In this month’s edition of 15 Bytes we mentioned that Utah is a good place for film, both making them and watching them. We still hold to the latter, but after someone brought this article to our attention, the former seems a little less sure. As the Moab Sun News reported in August, there was a dustup this summer between a BLM employee and a large Hollywood crew filming scenes for Disney’s upcoming Lone Ranger in the Professor Valley area near Moab.
Since film crews bring in some much needed cash to rural communities, but also make a pretty big impact on the landscape, and tie up public lands from the public, one wonders if this will be the last standoff between the two interests.
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