Judge Denies Tombstone Water

Official seal of City of Tombstone, Arizona

Official seal of City of Tombstone, Arizona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I sometimes realize that there are smarter people around than me but, I do realize that a town, even one that “is too tough to die”, does need water to fight fires. I guess that makes me smarter than the US Forest Service and District Judge Frank Zapata. I find it outrageous that these idiots think that their silly programs are more important than the history water rights of a town that goes way back before Arizona was a state, before there was a Forest Service, or even before there was a land use policy. As far as I’m concerned they should be charged with criminal malfeasance and hold personal liability for any injuries or death attributable to this BS.

From Marita Noon:

It is fire season in the West. Reports say the early start is “not a good sign,” and forecasts claim the “combination of heat and dryness will only make western wildfires worse.” The predictions were made in the same week that US District Judge Frank Zapata made a decision to deny an emergency request by the city of Tombstone, AZ, to repair its water system damaged in last year’s Monument Fire. He doesn’t think Tombstone has a crisis. Zapata said: “Claims of a drastic water emergency related to public consumption and fire needs are overstated and speculative.”

Though he was born in a small town, seven miles from the third highest mountain in Arizona, Zapata apparently has not lived with the eminent threat of forest fire. Having grown up in the foothills of Southern California where my family had to evacuate several times as the flames pressed toward our home, I understand the importance of water.

I got interested in the Tombstone story when I heard a promo for John Stossel’s show addressing Tombstone’s water woes. He teased the show saying that Tombstone was told they could fix their broken pipes using horses and shovels. This piqued my interest. I’ve written a couple of columns addressing the Forest Service’s requirements for mining claims in Montana that included hand tools and pack mules. You’d think they make this stuff up just for TV, but it’s real—as is the threat of fire in Tombstone.

In short, here is Tombstone’s tale. (Click here for a long version.)

Tombstone is a small city in the Arizona desert. They get their water from the nearby Huachuca Mountains through one of the longest gravity-fed systems in the country. Tombstone has an unbroken chain of ownership to the water. The pipeline that brings the water the 26 miles from the springs to Tombstone goes back to before Arizona was a state, way before there was a US Forest Service, or a federal wilderness act.

Last year, on June 16, the massive Monument Fire and the subsequent monsoon rains destroyed the pipelines that bring the water to Tombstone and boulders the size of Volkswagens blocked access to the springs—with some of the springs being buried under 12-15 feet of rock, gravel, and broken trees. Jack Henderson, who was Mayor at the time of the disaster recalls, “There was nothing left. It looked like a moonscape. We lost the war up there.”

In fact, the war was just beginning—but the war was not against nature; rather it is against the essential philosophy of our present national government.

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AS I said in my opening, I find it appalling that these petty, prissy, overbearing officials bear no responsibility for their actions, yes, judge, that includes you too. Americans building aqueducts in the 21st century with mules and shovels, for Pete’s sake. If I lived in Tombstone, I’d be very tempted to take a leaf straight out of Wyatt Earp’s book, and dare them to come and get me.


Fire Update

I don’t know if you have been following the fires in Texas, but it’s bad, and not getting much better.

In other new from Human Events:

Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting Planes

Nearly half of the federal government’s firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration in a contract dispute just weeks before wildfires swept through Texas killing a mother and her child, and destroying 100,000 acres.

The massive blazes forced Texas Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry to abruptly call off a campaign appearance in South Carolina earlier this week to respond to the crisis, and may force him to cancel his first debate appearance Wednesday night.

The U.S. Forest Service terminated the contract with Aero Union​ five weeks ago to operate seven P-3 Orions that are critical to the agency’s firefighting mission, leaving the federal government with 11 tankers under contract to help battle more than 50 large uncontained wildfires now burning nationwide. Read the Rest

Also reported from the Gonzales Cannon via newsworldwide.wordpress.com is that:

Hundreds of firefighters from all the surrounding counties worked two days and nights in a heroic effort to contain the fires, but high winds Sunday night and all day Monday thwarted their efforts. So the call went out for more volunteer firefighters to join the effort from across the state.

Before they arrived, however, the federal government showed up and claimed it was in charge of the situation. “Agents with the federal National Interagency Fire Center, a coalition of federal agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, assumed command of firefighting efforts Tuesday afternoon,” reports The Gonzales Cannon (http://www.gonzalescannon.com/node/6411).

RealNewsReporter.com is now reporting that volunteer firefighters who had in some cases driven all night to reach Bastrop county were turned away by the feds, who claimed that since local officials never made a “formal request” for volunteers, the volunteers could not be “activated.”

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Thank God for our wonderful nanny state federal government. Who else would terminate a contract for such a stupid reason just as we enter in to the fire season.  Not to mention send trained volunteers, who had driven all night to help, home. Geez, I knew these clowns weren’t too bright, but to intentionally put people in harm’s way is a bit much.

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