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Kane County wrests control of roads from feds

By , | Posted - Sep. 15, 2010 at 8:42 a.m.

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KANAB, Utah (AP) -- Kane County is taking over more roads crossing federal lands.

County officials say the U.S. Department of the Interior has surrendered title to the Sand Dunes, Hancock, Mill Creek and Bald Knoll roads.

A fifth road, Skutumpah, already was released for county maintenance.

Kane County says the five roads provide access to private property, grazing allotments, mineral deposits and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

Utah has filed legal action to take over many dirt roads. Officials say a one-sentence 1866 law assured open passage across the federal lands, but it also has set off disputes about which routes crisscrossing the West qualify for local control.

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