The silence is deafening

Mesa County commissioners have asked Colorado National Monument Superintendent Lisa Eckert to reverse her decision to ban trucks from using the East Hill entrance to carry fuel and hazardous materials to Glade Park.

Commissioners want a meeting with monument officials and have the county’s legal department doing research in the event the monument isn’t cooperative.

They issued a letter Thursday three days after hearing from about 130 Glade Park residents who complained the ban would pose a hardship on them. The letter notes that federal courts have affirmed that the public has a right of access across East Entrance Road for travel between Glade Park and Grand Junction.

So far, mum’s the word from the Park Service. No vigorous defense of the decision. No assurances that it appreciates the outpouring of concern. No indication that it’s more than happy to meet with county officials.

Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. It just makes things worse for all parties.


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