To::  NARLO Members, American Rural landowners and Interested Parties
From: Ron Ewart, President, National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO)
FOR:  All recipients
Below our normal signature block is an e-mail we received a few days ago from a rural landowner whose property rights are being "trashed" by local government.  His right-of-use he has had for almost 20 years is being down zoned and his taxes are going up.  That's fair, isn't it?  We'd like to help him.  We'd like to go to bat for him.  He needs our help, but we can't. 
A man and his wife in Pierce County, Washington are being hounded by a prosecuting attorney and a district court judge, over an alleged violation of a trivial environmental code.  The man was put in jail for over 60 days on a $100,000 contempt-of-court cash bond and it took his brother with a writ of habeas corpus and $20,000 in cash to get him out.  This man may still go to jail yet because the prosecuting attorney and the judge are on vendetta and are trying to make an example of him, even though there was no violation.  We'd like to help this embattled couple but we can't.
Attached is a letter we wrote to a Superior Court judge in defense of a man (Chuck Pillon) who tried to right an injustice, but instead may have to go to jail for it and/or pay a huge fine ($110,000).  We'd like to help him but the best we could do was to write a letter to the judge in his defense, hoping to keep him out of jail.  We'd like to come to his defense even more, but we can't.  The reason that he may have to go to jail and pay a fine is that he was fighting for your freedom to right an egregious wrong, as we are.
Almost every day NARLO is the recipient to letters and e-mails from folks wanting our help, but we can't help them because we barely have enough money to keep the lights on.  At the hands of local, state and federal governments, all across America, gross injustices are happening to your American brethren, rural and urban landowners alike, but mostly rural landowners.  They are left to their own resources because so very few, if any, will come to their rescue.  We'd like to help them, but we can't, unless you help us.  Some of you have helped (about 5% of our list) and we appreciate that help, but it is not enough.
Every day we go to our P. O. Box hoping that someone thought enough of our efforts to send us something.  Almost every day, the story is the same.  The box is empty, just like it was today.  On many occasions it is empty for weeks at a time, but still we keep fighting.  My 66- year old wife had to go to work to pay some of the bills, so that I could keep fighting.  Many of you at 66 are enjoying a summer vacation some where, while my wife and I fight for your freedom.  Why should my wife have to work so that I can fight for your freedom?  I'm supposed to be supporting her, not the other way around.  I'm almost 70 years old.  How many more years will I be able to continue to defend your freedom?  Who will take my place when I am gone?
How many are fighting for your freedom in America?  Not that many.  If you don't support us, there won't be any of us because we will just fade away for lack of money.  Then who will fight for your freedom?  Without more help from you we will just fade away, like so many others who came and went because so many so-called freedom-loving people, ignored their efforts and wouldn't help them.
Come on!  Surprise us.  Fill up our P. O. Box with checks for $10, $20, $50 or even $100.  You will feel good that you are contributing to the advance of freedom and we will be able to keep fighting on your behalf.
You get what you pay for.  If you don't pay and fight for freedom, or help those that are, you get enslavement.  It's that simple.
Ron Ewart, President
P. O. Box 1031, Issaquah, WA  98027
425 222-4742 or 1 800 682-7848
(Fax No. 425 222-4743)

The National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) is a non-profit corporation, duly licensed in the State of Washington.  It was formed in response to draconian land use ordinances that were passed by King County in Washington State (Seattle) in the late Fall of 2004, after vociferous opposition from rural landowners.  NARLO's mission is to begin the long process of restoring, preserving and protecting Constitutional property rights and returning this country to a Constitutional Republic.  Government has done a great job of dividing us up into little battle groups where we are essentially impotent at a national level.  We will change all that with the noisy voices and the vast wealth tied up in the land of the American rural landowner.  The land is our power, if we will just use that power, before we lose it.  We welcome donations and volunteers who believe as we do, that government abuses against rural landowners have gone on for far too long and a day of reckoning is at hand.  To learn more, visit our website at
President Roosevelt, in his 1933 inaugural address said, “…. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.  I maintain that the only thing we have to fear is unbridled government.  The only way unbridled government can exist is if WE THE PEOPLE allow it.  Unfortunately, we have
Subject: Thurston County's Un-fare zoning, devolopment & land use changes!

