Monday, May 12, 2014

Dozens of protesters ride in off-limits canyon

Dozens of people rode their ATVs and motorcycles on an off-limits trail in southern Utah in a protest against what the group calls the federal government's overreaching control of public lands. San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge said from 40 to 50 people, many of them waving American flags and some carrying weapons, drove about a mile down Recapture Canyon near Blanding Saturday and then turned around. Hundreds attended a rally at a nearby park before the protest. "It was peaceful, and there were no problems whatsoever," the sheriff told The Associated Press. About 30 deputies and a handful of U.S. Bureau of Land Management law enforcement personnel watched as protesters drove past a closure sign and down the canyon located about 300 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, the protest's organizer, has said it was designed to show that the federal agency isn't the "supreme authority" and local residents have a right to have their opinions heard. "We're not proponents of breaking the law," Lyman told The Salt Lake Tribune before the ride. "Just because BLM owns the property, that doesn't mean they own the right-of-way that exists." The group's act of defiance marks the latest illustration of growing tension between angry rural Western residents and the federal government over management of public lands...more

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I disgusted that these modern day barbarians are driving in their ATV's through an illegal trail that cuts through ruins that are nearly 2,000 years old. This is just a bunch of anti-Federal government rabble-rousers. Sad!