Fake news about looting used to push federal Bears Ears takeover

San Juan County Commissioner Rebecca Benally testified that not only were the Friends of Cedar Mesa (FCM) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) accounts of looting inaccurate but that a federal designation would actually increase vandalism and looting due to a massive upswing in tourist traffic. Alarmist stories about widespread looting and vandalism of Native American ruins were used in a media campaign to promote the designation of the Bears Ears region of southeastern Utah as a national monument. Despite the fact that neither President Obama nor his outdoor recreation big wig Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, have…

The City of Monticello misuses road fund money to asphalt a private business’s parking lot

On November 8, 2016, during a City Council meeting Councilman George Rice asked Monticello’s City Manager Ty Bailey if the City was helping to pay for a new private parking lot?  The parking lot was located behind the Monticello Home & Auto Supply, Inc (NAPA Auto parts) and the Monticello Merc on Main Street. Manager Bailey replied, “I’m not sure I will have to research that.” The Petroglyph decided to look into the question that Councilman Rice asked.  The GRAMA request documents that I received from the City of Monticello revealed…

Environmental movement’s strong hold on Utah and the West: “It all ends now”

I’m sure many people don’t quite realize what this election has done to the environmental movement in Utah and throughout the United States. Prior to the election, the movement has had a free reign of terror and a choking strong holding on the western states as well as the rest of the United States. But on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, the bullies were stopped. Tuesday will go down in history as the day they were handed their hat and asked to leave the party. Their control and power ended with…

San Juan County local election in disarray

Election Day is finally here! If you are like me you will be glad when today is over so that you don’t have to keep getting bombarded with presidential rhetoric. The national election has made me stop in awe and disbelief over the list of candidates that we have to choose from for president. Of course, the main two candidates being Hillary and Trump. One would think it couldn’t get any worse than this, but you would be wrong. A few years back the San Juan County Clerk decided that…

San Juan County violates due process with wind farm, sticks residents with $250K legal bill

Those familiar with the beautiful view of the Abajo Mountains rising up to the west of Monticello, Utah, have witnessed a startling change in recent years. A large wind farm, reaching up the mountainside from the edge of town, now clutters what was once a breathtaking natural vista. Wind farms have been springing up across the country in response to various state ‘Clean Power’ plans, most of which derive from EPA standards mandating a higher percentage of electricity produced by ‘renewable’ energy sources. Monticello, a largely agricultural and ranching town…

BLM incompetence, threats, and 57,000 acres burned

The Henry’s Creek Fire in Idaho raged out of control for several days burning some 57,000 acres. Heavy winds made it impossible to get the fire under control. The fire was located just east of Idaho Falls Idaho and involved multiple local and federal agencies. According to Bart Stolworthy, a farmer and rancher who owns property in the area, the fire started on Saturday the 20th in a “No Man’s Land” area which is property that the owner doesn’t pay a fire tax. So agencies tend to not respond to…

Check your privilege!

Huffington Post reporter Kate Sheppard, reported, “U.S. Olympians Make Their Case for Preserving Public Lands” in an article published on August 20, 2016. The article goes on to quote a couple Olympic athletes and their views on public lands. Pentathlete Marguax Isakesen was quoted, “Growing up next to the Ozark National Forest shaped me as an athlete and pushed me to become an Olympian.” Tri-athlete Katie Zaferes said, “…I have the opportunity to train in these larger-than-life landscapes that afford me the luxury to run on miles of single track…

Senator Dabakis silences hundreds of San Juan County citizens

Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis posted the following picture on his Facebook page on August 5, 2016. Dabakis states that US Senator Mike Lee conjured up this picture to scare his “MINIONS” in to demanding “NO MONUMENT”. Citizens of San Juan County who are being directly affected by the monument if designated began to reply to Dabakis post. As comments were posted opposing the National Monument or questioning Dabakis about the so-called “Lee” photo they were deleted and the person making the post was blocked from his page. For example…

The Outdoor Industry wants public lands managed the same way they manage press conferences

With great fanfare, the Outdoor Industry invited the public a few days ago to join them in a press conference where they would announce their support for President Obama to designate the Bears Ears National Monument. What started as an attempt to show “a unified voice in support of efforts to protect the long-neglected Bears Ears region” turned into a master class on how to not run a PR event in the age of the smart phone. Blinded by hubris, the Outdoor Industry and Dine Bikeyah seemed to think that…

Outdoor industry’s Dawes Act for Utah Native Americans sacred lands

The modern day Dawes Act is the Bears Ears National Monument proposal and it is being supported by the outdoor industry leaders.  This proposal will have a similar affect as the 1887 Dawes Act has had on the native Americans since the 1800’s to present day. “By the 1870s, prime agricultural land remained in the plains. Many American citizens believed the federal government should free this valuable land from nomadic Indian tribes for white settlers. Other whites approached the situation from a paternalistic perspective and insisted Indians should be assimilated into American society. Named after…