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Kane County wins its first RS 2477 road — the Skutumpah

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  • Red Smith
    Sept. 1, 2010 5:21 a.m.

    We can thank Governor Gary Herbert for his support for Utah control of Utah lands.

    Peter Corroon and Jim Matheson are pro-Obama federal control of Utah lands and our local canyons through more Wilderness.

    Rep. Jim Matheson is promoting more Federal Wilderness in Utah County. We don't need Congress controlling our canyons. We don't need Jim Matheson in Congress.

  • fairfield
    Sept. 1, 2010 7:12 a.m.

    This is great news in that in cuts the legs off the legislation proposed by Rep. Herrod and others authorizing the state to waste $3,000,000 on legal fees suing the federal government.

    As this article states, such disputes can be settled with the federal government in a discussion format, without the necessity for lawyering up and seeing protracted battles in the courts.

    The idea of suing the federal government by the state government seems so wrong-headed at the outset. "I" or "we" are the state government, and "I" or "we" are the federal government -- why sue ourselves?

    No, this method is much more productive and effective.

    Great day for the state on many levels!

  • Ed Meyer
    Sept. 1, 2010 8:03 a.m.

    Congratulations to both Kane County and the BLM. Hopefully this situation can lead to more common sense decisions that do not require continued litigation. I understand that there will be situations where disagreements need to be resolved through the courts, but everyone wins when issues like this can be resolved outside the court system. Great job!

  • Ok, but
    Sept. 1, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    Congratulations! Thank you for giving me some hope!

  • tears
    Sept. 1, 2010 11:31 a.m.

    This question remains - and seems to be studiously ignored - by BLM, but the Kane County officials including the head of the Visitor Center in Kanab,
    -- How, exactly, does motorized travel over a river bed, or any cryptobiotic soil, or any place where a motorized off-road vehicle or other vehicle might travel improve it? When someone of the OHV community,
    county official community, the Governor or any official in the BLM can explain how off road travel improves the quality of life of every living being and including water quality, plant community quality, air quality, bird or insect and reptile quality of life, I will listen.
    When it is understood that we as humans are abusing with our might other living beings who have as much or more right to the land as humans do then we will have progressed as a race.
    Until that time we are nothing less than unevolved neanderthals, tearing pages from a book of beauty and destroying them. What will be left for future generations to see?

  • Geezer
    Sept. 1, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    I've been there, and it's obviously a road, unlike many of the routes Kane County is claiming under RS 2477. I doubt that any judge will declare river beds, washes and cow paths to be RS 2477 "highways."

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    March 22, 2013 2:38 p.m.

    Thank you Governor Herbert for a job well done. Utah is a better State because of you. The sooner the State controls the 30 million acres due use under the 1896 enabling acting which put Utah on an equal footing with the 13 original states, the better we'll all be.

    Thank again. And thanks to Kane County Commissioners. Good on you.