. Access this story

Memo from the editor of this blog: This story has just begun. Rumors of a murder are out there. The ex-sheriff was last employed at the Cherry Creek School System in Southwest, Denver.

“The investigation into Sullivan, 68, started with a traffic stop in Englewood on Nov. 17.”

“The man who was stopped consented to a search of his vehicle and police found drugs inside. The man then told police he had information about a high-profile figure. Sources tell 9Wants to Know that detectives were asked to come down to the Englewood Police Department in the middle of the night to hear the man’s story.”

“The information he provided jump started the investigation and lead to Sullivan’s arrest.” More from 9News.Com…

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Army vet shot by Vegas police was ill, sought help

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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas

Story from Las Vegas Sun
The Associated Press
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 | 4:48 p.m.

The 43-year-old Gulf War veteran gunned down by Las Vegas police in a weekend parking lot confrontation felt like his life was spiraling out of control and sought help from a veterans advocate days before he was killed. Full story: The Las Vegas Sun

Full Moon December 10th, 2011

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First posted December 8th.

Full Moon
Full Moon

The Moon will be 100% full December 10th, 2011 at 06:36:24 am Las Vegas time.

From The Old Farmer’s Almanac
“Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Cold Moon, ancient rituals of the winter solstice, and lunar eclipses,” featuring Amy Nieskens from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. [In the video Ms. Nieskens mentions a Full Moon on December 21st – on the Winter Solstice. How can this be? – UPDATE December 9 – Ms. Nieskens sent mail explaining that the video was shot last year.]

From The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Historically, the Native Americans who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full Moons. December’s moon is called The Full Cold Moon: This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes. This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark.

From Western Washington University
“American Indians gave names to each of the full moons to keep track of the passing year. The names are associated with the entire month until the next full moon occurs. Since a lunar month averages 29 days, the dates of the moons change from year to year. Here are titles most closely associated with calendar months.”

Two Native tribes are mentioned here – click the WWU link to access more information.

Zuni – Southwest, New Mexico
The Zuni name for December’s moon is “ik’ohbu yachunne” or “sun has traveled home to rest,” according to Western Washington University.

Zuni Jewelry
Zuni Jewelry -

Back East
Mohawk – Eastern Woodlands
The Mohawk name for December’s moon is “tsothohrha” or “time of cold” according to Western Washington University.

Past Top Model winner Wawa Standing.
Past "Top Model" winner Wawa Standing.

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Woman Too Broke To Buy Chemicals Caught Making Meth INSIDE Wal-Mart

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Story from Practikel.Com

Elizabeth Half Moon
Elizabeth Half Moon

In this economy, people are finding it tough to be able to afford the necessities that they have become comfortable with. This is not only true for families trying to feed their families, but also for many drug addicts who are unable to produce the money needed to buy chemicals that are used to make methamphetamine.

Elizabeth Alisha Greta Halfmoon, 45, from Tulsa, also known to go by Alisha Halfmoon, was arrested for endeavoring to manufacture meth at the 81st and Lewis store.

Halfmoon came into the store around noon (which was verified by the surveillance tapes) and after they noticed she was still there six hours later and acting oddly, they decided to do some further inspecting.

Responding officer David Shelby told Fox 23 that Halfmoon said she was too broke to buy the chemicals and so had to mix them in store.

He said: ‘She didn’t have the money to make the purchases of the chemicals that were needed so she was taking what was needed in the bottle.

‘When I saw her she had just finished mixing sulfuric acid with starter fluid in a bottle.’

The horror stories that people have heard about people making meth and causing explosions, horrified shoppers. In fact, one officer was burned after the meth that he was holding burned through the gloves he was wearing Read more from Practikel.Com

From the blog editor: “Ravaged beauty”.

The following photo from VWVortex.Com is quite a bit different.

 Elizabeth Alisha Greta Halfmoon
Elizabeth Alisha Greta Halfmoon

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Paralyzed Veterans of America

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Originally published on Veterans Day 2011

Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America - click me

America’s paralyzed veterans have sacrificed so much to protect our country and preserve our freedoms. A donation to Paralyzed Veterans of America will help our veterans overcome their setbacks and live rich, productive lives.

Your support will help us provide rehabilitation and health services, job training, family support, and funding for research working toward better treatments for spinal cord injury and dysfunction and, ultimately, a cure.

However you choose to support Paralyzed Veterans of America, your help will make a real difference in our heroes’ lives. Thank you for it.

Australian Guitarist Tommy Emannuel: An important guitarist on the short list with Les Paul, Chet Atkins, even Django Reinhardt

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First published December 3, 2012

Tommy Emmanuel
Tommy Emmanuel

I was watching one of those stations that have the member, money-drives and saw, more importantly, heard this guy playing the guitar. Without sounding too much like a little girl, Ohh Myy Godd! I can barely remember being so impressed listening to a guitarist for the first time. Maybe Django Reinhardt or (going way back,) Andres Segovia were two guitarists who were as impressive.

