Senior Federal Judge David Sam appointed to Recapture Canyon case

Senior Judge David Sam was assigned to the Recapture Canyon Protest case today after Judge Jill N. Parrish rescued herself.  Judge Parrish was appointed to the case after Judge Shelby stepped down due to a conflict of interest. “Judge Sam has served in the military, on the Duchesne County Hospital board, the Utah State University Advisory board and in other service capacities. He was appointed to the Fourth Judicial District Court, was President of District Judges Association and in 1985 was appointed U.S. District Judge by President Ronald Reagan.  The Davis Clipper…

Utah files Notice of Intent to Sue on Recapture Canyon Road

Good news concerning Recapture Canyon It appears that the Utah State of Utah has decided to send a NOTICE OF INTENT to sue the federal government on the entire Recapture Canyon Road.  The notice should have gone out on the 5th of August. The decision to file the NOI was based on a thorough review of maps, BLM records, and witness testimony.  The information we received indicates that the state feels they have enough evidence to prevail in the case. This is a significant break in what has been a frustrating…

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…

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.”

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…

Utah needs to move beyond 10th Amendment saber-rattling

As I returned home to Blanding, Utah for my father’s funeral, I passed over the Recapture Dam and looked to the south. Almost 30 years ago, my father and I spent a few summers moving cattle up and down that canyon.  While you would occasionally see a piece of Anasazi pottery, that was always a sideshow.  We needed the canyon to graze our cattle as we moved them to the summer pasture on the Blue Mountain. I wonder if in today’s environment, we would be accused of breaking the law.…

Alliance for a Better Utah’s selective silence on violence

Alliance for a Better Utah has no shortage of selective outrage or hypocrisy on our state’s political stage. The recent silence on Rep Justin Miller’s “alleged but everyone is pretty darn sure he did it because HOLY CRAP HE SAID THAT ON TAPE” embezzlement of upwards of $34K from Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams’ campaign is a pretty shining example, especially considering the, er, “enthusiastic” participation in calling for former Attorney General John Swallow to suffer every possible consequence but stoning in a public square. There’s also their rather glaring…

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…

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.