Public Lands

Road closures and road openings have moved front and center in San Juan County, with three separate incidents gaining the attention of area residents. In the past week, several small roads were “obliterated” on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service within the current boundaries of...
The White Mesa Mill, which is the only federally licensed uranium-processing mill in the United States, held an open house in the past week. It is one of a few times since the facility opened in 1980 that tours were available of the multi-million dollar mill, disposal cells, and...
Despite a wave of leaks and guesses, and allegations and denials, the U.S. government has not announced the next step in the Bears Ears National Monument. While Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has recommended that Bears Ears National Monument be decreased in size, no maps have been...
by Bill Boyle The Latigo Wind Farm, located just north of Monticello city limits, continues to be a source of controversy among some in San Juan County. Two years ago, construction crews were working day and night to install the wind farm, a 60 MW project just north of Monticello. The...
TIED TO THE POSTby Tonya Stiles Do you ever wonder if Facebook is making you hate people? I don’t mean to suggest I hate my Facebook “friends.” I like those folks. I keep my friend list short, filled only with people I know and like, so I can still feel comforted by their pictures of...
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...

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