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…

San Juan County’s 40-year Recapture Canyon right of way

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) granted the San Juan Water Conservancy District a 40-year right of way down the existing Recapture Canyon road back in 1986. This is the road that the Recapture Canyon protest was held on in May of 2014.  The  Water Conservancy allowed Commissioner Lyman and the protesters to use the legal right of way on the road.  The Water Conservancy unlocked and opened the gate so the road could be used. In 2007, at the time of the closure, there was an active placer mine in Recapture Canyon…

Was BLM Director Juan Palma’s Lack of Action Negligent?

Put on your waders or stand on a chair because the main stream media is pouring it on rather thick with misinformation and archaeological romanticism concerning the Recapture Protest in Blanding, Utah  last Saturday. The main stream media has allowed themselves to be flimflammed when it comes to Recapture Canyon and as a result the public is being misled and good people are being discriminated against by the Utah BLM Director Juan Palma’s actions or lack of action.