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BOX ELDER GROUP PROTESTS PLANS FOR RAIL BYWAY

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A delegation of Box Elder County residents, headed by Leo Walker, recently presented a resolution to the County Commission protesting the establishment of the Transcontinental Railroad National Back Country Byway from the golden spike to Lucin. The route has been approved by the BLM and is set to be dedicated Saturday.

Opponents believe proper public meetings were not held. Walker pointed out strong opposition to the move by property owners who fear increased vandalism, but the opposition has been ignored.The group also oppose the potential cost to Box Elder County, which must provide law enforcement and search-and-rescue services. Loss of tax base was also cited as a problem.

County surveyor Denton Beecher pointed out that the property has not produced tax income for the county, even when under the possession of the Southern Pacific Railroad, due to litigation. He also noted that the county is reimbursed to a degree for law enforcement services provided on state and federal lands.

Commissioners asked for time to study the proposed resolution.