After a work meeting on April 27, and a public meeting held on April 28, the Arizona/BLM Resource Advisory Councl has tabled the Paria Canyon/Coyotes Buttes Draft Management Plan 2015, until further notice. This is the Plan that would eliminate the live walk-in lottery for the Wave and South Coyote Buttes that is held at the Visitor Center of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Kanab, Utah. The Plan is to move the lottery to an online lottery.

The RAC said the BLM did not provide enough data or information for them to vote on the Plan.

They did not re-schedule a future meeting for this Plan, and for now it is not on a future agenda of the RAC.

The Arizona RAC listened to all of the arguments and data from the members of the “Save The Wave Live Walk In Lottery Committee.” Speaking during public comment was Victor Cooper, owner of Rocking V Restaurant, Kanab; Yermo Welsh, owner and guide of “Seeking Treasures Adventures” Big Water; Will James, owner and operator of “Dreamland Safari Tours”, Kanab; and Don Sprecher, concerned citizen representing local businesses, Kane County Search and Rescue, and the citizens and visitors that signed the “Save the Wave Live Walk In Lottery” petition. There are over 1,000 people who signed the petition in a nine day period.

Now that this draft management plan has been tabled, this issue is not over. We suggest that all citizens and business owners of Kane County, Kanab, and Northern Arizona take an active roll in this effort to keep the live lottery in Kanab. The live lottery in Kanab generates up to $6.9 million to our local economy (2015 data provided by the BLM visitor data, and Kane County Office of Tourism).

The petition drive continues, so please volunteer, contact our local city council members, Kane County Commissioners and contact the BLM office in St. George, Timothy Burke, District Manager, at 435-688-3200 and Raymond Suazo, Arizona BLM State Director, at 602-417-9200.

Watch for updates in future articles in the SUN.