Public Lands

Rebecca Benally was a featured speaker at the Utah State Capital Building when President Trump signed the executive order. Her speech follows: When Bears Ears National Monument was designated, it was a disheartening day for my communities and San Juan County citizens. A total of 1.35...
Two rallies took place on Saturday, December 2 that involved San Juan County residents and their response to the news that President Donald Trump was expected to significantly trim the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument. Dueling rallies were held by those both for and against...
President Donald J. Trump“Our precious national treasures must be protected.  And they, from now on, will be protected.  Under my administration, we will advance that protection through a truly representative process, one that listens to the local communities that knows the land the...
The Deseret News is reporting that President Donald Trump will visit Salt Lake City on Monday, December 4 to announce reductions in the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Many details are not yet known as the announcement was made at the San Juan...
A representative from the office of Utah Senator Mike Lee states that no diffinitive plans have been set for President Trump’s visit in early December. Earlier, a member of Lee’s staff said Trump was coming to San Juan County. That may not be the case.
A couple from Durango, CO will face trial in 2018 for charges related to livestock endangerment. Rose Chilcoat and her husband, Mark Kevin Franklin, were bound over for trial at a preliminary hearing on November 2 in the Seventh District Court. Chilcoat has a January 31, 2018 jury trial...
San Juan County may be getting a Presidential visit in coming weeks. President Donald Trump plans to visit the state in early December, most likely to announce reductions in the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument. On October 27, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said President Trump...
An enormous increase in entrance fees is proposed for several of the most popular National Parks, including Canyonlands in San Juan County. The National Park Service is considering a proposal that would increase the entrance fee from $25 to $70 per car from May through September. The...
The convictions of San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman and Monticello resident Monte Wells were upheld in an October 23 ruling by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The two men were convicted for their role in the May, 2014 protest in Recapture Canyon. Appeals to the...
A lawsuit against Energy Fuels, which operates the White Mesa uranium mill south of Blanding, has been dismissed by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups dismissed the case, ruling that previously reported radon emissions from one of the mill’s tailings cells did not...

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