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The Navajo Nation has sued San Juan County in Utah twice, and won once, over voting rights.  Now San Juan County has filed a counter claim detailing measures in place to assist voters and alleging corruption among the original plaintiffs.  KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press take a look at this unfolding issue.

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The question of whether President Obama will create a 1.9 million acre national monument in Southeast Utah in the last days of his administration is gaining national attention, most recently with a front page article in Sunday's New York Times.  KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly take a deeper look at what a monument might mean for an-already strained local conversation around public land.

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The Bureau of Land Management is in the process of creating a Master Leasing Plan to help manage development of BLM lands in southwest Colorado. Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly talk with Shannon Borders, public affairs specialist for the BLM, about what the MLP is about, how the process works, and how the public can weigh in on the plan.

In this episode, hosts Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly continue their discussion of the proposed recreational trail that would link Cortez, Mancos, and Mesa Verde National Park, and how the Montezuma County Planning and Zoning Commission is weighing in on the proposal.

In this episode, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss the political and economic factors behind building a recreational trail that would link Mancos, Cortez, and Mesa Verde National Park.

In this episode, Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press and KSJD's Jeff Pope discuss the American Lands Council and their efforts to transfer public lands to state control, the recent departure of Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 School District Superintendent Alex Carter, and the potential impacts of falling oil prices on the economy of Montezuma County.

In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss how the Montezuma County Commission is considering changes for their legal notices and a local newspaper of record, and the results of a recent survey on public lands usage in the West.

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Archaeological sites in the Four Corners area are increasingly threatened by development of various kinds, but especially from oil and gas exploration and extraction. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with archaeologist Paul Reed from Archaeology Southwest about how archaeologists are trying to protect fragile cultural resources, how tribes are getting involved, and how development is changing how archaeologists do their work.

In this edition of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss politics in southeast Utah, including the latest investigation into possible criminal conduct by San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, and the thorny issue of political district redistricting in San Juan County.

In this edition of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss the debate on pay raises for county officials in Colorado, management of roads on public lands, and the situation developing around feral livestock at Mesa Verde National Park.

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