Saturday, August 12, 2017

Freedom Fest II Sept. 9 --Tickets and Raffle Items

This year's Freedom Fest will feature not only a great concert by Due West's Lead singer, Tim Gates, but a wide variety of local talent, vendors, concessions and drawings for great prizes.  Thank you for continuing to help protect both public and private lands, and for donating to the Bears Ears Cause.  Concert Tickets can be purchased for $10 on line or at Redds Ace Hardware and The San Juan Record.  

Raffle tickets are available at 112 S. 300 W. --Wilcox Home starting Aug. 23.
Starting Aug. 30 raffle tickets can also be purchased at Clark's Market on Wednesdays and Fridays, and at the Freedom Fest 4:00-7 PM Sept. 9. 

Great Prizes for Fund Raiser Drawings at Freedom Fest
1. Console ~~ Donated by Furniture2U
215 E. Center Blanding, Utah
4 ft by 18" ~~ Value $300 ~~ Manager: Tifani Black

2. Gift basket with a variety of Nu Skin Products, valued at $200
3.  Aerial Photo of Bears Ears on Metal plate 12 x 18  by Kay Shumway    

Value $135, donated by Nature/ Bears Ears Photography.Gallery of photographs can be seen by appointment (678-2182) ofVisit

4.   Massage  -- By Lindsay Palmer Smith Value  $50

5.  Two Volumes:  Local histories by Dr. Robert S. McPherson

Each set valued at $35  (Two drawings awarded)

6. Western Landscape Photograph:  by Colleen Tibbetts, Moab

(waiting for photo)

7.    Phone Skope great technology for hunters 

Phone Skope adapters and $50 Gift Card for Samsung Galaxy and iPhone

Value $150

                                                 Visit Phoneskope for more information

8. Original Bears Ears Fabric Landscape Art 
by Devin Bayles Hancock ~~ Value $150  (20" X 30")

 9.  Seven issues of Blue Mountain Shadows  $77 Value 
     "Preserving history and culture of the Four Corners since 1986."
               Contact LaVerne Tate 435-678-2325 for more information

10.  Overnight Stay Canyonlands Cabin get-away    $130 Value

Jerry Murdock manager.  Visit site at Canyonlands Lodging

Friday, August 11, 2017

"United We Stand” Theme for San Juan County Freedom Fest September 9

Tickets $10.  20% discount if ordered by Aug. 15

Discount code: "EarlyBird"

Listen to Tim Gates Video 

“United We Stand:  Local Voices for Public Lands“ is the theme of this year’s San Juan County Freedom Fest being held Sept. 9 at the San Juan High School (Blanding, Utah) football practice field.  Chairwoman, Kim Henderson, emphasized, “No matter what side of land issues you are on, or what side of the mountain you are from, we want everyone to come and unitedly enjoy an evening of great entertainment and sociability.  We hope to have people from other counties, and even states, come and join us.  Invite your friends and family from other places.”  

 The event begins 4 PM and offers a full slate of entertainment, food and craft booths, concessions, and 10 great raffle prizes. Local performers include Native American dancers, The Magpies (Beverly Felstead, Terri Card, Kaleigh Gilson, Cheryl Bowers, Emma Holliday, and Gayle Shumway), and Magnetic Pull, "the best in Native Rock" from Blanding, Utah.  The group includes Dennis Kaniatobe Sr. on keyboard, lead guitar and vocals; Travis Moses -percussion and Native Flute, and Dennis Kaniatobe II, Lead and Bass guitar. Darren Parry of the NW Shoshone tribe, will be a guest speaker.

The main performance begins about 8 PM featuring Tim Gates, lead singer in a Nashville trio called Due West.  Gates is also a member of the Nashville Tribute Band, which has performed in San Juan County several times.  Attendees need to bring their own chairs or blankets.

Vendors Needed
Anyone interested in setting up artisan, food, or product booths should call Nicole Perkins before August 21. 435-485-0214. There is a $25 charge; however, two concert tickets will be provided to each booth. 

Freedom Fest Writing Contest
In preparation for Freedom Fest students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to enter the Unity writing contest.  There are two different brackets: grades 3-5, and grades 6-8.  The essays will be judged on development of the theme, “United We Stand.”  Winners will be announced the night of Freedom Fest, and first place winners will be invited to read their essays. Students do NOT have to live in San Juan County to participate.

