Public Lands

“Today San Juan County mourns after President Barack Obama gave into pressure from extreme environmental groups, out-of-state tribal leaders, and corporate interests by designating the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument.  “The push for a monument did not originate from those...
The proclamation creating Bears Ears National Monument directs the Secretary of the Interior to explore, within 30 days, a land exchange with the State of Utah. The exchange would transfer Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration land within the Bears Ears boundary in...
A crowd estimated at 500 people gathered in Monticello on December 29 to protest the new Bears Ears National Monument. President Barack Obama created the 1.35-million acre monument on December 28. It takes up more than one-quarter of the landmass of San Juan County. The protest, on the...
The Bears Ears National Monument was created by presidential decree on December 28, resulting in a massive new national monument that takes up more than one quarter of the land mass of San Juan County. The monument designation includes 1,351,849 acres of federal land, but does not...
With the days ticking down on the presidency of Barack Obama, anxiety is building in San Juan County over the possible designation of the Bears Ears National Monument. Rumors are flying over the designation, which could result in a new national monument as large as 1.9 million acres....
The public lands in San Juan County were the focus of intense scrutiny in the past week as a high-level contingent of federal officials, led by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, toured the area. They were in San Juan County to explore public lands issues, including the proposed...
A contingent of high-ranking officials from the federal government will visit San Juan County this week on a fact-finding tour to investigate public land proposals, including the proposed Bears Ears National Monument and the Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI). During a three-day stay,...
DUST IN THE WINDby Bill Boyle Expect a full-blown circus in Bluff on Saturday as a high-level contingent of federal officials host a public hearing about public lands issues. The meeting is scheduled to be held in the Bluff Community Center, which has a maximum capacity of several...
by Rebecca M. Benally, San Juan Cty Commissioner Trusting the federal government has historically resulted in broken promises for Native Americans. As a Diné/Navajo woman, a resident of San Juan County and Commissioner, I speak in behalf of my constituents – the Grassroots Utah Navajos...
TAKE IT, OR LEAVE ITby Jim Stiles Sometimes the endless open spaces of the West impress me most when I can’t see them at all. One night when I was a ranger at the Arches National Park campground, I encountered a woman so terrified she could barely speak. She was from New York City,...

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