Photo: ELX 2018 Road Trip I70 30 | Grand Junction Jacob Thaden

Jacob Thaden is the owner The Gear Junction, a shop in Grand Junction that sells outdoor gear.  Thaden is a mountain biker and he worries about efforts to develop or sell off public lands. “A lot of it seems to be on the verge of going away,” Thaden said.  “It’s public lands, it’s supposed to be free space for everyone to enjoy and recreate on. And depending on what you do, you hunt, you four-wheel, you just enjoy being outside, it’s there for a reason.  It should be protected.”