Forest Service officials are acting all surprised, like they can’t imagine why in the world the media and the public would jump to such awful conclusions.
Those conclusions, outlined in news stories earlier this month, were that anyone who wanted to take a photo in a federal wilderness area — even with a cell phone — would need a permit first if a proposed set of rules was put into effect. If caught without a permit, they would have to pay $1,000.
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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.