Public Lands

The US Secretary of the Interior is recommending that the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument be cut back. Secretary Ryan Zinke made his recommendation after a 45-day review that was ordered by President Donald Trump. Details have not yet been ironed out, but the Secretary’s...
Saturday, June 10 is the deadline for Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to issue a recommendation on Bears Ears National Monument. As the deadline nears, Secretary Zinke had one last meeting with San Juan County Commissioners on Monday, June 5 in Washington, DC. Commissioner Phil...
DUST IN THE WINDby Bill Boyle On June 5, I had an interview with Austin Cope at KSJD radio in Cortez about the Bears Ears National Monument. The transcript follows:Cope: Time is still ticking down for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to announce the results of his review about the Bears...
by Zak Podmore More than 90 people gathered outside the White Mesa Community Center on the morning of May 13 and prepared to march five miles north to the White Mesa Mill. Thelma Whiskers, cofounder of the White Mesa Concerned Community group that organized the protest, addressed the...
by Bill Boyle, San Juan Record Editor Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke completed a two-day visit to San Juan County on May 8 and 9 to investigate Bears Ears National Monument. The visit included a tour of the monument via Black Hawk helicopter, on-site visits to several locations,...
At the same time that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced a tour of the Bears Ears National Monument, the Department of the Interior announced the first ever formal public comment period for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities...
DUST IN THE WINDby Bill Boyle With the second visit in less than a year by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, it is another big week in San Juan County. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent Monday and Tuesday in San Juan County as part of a four-day tour of Utah. This follows on the...
Soon after US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to review use of the Antiquities Act, San Juan County Commissioners made a trip to Washington DC to meet with federal officials. Commissioners Phil Lyman, Rebecca Benally, and Bruce Adams, along with county administrator...
A Utah-based Native American tribe is expressing concern about the process that created Bears Ears National Monument. Darren Parry, Vice Chairman of the Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation, explains his opposition to the designation in a letter that is available to read here or at the...
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...

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