Public Lands Debate at SUU [video]

Public lands debate: who will best manage public lands in Utah: the state or the federal government? The following is a video of a public lands debate over control of public lands in Utah.  The debate took place  September 18, 2014 at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. Becky Lockhart, Utah Speaker of the House and Ken Ivory Utah State Representative spoke in favor of the State of Utah taking over management and title to Utah’s Public Lands. Dr. Bob Keiter, Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment University…

Federal Management Failed – State Asked to Step In

On May 14, 2014 in Salt Lake City Representative Ken Ivory, and Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart had a debate with Bureau of Land Management Director Pat Shea and University of Utah professor Dan McCool concerning who should manage our lands in Utah the state or the federal government. The evening began with a poll of attendees with a 60/40 split against the statement, meaning that 60% favored federal management of public lands, no surprise in given the downtown Salt Lake City location for the debate. By the end…

Enabling Act Silliness

Politics has its silly season. But litigation provides for perpetual silliness, as litigants (and their lawyers) continuously grasp at straws to justify outcomes.  I’m even tempted to say I’ve seen more ridiculous arguments practicing law than I’ve seen on Facebook . . . but that might be pushing things a bit far. Regardless, I can say that I’ve been on the grasping side enough times to know when someone has entered the silly zone — and, I hate to break it to you, fellow conservatives: on the idea of a grand public…