Sawing people in half usually ends well on the stages in Las Vegas.
But city Councilman Kraig Hafen’s new idea of cutting the proposed Gold Butte NCA in half, eliminating all of the north portion, is a terrible idea.
He would exclude all of the Virgin Mountains and all of the mountains north bajada with its rich history of hundreds of CCC check dams. He would also eliminate all of the Arrowhead Trail highway which was the highway from Salt Lake to Los Angeles about 100 years ago.
His proposal would exclude Little Virgin Peak and the Gold Butte Twin Peaks. All of the easiest to reach recreational destinations would be purged from the proposed NCA.
Adding, in this case, injury to injury, Kraig and some other council members want to forbid any further wilderness designation in Gold Butte, despite the fact that the proposed wilderness areas are already de facto wilderness and would not close a single mile of legal roads.
The truly ironic and annoying thing is that Mesquite certainly, with the influx of retirees in the last five years, has become even more supportive of public lands than ever before. It’s time for the City Council to stop “advancing to the rear” and simply reaffirm the original Gold Butte proposal, Resolution 649, designating all of Gold Butte as a National Conservation Area with wilderness.