posted on May, 10 2014 @ 03:04 PM
ATV Riders in Southern Utah Prepare to Protest by Breaking the Law
San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman is spearheading the protest. He plans to lead riders about a mile and a half onto a trail in Recapture
Canyon currently closed to ATVs. The ride is a violation of the law. "It's only breaking the law from a federal standpoint," said Lyman. "From a
county standpoint, this is a county road."
The group plans to protest what Lyman calls an overreach on the part of the federal government. The Federal Bureau of Land Management banned motorized
vehicles in 2007 in the canyon to protect archaeological artifacts left behind thousands of years ago.
Seven years ago, the BLM closed this particular trail to motorized traffic because the previous year, it was found that ATV riders made a new spur
trail straight through a Native American burial site.
Now, San Juan County, Utah Commissioner Phil Lyman, spurred on by the Bundy protests has come up with this publicity stunt. He has even managed to
pull in Cliven Bundy's son Ryan Bundy
, and the head of his private
militia security team, Ryan Payne.
Ryan Payne spoke with the San Juan County Sheriff, Rick Eldridge, who has their back:
Payne characterized their discussion, saying Eldridge has contacted other sheriff’s departments who “stated that if he needed support to get
the BLM out of there, they would help.”
I agree with one of the comment posters on Commissioner Lyman's facebook
, Mark Kile:
Your plan to ride ATVs through known archaeological sites is reprehensible. While you declare this ride in the name of freedom, in fact it is a
freedom limited to a small percentage of the public with only their self-interest in mind. The resources within this canyon bear witness to cultural
groups that have inhabited the area far longer than the focus group you are representing and should be left undisturbed. While I can agree with the
premise of free access to travel on public lands you must keep in mind that there is a delicate balance where your freedom, will and desire does not
impinge on my freedom, will and desire. That balance is known as law and regardless of whether you agree or disagree, it is how we as a people have
elected to live in this country in a mutual contract, so while you espouse that you are protesting against an unfair government ruling, you are in
fact unilaterally denying any private citizen that disagrees with your position and abides by that contract a say in the matter.
(bolding by me)
This same sentiment can be equally used in the Bundy situation.
For it's part, the BLM has this to say about the Recapture Canyon ATV protest.
“We regret that the illegal ATV ride planned for tomorrow appears to be going forward. Recapture Canyon is public land belonging to all
Americans and contains ancient cultural sites and artifacts that are at serious risk of being destroyed or damaged.”
The Bureau of Land Management is warning riders to stay out, vowing prosecution against those who ignore a law put in place after an illegal trail
was found that cuts through ruins that are nearly 2,000 years old.
But further down in the same news article...
The agency will, however, document people who ride ATVs on the prohibited trail, he said.
So, is the sovereignty/anti-federal government movement spreading, or is this just the same voices trying to squeeze another few minutes of limelight
out of the Bundy stand-off?
edit on 5/10/2014 by Olivine because: (no reason given)
edit on 5/10/2014 by Olivine because: add a visual aid