Earlier this month, I drove my family through the Colorado National Monument, just outside Grand Junction. We marveled at the sheer cliffs, the tall monolithic rock structures and the colors that seemed to dance in the sunlight. We hiked some trails and admired the vistas.
I couldn’t help wonder whether the 20,500-acre site could have been designated today without protests and controversy.
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has 32 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.