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Should the man-made hot springs stay or go?

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on October 22, 2009 at 8:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 28 at 10:44 AM

Goodbye Hot Springs?


The U.S. Forest Service says the man-made hot spring pools in Rocky Canyon (between Crouch and Silver Creek) have to be destroyed!

That has many people asking WHY?

You may not know this, but about a dozen tubs were built illegally off of Rocky Canyon about a year ago. A man built them without a permit, and the Forest Service says that's a violation. The man responsible did pay a fine and do community service as a punishment.

On top of the man-made pools being a violation, a spokesman for the Shoshone-Paiute Indian Tribe says the hot springs are sacred, and are being misused by people drinking alcohol, doing drugs and having sex.

But, some of the hot spring supporters/enthusiasts are working to keep the pools intact. They say it's ridiculous to destroy them, and that the public should have a say on what happens to them. The group is looking into getting legal help to stop it.


What do you think?


Should the homemade pools stay or go?


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