I see Grand Junction as a better location than Ogden. Ogden, along with northern
Utah is becoming very expensive for housing and general living. GJ is closer
proximity to the rural lands of Eastern, Central, and Southern Utah that are
managed by the BLM. And also to Northern AZ and NM. The size of the city is good
without the bigger city issues. I suspect GJ does not have the crime and gang
activity that has plagued Ogden for so long. Also Boise is an attractive
The Constitution mandates that the Federal Govt. is to dispose of territory, not
hold it and manage the land. Utah and other western states should be fighting
the federal govt in court claiming these "federal" lands as being part
of the States and owned by citizens of the State.I guess accepting
greater growth of Fed Govt, and increased federal taxes to support that growth
is acceptable as long as we get some of that tax revenue coming into our State.
The BLM should be getting smaller, not expanding to oversee their empire.Based on some corporations that have been wooed into the State, I guess
it boils down to "We will do anything for money.
I think Ogden would be a perfect spot for The BLM right in the middle of of the
area were most of the federal lands are.Washington D. C. Is so distant
from where most of these lands are. Maybe the outlook would be different and
they could get a better understanding on Western Views if it were to be moved
out here where it belongs. This might even bring more jobs to Utah, so the
kids will not have to leave the state for employment.
Retired with 40 years, 39 with the BLM. Worked at the BLM Headquarters WO and
Denver, Utah, Montana and Arizona. The Secretary is correct. The people and the
public land will be well served by relocating the Headquarter to Utah. So, Good
Luck Utah, the attitude of WO staffers will change to the better by living in
the lands they administer for us. Might even come back out of retirement to help
move some furniture into the new location . . . . lol.
What does Ogden have? A congressman who wants to put a little pork on his
constituents' plates. It's always a little odd to me that Utahns like
to talk the talk of smaller government and less federal interference or
influence, but when it comes to big federal projects (Hill AFB, NSA data center,
and now the BLM offices), we're all in.
Ogden would be the perfect location