Obama Passes New Law To Make Off Grid Living 100% Illegal

‘Camping’ on Your Own Land is Now Illegal — Government Waging War on Off-Grid Living

Costilla County, CO — Across the U.S., local zoning officials are making it increasingly difficult for people to go off the grid, in some instances threatening people with jail time for collecting rainwater or not hooking into local utilities.
As zoning laws have increasingly targeted the off-grid lifestyle, many have moved to the Southwestern U.S. as an escape from overzealous zoning officials. In Costilla County, Colorado, there has been a major influx of off-grid residents to the San Luis Valley. The combination of lax zoning regulations, cheap property, and an already thriving community of self-reliant off-grid homesteaders has led to many new residents.
The off-grid lifestyle, enjoyed by an estimated 800 people, is now being threatened as county officials have recently made moves to essentially regulate and license the lifestyle into oblivion.
ensions boiled over during a county commissioners’ meeting in San Louis, Colorado, devolving into a shouting match between homesteaders and police. One of the major points of contention is the county’s attempt to ban camping on your own property, in an effort to force the off-grid homesteaders back onto the grid.
“We are residents who have come to live off the grid. It’s all our land.” … “These are harsh economic times. We have nowhere to go,” twenty-year resident Paul Skinner said.
“We’ve been regulated out of life,” homesteader Robin Rutan told Colorado Public Radio. “I came here because I couldn’t live by the codes [in other regions].”
The county, which requires residents to have a camping permit to live in an RV, “small house” or other camp style home, has started to simply refuse the renewal of these permits.

This is obviously a major problem for homesteaders, who often live in such accommodations while building their permanent residents.
“They started enforcing the changes before they were actually made,” resident Chloe Everhart said.
Everhart said she performed due diligence prior to buying her land, with one of the most important aspects of the plan being a 90-day camping permit. Without a 90-day permit, camping on residential plots is only allowed for 14 days per every three months.

But just as Everhart was arriving, the board of commissioners instructed the planning and zoning commission to no longer issue camping permits.
In spite of her best efforts, Everhart is now an outlaw.
County land use administrator Matt Valdez disputes the claims that the county is trying to regulate people’s lifestyles out of existence. He says that his office has discretion to deny camping permits under existing code and claims that too many new residents were habitually renewing permits meant to be temporary.
“We’re not trying to drive people off their property,” Valdez said.
Valdez said he simply wants to make sure already established rules are followed for aesthetic and safety reasons.
The vilification of people who choose to live an alternative lifestyle is extremely commonplace in modern America.
While there may be legitimate issues that need to be addressed, people have a right to use land that they own in the manner they see fit. To use the technicalities of the law to essentially evict people from land they own reeks of tyrannical overreach and oppression of personal liberty.
Update: The county has dropped it’s planned zoning changes under increased public scrutiny, but they continue to refuse to issue 90-day camping permits to the off-grid land owners.

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67 thoughts on “Obama Passes New Law To Make Off Grid Living 100% Illegal

  • February 17, 2016 at 10:11 pm
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    “people have a right to use land that they own in the manner they see fit.”

    You need to read Executive Order (EO) # 13603, written and signed by Barack HUSSEIN Obama. This will help you understand to what degree Hussein-Obama has trampled the Constitution, and how little he values your individual rights, or the rights of all Americans. You no longer have jurisdiction over your land, any water on it, regardless how it got there, any food grown on it, any food stored on it, any livestock on it….you really need to read this for yourself. You can find it online. You can also find it printed in full in the back of Sig Swanstrom’s Book, “Prepared: Ready to Roll – Book – Why Responsible People Are Preparing”. And, no, I receive no remuneration of any kind from this book or its sales.

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      • February 18, 2016 at 11:23 pm
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        I have the right to live on my own land & camping is a form of residential living ! So, let’s sue them !!!

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        • February 20, 2016 at 6:46 am
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          Richard, Create a commercial lien against them first, then sue. Winston Shrout is who teaches this. wssic.com

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    • February 17, 2016 at 10:51 pm
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      Theses laws , regulationms and restrictions are DECADES old…not OBAMA’s doing.

      YOU NEED to calm the hell down and pay your fees just like the REST OF US–OTHERWISE get the hell off my paved ROAD.

