County commissioners go to Washington; Day 1

WASHINGTON D.C. – Garfield, Beaver and Iron County Commissioners traveled to Washington D.C. Tuesday, to discus public land issues and to present the “Constitution Jurisdiction Resolution” that was passed Friday by the Iron County Commission.

The resolution can be read in its entirety here.

The Commissioners first met with Daniel Ashe, the director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, to discuss prairie dog issues in the area, specifically in regards to giving relief to private property owners.

“It went really well,” Iron County Commissioner David Miller said.

Different options were discussed in an effort to convince the service that utilizing more local management authority can solve this problem, Miller said.

“That’s what we’ve already been doing,” he said, “we’ve already been proving that we’re getting this problem dealt with.”

Prairie dog issues have been addressed and dealt with through local authorities, as prairie dog fencing has been installed at the Cedar City Cemetery and will be installed at Cedar Ridge Golf Course.

County commissioners also met with U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee, and U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart.

The commissioner contingent discussed concerns about what they called a militaristic approach to law enforcement in relation to public lands, Miller said, and how the jurisdiction of local law enforcement is disregarded.

“Citizens of the community in which they are assigned to work don’t have any say or consideration,” Miller said,
“and it’s unacceptable.”

These issues are being moved along, he said. Concerns about the wild horses were also talked about, he said, but the main meeting on that issue will take place Wednesday when commissioners meet with head officials of the Bureau of Land Management.

The main concern regarding wild horses is how to reach appropriate management levels.

“It’s going to be a highly tenuous discussion,” Miller said.

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