I grew up in Arizona living in the foothills of Mt. Lemmon. The #1 thing I absolutely hated were the ATV riders who tore at a high, engine screaming speed all over the place, destroying everything. Scaring my horses, running over my animals, drinking, carousing, vandalizing everything. Throwing rocks at saguaro cacti, you name it. Naturally, the people surrounding Bundy are illegally doing exactly this in Utah as a ‘protest’. No wonder so many of them are obese.
Yet another example of irresponsible, childish,irresponsible gun totting right wing nuts: Bundy son leads 300 activists in armed protest for right to ATV in Utah’s sacred ‘Recapture Canyon’
The dispute is the latest squabble between conservative states’ rights advocates in Utah and across the West, who want to take back millions of acres of public land over which federal agencies have authority. More than 60 percent of Utah’s land is under federal control.
The canyon in the Four Corners region of Utah is home to the ruins of ancient dwellings and other cultural resources of Ancestral Puebloans. The Bureau of Land Management closed the area in 2007 after an illegally constructed trail was found and some artifact sites were damaged.
Anyone can ride a horse or walk into this wilderness. The entire West has been heavily damaged by ATVs. The riders want to roar through the landscape at high speeds and trust me, this is dangerous. I have had more than one rider try to run me over when I used to practice long distance running in the desert when I was a teenager.
I did carry a weapon and they didn’t know how close they were to death. The fact they had a fast ATV gave them a sense of domination and power. It got so bad, we had to have ATV riding sheriffs to stop these invaders who would drive on our ranch property illegally.
If you put up fences, they would tear holes in them, for example. I own a large mountain property here in New York and no one is allowed to ATV on it nor do any of my neighbors allow this and we all have guns. So far, no one is actively defying this.
From earlier this year is the story about how these illegal ATV users were stopped: Recapture Canyon and an illegal ATV trail — High Country News
Seven years ago, I first saw the archaeological damage that had been done to Utah’s Recapture Canyon. The extent of the destruction was stunning.
Somebody, or more likely several people, had created an illegal all-terrain vehicle trail on Bureau of Land Management land. Sections of the trail ran right through 1,000-year-old Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites, bisecting one prehistoric village the size of a football field – all this in a place that archaeologists have described as a “mini-Mesa Verde.” The scar through Recapture Canyon, just east of Blanding, Utah, is seven miles long and four feet wide.
Now comes the real shocker. San Juan County is now requesting a right of way for that same trail. And the BLM, instead of responding with outrage, is seeking public comment on what could be a precedent-setting mistake across the American West.
The canyon’s rare cliff dwellings and archaeological sites have been caught in a classic confrontation: A federal agency vs. local residents so keen to boost ATV tourism on public land that they secretly flout federal laws meant to protect our national heritage.
The controversy isn’t new. For almost a decade, San Juan County residents, BLM officials, environmentalists, archaeologists and ATV riders who belong to a group called San Juan Public Entry & Access Rights, (SPEAR), have squabbled over the fate of this canyon. The scenario has unfolded with scenes of BLM bungling that are almost painful to watch, combined with both the county and the federal agency’s surprising indifference to federal statutes that protect cultural and natural resources.
It seems this ‘road’ has been used for many years. And therefore, people imagine they can continue doing this. I remember when people drove jeeps all over the Indian reservations in Arizona with impunity.
Then the tribe who gave the right to use Kitt Peak to my father got mad about all this and blocked the roads into their reservation, using guns. You see, this WAS their own property! Unlike with Bundy who wasn’t even born in Utah or Nevada, he was born in Arizona.
The Utah canyon actually belongs to the Indians if there is any dispute about who ‘owns’ this. Bundy and his gang never had any land use rights to this canyon. Ever. At any point in time. All these land disputes are actually a fraud from day one since much of this land was taken under false pretenses in the first place. Taken from the natives who dwelt here for thousands of years.
The entire Bundy garbage is just that: garbage. He doesn’t pay any taxes on any land like I do. He doesn’t preserve anything. When I had cows, I had to preserve the fields and not overgraze. He has no incentive to not overgraze so he strips the land of everything trying to profit as much as possible on freebie land.
Now that he got away with threatening to kill our government if it stops him from vandalizing (grazing cows is vandalism) public lands, he has upped the ante. Watching these fake cowboys who are so fat they would spavin a horse in a week, yahooing as they tear around in their infant seat machines is pathetic.
And our government, which kills and terrorizes anyone on the left for lifting a finger…remember the Wounded Knee Massacres, both of them? Wounded Knee incident is when some armed Native American Indians led by Dennis Banks demanded treaties be honored in full.
So the fed surrounded the town and then crushed it. Totally. Guardians of the Oglala Nation was established by the corrupt tribal leader who was fighting off the insurgents and this group systematically killed opposition members and terrorized everyone while the US government sat on its hands.
Dennis Banks was one of the leaders of this uprising. He went to prison but was protected by Marlon Brando and others for several years. At one point, he lived near where I live here in upstate NY and I know him personally. He is a very sweet, quiet man, quite patient and sometimes very sad due to the continuing problems of the natives who have solved their economic problems by hosting gambling which is rapidly destroying them as a people.
Indeed, Bundy himself, lives in Nevada which funds itself the same wretched way. The spread of gambling, the childish behavior of everyone as we see in say, our cities where much of the population thinks vandalism is fun, left and right both think that wrecking everything is a civil right…this sort of chaos and destructive ruination is…ruining our nation.
Making it noisy, dangerous and deadly and causing social and physical erosion and filth. Just what hikers on foot want in national monuments: loud, obnoxious, dirty fat riders on ATVs.
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