Bob Weaver’s daughter talks about her father, a victim of BLM harassment

Bob Weaver was a great rock hound, known as “Bob the geologist” to his friends and others around Cody, Wyoming. His friends claimed that his skills were so keen that other rock hunters in Cody were jealous of Bob’s uncanny ability to find fossils. It’s possible that this jealousy is what led others to make false reports about Bob’s activities to the US Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). On the first of December, 2016, six or eight Federal Agents from the Bureau of Land Management…

Omnibus Bill 2016 increases BLM budget $117 Million

With all the current issues in the western states involving the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service some people are demanding that congress cut or defund these land agencies. Seth Stinson of Utah asked three Utah Congressman to do just that during a congressional listening session in St George in January. According to Congressman Bishop the three Utah”s congressman have key influential positions on different committees in Washington DC that have some control over the land agencies. “Having Utah represented on key and influential committee positions is beneficial…

Who is really damaging our public lands ATV’s or the BLM?

On May 10th, 2014 over 200 citizens exercised their 1st Amendment Right to protest and assemble in Blanding, Utah participating in the Recapture Canyon Protest.  The Bureau of Land Management  (BLM) Utah Director Juan Palma along with a list of other federal employees orchestrated a plan to arrest San Juan County Utah Commissioner Phil Lyman, Monte Wells (the author of this post), and others. Part of the BLM’s plan involved charging some protesters with monetary damages to archaeological sites that the Recapture ATV trial had contact with.  In September 2014 Lyman and…

The BLM’s deception to silence Phil Lyman

Last March Utah’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Juan Palma received praises for his work in Utah when he retired. After five years overseeing nearly 40 percent of Utah’s land, Juan Palma retires Friday as the state director for the Bureau of Land Management. While many state and local leaders would rather evict the federal agency from Utah, they don’t feel the same way about Palma. An easygoing leader who was able to navigate the fraught politics of public lands management in Utah, Palma is respected by environmentalists and oil and…

BLM Director Juan Palma gave permission for the Recapture Canyon Protest

On May 10, 2014, over 200 protesters from all over the state of Utah and neighboring states held a peaceful protest in Blanding, Utah opposing the abuse and mismanagement of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in San Juan County.  Part of the protest was carried out on a regularly traveled and maintained county pipeline road in Recapture Canyon.  Permission was received from the Water Master of San Juan County who oversees the pipeline.  BLM Director Juan Palma himself gave permission directly to Commissioner Phil Lyman in a phone call…

PacifiCorp & Wasatch Wind’s Action Extend Into Wyoming And Utah’s Lands Bill

With the filing of the complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against PacifiCorp which outlines many incidents of  alleged illegal behavior in San Juan County that involves Wasatch Wind/Latigo it makes this story out of Wyoming even more interesting. According to the report Wasatch Wind seems to be having problems in Wyoming or are they?  It doesn’t appear that Wasatch Wind is building much anywhere they just keep getting extensions, asking for tax abatement,  and creating the illusion of  developing a wind farm.   Maybe that is because they are…

Explore Your Public Lands [Video]

The BLM posted the following video on YouTube on January 20, 2015. What is the BLM trying to do? Convince folks that they want the public to explore the so called public lands? It almost seems like the BLM wants to be a recreation company.  Here is the side of the BLM that this PR video is trying to get folks to ignore. The BLM is responsible for closing miles and miles of county public roads.  The BLM has been caught closing county roads illegally in places like Indian Creek Utah that has been designated…

BLM Destroyed Archaeological Sites & Artifacts

“Do As We Say Not As We Do”  should be the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) motto.   For years the BLM has been violating their own federal laws and regulations. Which in turn has hurt the economy, and the citizens that they are suppose to be serving.  Because of this abuse several counties in Utah along with the State of Utah  have taken a stand against the Bureau of Land Management and their mismanagement.   The following are several examples: Utah ranchers sue BLM, demand removal of wild horses BLM Raids Blanding Utah San Benito Supervisors…

Public Lands: Who Should Manage Them?

Last night I went to an Oxford style debate  on the statement “The state of Utah is best suited to manage public lands within its borders.” The question asked whether management should be by Utah or the Federal Government. On one side were Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart and Representative Ken Ivory for Utah controlling those lands and on the other side, former Bureau of Land Management Director Pat Shea and University of Utah professor Dan McCool. A big crowd of close to three hundred people showed up. The evening began with a poll of…

This land is my land…

Who better to manage Utah (and the west’s land) that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)? There is a reason as to why the BLM is in place. It is to protect the heritage of our country from the worst of those among us. There are those who have proven they can’t even pretend to be mature adults and respect important heritage sites. This goes farther than Cliven Bundy and his issues. Formed in 1946, the BLM was the culmination of several different offices and agencies within the executive with the specific…