Closing arguments delayed in disputed road case

Closing arguments delayed in disputed road case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Closing arguments in the trial over a disputed route in Canyonlands National Park won't be held until next month.

Several days of testimony concluded Wednesday in federal court over the fate of a remote canyon corridor leading to a famous sandstone formation called Angel Arch.

San Juan County and state officials sued the 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 met the legal requirement by showing the route was used continuously for 10 years.

Closing arguments before U.S. District Judge Bruce S. Jenkins are set for Oct. 9.

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

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