Public Lands

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...
Search and rescue crews have recovered the body of a Monticello man who was caught in a massive avalanche in the La Sal Mountains on January 25. The body has been removed from the mountain. Scott Bradley Pehrson, age 39 of Monticello, was caught in a slide while snowmobiling at a...
Search and rescue crews will soon be onsite in the search for a Monticello man who was apparently caught in a massive avalanche in the La Sal Mountains on January 25. The slide occurred in a popular site in Dark Canyon Basin about 4:30 p.m. on Friday. A group of eight Monticello-area...
For those who thought the Bears Ears National Monument debate was a thing of the past, there are two in-depth features actively exploring the ongoing controversy this month. A new book, ‘Voices From Bears Ears,’ was also just released and is available at the San Juan Record Bookstore....
The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service will host three public meetings as part of the ongoing land use planning for the Bears Ears National Monument. The draft management plans for the Shash Jáa Unit and the Indian Creek Units as well as the associated environmental...
No national monument has ever seen more controversy or resulting news coverage than Bears Ears. All that publicity is spurring a visitor-education crisis, with skyrocketing numbers of tourists threatening sensitive archaeological sites and the Monument’s jaw-droppingly beautiful but...

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