Thursday, May 8, 2014

Just in from Sun Valley

Sun Valley—A spirited meeting took place in Sun Valley on the controversial Boulder-White Clouds national monument designation yesterday in Blaine County.

Blaine County supports the measure, but Custer County is in opposition.

 On Wednesday the two counties met at the Dollar Mountain Lodge in Sun Valley to discuss differing opinions.

 Blaine County Commissioner Larry Schoen said that the meeting was a chance for the counties to get together to hear viewpoints face to face and get a different perspective.

 With recent BLM closures of roads in Custer County, they’re cautious of what a Monument designation would mean in terms of access and use in the area.

 The proposed the national monument would cover both counties, nearly 600-thousand acres in total. “Some think the area deserves a higher level of protection and in some ways the national monument designation offers more management flexibility and maybe this is the right solution,” said Schoen. 

President Barack Obama can designate a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906 by signing a proclamation. Another meeting is scheduled in Custer County later this month.

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