FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
27 May 2003
Contact: Brad VanDyke
tel - 435.462.4575
Rural Utahns for Local Solutions makes a stand during Spring City Heritage Days
Over the Memorial Day weekend, while Spring City held its annual Heritage Days celebration, members of Rural Utahns For Local Solutions (RUFLS) raised a banner and answered questions regarding the proposed National Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area currently under consideration by the US Senate.
The proposed National Heritage Area would encompass the towns and land along US Highway from Thistle Junction to the Arizona border, the Boulder Loop and other connected roadways. The legislation would put the area under the advisement of the US Secretary of the Interior and the National Park Service and provides federal money for tourism promotion and historic preservation. The act would also make the Heritage Highway 89 Alliance, a travel and arts related organization the managing entity of the proposed Area.
RUFLS is sponsoring a petition drive demanding public hearings on the impacts of the proposed Heritage Area designation. Signers are concerned about lack of grass-roots support, despite Alliance claims to the contrary. Other concerns include control of property and land use by special interest groups through grants, low wages compared to price of living in areas of government-sponsored tourism, and increased outside political and economic control contrary to local heritage.