Rim Rock Canyons 
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Why don’t they put the decision to a vote by the citizens of the county instead of an appointed committee of 15? With elections coming this Sept. would be a good time or call for a special ballot election. Mostly what I have heard is National Park status is unwanted. S. Price

When I tried to access the actual language link in the article, it just brought me back to this article.

Regarding the legislation bullet point making water rights subject to Colorado water laws and agreements, the state is already working at diverting water from the Colorado river to the front range so how does that protect the water rights? To trust the Dept. of Interior to honor private property water rights is like allowing the fox into the hen house. Take the example of the BLM requiring a local Ski resort to turn over their water rights in order to continue the lease of the Federal Proprietary right to the property.

Furthermore, public access to the monument was denied during the government shutdown, so I put little faith that they wouldn’t do it again. As we have seen with the BLM land in other parts of the county, they are compelled to restrict access and offer poor if any maintenance.

The bullet points shown in the article do not bring up changes to the access within the monument and any new access to other sensitive areas.

The people of Mesa county should be able to weigh into this decision by our representatives and their appointed committee through the election process. I spoke with Mesa county elections division this morning and found that to add a county wide question to the ballot merely requires the County Commissioners to refer the question to the elections division. That question would be Should the Colorado National Monument be entrusted to the federal National Parks service?

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