Playing video games and virtual simulations you probably dreamed of having a town of your own in real life. You had fantasies of having unlimited power to arrange buildings and homes in the way you wanted, to build industry and create a sustainable and prosperous community. However, just like many other dreams and desires, those wishes remained unrealistic and unfulfilled, since we do not get a chance to “play God” every day. But, once in a while, life gives a surprise and one such opportunity is offered in Nevada, where a whole town is up for sale and you can become a proud owner of this place if you have $8 million extra.
This interesting story attracted a lot of attention from the media, mostly because it is not every day that you hear of a trade where a fully functional town can be bought by somebody. But, a small city, located approximately 70 miles south of Las Vegas, is put on the market and it can be yours for only $8 million.
The price is, of course, unrealistic and enormous for most of us “ordinary” people, but for billionaires and investors – this may be a real bargain. As a matter of fact, the price has been lowered down from $17 million, which was the asking price in 2010, but due to the overall crisis and the lack of demand – the owner was forced to offer the town for a much lower price.
The owner of this place, which is called Cal-Nev-Ari, is a 78-year old widow by the name of Nancy Kidwell. Together with her husband Slim, who passed away in 1983, she founded this town in 1965 and has been running it ever since. With 51 years of ownership, she says she finally had enough and that the obligations are simply too much for her to handle now, which is the main reason for sale. What is not for sale are the actual citizens of the place, around 350 of them, as well as some privately owned homes, small community center and a volunteer fire station. The rest is available for purchase and with more than 500 acres of land – this may seem like a very good opportunity for future investment.
Currently, this town has a casino, a motel, convenience store, RV park and even a dirt airstrip, which is a mile long and can easily take smaller aircraft. The town was actually an air force base, and that is the reason why it has a fully operational landing field. Besides that, there is also a sewer system and deep-water wells, but there are no paved roads. The broker who is in charge of this sale says that he had already received some inquiries and offers from potential buyers, and they offered different visions of the place. Among their plans, retirement community, a ranch, a renewable energy project, shooting range or even a “marijuana resort”, are what stands out and it remains to be seen what will happen with this charming, little place.
Most people occasionally get in a situation where they do not agree with a court’s decision or they think that a certain law is unfair or even wrong, but not a lot of them decide to confront legal officials with a gun or create a standoff. Laws can be unfair and they may cause problems for some people, but if they are not equal for all people and if everybody can take matters into their own hands and seek justice with weapons – then something is very wrong with those laws and the society in general.
However, our legal system is firm and strong and it does not allow for violence to overcome legal documents and agreements, and a perfect example of this principle happened in Nevada in the case of Cliven Bundy and his sons.
For those who may not remember the facts of this case, Nevada farmer, Mr. Cliven Bundy had a rather large dispute with the federal government since his cattle was grazing for years on a public property. He claimed that the land in question belonged to his family for generations and that he has full right to use the fields, but papers and legal documents were clear – the land was a federal property and he had no legal basis for his claims. This was proven in court since he lost his lawsuit in 1998 and was ordered to pay fines for his use of the land.
However, he did not respect this decision and his total fees had amounted to $1.1 million by 2014. In that moment, federal authorities finally decided to take action and the Bureau of Legal Management was sent to round up Mr. Bundy’s cattle and enforce the decision of the High Court.
In April 2014, Bundy and his sons prepared an armed confrontation with the law officials and they gathered over 200 people armed with 60 guns. This incident was the main reason for their arrest, and in the late 2015 Cliven Bundy and his sons, Ammon and Ryan, were captured in Portland, Oregon as soon as their plane landed and they are currently in custody awaiting the hearing. The supposed hearing was scheduled for Monday, but was prolonged and will now take place on Friday, which means that we will soon hear what this rogue Nevada rancher has to say for himself.
Cliven Bundy is now 69 years old, and his complicated case may leave him in jail for the rest of his life. The charges he faces are highly serious, and they include conspiracy over the government, weapon use and possession, assault on a federal officer, obstruction of justice and several others points. If he is found guilty on all charges he will probably face a life sentence and will be forced to pay around $1 million for fines. Since he is seen as a “lawless and violent man”, Mr. Bundy will remain in custody for the duration of the trial and he was not allowed to go back home and prepare for the process there.
You have probably heard of a very interesting case where a man in Nevada tried to stop federal law enforcement from rounding up his cattle and remove it from public property. Well, that case is finally going to court, and although justice is sometimes slow it does not fail to reach anybody. Mr. Bundy decided to interpret the law according to his desires and preferences, but we all know this is not how things go. His actions caused a lot of attention and media covered the story from the start, and now we have the chance to witness the end of the drama.
For those who are not informed, Cliven Bundy was letting his cattle graze on a federal land, although he claimed that his family had historical rights to those fields and that they used those lands for almost a century. This was later proved wrong, but not after the federal court ordered him to remove the cattle and pay grazing fees. However, the farmer decided to oppose the law and the court and he refused to pay the fees for almost 20 years.
In the end, the total of unpaid fees amounted to $1.1 million, and the authorities finally decided to take action. The Bureau of Land Management went with armed law enforcement to perform this duty, but they were confronted by more than 200 men armed with more than 60 guns. They didn’t want to retreat peacefully and cause a standoff in April 2014. However, laws officials later performed their task and the story was permanently over.
Almost two years later, Bundy and his two sons, Ammon and Ryan were arrested in Portland, Oregon and they were taken into custody where they will await trial. Their lawyer tried to release them on bail and asked the court to let them home where they can await the process, but this plea was rejected since the judge estimated that Mr. Bundy is a “lawless and violent man” and that he could present a threat to society if released. Flight risk was also included in this decision, which means that they await the hearing in custody.
lthough the investigation lasted two years, officials and the prosecutor are certain that the case will be successfully finished and that the justice will be served. Bundy himself could face a life sentence and up to $1 million in fines since he is accused as the head of the conspiracy, in addition to other points of accusation: assault on a federal officer, obstruction of justice, weapon use and possession, aiding and abetting, extortion.
No matter the nature of the case, these charges are definitely serious and they could be very dangerous for Cliven Bundy and his hope of becoming a free man once again. He is 69 years old now, and on Friday, he will be taken in front of the court to explain his case and present his defense. If the case goes to trial and a grand jury decides his fate – it’s I hard to be optimistic about the chances of this Nevada farmer.