PUBLIC LANDS -- Ah, Utah. You have such beautiful places preserved as public land to attract visitors from all over the world.
But apparently you have money to burn to stroke your greed, showing us that local control is a budding conspiracy waiting to happen.
Utah legislators earmark $4.5 million for public lands lawsuit
On Wednesday, Utah approved setting aside $4.5 million as the first payment toward the $14 million estimated to fund a lawsuit aimed at asserting state ownership of tens of millions of acres of federal land within Utah's borders.
They also earmarked $250,000 in funding for the Rural Lands Alliance, a nonprofit whose registered agent is Peter Stirba, the attorney for San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, who was convicted of charges arising out of an illegal ATV ride into Utah's Recapture Canyon in 2014. Stirba said the funds allocated by the Legislature would likely be used to help counties deal with public-lands issues.
Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, a vocal critic of the public-lands lawsuit, held no punches about setting aside funds for the lawsuit, which he called "despicable."