Draxler talks impending retirement and Bears Ears designation

Utah District 3 Representative Jack Draxler is retiring from the legislature in just a few days on December 31st. He said he has really enjoyed serving and the great relationships he had with his legislative colleagues from both political parties.

“And it’s just been a treat,” said Draxler. “Ten years has gone very quickly, but I believe 10 years is right for me and it’s been great, it really has.”

Draxler was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday. He told host Jason Williams that he believes that it’s good to take turns.

That philosophy stretches back to his time as mayor of North Logan where he served just one term. The representative’s appearance was on the same afternoon that President Obama designated the Bears Ears area in southeastern Utah as a national monument.

Draxler explained, “I’m not really surprised, I kind of anticipated that he would designate this monument. I am disappointed; I don’t think it’s the right thing for that land or for the local people. It’s interesting, the Native American tribes who really supported it are from outside the state of Utah.”

Draxler said most of the local Navajo people down there do not favor the designation because they feel it will make the area a tourist magnet. He said they fear that things they do now on the land, which is not on the reservation, such as gathering herbs and firewood and hunting will be affected.

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