By Associated Press • 

Jackson County looks for anti-monument strategy

 

MEDFORD — A legal strategy proposed by a consultant to fight the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument would not succeed in court, according to Jackson County's attorneys.

Kansas-based consultant James Carlson helps oppose national monuments and hoped to charge Jackson County $60,000 to stop the possible Cascade-Siskiyou expansion, reported The Mail Tribune. County commissioners turned down the offer Thursday.

“I'm not here because of money,” Carlson told the commissioners. “I'm here because I care about local government.”

Commissioner Doug Breidenthal said he paid out of pocket to fly Carlson in because he thinks the county needs to try a new strategy to oppose the expansion.

“I'm tired of getting run over,” he said.

But Commission Rick Dyer didn't see Carlson's method in the same way. He said the consultant's legal strategies haven't succeeded in court.

“It's a fight that's — in my opinion — futile,” said Dyer.

Commissioners left open the possibility of working with Carlson after they have a chance to review a strategy document he prepared for a Utah community in a similar fight. Commissioners in San Juan County are fighting the proposed Bears Ears National Monument, which encompasses a mesa, mountains and archaeological sites.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported in October that San Juan County is spending $53,000 for a report and lobbying help from Carlson and ranching rights proponent Angus McIntosh.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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