Hurst Family

The Hurst Family opposes the Bears Ears National Monument

Hurst Family, Trump this Monument, Bears Ears
Hurst Family Deer Flat

Hurst Family – My family owns 640 acres of deeded land 10 miles west of Bears Ears on Deer Flat. This lies in the Proposed National Monument. It was a school section sold by highest bidder in the late 1940’s. My father ended up being the winning bidder and our family has farmed it ever since.

It took my father Dolores Hurst 25 years to improve and pay for that property, which has now been farmed for over 70 years. His father was driven out of Mexico in 1912 and they settled in San Juan county, and befriended the Native American Navajos. The Bears Ears Mountains have been a special place for us through all those years, where we all—Navajo, Ute, and Anglo alike—cut wood, hunted, and made lots of family memories. We’ve lived in harmony doing so.

The history of land use always shows it is better maintained by those who are stake holders:  those who farm it, graze cattle, or live adjacent to it. No tourist is going to care like we do. To see this land taken over by people who don’t even live here, who don’t know the value of land or the hard work it takes to survive in a harsh landscape is disconcerting. They may own houses and cars, but have never worked for a living on the land. All they know how to do is recreate.

Through lying and deceit we are being backed into a corner where no negotiation is wanted and no on-going input will be sought. The Federal government did not care enough to provide adequate staff to “protect” this area for the past 50 years. How do you think they will be able to finance the management 1.9 million acres in the future?

We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion. This is a perfect example of what has happens with uncontrolled Federal power. We support the opportunity for continued dialog and input from local stake holders.

– Elmer Hurst

Brown-Harris Family Opposes Monument

The Brown-Harris Family Opposes the Bears Ears National Monument

Brown-Harris Family, Mom in Uncle Earl's Uniform, Carol Brown, Brown-Harris, Trump This Monument, Save Bears Ears
Mom in Uncle Earl’s Uniform

My name is Carol Brown from the Brown-Harris family.  I am not a Hole-in-the-rocker, like many of San Juan’s early settlers were, nor am I from the colonies in Mexico.  I hail from Cortez, Colorado, as does my mother, Carol Harris.  We have enjoyed many years living here in San Juan County, Utah, with the beautiful views of the mountains.  We can see 3 other states from out back yard and we can see what the pioneers must have looked at as they came to settle this area.  We have been so very blessed to have friends from all walks of life here and most nationalities.  Blanding is one of the most wonderful towns in the country, with friendly people all around.

We have enjoyed many years living here in San Juan County, Utah, with the beautiful views of the mountains.  We can see 3 other states from out back yard and we can see what the pioneers must have looked at as they came to settle this area.  We have been so very blessed to have friends from all walks of life here and most nationalities.  Blanding is one of the most wonderful towns in the country, with friendly people all around.

Brown-Harris Family | Bears Ears - Mexico

Now for the good part—the Bears Ears National Monument.  We wonder why the federal government wanted this piece of land. All we can figure out is that it is to make a statement that the POTUS says he can do whatever he wants, regardless of what is right and what the people (who have common sense) tell him.  He is listening to no one who lives here.  He is listening to tribes that have nothing to do with the area, with environmentalists who don’t know what is going on.

Our area has been protected by the people who live here and very little damage has been done to native sites—until it was in the news and then we had college students from the liberal college of Fort Lewis, Durango come and deface some of the sites.  They were caught and hopefully will have the full weight of the law on their shoulders.  We take care of our own and don’t need the federal government stepping in and messing things up.

– Carol Brown