° How ironic is it that the Salt Lake Tribune feels the Public Lands Initiative fails because it was so influenced by locally elected officials.
° Utah's Governor says there is still time for a legislative fix. He's right, but Senate Democrats and Obama would have to get on board, and that is highly unlikely.
° During her confirmation hearings and at previous "visits" of this type Sally Jewell has always said there must be a "consensus" in favor of a monument. I don't believe she even whispered consensus on this trip, and I wonder why?
° Enviros are using the race card successfully. The typical visitor to a Wilderness area, for instance, is an upper-income white male with an advanced degree. But in the case of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument one of their more effective lobbying tools was the involvement of Hispanic groups and leaders, and for the Bears Ears surely the voices of the Native Americans are the most appealing. It's amazing how the enviros have turned one of their greatest weaknesses - the lack of minorities in the movement and their low visitation rates - into one of their greatest assets in placing more restrictions on federal land.
This column originally appeared in the August editions of the New Mexico Stockman and the Livestock Market Digest.