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Dateline: Posted Mar 27th, 2016 @ 10:00am

Street Legal OHV Registration

When the registration of street legal ATVs became a reality in Utah in 2008, this long awaited event was welcomed with great anticipation by many OHV riders . While a few enjoy being able to go to the grocery store for a gallon of milk on an OHV , or make a trip through the drive through on one at McDonalds , the majority realized the importance of this being the only way possible to complete loops on long distance rides . Many dreamed of making new loops and routes that could only be completed by inserting sections of road riding that were now available because of this new legislation . WOW ! New places to go and things to see ! No more looking over your shoulder !

These dreams were quickly dimmed as the cost of owning a street legal ATV became apparent . While continuing to license your machine for off road use is a given , now you have to get your machine to pass state vehicle inspection with the addition of a host of items that are required like a horn , turn signals , lights and insurance . Once we got past that we got to the biggie when we found out what the State was going to charge us to be street legal . In many cases the cost to run on the street on an ATV for a relatively few miles a year is close to the same cost as a car or truck .

An example of this is given by Tony Wright of Kanab . His 2011 ATV costs $68.00 to register for off road . Registration for street use is $138.00 for a total of $206.00 . By comparison , his 2011 pickup costs $159.50 and gets a lot more use on the street than the ATV .

Tony is working with Rep. Mike Noel of Kanab to address this imbalance . We invite you to contact either your local Representative or Representative Noel and express your feelings . The following shows the costs that neighboring states to Utah charge for off road registration and on street use .

"Information presented in this chart is typical and best available at the time of preparation. Check with your local DMV office to confirm your costs. The point is, street legal OHV registration is disproportionate when compared with normal vehicle registration and neighboring state street legal registration fees."

Utah DMV Street Legal ATVs web page

Utah Street Legal OHV Registration requirements

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You have to buy a metal "tag " . After attaching the tag you pay $18 to run off road . Then you pay $12 to run on the street . You put a sticker for off road and a sticker for on road on the tag . YOU REPLACE THE TAG EVERY SEVEN YEARS . FEE IS $2 !!

This is a one-time fee valid for LIFE!

Dateline: posted Mar 30th 2016 - American Lands Council

Utah Governor Backs Lawsuit Over Federal Land Management

Posted by William Richardson 1153sc on March 23, 2016

By Tripp Baltz

March 11 — Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) said he supports efforts to mount a legal challenge seeking to allow the state to manage 30 million acres of federal lands within its boundaries.

Herbert told Bloomberg BNA March 10 in an interview the state is considering a lawsuit as part of a three-pronged strategy to resolve Utah's ongoing dispute with the federal government over the administration of Bureau of Land Management and other federal lands within the state. [Click here to read the full article]

Information presented in this chart is typical and best our research produced at the time of preparation. Check with your local DMV office to confirm your costs. The point is, street legal OHV registration is disproportionate when compared with normal vehicle registration and neighboring state street legal registration fees.

30 Jan 2017

House Bill 82, if approved, would amend the Utah Street Leagal law to remove “county of the first class”  making it legal to ride street legal OHVs in Salt Lake County like other counties in the state. [Click here to see HB 82].  

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BLM Extends Comment Period on Proposed Land-Use Planning Rule

WASHINGTON –In response to requests from the public, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will extend the comment period on a proposed land-use planning rule by 30 days. The proposed rule aims to improve the planning process by making it more collaborative, transparent, and effective.

The comment period will be extended by 30 days, from April 25, 2016, to May 25, 2016. The proposed rule was made available to the public two weeks prior to its publication in the Federal Register on February 25, 2016. With this extension, the BLM has effectively provided a public comment period of 104 days. A notice formalizing this extension will be published in the Federal Register. [Click here to read the full post]

Residents say federal land ownership is choking life from Garfield County

By Rod Decker and Larry D. Curtis Tuesday, May 24th 2016

(KUTV) Residents in Garfield County say federal policy is pushing families off the land, 93 percent of which is federally owned.

It isn't just ranchers; local schools and businesses are feeling the impact as well. Jessica Miller has five kids and three jobs, one of them at the only barber and hair salon in Panguitch.

"I cut hair and then I train horses and I drive a bus. You got a family, you got to have income."

Miller's father, Jim Miller, spent 25 years commuting to Las Vegas to work while his wife and kids lived in Panguitch.

"He missed out a lot of things with the children," Jessica Miller said. Her parents thought Panguitch was a good place to raise children but not a good place to work.

Garfield County is the size of Connecticut, 5,200 square miles with almost exactly the same number of people.

County commissioner Lee Pollock said the federal government is slowly squeezing the life out of Garfield County.

"Our number one export is our children," Pollock said.          [Click here to read more and see the video]

Dateline: Posted Dec 5th, 2016 @ 10:30pm -

Utah’s Greater Goblin Valley to get a recreation plan to deal with overcrowding

Outdoors » Exploding use in San Rafael Swell demands management, but SUWA worried about state, county influence.

A planning process underway for a popular section of southern Utah's San Rafael Swell could lead to something akin to a national monument, except the state and Emery County would help call the shots and possibly collect recreation fees.

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