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"The American tradition of civil disobedience doesn’t change the fact that the rule of law needs to mean something," said Ewing, who lives in nearby Bluff. "I’ll be very disappointed in my government if it doesn’t follow through with upholding the law."
Lyman’s two fellow commissioners had declined to endorse the ride, while former commissioners Mark Maryboy and Lynn Stevens criticized Lyman for promoting unlawful conduct. Stevens, who supports motorized use in the canyon, said driving it now is "unwise and irresponsible" and will only further delay the right-of-way application.
Public lands debate
The Salt Lake Tribune’s Jennifer Napier-Pearce will moderate an Oxford-style debate on the resolution: “The state of Utah is best suited to manage public lands within its borders.”
Who » House Speaker Becky Lockhart and Republican Rep. Ken Ivory will argue one side; former BLM director Pat Shea and University of Utah political science professor Dan McCool will argue the other.
When » Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Where » Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South. The debate also will be broadcast live at KCPW 88.3/105.3 FM and will be live streamed at sltrib.com.
"Now they’ll have to spend more time evaluating any damage the ride might cause. I’ve never seen a protest action that achieved the desired result," said Stevens, who serves on the governor’s Balanced Resource Council.
State Sen Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, blamed Saturday’s illegal stunt on Utah’s chronic defiance of federal authority, particularly a "meaningless" new law that demands Utah take control of 30 million federal acres.
"Gov. Gary Herbert needs to be strong in defending the rule of law and protect this ancient heritage if he wants the federal government to turn more land over to the state. We do not live by mob rule," Dabakis said.
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