From the magic of the internet, it is established that the fiction novelist Edward Cline has the exact article posted on these two 'web-zines', or 'web-logs'(!). I'm sure Mr. Cline appreciates proteges, it should be flattering.<quoted text>
Your article "debunks" nothing.
It disagrees, which is proof of nothing.
Your article also makes a spurious statement....""If Bundy “owns the land then where is the deed?"
Bundy has never claimed ownership of the land, only grazing rights.
That fact alone "debunks" your article.
With that said, the question remains -- who the hell is Laron Fred Woods, and why should we care?
1. a BLM historian?
2. a repository of BLM records?
3. a Utah citizen?
4. a Top Commenter?
Land *** sales ***, not grazing rights, were what the GLO was about, as well as surveying.
***** The GLO oversaw the surveying, platting and sale of the public lands in the Western United States and administered the Homestead Act and the Preemption Act in disposal of public lands. The frantic pace of Public Land sales in the 19th century American west led to the idiomatic expression "Land Office business", meaning a thriving or high-volume trade.
Beginning in the early 20th century, the GLO shifted from a primary function of land sales to issuing leases and collecting grazing fees for livestock fattened on public lands, and royalties from minerals off lands recently withdrawn from disposal under the Withdrawal Act of 1910, as well as other custodial duties. Thus, beginning in approximately 1900, the GLO gained a focus for conservation of renewable public resources, as well as for their exploitation.*****
from a more regional source, and surely one that would get to the facts:
**** January 1867 -- Conflicts between the federal and Utah territorial governments keep the issue of land ownership on hold until 1868. Meanwhile, Congress carves away large portions of the Utah Territory, adding them to neighboring territories and states, including Nevada and New Mexico.
beginning 1869 -- The government establishes the first General Land Office in Salt Lake City to begin selling lands in the public domain. After an individual completes the requirements for a land entry, his case file is sent to Washington, D.C. This office confirms everything is in order and issues a patent (official land title) transferring the rights of land ownership from the government to the person.*****
Nope, no grazing rights; land ownership "carried the day".
So, who is Laron Fred Woods?