Rainbow Bridge earns national recognition for Native American cultural significance

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  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    April 13, 2017 2:43 p.m.

    Bishop says tear it down and put up a parking lot

  • Casey See Camarillo, CA
    April 13, 2017 12:51 p.m.

    First, there is a huge difference between this and Bears Ears. 160 acres verses 1.2 million acres. Or the equivalent of Temple Square verses Salt Lake County and Davis County.

    Second, if the Bears Ears monument had only been setup to protect the Anasazi ruins and other cliff dwelling ruins and the areas surrounding them, it would have been a completely different argument. The Bears Ears Monument locked up 1/4 of San Juan County which is the second largest county in the United States (outside of Alaska). The area enclosed by Bears Ears is greater than Salt Lake County and Davis County combined.

    Combine the Grand Staircase, Lake Powell Recreation Area, and the Bears Ears (which all border each other), and you have an area much larger than Yellowstone National Park.

    Those were huge land grabs and outside of Lake Powell, have only 10 - 20 thousand visitors a year combined. Compare that to 4 plus million visitors to Zion or 4 plus million visitors to Yellowstone.

  • Chancey Sandy, UT
    April 13, 2017 8:38 a.m.

    Any excuse will do. Utah is fast on the way to becoming the next District of Columbia.

  • SME Bountiful, UT
    April 13, 2017 6:31 a.m.

    Will this lead to Rainbow Arch being off limits to people who are not part of these native American groups? That has been proposed before, since Lake Powell has made access much easier. I hope not but it can't be ruled out.

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    April 12, 2017 8:37 p.m.

    @Utah Girl Chronicles,
    Good luck with the speed dial try. Getting in touch with any of Utah's Representatives has been a fruitless effort by many, many voters. None of them will respond, not one. It's almost like they have been programmed and instructed not to respond to anyone disagreeing with them without proper instructions from higher ups. Strange times indeed.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 12, 2017 4:34 p.m.

    This is an OUTRAGE! There are so many uses for that arch! I'm getting Rep. Bishop on speed dial right now!

  • James E Tooele, UT
    April 12, 2017 3:52 p.m.

    Make sure to lock down another 2,000sq mi around that thing so no one can harm this rock.

  • Fan Base Salt Lake City, UT
    April 12, 2017 3:21 p.m.

    How do we determine whether something has cultural significance? How many people need to claim that something has cultural significance before its designated as having great cultural significance? Does it matter who the group is that claims cultural significance? These questions ought be cleared up before we have to cede control of the next federal property.