      These regulations are made up by LOCAL GOVERNMENT who hold MEETINGS open to the PUBLIC for COMMENT.

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      • February 18, 2016 at 8:52 am
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        I buy tags for use of the roads dumbass

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      • February 18, 2016 at 5:41 pm
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        your paved road prick

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      • February 18, 2016 at 11:15 pm
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        Enjoy that. Pray to God we ! We as Canadians are hoping Donald the racist bigot Trump or any Republicans does not get elected. Hell steal your land gladly as he tosses your crap in a dumpster. Just look at the Canadian economy. When ever a Democrat is elected your economy recovers and we prosper. Remember Canada is Gods country and the 5 1st state.

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        • February 18, 2016 at 11:19 pm
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          We have health care. Fuck grab it and run. Let the democrats make big business pay for it and then pharmaceutical companies cant fuck with your elderly and week.

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          • February 18, 2016 at 11:24 pm
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            With our dollar under 70 cents us come to Canada buy lnd camp where you want and you can leave your front door open cause your neighbors have your back. ?

        • February 20, 2016 at 12:03 am
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          Why don’t you address the problems in Canada… where you live..and let ua Americans worry about our own country..LOL…. I’ll be happy to buy Hilary a ticket to Canada…let ya’ll put up with the lying whore

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          • February 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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            Yes, name calling is the grown up thing to do in the Republican party. That’s how Trump is leading the way.

        • February 25, 2016 at 11:45 pm
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          I see they don’t teach grammar in Canada.

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        • March 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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          We are not the 51st state and are absolutely an independent party. None of the GOP running for president in the U.S. would even be remotely electable in Canada so sell your U.S. propaganda elsewhere. When Canadians look southward, never doubt that we are laughing.

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        • May 28, 2016 at 2:05 am
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          Canadians suck,eh!!! Democrats for Trump 2016!!!!!

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      • February 20, 2016 at 12:13 am
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        Celtglen open meeting dont change policy if you read article you would see they are not allowing them to renew their permits.

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      • February 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm
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        You are aware that the Roads are built and maintained with the money generated from DMV fees, gas tax, and insurance tax right? Living off the grid means no control of your life. You still pay property tax, state and local tax!! Some people need to get an education before they spew at the mouth. SMDH

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      • February 22, 2016 at 9:21 pm
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        You payroad use tax everytime you buy a gallon of gas moron

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      • April 5, 2016 at 1:53 am
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        fuel taxes and county bonds pay for that road, people buy fuel for their cars with that tax built in and the county bond is paid for via property tax, you can shut up now!

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      • May 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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        yet if you’re a homesteader you’ll probably never know what your local gov is doing and they won’t make it public

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    • February 18, 2016 at 1:19 am
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      That attack on Obama is idiotic. Nothing the president does has anything to do with how local zoning laws are concocted. If you can’t camp on your own land, take it to the state supreme court. or the Supreme Court.. Oppressive zoning regulations are usually made by Neo-Republican zoning boards near cities. We have nothing of that sort in Maine, that I know of, and I’ve been here 50 years. as a landowner.

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      • February 18, 2016 at 12:29 pm
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        William, just because you don’t know it… I can guarantee you that you have these Laws in your back yard, because this is a National thing.

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      • May 20, 2016 at 10:53 am
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        I completely agree w/ you. Local ordinances are a completely different thing..Often driven by neighbors..other property owners. I DO agree that some ordinances that ostensibly are done to increase “safety”, might have either gone overboard, or need to be updated. However that’s one of the purposes of “exceptions”.

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    • February 19, 2016 at 4:41 am
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      Part and section of this order, please…

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    • February 21, 2016 at 3:55 am
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      LOCAL county zoning changes have absolutely nothing to do with the white house or it’s current resident. Obama is PRO alternative energy. Your rant is nothing but racism. I love how you use his middle name as if it’s a curse word. sheesh

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      • February 22, 2016 at 1:03 am
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        What does racism have to do with anything ?

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    • February 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm
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      Government is alll about $$$ !!! If they are not making as much money they can off every person they will try and stop anything they can! Pretty messed up they rather people struggle in debt to them then live peacefully debt free.

