Public Lands

The federal government will decrease the size of Bears Ears National Monument, but the details are still unknown. On August 24, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sent a draft report to President Donald Trump which includes Zinke’s findings and recommendations on national monuments. The...
TAKE IT OR LEAVE ITby Jim Stiles Back in 2008, the day after Obama’s landslide election, Moab progressive/ environmentalist Dave Erley sent out a mass celebratory email. In part he wrote: “The progressive, green, candidates won all three contested County Council seats and the...
“United We Stand:  Local Voices for Public Lands“ is the theme of this year’s San Juan County Freedom Fest being held Sept. 9 at the San Juan High School (Blanding, Utah) football practice field.  Chairwoman, Kim Henderson, emphasized, “No matter what side of land issues you are on, or...
By Kara Laws Bears Ears National Monument took center stage again at the June 27 meeting of the Blanding City Council. Blanding residents once again filled the conference room to defend their opinions about the controversial monument after taking to social media to spread the word that...
Current and forecasted weather conditions coupled with extremely dry conditions and heavy loading of vegetation throughout San Juan County have created hazardous fire conditions. As a result, on June 29, all State, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Park Service lands and all...
Volunteers, archaeologists, family members, and the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) came together this past spring for a remarkable restoration project of the Shumway Cabin in Recapture Wash. Over the past few months, the early 1900s historic...
The US Secretary of the Interior is recommending that the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument be cut back. Secretary Ryan Zinke made his recommendation after a 45-day review that was ordered by President Donald Trump. Details have not yet been ironed out, but the Secretary’s...
Saturday, June 10 is the deadline for Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to issue a recommendation on Bears Ears National Monument. As the deadline nears, Secretary Zinke had one last meeting with San Juan County Commissioners on Monday, June 5 in Washington, DC. Commissioner Phil...
DUST IN THE WINDby Bill Boyle On June 5, I had an interview with Austin Cope at KSJD radio in Cortez about the Bears Ears National Monument. The transcript follows:Cope: Time is still ticking down for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to announce the results of his review about the Bears...
by Zak Podmore More than 90 people gathered outside the White Mesa Community Center on the morning of May 13 and prepared to march five miles north to the White Mesa Mill. Thelma Whiskers, cofounder of the White Mesa Concerned Community group that organized the protest, addressed the...

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