Grades 3-5 Enter Here                 Grades 6-8 Enter Here

If you have questions regarding the contest call Alex Winder 435-459-2870.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Secretary Ryan Zinke's Whirlwind Visit to Utah

While San Juan County is still waiting for the final decision regarding Bears Ears, perhaps it would be good to ponder the journey of the past year, and especially the effort Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made to talk to those who will be most directly impacted by any decisions regarding Bears Ears. 

Secretary Zinke traveled to Utah in early May for a four-day listening tour.  He met with community members, stakeholders, and representatives of federal, state, local and tribal governments, regarding an executive order to review some large national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act.

His efforts were significantly different from the environmentally manipulated visit from Secretary Sally Jewell a year ago.  

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jewell Bashes Trump for Monument Review

Written in response to Deseret News 7/26 news article quoting former secretary Jewell:

A very telling statement by Sally Jewell, "If you are not at the table, you are on the menu." 

Yes, Utah has been on the environmental menu for years, with millions of acres of "public" land being locked up by divisive means and purposes, and it's not to make America Great Again. Quite the contrary, public lands in dozens of states have been on the menu, for decades, until the working man, especially rural Americans have been pushed out of the picture, discredited, and told that endangered species are more important than their lives and their livelihood. 

If State's rights mean anything in this Country anymore, we must give credence, and legality to elected officials, not to the clamoring, minions following extremist environmental foundations funded by Soros, Wyss, Bonderman, and board members of the Conservation Land Foundation. They are the creators of a menu which includes global manipulation, personal gain, and weakening of Constitutional rights. There's much more at stake than Monuments. 

Like Patrick Henry, "I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery" (in the form of socialism.)  "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." Hooray, for Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Minnesota, W. Virginia, Montana, and other states who are fighting such encroachments legally, and legislatively. Monuments are not about protection, they are about power and weakening America.

  Janet Wilcox

Friday, July 21, 2017

Oregon's Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition Meets with Zinke

We wanted to let you know that on July 15, Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition board (Oregon) member and vice chairman, Mark Mackenzie joined me in Medford for a meeting with U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Congressman Greg Walden.

We were unsure how much time we would have with these two men, but the OBSC decided it was worth the risk, so we made the trip. I am more than thrilled to report that it was time well spent!
Mark and I had a good 15 minutes or more, talking one-on-one with Secretary Zinke about the issues and threats we face in Malheur County, which he had already read in the report we supplied his staffers before his trip. Mark and I were very impressed with his approach on doing what is right, regardless of the threat of litigation. As he put it, and I will paraphrase his quote “…when you drain the swamp you uncover the serpents and they are mad, they come fighting back." From where I stand, I think they have met their match!
As a former Navy Seal Commander, Zinke has a mindset and demeanor that is ready to really lead the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, and he will lead it in the same manner that he did as a great military leader. He is tackling with a vengeance like we’ve never seen before including issues like the wild horse, Equal Access to Justice, the Antiquities Act, the Endangered Species Act, WSAs and water rights. After talking with him, we believe he is laying the ground work to restructure the BLM, which we all know desperately needs to happen.
We left the evening feeling very optimistic and we are sure that Secretary Zinke will not forget us. Mark invited him to visit us in Malheur County and the OBSC board members will be working to facilitate this visit, hopefully this fall. We will keep you posted when we get more details.
We would be remiss to not mention how gracious and helpful Congressman Walden has been in our new direction and effort. We spoke with him while in Medford and we are fortunate to have his friendship and support. Congressman Walden is ready to work with us on a plan to insure stability for Malheur County and all of us, as members of the OBSC, we should be proud to be a part of this great effort.

We will continue to keep you updated as we make progress moving forward.

Steve Russell
OBSC Chairman

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Chris Herrod Understands Rural Counties and Utah's Needs. He'll Be in Monticello July 22!