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    • February 22, 2016 at 12:24 am
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      I guess you’re referring to the “Patriot Act”. THAT was put through under a REPUBLICAN not a Democrat. You can thank Bush and Cheney for raping our freedom.

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    • February 22, 2016 at 4:17 pm
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      Executive Order (EO) # 13603 makes no claim to allowing the federal government to confiscate private property or declare martial law. It is an updated version from when Truman was in office, if everyone is concerned about losing property shoot for Allodial title it constitutes ownership of real property (land, buildings and fixtures) that is independent of any superior landlord. Allodial title is related to the concept of land held “in allodium”, or land ownership by occupancy and defense of the land. or have it listed as “private property” this way it removes you from the county as well. if you are still paying for government help as in Residential, Commercial, or Agricultural zoning’s then expect the government to step in. Look it up! There is a process to owning your own land but you will have to give up any connection to our government including police, fire, schooling.

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      • February 26, 2016 at 6:19 pm
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        I don’t know of anywhere that issues an Alloidal title anymore.

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    • March 18, 2016 at 1:47 am
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      you read it wrong. its all managable sources. treatment plants etc…not the springs on my personal land, not the garden i grow in. factory farms, factory water, packaged goods. get real

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    • March 29, 2016 at 2:06 pm
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      Bullshit. Contrary to a few initial claims otherwise, the Order appears to update long-existing directives that have been issued as far back as the Truman Administration and makes no claim to allowing the federal government to confiscate private property or declare martial law.[4][5] In particular, this executive order removes the name of the Federal Emergency Management Agency from the previous orders, and replaces it with references to branches of the Department of Homeland Security, to bring the previous orders up to date with changes in the structure of the Federal Government.[5]

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    • May 20, 2016 at 10:48 am
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      Kind of an extreme response to blame Obama for something the government has been allowed to do for quite some time.

      “Contrary to a few initial claims otherwise, the Order appears to update long-existing directives that have been issued as far back as the Truman Administration and makes no claim to allowing the federal government to confiscate private property or declare martial law.[4][5] In particular, this executive order removes the name of the Federal Emergency Management Agency from the previous orders, and replaces it with references to branches of the Department of Homeland Security, to bring the previous orders up to date with changes in the structure of the Federal Government.[5]”

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  • February 18, 2016 at 2:38 am
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    Free at last Free at last. What a joke! If you don’t pay your taxes government takes your land. There is property that has been in family over 100 years. If taxes are not paid it won’t be in family any more. Land bought and paid for. But have to pay taxes very year. We’re FREE alright

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    • February 18, 2016 at 2:49 am
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      Im so sorry to hear about your land Shirley, its things like this that really make us all question this government we live in. Land of the free my @$$ not with things like this going on! We need to stick together and fight this till the end we are better in numbers.

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  • February 18, 2016 at 8:50 am
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    Let’s make the law illegal.

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  • February 18, 2016 at 5:04 pm
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    vote in someone else who will renew the permits – goodbye obstructionists.

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    • February 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm
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      All you need to do is vote in a sheriff that will defend your constitutional rights. The sheriff is the head Leo of the county. He IS LAW!!! He trumps marshals and fib, cia has,,,al of it. He/she is where you rally. He/she is who can just say no,,we are not doing it that way. The a Sheriff has the Constitution on his side as well as the people. Nothing can prevail against this combination. Nothing! Do you know your a Sheriff? He/she may not even know their own true powers. If the people stand in front of his office with signs of support and tell him. You may just have the ally you need. dc

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  • February 18, 2016 at 5:06 pm
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    Liberty and permission/mandates are mutually exclusive.

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  • February 18, 2016 at 5:59 pm
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    This was done by Obama on 16 March, 2012.

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    • February 18, 2016 at 8:07 pm
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      Did you actually read the Executive order? All it does is alter Defence Production Act of 1950, enacted under Harry Truman after in response to the Korean War, removing the name of Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) and replaced it with Department of Homeland Security. But I understand fear mongering is more fun than actual facts. Here is a spin for you though…now you can say they are DHS concentration camps instead of FEMA concentration camps.

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    • February 19, 2016 at 6:16 am
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      FINALLY… someone who actually knows something in this conversation…. yes.. Obama is most certainly the cause of this !….

