UPDATE x3: Sheriff brokered a deal Saturday; feds packed up and left Bundy Ranch. Protesters declare victory.
UPDATE x2: Chicago area talk show host Joe Walsh is headed for Nevada to cover the story.
Interstate 15 is closed in both directions about seven miles south of Mesquite because protesters have blocked the freeway, according to Nevada Highway Patrol, KLAS-TV reported. The protesters have gathered in support of rancher Bundy, and nearly two dozen police officers and a SWAT unit are on scene, KLAS added.
UPDATE x1: Saturday morning, the Bureau of Land Management has announced it will stop the roundup of cattle owned by rancher Cliven Bundy. The BLM says the animals have been illegally grazing on public lands for 20 years. The agency says it is concerned about the safety of its employees and the public. Reports are that the crowd protesters in nearing 2000.
OVERTON, NEV - Emotions surrounding a property rights dispute in Nevada continue to heat up as the state's Bureau of Land Management rounds up a local rancher's cattle. The BLM says Cliven Bundy's cattle are grazing on public lands and Bundy refuses to pay grazing fees, claiming his family has managed the land for generations.
Las Vegas TV news covered the 5-day confrontation, filling in details for those who've not been following the story about cowboys, endangered tortoises, federal agents and western ranchers.