Bluff Town Council asks Biden to prioritize Bears Ears restoration

The Bluff Town Council passed a resolution requesting that President Joe Biden make it a priority of his administration to restore the Bears Ears National Monument.

The resolution passed at the January 12 meeting with Mayor Anne Leppanen, council members Brant Murray, Jim Sayers, and Linda Sosa voting in favor of the resolution, and Luanne Hook abstaining from the vote.

The Bluff Town Council joins the San Juan County Commission as two local government entities in favor of the restoration of the Bears Ears National Monument. The county commission passed a resolution in favor of the restoration of the monument in December.

The Monticello and Blanding city councils passed a joint resolution opposing changes to the current monument size.

Additionally, the Moab City Council and Grand County Commission passed resolutions asking for the restoration of the Bears Ears National Monument.

The Bluff Town Council decided which project to seek funds for from a Community Development Block Grant program at their January 19 meeting.

The council ultimately voted to apply for funds to remodel the office area at the community center.

Other considerations included updating the kiosks at the Great House on Cemetery Hill, and making a portion of the proposed Bluff River Trail ADA friendly.

The council also received news that the Bureau of Land Management has signed off on the Bluff River Trail and the project will move forward.

The council will consider applying for a Utah Outdoor Recreation grant to help with the costs to create the trail.

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