HA Newsletter 15
The timing of this announcement enables Governor Miller and Pete Morros to appoint a new administrator before the new governor takes office next January. Let's see, Molini retires in September, the gubernatorial election takes place in November, and the new governor is seated in January. I guess they figured the sportsmen in the state of Nevada aren't smart enough to figure this out. The 3M Destroyers (Miller, Morros. and Molini) were smart enough to realize one thing, that no other governor would put up with Willie Molini's antics. Rest assured. Miller and Morros will appoint a Willie Molini clone to the vacated position.
"How low can youF go?" was a question that Chubby Checker asked in his hit record, "Limbo Rock". The same question could be asked of Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW). Their latest antics reek of gestapo tactics and were directed against one of their own employees.
When the weak link is at the top, nothing works right below. This is particularly true of two state agencies, those being the Division of Wildlife and Attorney General's Office. In our lead story we told you how a good NDOW employee, Barton Tanner, was set up by his fellow employees, wardens Dennis Roden and Frank Chaves. The director of the Conservation and Natural Resources Department is Pete Morros. He was quoted in the Elko Daily Free Press as saying, "Roden and Chaves marked the fox three days before the season." Nothing could be further from the truth. In court documents, it is clearly stated that the fox was reported to be in the trap on December 18. Opening day of fox season is December 19. Warden Roden marked the fox on December 19. That is not three days but one day. When the head of a state agency doesn't know the facts how can the Division of Wildlife make informed judgments on this or any other case? With his statement, Mr. Morros proves the weak link is at the top.
(You could tell by the smell that it wasn't hay!)
No one really praises the Nevada Division of Wildlife other than those people who receive favors from the Division. It is for this reason that NDOW created their own intradepartmental publication called "Wild Side". In the January-February 1998 issue, one of the feature stories was "Administrator to Retire" by Dave Rice. We all know the administrator. Willie Molini, the person responsible for the destruction of our game. Dave Rice is the conservation/education chief. He wrote the following interview asking Administrator Willie Molini the questions. He stated that Willie Molini's answers to the questions were in an unedited form Now really, do you believe that? Willie is his boss. At any rate, HUNTER'S ALERT wants to comment on some of the responses by Administrator Molini
Kenny Guinn began actively campaigning for governor of Nevada in 1996.
It continues a tradition of service to the people of Nevada that began 34 years ago. In that time, Kenny has been a leader in education, business and his community. It is this experience of result-oriented leadership that Kenny will draw upon in his candidacy for Nevada's top statewide office.
In September 1997, Pete Morros and Willie Molini signed a contract with Helicopter Wildlife Management. The contract was to capture big game using a hand-held net gun fired from a helicopter and deliver animals to a receiving location for relocation. Two months later, the owner of Helicopter Wildlife Management, the pilot and the netgunner were arrested for unlawful possession of a Nevada elk. Word of the illegal activities came to NDOW through information provided by a citizen in early November. NDOW warden Eric Williams stated "Without the information provided by the concerned citizen, we would not have even known about these alleged illegal activities. HUNTER'S ALERT wonders if NDOW had discovered the illegal elk on its own without the third party reporting it, would NDOW have even charged the people they contracted with? The bottom line is that NDOW hired the people involved and now they get credit for busting alleged poachers!
Just when you thought NDOW had used up all their Mother Nature excuses for the decline of our deer, they have come up with another pitiful excuse. In the January 1998 "Mining and Wildlife", a quarterly publication of the Nevada Division of Wildlife, an article states the following: "For the past several decades, NDOW has recognized the long term loss in productivity of major deer winter ranges associated with the Ruby deer herd. The maintenance and /or enhancement of winter range is the key factor in maintaining the long term productivity of this deer herd which remains one of the largest in the state. Two factors have been responsible for this loss of productivity on winter ranges, fires and long term increase of the pinion-juniper woodlands."
The most obvious questions here are: Do forest fires kill pinion-juniper trees? Apparently not, or the trees would not be part of the problem. The second question would be, are there any mountain lions or coyotes associated with the
Ruby deer herd? The answer again is apparently not because they were not mentioned in the factors explaining the loss of productivity in the Ruby deer herd. This goes right along with Administrator Molini's often stated remark that we don't have a predator problem.
Nevada Department of Wildlife Director Willie Molini announced this week he was ending his long reign of mismanagement next September. That's the good news.
The bad news is things won't get any better as long as the corrupt power brokers currently in office are allowed to pick his successor. That sad fact was made clear this week when Nevada Wildlife Commissioner Merv Matorian quickly dismissed requests from sportsmen's groups to be included in the search for a new director.
Gerry Lent of the Nevada Hunter's Association pleaded, "All sportsmen should have a say in who directs their funds."
But Matorian shot back, "It's not going to happen. Lent wants to stick his nose into everything, but this is a government function."
Matorian's arrogant reply typifies the current administration that has allowed Nevada's hunting opportunities to deteriorate to miserable levels. Now, the politicians are telling sportsmen that the selection of a director for a department totally funded through taxes they pay is none of their business — it's a "government function." ELKO DAILY FREE PRESS Dec. 19
Reprinted from Las Vegas Review-Journal/December 27, 1997
Reprinted from the Las Vegas Review Journal/January 8, 1998 To the editor:
Attention Kenny Guinn: there is an opportunity which you can take advantage of that will provide thousands of votes in your campaign for governor. They will come from Nevadans who are concerned about wildlife in Nevada, hunters and non-hunters alike.
As president of the Nevada Hunters Association, I am compelled to respond to William Molini's obviously rehearsed interview in the Jan/Feb 1998 interdepartmental news bulletin. "The Wild Side."
Molini's constant blaming of others for his failures has become quite boring. His lack of leadership abilities has brought this Wildlife division down to its knees. Mr. Molini would rather blame the messenger than acknowledge the problem. Let me give you some examples:
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