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  • February 18, 2016 at 11:28 pm
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    I DON’T need no stinking tags to TRAVEL on ANY roadway, public or private within the confines of the US. So continue to be sheeple and register your STATES property. That title you hold is worthless, MY personal choice of conveyance belongs to NO state, it’s not registered with the state thieves, because it’s NOT a COMMERCIAL vehicle. So before you go spewing off, fact check where YOU stand. FTP!

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  • February 19, 2016 at 8:05 pm
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    smh… I don’t get it… Force us to stay on the grid, continue to feed the fat cow. Force us to stay on a grid that is not price regulated, who increase our bills in the midst of winter without notice and be forced to pay the extra or the power goes off. Fuel prices went up and so did our bills. Now, fuel prices are down and yet the usage rates keep going up. It IS too expensive to stay on the grid and I like heat when it’s 30 below outside. AND it IS because of this that I look for other options that would allow me to survive and continue sustaining my lifestyle — everything runs on electric these days.
    FACT: being on the grid has gotten to be too expensive.
    Of course people will focus on getting off the grid and finding alternatives, just to survive, maintain their lifestyle and continue living their lives to which they have been accustom to doing so, their entire lives, without having to over budget themselves to the poor house.
    — I understand that the major issue here is that people, who choose to be off the grid, are being penalized for using alternative energy sources and going off the grid on their own property (of course this also includes other utilities).
    BUT what if??? A person stays on the grid and never uses any alternative energy sources on the property that they own?? What if that person can’t pay their winter bill, because the grid more than tripled usage rates that winter, and the grid shuts them down for non-payment?? Wouldn’t that technically put that person in a position where they are actually “OFF the GRID” as well?? And if they can’t pay the bill because of the extreme price increase, will they be penalized also, for being off the grid after the grid shut them down??
    It’s messed up… and makes no sense because the grid certainly has no problem kicking you off the grid if you’re late paying your bill.
    The other thing that bothers me is all this talk about Global Warming and how everybody needs to do their part to help slow down the process…
    Meanwhile, let’s start forcing everyone to stay on the grid, to keep using energy that comes from… nuclear plants… as if it’s not a major contributing factor to the hole in our ozone layer. smh Beg me to do my part… but FORCE me to stay on the grid. =:/ okay??

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  • February 20, 2016 at 3:51 pm
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    mmm off grid property myself but the Cattlemen associates how have grazeing rights there in most places has said once we have enough peoples living an buying such land we will put electric an water so…looks like they dont want to do this now in places what gives cow man..?…smile..

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  • February 20, 2016 at 9:28 pm
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    Been like this in the UK since the 90,s.

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  • February 21, 2016 at 8:25 am
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    Jasper – You must not be very old? It’s been like this in the UK since 1970’s and before. Folk wanting to live an ‘alternative’ lifestyle have always been persecuted in one way or another. Complaining about it doe’s nothing to help the situation. The only way to win is to find your own way to fight your particular issues and get on with it. Myself? I have err ‘engineered’ a situation and now live in relative peace —– for now, But it took me nearly 30 yrs to learn the lessons of my father who was also considered a tyrant way back in the 1950’s and 60’s because he also lived ‘Off Grid’ producing most of our own food, drawing water from our own land, producing our own source of heat and, yes, generating our own electricity. He used a stationary engine designed for farm use and converted it to run on wood gas and chicken shit! Born in 1904 he was an original hippy LOL. So knuckle down and use your rational brain to resolve issues not your anger that is often irrational. All these measures that are taken against folk like us can be bought into touch. Remember, ‘Democracy’ is just another word used by control freaks in order for them to gain power over the people!

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  • February 21, 2016 at 2:24 pm
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    I started purchasing land in this same community about 7 years ago. At that time you were allowed to build a small 120 sq ft hut with no permits. You were allowed to camp and do whatever you wanted. The land laws were not as they are now. I had built me what I called a little cab shack so that I could camp there while in town. The company, Rio grande ranches sold my property out from under me for cash to someone else and convienently transferred my contract to another parcel just months ago. As they say you can get your equity back, that is untrue! Now I am stuck with a Piece of property that I can do nothing with BC of the new land laws. I lost my cab shack and can’t even pull my rv there in fear of it being stripped by scavangers there now..yes this happens very often. So b4 you buy out there…do your research!!!

