By Paul Foy, AP Writer
July 31, 2010
“For decades, state and federal officials across the West have locked horns over who rightfully controls countless dirt roads that cross federal lands.
Now, the federal Bureau of Land Management is inviting Utah officials to sit down and negotiate the dispute.
On Friday, BLM director Bob Abbey laid out a roadmap for talks, suggesting officials start first in Iron County and take the easiest roads to resolve in open, transparent negotiations.
Abbey said he was acting at the direction of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and taking up a challenge originally proposed by the Utah Association of Counties.”