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Utah's public land issues will demand Jewell's attention

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  • A.C. Dekker Saint George, UT
    March 5, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    As for Utah wanting to "re-assert its dominion over federal lands within its borders", what about Article III of Utah's constitution stating: "The people inhabiting this State do affirm and declare that they forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within the boundaries hereof..."

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    March 5, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    1. Federal land control
    Greedy Utah Developers Elected as Representatives of their own Real Estate interests, who don't understand that "We are the Federal Government and those lands belong to all citizens Not Corporate Citizens.

    2. Drilling and 'fracking'
    We can't pump it out and ship it off to other countries fast enough, and yet Utah hasn't raised the royalties on oil for over 50 years. Have your taxes gone up in the last 50 years?

    3. New monument designations.
    We should limit Utah's Beauty and Unique Geography to 1 or 2 parks per state, How many National Treasures should one state have?

    4. Disputed roads, 'deer trails' and dirt paths.
    People who believe if you have the ability to drive there by any means, you should be able to.
    Erosion is a natural process anyway like climate change.

    5. Endangered species and Utah.
    If we can finish them off, then we won't have to worry about any endangered species after all it's survival of the fittest, Right?

    Conservative who wish to only conserve their own bottom line.
    Their Children can look at pictures of the National Parks, after they're sold to private parties.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 5, 2013 8:40 a.m.

    Happy Valley Heretic nailed it.

    I'm really hopeful that Ms. Jewell will be one of the best things to happen to Utah in a long, long time.

  • Cactus Moroni, UT
    March 5, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    It's amazing how people twist things for their own purposes. To A.C. Dekker, Article III of the Utah Constitution says, more fully, " The people inhabiting this State do affirm and declare that they forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within the boundaries hereof, and to all lands lying within said limits owned or held by any Indian or Indian tribes, and that until the title thereto shall have been extinguished by the United States, the same shall be and remain subject to the disposition of the United States..."
    To Happy Valley Heretic, regarding your point 2, the royalty on oil is set at a percentage of the sales price. So, if the price of oil per barrel goes up, the royalty goes up, and vice versa.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    March 5, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    To Happy Valley Heretic, regarding your point 2, the royalty on oil is set at a percentage of the sales price. So, if the price of oil per barrel goes up, the royalty goes up, and vice versa.

    Thanks for the technical definition, but most taxes are a percentage of income or of money spent and that has not change for over fifty+ years.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    March 5, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    This new BLM director ( even if she does nothing to limit atv use) will drive Mike Noel crazy, and that is not a bad thing!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 6, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    If the feds can take state land, how long until they take peoples property?

    Much of our bank mortgages are being bought out by the feds.