A decision is reportedly near on the years-long dispute over travel management in Recapture Canyon near Blanding, Utah.
The San Juan Record reports the Utah state director of the Bureau of Land Management, Ed Roberson, told the San Juan County commission on Monday that the agency has a recommendation and it should be announced within two weeks. Some seven miles of road through Recapture Canyon, which is popular with ATV enthusiasts, was closed to motorized use in 2007 following the discovery that an archaeological site near the road had been looted and ATV tracks were all around. In 2014, Commissioner Phil Lyman led a motorized ride through much of the closed portion of the canyon to protest the fact that the emergency closure had continued for years without a final management decision by the agency. He and another man were convicted of two misdemeanors in connection with the ride and sentenced to 10 days in jail.