Commissioners from San Juan and Grand discussed land issues with Chris Herrod July 15 in Monticello 
Chris Herrod is a candidate for 3rd district congressman hoping to replace Jason Chaffetz who retired earlier this year.  Herrod visited San Juan County Saturday, July 15, and was hosted by Commissioners Curtis Wells from Grand County, Bruce Adams, and Phil Lyman of SJC. All three commissioners support Herrod’s candidacy. (All have signs if you wish to put one up in your yard.) 
While discussing land issues, Herrod explained, “We’ve lost understanding of what Stewardship means.” He compared it to care of a garden. "You don’t just leave it alone to tend itself, hoping something will grow. . . .It is offensive to me to think that people over 2000 miles away think they can care better for public lands than Utah stewards."  He emphasized that “Locals should have the loudest voice” and not be the victims of “political payback.” 
Commissioner Phil Lyman complained strongly about the BLM Master Leasing Plan, whose goal seems to be to delay decisions as long as possible and then give a plan they know San Juan County won’t like.” Adding salt to the wound, the Master Leasing Plan, "only applies to Grand and San Juan Counties, NOT other counties," Lyman stressed. He also emphasized, "This is a “pivotal time in history.”
All three of these SE County Commissioners support Chris Herrod in his bid for Congressman representing District 3

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Herrod referred to a book on State's Rights written by Bill Redd and Bill Howell, given to him by Howell several years ago. After reading it, Herrod bought 30 more copies and sent them to constituents who needed to be informed about state and county access rights and property rights. He emphasized that it is not enough just to “vote right” but there is a need to education people. “It is easy for public lands states to understand these issues, but we need to do a better job forming coalitions with other states and help them understand. Utah has already given their share of land for federal parks and monuments.
"The Antiquities Act has been the most abusive of all federal legislation passed," Herrod stressed. “We need to claw back the BLM and other rule making authorities and ask, 'What is the true intention of the Constitution?'"
 He expressed concern about Emery County with its two power plants and Kane and Garfield counties which have nothing for kids to come back to after earning college degrees. “We need to push as much authority back to the state.” We need to push back on policies which "cause terrible fires like Brian Head."
Commissioner Bruce Adams complained that when laws are passed, then employees have to write hundreds of pages to explain the regulations. For example, FLIPM (land management act of 1976) used to be fairly simple, but has overgrown and expanded excessively.
Herrod entered state politics in 2007, and referred to the Patrick Henry Caucus which has been a force helping push back federal overreach. It was created in Utah In 2009 to fight against socialism. He also described flying for 2 hours in a Black Hawk Helicopter over Bears Ears when Secretary Zinke came to San Juan. Bruce Adams, also referenced the 2 hr. 15 min. helicopter ride with the Sec. of Interior, which "just covered the boundaries of the Bears Ears Monument, not the interior of 1.3 million acres.  He also emphasized, "As commissioners] we are responsible for the boundaries of San Juan County. We are not a sub-division of the Federal Government.” Our county has existed for decades on mineral extraction.
Herrod also stressed the need for multiple use of the land, including resources. “PILT in lieu of tax monies, are nothing compared to actual taxes generated from a business. This “Big Brother” philosophy causes many problems in foreign economies.  When you visit them, you will see the differences. “Socialism wants us to be dependent upon the government.” (See links at the end.)
Grand Councilman, Curtis Wells with Herrod
He also referred to the inspiring words included in both the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials in Washington DC, and compared them to those on the FDR memorial, most of which allude to citizen rights coming from government. 
Curtis Wells, Grand County Councilman,  stressed three things in his comments as top concerns. 1) Need to claw back regulations. 2) Foreign policy: help make the US stronger. 3) Need to address “entitlement” issues
“It is a misnomer to think that a National Monument is the only way to protect lands, Herrod emphasized. “Environmentalists use it as a hammer to get their way. We should use the legislative process." He mentioned that in the Howard-Redd book, it explains that states gave up rights and jurisdiction to Reservation Lands, BUT that is not true of Public lands. “Minerals are the great equalizers of public lands vs. the eastern forests.”
Members of Stewards of San Juan attended the meeting:
L-R: Jami Bayles, President, Members: Kim Henderson,
Jodi Lyman, and Janet Wilcox.

