Letter: Development is highly unlikely in San Juan County

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  • mammanicole Blanding, UT
    Dec. 10, 2017 11:37 p.m.

    Well said, Ms. Holliday. It is refreshing to hear from someone who lives in San Juan County and have associated with the good people who live here and love and respect this land. Sometimes we, as human beings, get swept up in the emotions and forget the facts. I appreciate your article for sticking to the facts. #sanjuancountystrong

  • mammanicole Blanding, UT
    Dec. 10, 2017 11:30 p.m.

    Impartial7- you must have missed the part where Judge Shelby had to recuse himself from Commissioner Phil Lyman's sentencing because of entangling alliances, not to mention any evidence that would exonerate Lyman being allowed in court. Even if we include Lyman with the other 25, that brings it to a total of 26 people out of 15,000 SJ county residents. That is a far cry from the 1000 reported cases of vandalism in the Grand Staircase Monument in ONE YEAR. Monuments tend to invite crowds of people to come and "love" the area to death...

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 9, 2017 10:32 a.m.

    @cmsense;
    Impartial7
    "You must of missed the Boy scout leaders toppling over the hoodoo at Goblin Valley or the graffiti artist that defaced 10 National Parks or the many people who have walked away from petrified forests national and parks with petrified wood. "

    This letter was concerning the great land stewards of San Juan County. Not about National Parks. My comment was in direct response to the facts as they pertained to the letter. Nice deflection-please try to stay on topic

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Dec. 9, 2017 8:52 a.m.

    As always only a couple of people will make money and the rest get nothing.

    No new jobs will fall from the sky or will tourism increase.

    It will go back to being a place well off the path of normal traffic.

    I wish them the best of luck.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 9, 2017 8:49 a.m.

    Impartial7

    You must of missed the Boy scout leaders toppling over the hoodoo at Goblin Valley or the graffiti artist that defaced 10 National Parks or the many people who have walked away from petrified forests national and parks with petrified wood. How about all those tourist who don't stay on the trails at yellowstone and walk on the prebiotic soil and transfer Lake trout into Yellowstone lake decimating the natural cutthroat?

    You must of missed the hoards of people and lines so you can't even park at Zion on holiday weekends.

    You must of missed that there are already stiff protections in place and the lands have been and still are federal lands with federal protections and there have been and still are laws about looting.

    Do you really think a national monument designation magically prevents such things? From what I've seen it does bring and will bring hoards of people which is never good for a "pristine" environment. It will bring bigger campgrounds, more tourists, and more bad actors to the area.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 9, 2017 7:55 a.m.

    I appreciate the void of hyperbole opinion piece. It correctly states that even with all the changes..... not much actually changed on the ground. The land largely is managed the same way before, during, and now after the designation.

    I am totally disappointed in politicians that bent the truth all to pander to certain extreme groups claiming this was a land grab. It's probably one of the grossest distortions of the facts - presenting this is a federal land grab.

    And the damage making such statements just discredits conservatives - who genuinely do appreciate our natural lands as much as most tree huggers. Conservatives hike, kayak, boat and camp with their families, and also want to preserve what we have. There is much both these sides have in common. Even guys who work oil rigs don't want to destroy the lands they work on.... they have families and enjoy the outdoors too. But we get stuck in these false arguments by politicians.... which is such a shame.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 4:44 p.m.

    "San Juan County did not need a gigantic national monument to protect this land. Residents have every intention of being good stewards and practicing conservation strategies."

    You must have missed the part where San Juan County Commissioner, Phil Lyman was arrested for staging an illegal ATV ride, after being warned no to do so. You must have missed where previous Blanding resident Earl Shumway proudly claimed to have looted over 10,000 archaeological sites in the 80's and 90's. How about the 24 people arrested for looting Utah lands for Anasazi artifacts? San Juan County has a long and proven track record of NOT being good stewards and practicing conservation strategies.