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  • February 22, 2016 at 6:30 am
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    Any government all governments, unhindered, will be tyranical. The constitution is supposed to be that hindrance on our government. In the past hundred years we have become that frog in boiling water. Those wanting to become tyrants have slipped the constitutional handcuffs and leg irons off the government and put them on us, the citizens. Our elected public servants all seem to want continued, and more, control over the citizens with ever more power to the government.

    Can this be stopped short of active rebellion and shooting those intent on becoming tyrants?

    All but maybe one of the candidates for president are wannabe tyrants or go along to get along types who promise no change to government conduct. Do we continue the course to becoming Bouillabaisse for the tyrants or do we put a stop to their agenda?

    Trump might be able to stop this

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  • March 19, 2016 at 5:23 pm
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    All politics is LOCAL. Vote those county bastards out next time you get the chance.

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  • March 29, 2016 at 1:28 am
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    so why not connect one outlet to the grid put a metal box over it and never use it?
    Use the laws against them. Same with the water, hook it up do not use it.

    Or hook it all up don’t pay the bill and when they disconnect you from the grid they are to blame

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    • May 14, 2016 at 2:40 am
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      That was my thought exactly. I think it could be a brilliant way to use the government’s rules against them. It also keeps your name and information on the rolls… Which I think is the real agenda. Gov’t doesn’t want people running about that they don’t have their sticky fingers all over.

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  • March 30, 2016 at 2:42 am
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    Actions must have TEETH, and sharp ones, or they are entirely ineffective. No protests. No marches or sign waving.
    RECALL ELECTIONS! Organize a recall election committee and EJECT FROM OFFICE any official (like county commissioners) who support any action other than the complete nullification of such land use restrictions upon the free citizens they are supposed to SERVE. Stop giving government agencies the right to make policy/law on their own; they are to enforce the laws WE give them to enforce ONLY.

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    • March 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm
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      Absolutely. The job of the administration is limited to
      Providing important services, including collecting taxes to do that &
      Preventing one person excessively intruding on another, or their rights.
      THAT IS IT.

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  • March 30, 2016 at 8:47 pm
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    The government has no right to decide what an individual does on their own land so long as it isn’t hurting another. Nor do county governments have the authority to pass laws on their own, that is the place of the federal and state government.

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  • April 2, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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    It has been my personal experience that being active is the best way to make change. Sitting back on your laurels and complaining is no way to be effective. If you wish to live off the grid then back candidates who will mandate in your favor. And watch them like a hawk. We all know that politicians do not have our interests at heart so be vigilant and watch your back, and that of your neighbor and remember that numbers do matter.

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    • April 2, 2016 at 6:11 pm
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      If we all pull together, we can bring down the system. The system needs to be brought down !

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  • April 2, 2016 at 6:18 pm
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    I wonder how many of you know the story of a guy who was prosecuted for an unapproved dam on a small river that ran through his property. The dam was built with trees and branches, and the pool had a similarly constructed dome !

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  • April 6, 2016 at 1:26 pm
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    You people need to learn how to play the game…Hook on to the grid, for a couple months. Let the dust settle. Stop paying the bill.”Gee, I don’t have the money, this month. Sorry” The power company will gladly shut you off, for non payment. Let the whole thing start over again…you can string them along for years….just don’t get mad at the powers that be. That is the quickest way to be number one on their hit parade. Stay under the radar….

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    • April 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm
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      For a lot of people, a substantial part of this argument is that they don’t want to be on record, anybody’s record. The system needs to be changed. Nobody should be required by law, to obtain commercial services, from any corporation. The leglislature is there to serve the people, period ! It should not intrude on any individual beyond preventing them from excessively intruding on another person.

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  • May 13, 2016 at 12:20 am
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    If you are Amish, maybe you will be exempt. Anyone know for sure?

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  • May 13, 2016 at 7:55 pm
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    In order to comply with the camping regs. simply subdivide your parcel into six, registered, separate plots. Camp for 14 days on each plot in rotation = 14 days every 3 months per plot.

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    • May 13, 2016 at 9:08 pm
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      I like the way your mind works.

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