 Herrod also encouraged citizens in the rural west  to tell the tough stories about what happens to a  community when regulations, such as “protecting  the spotted owl, become more important than people not having a home.” He mentioned the overreach of militant BLM personnel like Dan Love, and the punitive overreach against Ken Brown and his son-in-law Dustin Felstead, who were only repairing an historic road built by an ancestor, yet ended up with horrific fines. The case against them was built on fabrication and lies not the truth. Herrod told of living in the Soviet Union, where any entrepreneurial effort (such as kids selling biscuits) is considered criminal. He alluded to the 150 “Nazi” officers who came into San Juan County, interrogated Dr. Jim Redd, and its sad aftermath. “They acted as judge, jury, and executioner,” he emphasized. They sold “untruths.” 
Richard Ryan, Dennis and Stella Lightfoot from Spanish Valley attended
and are very involved in politics. 

He also asked for help from San Juan County is showing life as it is, and how it will be affected. In answering a question on the Antiquities Act from Kim Henderson, he said one plausible avenue is to ask for Utah exemption from future designations, as part of an omnibus bill, which is how the “other” side works. Right now, environmentalists are funded through “Sue and Settle” lawsuits. They win enough that way that it funds all their environmental activities. He also emphasized that there is a “difference between land management and land exclusion.”

Another major concern in his view is the National debt, which is “a national security issue.” Utah has the resources we need for a strong country, but "not when they are locked up." Richard Ryan from Moab mentioned that Kate Cannon of Arches Nat’l Monument indicated that Arches will soon go to “visitation by reservation only.”

Monday, July 17, 2017

Paul Gosar, Arizona Congressman, Fights Against Government Overreach

Rep. Paul Gosar (Arizona)  to Sharon Holmes (Nevada) :  

"In general, the ability to set aside federal land rested with Congress -- however the presidential power to establish national monuments on federals lands was established via the Antiquities Act of 1906.  The law was enacted at the turn of the 20th century because of concerns about protecting mostly prehistoric Indian ruins and artifacts-collectively termed "antiquities"-on federal lands in the West.  However, this authority has been misused to limit public access to vast areas of public lands and restrict job-creating economic activities, including responsible energy production and recreation in recent years.
The national monument designation process, as any public land designation, is of particular interest to states where the federal government owns a large chunk of all land. This is the case in many Western states like Arizona whereless than 20% of land is privately held and the federal government manages 24 National Parks, Monument and Recreation Areas - more than any other state in the country. The way lands are administered by the federal government has a direct impact on many of my constituents in a way that can be hard to contextualize for many who live east of the Mississippi River.
Under the Obama Administration, this century-old law was used as an excuse for the executive branch to lock up millions of acres of land and water against the will of both Congress and local stakeholders. The 1.35 million acre land grab for Bears Ears National Monument provides a case-in-point. During his waning days in office, President Obama unilaterally designated this national monument, locking up land over and above the nearly 550 million acres of land and water he had already added to the federal footprint, despite no significant local support and unified opposition from the Utah congressional delegation.
I fought this unjustifiable overreach from President Obama and pushed to give voice to local concerns from citizens and experts on the ground. To ensure public participation in decision to designate national monuments, I introduced H.R. 1495, the Arizona Land Sovereignty Act.  This legislation would prohibit further extension or establishment of national monuments in Arizona, except by express authorization of Congress.  In addition, I am a cosponsor on H.R. 1459, the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act. This legislation would guarantee public participation in national monument decisions by requiring that any large-scale presidential designation be subjected to the National Environmental Policy Act.  Additionally, it will only allow a President to provide emergency protections for a genuinely threatened site of up to 5,000 acres.
Unfortunately, the narrative spun by radical environmentalists is that anyone who does not support top-down, command-and-control land grabs as exercised by former President Obama is an enemy of our national treasures.  This simply is not trueThe current debate is not over whether to protect precious natural and historic sites, but how.  I believe firmly that there should be input by the public, interested parties, and others affected by the decision to designate a new parcel of land before a decision is made.  I have supported legislation that protects new national and historic sites but I also believe that open-ended, transparent participation is critical, so I will support legislation that encourages this process.  Regardless of what political party controls the government, these initiatives make sense. 
As the Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, I look forward to working alongside my fellow members to enact commonsense reforms in the House of Representatives that preserve our treasured lands while respecting local stakeholders and our sacred separation of powers. I am especially encouraged by President Trump's nomination of former Western Caucus member Ryan Zinke as the Secretary of the Department of Interior. Secretary Zinke, having represented a state that was 30% federally owned, understands both the majesty and importance of our land as well as the unique relationship that Western states and the federal government have on matters of land use. I will continue to fight for policies that respect local decision-makers as well as our Constitution across any area of policy, especially land management.
Again, I appreciate your thoughts and concerns.  It is an honor to serve Arizona as part of its congressional delegation.  Your suggestions are always welcome, and if ever I may be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.  To receive the latest legislative updates and news you can sign up for my e-newsletter at"
Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.
Member of Congress

