Black Hawk helicopters like the one pictured here, along with other military aircraft, have take part in recent tactical training events at the ETG Ranch near Eldorado. Another training event is planned for January 5-12 according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Black Hawk helicopters like the one pictured here, along with other military aircraft, have take part in recent tactical training events at the ETG Ranch near Eldorado. Another training event is planned for January 5-12 according to the U.S. Department of Defense. | COURTESY PHOTOS

You can expect to see some military activity in the coming days on and around the ETG Ranch northeast of Eldorado. ETG – that’s the new name for the former YFZ Ranch where the ranch’s operators plan to routinely hold tactical training events for the military and governmental agencies.

A statement issued by the United States Department of Defense says, “The Department of Defense is conducting training involving aviation assets in the areas of Eldorado, TX, 5-12 January, 2019. This training is routine in nature, has been fully coordinated with local government and law enforcement officials, and is not in response to any current event. Extensive safety precautions are in place to protect the service members and local citizens and to limit inconvenience to the communities.”

Similar training events are expected to occur at the ranch, some five miles north-northeast of Eldorado on CR 300.

Just three weeks ago, U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement officers carried out a training exercise at the ETG Ranch. The property, owned by ETG Properties, LLC, is often referred to as the Eldorado Training Grounds by military and law enforcement personnel who take part in training events there.
Black Hawk helicopters, Osprey tilt rotor aircraft and large military jets have taken part in recent events at the ETG Ranch.

A lease-purchase deal was completed on November 27, 2018 between 51st District Attorney Allison Palmer and Terry D. Pope, vice president of ETG Properties LLC. The deal calls for the company to pay $5,000 per month in rent with the money applying toward and agreed purchase price of $3.67 million. The sale is contingent upon the State of Texas successfully concluding a lawsuit brought by Willie Jessop, a former spokesperson for the FLDS Church, in which he sought to claim the ranch, or proceeds from its sale, to settle a judgment he won against the church and some of its leaders in Utah.

District Judge Brock Jones ruled against Jessop in 2016 and the Texas 13th Court of Appeals upheld Judge Jones’ ruling on December 13, 2018. The appeals court ruling can itself be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court, but only if the high court agrees to review the case. As a general rule, a notice of appeal to the Supreme Court must be filed within 30 days of the Appeals Court’s ruling.