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Low-income Utah county commission spent US$360k on attorney fees on controversial canyon access case

Blanding • Just east of Blanding, White Mesa drops into a sandstone canyon dotted with juniper trees, home to ancient cliff dwellings. It’s a peaceful place most of the time, but over the past 15 years Recapture Canyon has become a flashpoint in San Juan County, the site of a high-profile armed protest and multiple criminal charges.

And, more recently, it has been a drain on county coffers.

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