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Brian Head Fire should serve as wake-up call

By Paul Cozzens, Cedar City Council
As we have watched the Brian Head Fire now consume more than 66,000 acres of forest and debated the root cause (which most locals knew was a ticking time bomb), I hear some call for, and demand, civility while we have firefighters in danger.
We all appreciate our firefighters and the amazing job they have done. We would be devastated if any were hurt.
Do we appreciate the firefighters enough that we are willing to get to the root cause and fix this issue going forward?
It will take time, but how about while emotions are high, we go to our local and national legislators and demand change?
Sen. Mike Lee has committed to doing so by pushing a bill he introduced as the Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act to expedite wildfire prevention projects in at-risk forests and wildlife habitats. The bill would give federal land managers firm deadlines for reviewing and approving projects and empower them to use proven wildfire prevention strategies like livestock grazing and timber harvesting. I applaud his effort.
How about we look at simple solutions that could make even a small difference, like the U.S. Forest Service offering free woodcutting permits to help clear the forest?
Even before the fire is extinguished, how about we demand that environmental groups stand down and send loggers into the areas that are not on fire?
How about we wait until the snow flies when it's safer and do some prescribed burns to start clearing the areas not burned?
Do we as a public care enough for the safety of those put in harm’s way to do what it takes to fix this?
The bottom line: These forests need to be thinned and managed. If this fire doesn't take our whole mountain, another eventually will if we don't act.
For years, environmentalist groups have sued the federal government and received millions of dollars in settlements using our tax dollars to push their agendas. Citizens are being quadruple-taxed as a result of environmentalists’ actions.
These are the consequences:
• Timber resource value … up in smoke
• Lost economic engine by shutting down job-producing industries — not just timber but now tourism, too.
• Having to pay federal taxes from billion-dollar settlement payouts.
• Health and land harm from air quality, water quality and total resource degradation, i.e. wildlife, scenic, major and micro ecosystems.
These radical environmentalists don't want the forests managed. This hands-off approach has been a complete failure and we are now paying the price. The amount of timber destroyed so far could build every home in Cedar City three times, not to mention the wildlife that has been killed. What a waste!Top of Form
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Another real challenge after the fire is over is the damage to the community watersheds of Parowan and Panguitch. I cringe to think of the damage to the Sevier, Parowan and Virgin drainages.
Another sad fact is that due to environmentalists’ actions in suing on every timber sale, the Fredonia sawmill owned by Kaibab Forest Products is now out of business. Approximately 250 individuals received pink slips right before Christmas in 1994. Think of the amount of now-destroyed lumber that could have been harvested by them and other closed mills.
I was given a contact number for a forestry expert in Oregon who consults with the Forest Service. I called him and we had a long talk. They are making great headway in managing their forests better. They have been successful in bringing many groups and government agencies to the table and finding common ground.
I feel this is an approach worth trying. I recently posted a resolution that Iron County Commissioners passed in 2014 in an effort to solve this ticking time bomb. The support didn't seem to be there at the time. Is it now? Are you in?
Are we willing to stand and work for a solution? I am.
 Mr. Cozzens is in his second term on the Cedar City Council. He grew up in Moab, Utah and worked with his father, a civil engineer and excavator, which developed his strong work ethic. He attended Southern Utah University and has lived in Cedar City since 1980. He owns a cabinet manufacturing business and his community activities include: President of the Happy Factory; District Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America; and he also has served on the Cedar City Planning Commission. He loves Cedar City and our Nation,  Can be contacted at