Environment

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The battle has already begun over whether President Trump acted within his authority in drastically downsizing two national monuments in Utah. On Monday, Trump issued two proclamations from the state capitol in Salt Lake City that reduced Bears Ears National Monument by some 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante by about half. Just hours later, the nonprofit Earthjustice filed suit in U.S. District Court on behalf of eight conservation organizations.

Canyonlands Natural History Association

The Manti-La Sal National Forest Ranger Station in Moab received what might have been a threatening package earlier this month, but it turned out to be filled with non-poisonous reptiles and amphibians.

San Juan National Forest

Taylor Mesa Road in the San Juan National Forest northeast of Dolores is closed by landslides approximately 3.5 miles from its intersection with Highway 145. Forest officials said in a release that the route is expected to be closed until at least June 2nd.  Wet weather and failing drainage structures have reportedly caused multiple problems on the road.

Scott Spear

In final segment of a three-part series on River Radio about the 2017 spill on the Dolores River out of McPhee Dam and the relationships between various Dolores River stakeholders, host Sam Carter talks with local boater Scott Spear about his thoughts on the boating community centered on the Dolores River, his experiences floating the lower Dolores River this year, and why communication is the key to building strong relationships around water management.

Dolores River water is relied on by many, including farmers, ranchers, and boaters. For the second of a three-part series on River Radio looking at the relationships between various Dolores River stakeholders, host Sam Carter talks with fourth-generation rancher Dustin Goodall about his family's relationship to the Dolores River and his perspectives on how to balance the needs of those who rely on Dolores River water.

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