Interior Secretary Zinke to visit Zion National Park Monday

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  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 24, 2018 10:47 a.m.

    He will probably bring ‘for sale’ signs to post on all the entrances

  • stand up for truth Lehi, UT
    Sept. 21, 2018 9:44 a.m.

    Zion must be one of the biggest revenue producers of all the National Parks. Pathetic that the money from it is not used to make the improvements.

    This article illustrates why the NP system of the feds is mismanaged. States generally do a much better job at maintaining parks. I say turn them over to the states.

  • Indi135 Cedar City, UT
    Sept. 21, 2018 8:59 a.m.

    While I agree that money made from energy development on public lands should returned to maintaining said land, the focus of this bill is off.

    The National Park Service does not allow energy development on their land. So the money made from energy development comes from the BLM and National Forest Service lands, which (with a few exceptions) are largely unable to charge for access to their land and so have smaller budgets. It is great that there are lands freely open to the public, but the National Park Service is like a luxury hotel compared to the BLM/NFS land where this energy development is actually taking place. It doesn't make sense to take money from development on BLM and Forest Service Land and offer it primarily to the Park Service as if that is the only federal land management agency. It is not even the agency effected by the development.

    If they adjusted the bill to allow access to the funding to all three agencies I would support it. The article said some money would be allowed to go to the BLM, but it seemed limited. I would like to see the wording on the document.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 21, 2018 8:19 a.m.

    An oil rig on the front lawn of Zion Lodge would add a really nice bit of ambience, won't it?

  • DesignerGenes Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 20, 2018 6:23 p.m.

    Zion NP is being loved to death. There is a backlog of maintenance in all Parks caused by years of under-funding. BUT, wherever Zinke goes, Parks and Monuments suffer.

    His mission is to develop oil and gas fields regardless of what that does to our Treasures. Funding maintenance using gas, coal, or uranium extraction facilities at Zion's borders will degrade air and sound in the Park; destroying the reason for the Park.

    National Parks are the best idea America ever had. These lands are for all Americans to enjoy; to recall what our wild nation looked and sounded like. Have you stood by a natural gas facility where methane, a valuable resource, is being burned off because it's too much bother to capture? The pollution stinks and causes disease and premature deaths.

    This administration's concern is energy development. Zinke came here for the opinions of stakeholders. Native Americans fought to establish Bears Ears and other protected (and sacred) lands. They were ignored by Zinke. He came only to rally with development boosters.

    Zinke should stay away. Utah claims it can better care for our Parks than the Federal Government; that we can use tourist revenues to do that.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 20, 2018 5:59 p.m.

    If Zinke and Bishop are behind this, you can bet there's a hidden agenda in there somewhere that benefit Zinke and Bishop's extraction donors.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Sept. 20, 2018 3:24 p.m.

    stevo123: "And where are you going to allow said energy development?"

    No where it is not already permitted (i.e. BLM lands); no National Parks or Monuments. This would be a fantastic way to help make much needed improvements to all of our public lands.

    It's a win-win. America becomes more energy independent and we keep access costs to our National Parks affordable. If we keep raising the entrance fees only the wealthy will have access to these places.

  • Ironman SANTA CLARA, UT
    Sept. 20, 2018 2:42 p.m.

    Request to all journalists:

    Kindly stop using the words "epic" and "iconic". They are so trite.

    Thank you.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Sept. 20, 2018 2:08 p.m.

    @ Harrison Bergeron, And where are you going to allow said energy development?

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Sept. 20, 2018 1:33 p.m.

    "Bishop said the annual allocation would be capped at $1.3 billion over a five-year period, satisfying concerns by Democrats that the measure will not incentivize energy development."

    Come on democrats! This would be a logical way to pay for our park maintenance.

  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    Sept. 20, 2018 1:14 p.m.

    Zion Park is overwhelmed.