3 counties fighting to keep reduced monument boundaries

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  • wasatchcascade Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 3, 2018 10:29 a.m.

    The Antiquities was a vehicle that "initiated" the creation of most of the National Parks in Utah. And if one looks at other states in the West, they will find the same. The name of the law may be bothersome to many, apparently it is, and the reach used by various presidents is deemed "annoying" by opponents. Still, when you think about Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges - there were reams of opponents back then and still enough political will "and a legal vehicle" to bring about "their creation". The GSENM has been in existence for 20 years, various business operations have blossomed and others (extraction & timber) have receded; and the challenge of "viability" in the rural sector has continued to challenge parts of Garfield County. To suggest though that the monument has injured the communities economically and culturally is mostly an "ideological" sentiment and not based on nuanced diverse information. Spend time with scientists and/or archaeologists and one can have a new and interesting look & feel for the country - and those that graze cattle (historically) continue in the same manner and number since the monument creation.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2018 7:40 a.m.

    I'm all for getting rid of them entirely. I would like to see a good coal mine and a few oil rigs down there with ATV trails EVERYWHERE!!!

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 2, 2018 5:45 p.m.

    I say shrink them even more. And pass a law that any monument designations can be no larger than 10 acres and must be voted on by those living in the boundaries of the monument.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 2, 2018 5:00 p.m.

    When will this ever end?

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2018 4:24 p.m.

    The Antiquities Act was meant to preserve, well, antiquities. If the monument advocates would be forthright and simply say we want to prevent any future mining or drilling on this property rather than saying they want to preserve specific, unique antiquities which are already protected by the BLM, their argument would be more credible. On the other hand it is difficult to make the case for mineral extraction in view of their atrocious environment record.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 2, 2018 4:11 p.m.

    Springdale, Moab and the counties that have the National Parks will gladly take all those tourist dollars.
    Not so incidentally, tourism brings significantly more dollars to Utah than extraction and grazing.