A rural Utah community faces a choice


ATVs on untreated dirt roads and trails generate clouds of dust near homes in Duck Creek Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. The use of Magnesium Chloride to curb the dust from increasing traffic has been a point of contention among residents.

On a sunny afternoon in June 2019, in southern Utah’s distant alpine hamlet of Duck Creek Village, an aged man shuffled between the ponderosa pines lining Erin DeLoe’s gravel driveway and requested her for $200. It was for the mud, he stated, a shared neighborhood drawback he had taken the initiative to unravel. In response to growing site visitors from out of doors vacationers on all-terrain automobiles (ATVs) and weekend guests escaping Las Vegas or Salt Lake Metropolis, he had employed a Wyoming-based firm referred to as Dustbusters Enterprises to spray their roads with a magnesium chloride answer meant to tamp down the grime floor. Now he needed her to chip in.

DeLoe, an accountant, was simply again from a path run and, admittedly, lined in mud. She informed him she didn’t assume she needed to assist that. Then she went inside to scour the Web for details about magnesium chloride.