Ken Wrights op-ed, Lake Nighthorse draft recreation plan dooms Ridges Basin, (Herald, June 5) has taken many locals by surprise. I think that there was a grudging consensus that the final plan would be closer to restricted access and recreation. Some wondered if there would even be access for non-motorized boats at all.
The proposed plan we have today has visions of turning Ridges Basin into a theme park that would rival Sea World for the variety of entertainment offerings available to multitudes of day users. And the planners admit that the infrastructure needed to create a grand multiple-use oasis (aside from the initial $100 million of taxpayer money used to defy gravity and push the river uphill) would require, you guessed it more taxpayer money!
Its all about the money. That was the point of ALP in the modern era. It was not about the obligation of the United States to fulfill its treaties with Native Americans.
So here are a few more activities that my friends have come up with that we would like to see added to the development plan. Keep in mind that we want to maximize the number of day users to the area because hikers dont pay:
Motorcycle and ATV trails, shooting range, paintball course where you play on ATVs and snowmobiles, and finally, an air race course where pilots compete for best times as they navigate pylons buoyed in the lake. We might be able to get Red Bull to plan one of its time trial events here.
Yes these ideas are absurd, but so is what is proposed by the draft recreation plan. Ridges Basin should remain as close to the unspoiled legacy the Bodo family intended it to be when it was donated as a place for wildlife to have sanctuary. I disagree with Wright that the game is over. It is our tax money and we have a voice, through the vote, through petition and direct grievance to management officials to demand that this abomination be stopped. Not one motor!
Dale E. Robinson,