Arguments set in dispute over Canyonlands route

Arguments set in dispute over Canyonlands route

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Closing arguments will be heard Friday in the trial over a remote route in Canyonlands National Park that some want reopened to motorized vehicles.

The route passes through a canyon that leads to a famous sandstone formation called Angel Arch.

San Juan County and state officials sued the federal government five years ago for closing much of the Salt Creek route to vehicles in the late 1990s. They say the county should get title to the road under an 1866 law known as R.S. 2477.

Federal officials disagree, saying the county and the state haven't shown the route was used continuously for 10 years, a requirement for being classified under R.S. 2477.

U.S. District Judge Bruce S. Jenkins heard several days of testimony last month in federal court. Closing arguments are set for Friday at 1:30 p.m.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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