Public Lands

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...
A bill asking President Donald Trump to rescind the new Bears Ears National Monument flew through the Utah legislature in the past week and was signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert. The legislation formalizes state opposition to the 1.35-million acre national monument, which...
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is very close to announcing a resolution to the longstanding controversy over motorized travel in Recapture Canyon, east of Blanding. Ed Roberson, the new state director of the BLM, announced the process to the San Juan County Commission on February 7...
While it has been two weeks since U.S. President Barack Obama created the 1.35-million acre Bears Ears National Monument, the process is just beginning to address the next question, “What happens next?”. Designation of the new monument, which includes more than one quarter of the total...

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