I have read a lot of articles from people that want to keep Bears Ears as a national monument. These people claim we (the locals) do not want to share our county; they claim we do not like public land. They claim we just want to drill and extract the county to death.
The real question is, when is enough, enough? There are human beings trying to live in the areas that the big-money environmental groups are trying to hoard. In San Juan County there is already Canyonlands National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Gulch National Primitive Area, Hovenweep National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, Navajo National Monument, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Four Corners National Tribal Park, Monument Valley National Tribal Park, Edge of the Cedars State Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Goosenecks State Park, Trail of the Ancients, Newspaper Rock State Historical Park, Valley of the Gods and Dark Canyon Wilderness. I’m sure I may have missed some parks.
To say we do not like the park system is just plain wrong. It’s just that enough is enough. We want a little diversity and a little freedom and a little privacy, but we are also willing to share, to a reasonable point. We know and respect the area and the cultural significance and the traditions of people. Outsiders don’t have this respect for the area.
If you had a treasure (like marbles) as a child, did you hide it under your bed in a secret box or did you put it out on the kitchen table for everyone to see, touch, or steal? The pro-monumenters need to realize that the reason there is anything to see here is because we kept it under the bed for so long.