Check out his long, slim fingers fingers…

Anyway Tommy Emmanuel must be considered one of the very best pop/jazz/rock/blues/finger-style picker guitarists in the world,,, if not the best.

If I’m the last one to discover his music, just like Columbus discovering America, tough t—y.

Tommy Emmanuel’s Official Website

Fortune Valley Hotel in Central City, Colorado: Mini Hard Rock Rocking in the Hard Rocky Mountains

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Fortune Valley Hotel Guitar
Fortune Valley Hotel Guitar - Photo by Jeffrey V. Smith

The drive up was easy, the drive down was a bit dicey for a minute, due to the snow that hit this little mountain town last night around midnight, so I’ve heard. I actually was there but I was in the room by midnight watching the tube and eating a Brooklyn Panini ($5.95) consisting of meatballs with marinara and a slice of cheese on Panini bread, brushed with butter, and toasted in that special panini-press. Included for the $5.95 are chips and soda. I normally don’t do a lot of these but I guess it’s called Panini bread.

I received a brochure with two free-money coupons and a coupon for a free room from the Fortune Valley Hotel Casino in Central City, Colorado two weeks ago. I made a reservation for Wednesday the 30th of November. One cash coupon was for November, the other for December. So I cashed one in Wednesday night, the other the following day, Thursday the 1st of December.

Fortune Valley Hotel Casino in Central City, Colorado
Fortune Valley Hotel Casino in Central City, Colorado - Colorado

This wasn’t my favorite hotel in the Central City/Black Hawk area – in fact it was one of my least favorite of the larger hotel/casinos on the mountain.

Fortune Valley has undergone a makeover.

The first clue was the slick technicolor, coupon-brochure that I got in the mail. It was first-rate, first-class. The images were crisp with vibrant colors, attractive people, lots of blue – the color – and guitars. The guitars representing the (brand) new theme of the hotel – Rock & Roll! Resplendent with dozens of guitars: hanging, in cases with other rock memorabilia and positioned here and there. Having owned an easy dozen guitars over the years, of course, guitars attract me. 60s and 70s rock posters of Jimi Hendrix, The Stones et-al, an exact replica of Peter Fonda’s “Captain America” bike from one of my favorite movies, Easy Rider, as well as other motorcycles and other hip eye-candy all work – to some degree – to create a warm(er) ambiance. Definitely an improvement over the last incarnation. Mirrors on the ceiling would raise the – somewhat stifling – low ceiling, raising the virtual headroom. Listening management? Ceiling mirrors would double the warmth/lighting factor of the casino (check out The Peppermill in Reno). If mirroring the entire ceiling would be cost-prohibitive maybe patches of mirrored ceiling would help.

My remaining problem with the casino is with the video/slot machines. It’s not easy finding a straight $.01/.05/.10/.25 Video Poker or Keno or Black Jack etc. machine. Most of the machines are of the new breed: Cartoon Video Machines. It’s not easy maintaining a serious Vegas Vibe with childish cartoon figures everywhere. But maybe that’s just me. How about more freek’n artistic machine-graphics? How about adult images? Not as in porn, but as in grown-up.

Aside from the gaming issues, my comments will address the basics. The hotel/gaming areas have a new energy. The look of that energy is warm, colorful and qualitative. The rock memorabilia, guitars, new blue lights, carpet and whatever else I might not have noticed contribute to a thumbs up for the makeover. I’ll return, but probably not to gamble. I’ll play my nickle 10-5 Video-Poker Bonus game at Ameristar, and I’ll play $.05 Multi-Card Keno at Ameristar and $.01 Multi-Card Keno at The Gilpin Hotel. I’ll return for the vibe, and try the other food outlets. In addition to the little shop where I got the Panini they have a small (one-trip, I think) buffet and a pizza area as well as what looks like a first-rate restaurant, Ardore”s “A Tuscan Steakhouse and Wine Experience” with what appears to be a vast wine store. Also the Guitar Bar seems to be a good place to hang out. There was a beauty sitting at the bar last night around 8:00 P.M. I didn’t but I’ll have to taste the video-poker machines on the bar top.

The hotel room (thanks Fortune Valley) was more welcoming than I remember from my last trip to FV. I remember that last room (from three years ago) as somewhat garish with garden green wall-paper and miscellaneous things that were off-putting. This trip, the room was nicely appointed with a basic black, grey and off-white theme with one wall and a huge matching pillow in yellow. There was a flat-screen on the wall, a small fridge, a desk and a very nice, new bathroom with a hair dryer. A little coffee machine was ready at the entrance.

Fortune Valleys Guitar Bar
Fortune Valley's Guitar Bar - Photo by Jeffrey V. Smith

Here’s a link to some more insider stuff about the new management team with more photos – From the ColoradoGambler.Com

Fortune Valley Hotel’s Official Website
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