A Utah vendetta
by Betsy Marston
When some members of the Utah Legislature get mad, they try to get even. A rural Utah lawmaker, furious at actor Robert Redford's support of the state's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, introduced a resolution recently to turn Redford's Sundance resort into a wilderness.
"Mr. Redford has made a tremendous amount of money off what land he has and he says he wants to lock up land the rest of the people live by and depend on," Rep. Brad Johnson told AP. A Redford spokesperson pointed out that all but 75 of Sundance's 6,000 acres remain undeveloped. "We're working right now to find some way to preserve that forever," said Sundance representative Julie Mack. "If the statesman down in Sevier County would do that for us, we'd be grateful."
Redford called the resolution, which passed Utah's House of Representatives 44-27, "a publicity stunt paid for by taxpayer money."
* Betsy Marston © High Country News