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ROADWORK LANDS KANE IN HOT WATER WITH BLM

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The federal Bureau of Land Management has issued a trespass notice to Kane County for improvements it made to a gravel road near southern Utah's Kodachrome Basin.

The BLM maintains the work cut into the Paria-Hackberry wilderness study area."The new road location infringed on the area in about four or five different locations," said BLM area manager Verlin Smith. "In some places, the road goes totally onto study area while in others it weaves in and out."

All work has stopped on the road, and the BLM is assessing the situation to determine the best way to rehabilitate the damaged land. The county will pay for any repair work, Smith said.

Kane County officials say the work was done to correct alignment and safety problems with the road near the Bull Valley Gorge. The road runs from Kodachrome Basin State Park to U.S. 89, 15 miles east of Kanab.

County Attorney Jim Scarth said unsafe conditions made the roadwork necessary, but county officials are willing to cooperate with the BLM regarding wilderness study area encroachment issues.

Ken Rait, issues coordinator for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, blasted the roadwork for lacking proper engineering studies that could have kept equipment off the Paria-Hackberry site.