Public Lands

A fire sparked by a lightning strike 45 miles west of Monticello has grown from 15 acres to almost 240 acres since it was first spotted on July 16. The “Peavine Canyon Fire” in the Dark Canyon Wilderness of the Manti-La Sal National Forest became more active due to drying conditions, according to...
For the first time ever, a generous grant from San Juan County Visitor Services will enable a second printing of 101 Ways to Experience San Juan County. A new wave of the popular visitor guides will be available at local visitor centers, motels, restaurants and businesses in coming days. 101 Ways...
The Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum in Blanding will present a lecture and book signing with geologist and author Gene Stevenson on Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Stevenson’s book, “Canyon Country Explorations & River Lore: The Remarkable...
The Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC) met for two days on June 5-6 at the Hideout Community Center in Monticello. It was the first meeting of the group, which consists of 15 people appointed by the Department of the Interior. The group members were selected to represent a...
The Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee will meet for the first time this week in public meetings in Monticello on June 5 and 6. The 15 members of the advisory committee will meet Wednesday, June 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Thursday, June 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Hideout Community Center...
A new exhibit features two pottery vessels found by two groups of San Juan County residents. The Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum is inaugurating the “New to the Edge” exhibit with artifacts that are new or recent additions to the museum’s collections. On Easter 2014, Steve and Donna Jensen...
An uproar erupted in the past week after names were released for the initial Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee. Utah Diné Bikéyah, an advocacy group that fought for the original 1.35 million acre national monument, expressed concern that the committee is dominated by local residents...
Fifteen individuals are now officially part of the initial Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee (BENMAC). The April 11 appointments are the culmination of a nomination process that began in September 2018. The BENMAC was established as part of the...
There is something new and something old at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Gary Torres, our favorite emeritus columnist and former Cave Guy, was hired as the new manager for the Monticello Field office in February. Although, looking at the picture it is hard to tell which is old and which is...
Cheryl Bowers, a member of the Blanding City Council, is heading up a petition for county residents who oppose the expansion of Bears Ears National Monument. Bowers explains, “The petition that I have written, opposing an increase to the Bears Ears Monument, is specific to the people in San Juan...

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