Public Lands

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...
Ryan Zinke was approved as the new Secretary of the Interior by the US Senate on March 1. With the appointment, one of his first orders of business is Bears Ears National Monument, the massive 1.35 million national monument created in the final days of the Barack Obama Administration....
Dan Love, a controversial law-enforcement agent for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is the subject of several investigations into his actions as special-agent-in-charge of BLM activities in Utah and Nevada. Most recently, Congressman Jason Chaffetz alleges that Love may have...
The holding pattern surrounding the Bears Ears National Monument continues as the US Senate has failed to move ahead with the confirmation of Ryan Zenke as the Secretery of the Interior. President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Interior Department has not yet moved through the Senate...

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