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9/17/2013 6:00:00 AM
Mohave County Supervisors want to bring 'hammer' to gray wolf talks
Brotherton ready to take on federal government
Joy Brotherton
Joy Brotherton

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Mohave County Supervisor Joy Brotherton stuck to her guns Monday morning and was the sole vote against a plan that would have the county negotiate an agreement to join the federal government's Mexican gray wolf recovery program as a coordinating agency and pool resources with other counties.

The Board has opposed the expansion of the wolf's territory in the state, which would include a swath of land between Interstate 40 and Interstate 10.

A discussion among the Board members over whether the county should be a cooperating agency or a coordinating agency in the program evolved after Brotherton disagreed with the original language in the agreement, one that would have designated the county as a cooperating agency. Cooperating agencies have less clout at the negotiating table than coordinating agencies do, District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson explained.

"This (memorandum of understanding) doesn't give us any more rights than not signing it," Brotherton said. "I think we should hold out for being a coordinating entity or nothing at all, because I'm not sure it's going to make a bit of difference."

The other members of the Board argued that at least joining as a cooperating agency would grant the county a seat at the table.

Board Chairman Gary Watson said he understood Brotherton's concern about being labeled a "cooperating agency," but the county needed to be part of this discussion.

"If Mohave County is not a cooperating agency and does not have a memorandum of understanding then we lose that right to have that significant input back and forth," he said. "I can guarantee you from experience from the uranium mining issue, it's incumbent on Mohave County to be at the table."

District 5 Supervisor Steven Moss agreed with Watson. The county has three options, Moss said. It could do nothing and let the federal government have its way, which wasn't a real option in his mind. It could wait and sue the government later or it could sign the memorandum and have a seat at the table.

District 2 Supervisor Hildy Angius agreed that the language in the memorandum wasn't ideal and asked District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson if holding out for a coordinating agency designation was a better idea.

"It would give us a stronger seat at the table," Johnson said. As a coordinating agency, the federal government would have to listen to the county's concerns.

"It gives us a bigger hammer," Johnson said.

Nick Hont, the county's Development Services director, suggested having staff go back to the federal government and negotiate a new memorandum.

"Right now we don't really have a good MOU. We're kind of lumped in with other counties," he said.

Watson pointed out that the county has two weeks to get an agreement signed with the federal government to participate in the program.

"There's only one way to get them to recognize you as a coordinating agency," Brotherton said. "And that's to not take no for an answer. You say 'This is what we're going to be.' And you take the stand and you don't back down on it. There are several counties already in the state of Arizona that are taking this stand and all of us need to do this together."

Moss then made a motion to send the memorandum back to staff for renegotiation with the federal government to make the county a coordinating agency and pool resources with other counties.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot

Wolves are the sociopaths of the animal world.

Very few animals will kill you just to kill you. Wolves will.

Release wolves in an area and they will migrate. That’s what they do.

Sooner or later they will become a major problem killing domestic animals or possibly humans.

To kill a dangerous wolf almost takes an act of Congress. To get reimbursement for property or animals destroyed or funeral expenses takes an act of God…or Obama.

Reimbursement claims agents are doubly dedicated to see YOU don’t see a dime.

They don’t get fired if you complain. They get praise. If you aint happy, they aint spent any claim money, nor admitted by settlement, that introduced wolves are a bad idea.

Our government doesn’t care about wolves or your rights.

Got an idea that can legally expand government control over people or properties? Tell them.

They’ll portend a dire need to protect, urgency, a warm fuzzy topping and roll over all obstacles regardless of rights or common sense.

What better than ever ranging wolves.

Federals take over lands, wolves move to.

The federals own 48.1% of Arizona land. They want 100%. This is how it’s done.

Pretty smart really.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Rick Sherwood

@Don Taysenferno
This article is about the Grey Wolves being introduced into Mohave County and you go off on a tangent about how the Government is getting smaller. Really? Because most everything I read and hear is that it has gotten bigger. Maybe I could believe you, if you were to produce some factual data. Would you? I just don't see how this could be what with all the people enrolling in all the entitlement programs. Don, we keep hearing that elections have consequences, maybe you didn't get the memo. Keep up the good work Joy, you lost on this vote, but we get the idea. Don, stay focused on the discussion.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: BOS, You Should Be Working on Getting High Paying Jobs Here

How bazaar. Nit picking over language when the county has already put forth their opposition. We have so many problems in this county. We are one of the poorest and poorly educated area in the country. Yet our leaders would rather waste time over wolfs. Oh, forgot a few rich cattleman are bothered and therefore the BOS must act. With leaders like Watson, Brotherton and the rest of the merry men we will never improve the standard of living here.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Moore

Wouldn't it be nice if the BOS would acutally spend some time on something constructive LIKE JOBS FOR THE COUNTY, instead of wasting time on wolves and land swap deals?

I thought wehn we got rid of Lil Ronnie Walker and Dozin' Tom Sockwell things would improve. Was I chump on that one or what?

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: Just A Thought

Looks like another DO Nothing gun and God republican.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: cyndi roer

I'm against having wolfs in Mohave county or any county! They would eat our calves, and colts, sheep, cats and dogs, pets! What are they thinking of!! Crazy government!! We are having enough problems, raising cattle, drought, no rain, no feed, high prices of fuel, and hay! The government wants to make it harder on the ranchers!!
I'm not interested in having wolfs in our county!!

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Put wolves in the same category as mountain lions are and sell big game tags.

Might as well make a sport out of it since in reality I have never met a wolf that could read a no trespassing sign.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: Don Taysenferno

It's the corporations that are gettting BIGGER while the government is getting smaller. The more you allow the government to be starved with now 13 years of TAX CUTS for the wealthy, along with 13 years of WAR PROFITS TO CORPORATIONS< the more the government will have to CUT BACK.

I sure wish people would develop brains instead of listening to the talking media puppets of big business!

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: Liberal Lion

Best way to get elected to anything in this county: Repeat "the federal government sucks" over and over. Makes no difference whether it's the truth, if you have a better idea, etc. See Joy B., see sheriff, etc.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: L J

What the real issue here? Ranchers are compensated for any loses they may have.End of problem. Or perhaps there more to this than we'll really know?
We suggest Brothernton concentrate on the issues she campaigned on and elected to do.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: Dennis Jablonski

Good on ya ! Joy. Stick to your guns and give 'em (the feds) hell. But most of all, don't turn them wolves loose. I have spent a lot of time in western Wyoming and have some good stories about the wolves they let go in Yellowstone Park. We don't want that in Arizona.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: B B

Federal government is getting big enough so the states have no other choice ...

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: True Disbeliever

Really!!! I truly believe the Board of Supervisors have more serious issues in our County than the Mexican Grey Wolf. This issue showes where their priorities lay and its not with improtant things.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: Wiley Coyote

These people need to get to work on real problems in this county.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: trained observer

Why is the BOS wasting time and money with this? Why aren't they courting business to this area to create jobs? Why aren't they addressing the drug problem in this area? Why not serve the people in this county instead of throw money away on nothing?

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