Utahns eye Jewell's blended background with caution

Confirmation hearing this week for new Interior secretary

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  • MPeace Provo, Utah
    March 7, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    This is a new organization for her to work over. A bit different from one of corporate structure, and over far greater area. The coverage is not only of Utah. She has achieved direction of the corporate environment. Now comes the challenge of government environment.
    Even with hopefully the use of computerization, she will manage to have the time in the days to cover all of the things of the Department impartially. Hopefully also, she will have time to consider farming and the needs of and the use of people to accomplish Environmental Safety Engineering in the Environments covered, which are many and varied. Those in the position in the past have not always considered the varied necessary environments that need maintained. People must be considered as part of those environments to maintain them and keep them healthy, so that they can be enjoyed, not wasted.

  • PepperLayne Salt Lake City, 00
    March 5, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    Here's a stupid question: Has anyone talked to - oh, I dunno - farmers and ranchers from rural Utah who actually make productive use the land and have to jump through hoops set forth by the almighty Bureau of Land Management and the federal government just for a grazing permit for their livestock? (among other things)

    My parents' and their neighbors' livelihoods depends on being able to use land on a day-to-day basis for farming and ranching - not just for some silly weekend hiking in the canyons that might be disrupted by morons on ATVs. So, yeah, we're eying this appointment with caution - as well as any restrictions that may get put in place in the name of saving the Rocky Mountain Ground Squirrel or other such nonsense. There is so much land blocked from use in this state because of the federal government's interference. It's disgusting that people who will probably never see this land get to lord over the people who actually live here.

    Go talk to the farmers and ranchers who are the REAL land conservationists of this state and then come preach about living in reality.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    She sounds like a well qualified nominee to me. We need someone who will take a balanced approach to the interior departent.

  • photobeauty Blanding, UT
    March 5, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    The fact that REI is a strong supporter of greater Canyonlands tells you all you need to know about her attitude towards the people of this part of Utah. We need greater use of our natural resources not further limitations.

  • Swiss Price, Utah
    March 5, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    If she had stopped REUs funding of SUWA I would feel better about her.
    I still want a buffer around the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area. Only then will I suppor the other buffers being proposed.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 5, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    ""She owns more land in Utah than I do as governor," Herbert said. "

    Here's a news flash for you King Gary.
    The only land you own is your home & any other property you may have purchased.
    Utah's public lands belong to Utahns & the American people.
    Perhaps your inflated sense of self explains your skewed view of reality.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    March 5, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    I worry that she will be another liberal activist type that wants to cut off use of the public lands. Her nomination to the board of REI speaks volumes. They provide great products, but their philosophy of not harming wild things either by fishing or hunting lets us know what type of secretary she will be.

    To "Reasonable Person" wrong, Obama should not be able to just pick anybody he wants. He should have a cabinet of people that are concerned with the best interests of the US. If Obama could just pick anybody, then we would have uber liberals that would essentially shut down the US.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    March 5, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    I am a Utahn, a voter, and have NO CAUTION about this appointment.

    Only those who want to run rife over our PUBLIC LANDS, might. Quit asking them.

    The President was re-elected! Let him have the Cabinet he chooses!
    Since when do y'all have to filibuster everything this man chooses ... and then whine about him not getting anything done?

  • ALH Enumclaw, WA
    March 5, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    She is a far better choice than a career politician. She has a reputation for being forthright and honest. She, working with others, put REI on very solid financial footing. We need someone with financial savvy in Washington, DC. Considering some of the President's other nominees, Jewell looks pretty good.

  • Corn Dog New York, NY
    March 5, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    "...even as a large "no whining" button is prominently displayed on her desk."

    That button doesn't bode well for her being able to get along with Utah's environmentalists.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    I am a Utahn, no caution here. Speak for your self please.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 5, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    The Health and Well-being of our future with families is definitely an Agenda item with the Lieutenant Governor's involvement if forcing the Human Services director to resign after all his good work over the years. Back east is a much different area than Utah. The people back east have not figured out that the western environment is completely different than theirs. I believe in a good environment but there have been some bad decisions made for states out west based on people in the east not understanding the various impacts of water, wind, mining, manufacturing, and even the wildlife and logging aspects. You can not make a carte blanche statement in a regulation or policy that makes everything black and white. REI is a good company but their mentality is not exactly what Utah or the West needs.

    We had a Secretary of the Interior who, with President Clinton stood in Arizona to make the Escalante Grand Staircase without even the Democratic Congressman for that area being directly involved.

    With Utah's beautiful countryside, deserts, some riparian places and very little accessible water resources that are not divided up into the southwest states with federal lands basically everywhere.

  • tomof12 Provo, UT
    March 5, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    We need someone who will work with Utahns, but also protect wild Utah from (certain) Utahns.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    March 5, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    I like how she can see things in both the environmental view, as well as the business view. She is a good balance of both sides. Let's see how this goes...

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 5, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    I'm optimistic that, given her background, she may turn out to be one of better -- if not best -- Secretaries of Interior.

  • PA Rock Man Allentown, PA
    March 5, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    Actually, it seems like she has a good balanced background needed to to responsibly balance conservation with resource extraction.

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2013 5:59 a.m.

    Will she stop the wanton destruction of our environment and protect the health of Utah's residents?

    I don't care how much "economic growth" comes from pillaging from our children's future.
    The health and well-being of Utahns outweighs any economic benefit that may come from Governor Herbert's thinly veiled agenda.