Utah ATV protest peaceful

10 May

San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman briefs ATV riders Saturday morning at Centennial Park in Blanding, Utah, on a plan for a protest ride into Recapture Canyon east of town. photo by John Peel/Durango Herald

The ‘peaceful demonstration in Iron County today was advertised for the last two weeks or more. The BLM knew about the plan of the locals to ride their ATV’s through Recapture Valley which has an 11 mile stretch of land full of archaeological artifacts of the Pueblo who were the first to live on that land; this land has been closed off to ATVs and motorized vehicles since September 2007. 

“Also, a statement issued after the ride from BLM Utah Director Juan Palma said the BLM had documented those who rode Saturday into the area closed to motorized use.

“The BLM was in Recapture Canyon today collecting evidence and will continue to investigate,” Palma’s statement said. “The BLM will pursue all available redress through the legal system to hold the lawbreakers accountable.”

I’m surprised to learn that the BLM stood by and watched as these motorized vehicles drove through this delicate area! BLM has itchy fingers when it comes to wild horse advocates taking photos at roundups and has even arrested some advocates for doing so! Taking photographs are harmless, but destroying or disturbing ancient artifacts is a totally different situation.

“Part of Palma’s BLM statement:

“Regrettably, after a peaceful rally in Blanding, Utah, a number of individuals broke the law by driving ATVs through Recapture Canyon where ancient artifacts and dwellings may have been damaged by the riders.

“As always, our first and most important priority is the safety of the public and our employees, and our actions today reflect that. The BLM’s law enforcement presence today focused on recording and documenting individuals who chose to violate the law by traveling into the closure area on ATVs.”


If BLM was that concerned about the value of the artifacts in Recapture Canyon, why didn’t they stop the ATV ride through it before the ride began? Are they busy arresting wild horse advocates who are merely taking photographs?

Recapture Reservoir, Blanding,  Utah

Recapture Reservoir, Blanding, Utah (Photo credit: MortAuPat)

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6 Responses to “Utah ATV protest peaceful”

  1. Sue Carter May 10, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    BLM ha let the Genie out of the bottle by caving into Cliven Bundy. i have read where Bundy’s son Ryan? drove-off at a gas station without paying, led police on a high speed chase ,and crashed through the Park entrance at Glenn Canyon, all because he does not “recognize” the Federal Government. It will be a free for all, Thanks to BLM allowing Bundy to thumb his nose at them. What happened to Homeland security?

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    • WestDeltaGirl May 10, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

      The FBI is investigating Bundy – saw an article about that a couple days ago. But the fact that they have not arrested him for leading a bunch of armed crazy people that threatened the lives of BLM security force is beyond me!


      • MorganG May 11, 2014 at 9:06 am #

        yes and stopping private citizens at gun point when they are trying to travel through. Huge difference in how the wild horse advocates are treated. that has burned my butt since this whole thing started. If these militia groups are all about protecting freedom why the hell aren’t they out there when the wild ones are being ripped from their homelands?

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        • WestDeltaGirl May 11, 2014 at 10:53 am #

          Good question – wish I had an answer to that.


        • Tracey Powell May 12, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

          Who do you think it is round up the wild horse and mules? It is the Governmental agencies. It is not about this group or that group having or getting more…It is about having the courage to stand for what you, as an individual, hold to be your truth, justice and value. Then taking PERSONAL responsibility to act according to those beliefs. So I take it that when the BLM was rounding up Utah’s wild horse and mule herds you where standing amongst those of us that had positioned themselves between the animals and the BLM AGENCY trying to stop the senceless and horrific slaughter of those beautifully magnificent mustangs and burros herds of East carbon/Sunnyside. I thought not. But yet you have the gumption to cry injustice because people are standing up for what the hold true…THAT GOD, not MAN, has tasked those that reside on this earth with STEWARDSHIP of this earth. It is and has been the governments of this world, that has caused, by far the most destruction ever perpetuated on ol’ blues face. By shackling man and binding them into bondage, they lose that which we are born with: The understanding that with freedom, privilege and self worth, comes the responsibility of picking oneself up, day after day, and doing what is good , right and is a benefit to your neighbor and your country no matter how badly you have a feeling of “I Don’t want to!” or “It hurts!”. It is doing what is right BECAUSE it is the right thing to do!


  2. Tracey Powell May 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    I feel very saddened by the amount of ignorance being demonstrated in this country. It is written “WE THE PEOPLE!” How sad it is to see so many who behave as it is read “WE THE CONTROLLING GOVERNMENT, DO, USURP UNRIGHTEOUS DOMINION OVER THE CITIZENS ABIDING WITH IN THE BOARDERS OF THE U.S.A.” I live in Beautiful Blanding Utah. Where it is common, for the fine people of this area, to gather together, family and friends to spend the day appreciating the natural beauty, the fresh air, and the abundance of the great and glorious gifts The Good Lord has blessed us with. I believe that “We the People” are the stewards of this great country. From father/mother to son/daughter, value, worth, respect and appreciation is nurtured, fed and matured. As our Grandparents, and Great grandparents now in their late 80’s and 90’s, Have Stooped their hands to soil,( for far more years, than I imagine most of those that have responded to this “story” have been upon this earth-) With them having worked this land , having bled,cried, prayed , loved and died for this this patch of earth. Who better to be the caretaker, then those that understand what it means to sacrifice for the betterment of this land and those that reside upon it? Who better to teach good stewardship? It is why I believe our trails should remain open. Those who love and hold this land with such great esteem.They should have free access to pass on their life long stewardship, love, values and appreciation, to those that are now living in a time of “Work hurts”, “I don’t need to work that hard, because the Government will take care of it.” In this area, it is still a common belief that “by the sweat of your brow” that Good men and women are nurtured, and raised up to LOVE, RESPECT And APPRECIATE both your fellow man and the laws of nature.


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