Utah loses nothing from the departure of Outdoor Retailer

At some point in your life, you deal with someone so needy you have to cut them off. They start off asking for the small favors (“can I get a ride to the store”) and before long they keep on kicking up the demands until it’s the plot of a bad Adam Sandler comedy (“can I borrow $10,000 to get my degree in underwater basketweaving”). This time around, the obnoxious and demanding lout is played by Outdoor Retailer, a group that seems to believe we owe them the world by…

County Seat TV Video on Protests on Publically Managed Lands Recapture Canyon

by  The County Seat “We will be discussing some of the lesser known that surround this particular case. Tune in Sunday Morning 8:30am on ABC4UTAH or link here to YouTube. The story of this protest in recapture canyon is not an easy one to tell because there are so many layers. I would argue that many of us have misunderstood the entire issue because we lack the experiences that this community has had.”

Ivory’s Legal Theories are Weak, But Fraud is a Bridge Too Far

A bad legal strategy doesn’t equate to fraud. I’m no supporter of Ken Ivory’s public lands crusade. I’ve written before about how flimsy I think the legal theories are underlying his claim that the federal government has some enforceable legal obligation to return public lands to western states. In my view, they are not supportable by any coherent legal analysis, and they border on the frivolous. And I dislike Ivory’s theory even more because I happen to think there’s merit to the idea of more local control of public land, and Ivory’s quixotic crusade…

Let the Supreme’s Settle, Forever, Who Owns Utah’s 32,000,000 Acres!

It could settle, forever, Utah’s longest festering sore. I have a bill, SB 105, it gets a hearing Monday afternoon at 2. There are a lot of people who think Utah owns 32,000,000 acres of land that the Feds claim in Utah. That group, apparently includes the Governor, the entire Utah DC delegation, the Attorney General  and big majorities in the Utah legislature. Evidence of their belief is the wrong-headed 2009 HB 148. These good folks claim that the Enabling Act of the Utah Constitution gives Utah that public land. I say that is bunk. Not even…

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…

Another Lands Bill Facade

On January 13, 2015 the San Juan County Utah Lands Council had another meeting to go over different county roads and to decide which roads were needed or not needed on the county’s Congressman Bishop’s lands bill proposal. The group has been at this since 2013 working together to come up with a plan.  Representatives of the Friends of Cedar Mesa (FCM) Josh Ewing and Vaughn Hadenfeldt were invited to be a part of the group by the county.  I guess the hope was that by working with the Friends of Cedar Mesa and compromising with…

Utah Asserts Our Rights To Our Land

Utah’s Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office released its much anticipated feasibility study regarding Utah’s capacity as a State to manage lands currently controlled by the Federal Government. The bottom line?  Utah has what it takes to do the job and do it right.  Here are all 784 pages of the in-depth details for your review. Land Transfer Analysis Final Report Previously posted at Mr. Peterson’s Perspectives. Reposted with permission. 

Is Bishop’s Land Initiative a “Grand Bargain” or Not?

The State of Utah along with several Utah Counties, citizen groups, and Congressmen Bishop, Chaffetz, and Stewart’s staff have put a lot of time and effort into the Bishop’s Land (Bill) Intuitive.   They did this with the hope of bring Utah’s public lands issues to a consensus of all stakeholders.  This was referred to as the “Grand Bargain” in an article in the Deseret News on Jan. 13, 2014. Bishop expressed his views on the initiative: I have observed and participated in the debate over the management of public lands for more than…

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…