Skip to main content

Despite all the pissing and moaning from the media it seems there's very little real reporting from Recapture Canyon.

Jonathan Thomson who writes for HCN and lives in and actually comes from Durango had some hilarious tweets despite lack of cell coverage from much of the canyon. He tweets @jonnypeace All his tweets highlighted.

Below on the way a liquor store in Cortez.

Not sure how he processed the photo from his I phone, maybe some sort of photo shop app, in any case I think it's a great photo. A lot more fun than a picture of some ATV. The colors and setting all say SW CO to me.

On Gunz he says,

"Media camera-toters far outweigh militia gun-toters."
"I've only seen 3 guns here at #recapturecanyon protest so far. Sidearms."
Still later,
"Gun count increased in #recapturecanyon, but fewer firearms still than at many a rural western family picnic."
Jonathan keeps it in perspective anyway. Probably people who swoon at the sight of guns should stay away from family picnics in the west. Looks like he'll be writing a story tomorrow and posting it at on Monday. I might not always agree with all of Jonathan's views but I usually understand where he's coming from. He also does some great writing and seems to write as close to the truth as he can find. The High Country News is a magazine broadly on environmental issues and the west.

I've been waiting for an in depth coverage by HCN of something besides the last Sagebrush Rebellion. No one seems to have had much luck pinning down the causes of this latest one. I don't think you can get the sense of broad based support from people wanting to take over government land or run cattle for free. There's more to it and I haven't seen anyone actually put their finger on where the anti government sentiment is coming from.

BLM Statement

"Lyman asked ATVers to stop at end of county road to lessen impact/conflict. More than a dozen, some heavily armed, defied him; rode onward."
No counter protesters. Long way from Sausalito.

Part of the issue of the canyon has to do with how far the road actually goes and where the end is. Also a multi year stall on the part of the BLM in issuing a ruling on the proposed trail. Another part of it is ATVers being cantankerous. And then there is the issue of the state of Utah attempting to list all traditional two tracks as county roads so to keep them open to use.

Blanding the closest town and the largest in San Juan County, has about 3200 people. Above are the city offices.

"Salt Lake City ATV access advocate says they're fighting religious war, against "religion" of environmentalism"
I'll probably check back in the morning and respond to any civil comments.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site