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Two Durango environmentalists who are facing charges related to an incident in Southeast Utah last April are set to go to trial next year in 7th District Court in Monticello, Utah. The Durango Herald reports that Rose Chilcoat, a former associate director for Great Old Broads for Wilderness who retired in 2016, and her husband, Mark Franklin, were charged following an incident in which a Mexican Hat rancher alleges they closed a gate to a corral to keep his cattle from getting to a water hole. The Herald reports the cattle did have access to water another way and were not in danger.

Katie Lee website

Arizona singer, artist, and environmental activist Katie Lee has died at age 98. She was known in many boating and outdoor recreation circles for her love and advocacy for the Colorado River. She told KSJD about her connection to the river in 2014.


“When I saw Glen Canyon, in ‘54, I knew that I belonged in that place,” she said.


A religious monument will be coming down in the city of Bloomfield in northern New Mexico.

Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an $85 million contract for an initial assessment of 30 abandoned uranium mines on and near the Navajo Nation.

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A federal judge has dismissed all claims made by an environmental group against the White Mesa uranium mill near Blanding, Utah.