IVGID History

Since it is also an election year it occurred to me that many part timers and new arrivals may be unfamiliar with the political history of our little mountain community and how certain differences in outlook came about. As it’s also approaching Independence Day I decided to offer a historical summary borrowing a literary style from our first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln.

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The Swamp

As IVGID trustees and staff have looked at improving the existing stock of recreation venues and considered expanding their scope the McCoys circled their wagons and began launching outright verbal and legal attacks on the Hatfields and Hatfield-leaning trustees and staffers. Their weapons have included filibusters at trustee meetings, accounting arguments, ethics complaints, meritless law suits, demands for documents, almost anything calculated to vex and annoy those in the saddle who know they cannot abridge the McCoys’ First Amendment rights. So far IVGID’s only effective counter weapon has been a court action to recover costs of defending frivolous law suits in which the Nevada Supreme Court awarded IVGID a large judgment against one of the McCoys. That just made them madder. So if you attend an IVGID Board of Trustees meeting in person of on line you will think the “swamp” moved from Washington DC and settled here in the Sierras.

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