Public Lands Initiative Update

While the Public Lands Initiative has officially begun the legislative process, its fate is undetermined as it journeys through the system. Last week, Uintah County Commissioners fielded public questions on the PLI and how much public comment was used in the actual draft. Commissioner Mike McKee said the impact that public comment had was mixed with some suggestions being used while others were not. The energy zone was not used in the bill which was one item in particular that the Commissioners expressed angst over. McKee also noted issues concerning grazing rights. Commissioner Stringer emphasized that as far as seeking public input for the PLI, the process used was far superior to any federal government action preceding it. As far as the question of whether or not this bill will survive the process, Commissioner Stringer said we all will just have to “wait and see.”  


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.