More Lawsuits in Rural Roads Case | KSL.com

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue

May 13, 2012

“Utah’s legal fight to claim 12,000 roads isn’t about paving deer trails or putting in four-lane highways, but about preserving access by residents to roads with long, historical use.

That characterization of what is likely to be a protracted battle unfolding in federal court was emphasized Tuesday by Utah’s chief deputy attorney general John Swallow during a press conference detailing the state’s plans in the controversial RS2477 right-of-way dispute.”

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Utah deserves title to thousands of roads | The Salt Lake Tribune

By Anthony L. Rampton

May 12, 2012

Over the past two weeks, the Utah Attorney General’s Office has, on behalf of the State of Utah and respective counties, filed 21 lawsuits seeking quiet title to thousands of Utah roads. Unfortunately, there appears to be public confusion and misinformation as to the basis, nature and purpose of these lawsuits.

When the nation was in the throes of Western settlement and expansion, Congress permitted and encouraged the creation of roads across the vast public lands. Contained within the Mining Act of 1866, Congress passed R.S. 2477, a law recognizing and validating these “highways” that had been, or would be, created to facilitate settlement of the West. At the time, “highway” was a broad term that included any road created by either construction or use and open to the public.

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Legislature to Feds: Give up Public Lands | KSL.com

By Ami Joi O’Donoghue

February 21, 2012

“A legislative committee Tuesday endorsed four public lands bills that demand the federal government relinquish title to lands it owns in Utah.

The bills let the federal government retain control of the state’s five national parks, set up a public lands commission and provide for funding for the state to force the action in federal court.”

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Judge Says Angel Arch Road Closure Warranted | Deseret News

By Wendy Leonard

May 27, 2011

A federal judge on Friday sided with the National Park Service, which erected a gate to block motorized access to the Canyonlands’ popular Angel Arch more than a decade ago.

The gate, which went up in 1998, was deemed legal and justified by U.S. District Judge Bruce Jenkins, who wrote in his decision that San Juan County and state officials had failed to establish proof that the dried-up Salt Creek Canyon river-bed ever had a history of continuous use.

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