To whom it may concern,
I feel very violated that Thurston county ignored my concerns and e-mails & has preceded to change my land from LI, RR 1/2 TUGA to RRR1/5 per the GeoData center records.
This is very un-fare for fallowing reasons.
  • May land was LI, RR 1/2 in the TUGA for the past 17 years & I have been taxed so! (I have records)
  • The fact that Thurston county is allowing building/growth on land that is already divided down to 1 house per 2 acres is discrimination and the county should be held accountable for these un fare developments.
  • The fact that the water way flowing through my land in NOT a NATURE water way to meet state stream classing laws for a 100 ft set back. It is a man made ditch approved by the Thurston County Commissioner back on October 19, 1892. (I have records) They are have been holding me to a 100 ft set back when I have applied for building permits. When they are allowing site development at  a site across from the SOUTH PUGET SOUND COLLEGE. On a piece of land that is next to a nature  water and land is being disturbed with a dozier inside the legal allowable limit . WHICH IS DOUBLE STANDARD!!!
  • The Fact that the county allows STATE DNR my neighbor to the north, operate by a different set of rules enforced upon me by Thurston County, but no DNR ignores the 100 ft set back and builds and disturbs the land next to this ditch. And have raised the bank that could cause neighboring land to flood.
  • I was told by the equalization board that I could always sub-divide. And because I drug my feet and was a couple of months late in filing I'm going to be PUNISHED while others build on lots smaller around me. I tried to find out information prior to the begriming of the moratorium but working with Thurston County to get answer is almost impossible of a process. So I tired to research on-line and that is not very user friendly. SO BECAUSE I WAS LATE IN MY DECISION ON THE DESIGN OF HOW I WANTED MY LOTS TO LOOKS, I'm violated/discrimated out of my retirement investment in my land. 
  • No one at Thurston County during this process over the last couple years of the moratorium has took the time to set down with me and review my data, but they use the way out "we are having a planned public meeting", What a cop out.
  • So now that you've cut my usable/developeable land in half I'm sure your going to refund me half my taxes paid for the last 17 years since I have the right to develop and now do not. And I'm sure your going to cut my tax rate right in half, RIGHT. Since this is why I got on this soap box to divide in the first place. Because I could not get my taxes lower but was told I could divide my land to lower my taxes.
Violated tax paying concerned citizen, Brad L. Eby

October 19, 2006


Thurston County Board of Commissioners

Attn: Nancy Pritchett

Thurston County Development Services Department

2000 Lakeridge Drive SW

Olympia, WA 98502



Subject: Limited Areas of More Intensive Rural Development (LAMIRDs) / re-zoning


I am extremely concerned about the county changing the zoning on my land and feel it is totally unfair. I've owned my land since 1989. During these past 17 years it has been zoned RR 1/2. It was also listed as TUMUGA which was just recently changed.

My property falls in a very small section of land consisting of 13 parcels that are zoned RR 1/2. It appears that the county is either going to rezone them to RR 1/5 or RR 1/10. It is my opinion that this change is totally just a political statement and will not help to meet Growth Management Act.

I have listed all 13 parcels and the acreage associated with each parcel.

1.      #12720420100                        2.2 acres

2.      #12720420102                        2.2 acres

3.      #12720420103                        5.18 acres

4.      #12720420201                        2.44 acres

5.      #12720420202                        2.44 acres

6.      #12720420203                        2.0 acres

7.      #12720420204                        2.88 acres

8.      #12720420301                        2.35 acres

9.      #12720420302                        2.53 acres

10.  #12720420303                        4.89 acres

11.  #12720420401                        2.35 acres

12.  #12720420402                        2.53 acres

13.  #12720420100                        4.89 acres

And you can clearly see that 10 of the 13 are already as small as they can sub-divide with the current zoning of RR 1/2. And by changing this section of land you are not helping in the cause for correct Growth Management, but only hurting the last three land owners. Land owner # 3, #10 & #13 have had this right to sub-divide and now can not with the new plan. You're only performing a political game with our rights and future lives. I have filed to sub-divide to help put me in a bill free position. I am a single dad wishing to be bill free to help support my daughter this next year as she enters and starts her college years.


 Then the insult to injury this week I received a “Real Property Value Change Notice” for next tax year 2007.

My land  tax value for next year is doubling by the assessors office and my development capabilities are being cut in half by the planning department.


OH YEA, please don't tell me that I am welcome to appeal the tax increase with equalization board. Because they already advised me that it’s worth every Penny & I have an extra building lot and I am welcome to sub-divide. 


            By imposing the moratorium you have already put hardship into an already tight household budget. But by changing my zoning you will end the future schooling for my daughter that I have saved for in my land investment. I ask that you reconsider and leave these 13 parcels as they stand RR 1/2.




Brad L. Eby