Kemner Family, Bears Ear Opposition, San Juan County

Kemner Family Opposes Bears Ears Designation


JR Kemner’s family came here in the 1880s. They have farmed, ranched, and were good stewards.

I guess we’ve been spoiled to enjoy this land for free.”

Kemner Family, Bears Ear Opposition, San Juan County

JR and Laura met over 24 years ago and one of their many dates, before they got married, was to drive around in these hills [the now Bears Ears National Monument]. Over the next 24 years they’ve been here to introduce each of their kids to Blue Mountain.
The last time Paul and Diane Kemner’s kids and grandkids were all together was up here on Blue Mountain. They are both now gone but would be saddened if they could see what was happening to this land. This land is sacred to more than just the Native Americans.

I guess we’ve been spoiled to enjoy this land for free. To come up here to get away, to fish in Dry Wash, to enjoy the scene on the Causeway. The idea of having to share this with the world, watching it fill up with people is upsetting. Where will we go not to “get away from it all”?

– JR & Laura Kemner Family

Kemner Family, Bears Ear Opposition, San Juan County

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