Public Lands

by Darren ParryVice Chairman, Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation For thousands of years, our tribal elders would sit down with our young children and tell them stories about our people. The stories were always the same, never a word out of place. Our children were taught life...
Possible abuses of the Antiquities Act will be reviewed in the next 45 days after an Executive Order was signed by President Donald Trump on April 26. Trump signed the executive order in a ceremony at the headquarters of the Department of the Interior. The event was attended by Vice...
See updated story here U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to order a review of the use of the Antiquities Act over the past 20 years, including the creation of two massive national monuments that were created in southern Utah. The review will begin with the 1996 designation of the...
by Bill Boyle In the four months since the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument by President Barack Obama, San Juan County seems to have been in a state of suspended animation. Now that President Donald Trump will request a review of the Antiquities Act, I think it is time...
An earthquake measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale struck an isolated area of San Juan County on April 22 at 1 a.m. The epicenter of the quake is on Mancos Mesa near Lake Powell. A number of area residents report that they felt the earthquake, including people in Blanding and Bluff, and...
Last week, I had the opportunity to return home to visit the recently declared Bears Ears National Monument. This federal designation encompasses roughly 1.35 million acres in Utah and is located in one of our country’s most remote communities: San Juan County. San Juan County is now...
TAKE IT OR LEAVE ITby Jim Stiles As the Bears Ears debate heated up last summer, monument proponents revealed sentiments that went far beyond support for a presidential proclamation. Again and again, the argument included a near unanimous loathing for the Rural West, especially the many...
Portions of Recapture Canyon will be opened to motorized traffic in a decision announced on April 10 by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. The decision comes approximately one decade after a “temporary” closure restricted motorized traffic on 1,871 acres of public land in the...
Prosecutors are considering charges of criminal mischief against two residents of Durango, CO for intentionally cutting off access to water for a herd of cattle in San Juan County. In an April 1 incident on Lime Ridge, a wired-open gate to a corral had been shut, restricting access to...
Utah Senator Mike Lee and Congressman Rob Bishop recently released a study that suggests U.S. President Donald Trump may have the authority to revoke or cut back on the Bears Ears National Monument. The 1.35-million acre national monument, that includes more than one-quarter of the land...

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