Archives for March 2013
Kane County and the Federal Government have had a dispute over the ownership of a number of roads that traverse federal lands which the county has argued belong to the county under Revised Statue 2477(RS2477). RS2477 is a provision of the Mining Act of 1866 which granted the right-of-way to states and counties to construct highways over public lands. These roads are used by a number of groups to get out and use the public lands; such as, access for grazing, recreation, and even the Sheriff’s Office for search and rescue. There has been a heated controversy over these roads in Kane County from about the time that President Clinton declared the Grand Staircase Escalante Monument in 1996. A court decision as of March 2013 found that 12 of 15 roads were indeed RS2477 rights of way belonging to the county.
We met up with the three current county commissioners to discuss the importance of this decision to counties across the west and to look at the future of county roads over federal lands in the future.
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Chad Booth sits down with Brent Gardner, Adam Trupp, and Mark Ward to discuss the outcome of the 2013 legislative session. How will local governments and residents be affected by some of the lesser known bills that were passed? A variety of topics were covered on the hill this year. The most important topic on the radar this year was the proposal to relocate the state prison. The close relationship between the state and counties in housing state inmates has the potential of being interrupted depending on what the state builds for a new prison.
Some of us only see Rural Utah when we take a vacation or visit family and miss out on all of the exciting things that are happening there. Rural Utahns enjoy a different kind of lifestyle and have different issues than Utahns along the Wasatch Front. Rural Legislative day is the time for Rural Utahns to take have their voices heard. Leaders at the capitol understand that we are all Utahns and that it is important to address issues that effect the entire state.
Counties and citizens are finding road closed signs and are worried about access to the forest. Chad Booth sits down with John Erickson, the new forest supervisor for the Ashley National Forest and Mike McKee, Uintah County Commissioner to discuss the latest plans. What is the value of a road? How can the Forest Service work more collaboratively with local governments in the future? What happens now that a comprehensive decision has been made?