Hotel operators in Mesquite, Nevada -- mere miles away from Bunkerville -- are telling 8 News Now that because of the incidents surrounding Cliven Bundy and the armed militia groups that have amassed in the area, they have lost more than $100,000.
Mesquite Police have reported bomb threats against the hotels -- one which evacuated a Holiday Inn Express for hours. That same hotel is reported to have had as many as nine "threatening phone calls in April" during the stays of BLM rangers. One anonymous hotel worker accuses a militia member of saying he would be "dragged out in the parking lot and shot."
Nevada's Democratic Congressman Steven Horsford is lending his voice in reaction to these claims. He says, "We are not a playground for armed militias." He is reported as saying the community is "living in fear" because of the "constant presence of armed militia groups." In a letter to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, Horsford accused the militia's of "setting up checkpoints…near schools and churches" saying people "fear for their safety."
8 News Now was in the area as recently as Tuesday and said they did not find any roadblocks nor militia checkpoints.
But no matter to Horsford, whose agenda of shooing away the militia groups is clear, saying:
This unfortunate incident and the outside groups that have come for their own agenda are putting a black eye on this community.
The report quotes Cliven Bundy as saying the fear is coming from the police investigating them, not the militias themselves. "I think those people have put a little fear into my friends and neighbors and my church board members, and I don't like that. I think that is totally unfair to my friends," Bundy told 8 News Now.
Mesquite Police say there are "very few militia groups" left in the area and maintain that the city is completely safe.