Industry wanted (and needed)...
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I am writing to express my concern over creating more wilderness in Utah. I am a sixth-generation Moabite. My family ranched and mined; we loved our community. We worked hard, were industrious, and helped construct a majority of the roads and supported the entities in this valley.

In the late 1970s, we lost the mining base and most everything gravitated towards tourism. At the April 23 public lands meeting there were many complaints about air quality and water and soil contamination. Let me say, it has not come from industry, because there is none.

Mining permits and drill leases have been issued but the whole system is shut down by environmental issues. Don’t blame the contamination on the drillers and miners because they have not made these things happen.

Maybe it’s from all of the vehicles that the tourists and off-roaders drive as they vacation here. We can’t be a Wally-World playground for the entire country. We need to be able to continue to live here comfortably.

I am in favor of the road through Sego Canyon. More industry would make a better tax-base so people could afford food and rent and thrive better on higher wages. Phony bidding to block oil drilling permits was pretty underhanded and is still keeping drillers’ and miners’ hands tied. We need multiple use of our land – not have it locked up so only bikers and backpackers and hikers can use it. What about respect for our senior citizens who would enjoy a nice drive through our awesome area.

It would be wonderful if our local youth could look forward to getting an education and being able to raise their families here and not have to hold down three jobs to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. Getting a branch of the university is a step in the right direction. Having decent paying jobs is the next part of the plan.

Yes, during the height of the tourism season which is nearly 10 months now, many businesses prosper, but most don’t pay their employees according to the profits they reap. Our sheriff, search and rescue and ambulance cost this county big money with all aspects that big crowds bring. If some industry were allowed in this valley there would be a more equalized income for all and people wouldn’t have to work around-the-clock to make ends meet. After all, Utah is all about families, and if the pay rates were better then we could accomplish the family scenerio.

Let’s keep multiple use of our land in place, get our land back from the BLM and let our intelligent Utah folk manage our wonderful, beautiful and unique state.

—Judy Turner Kimball


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