This blatant lie appeared in a recent edition of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel–note the time-traveling date!
You Said It, June 8, 2016
Mark Udall and Scott Tipton have essentially wiped the slate clean of comments on renaming Colorado National Monument. There’s a new comment period through June. Please e-mail or call in again. The most recent proposal is to name it Rim Rock Canyons National Park. Share your voice.
The comment period has ALWAYS been through June 30, and the comments have not been “wiped clean.” This makes one wonder whether or not the publisher of the local newspaper is behind the push for national park status! Hmmm…
The National Park Service, lead by Madison, Wisconsin native Lisa Eckert, has suddenly reversed its plan to prohibit the residents of Glade Park from using the only safe route to their homes, Monument Road, for hauling fuel, fertilizer and other necessities.
Park hits brakes on propane haul ban
A pending ban on the transportation of propane and other hazardous materials on the east end of Rim Rock Drive was lifted Monday, soon after the two federal legislators considering redesignation of Colorado National Monument as a national park questioned the measure.
Superintendent Lisa Eckert rescinded the ban, citing concerns over the process by which she announced the ban. A new round of meetings with residents is to be announced soon, Eckert said.
“I understand clearly that there are concerns by some about the process that led to our decision,” Eckert said in a statement.
Many Glade Park residents at a public meeting June 16 said they became aware only this month that Eckert had instituted a ban on hazardous materials effective July 1. Eckert soon after extended the effective date of the ban to Aug. 1.
Most, if not all, the residences and ranches on Glade Park are heated with propane that is delivered up the east end of the monument. Diesel and gasoline also are delivered via that route.
Trucks hauling fuel and other hazardous substances should use Little Park Road instead, Eckert said in the original announcement. Read more here
The Mesa County Board of Commissioners provided a copy of a past letter written in 2011 stating that the protective provisions in draft legislation were absolutely essential for their support. Since those provisions are opposed by several national parks lobbying organizations, the National Park Service, and Senator Mark Udall himself, it is possible that the current Board of Mesa County Commissioners may completely withdraw any support for national park status. Stay tuned.