Austin Cope

KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with John Ruple University of Utah Professor of Law, about legal interpretations of President Trump's cuts of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah.

The first part of their interview covered the 1906 Antiquities Act, and what authority presidents have to declare or repeal monuments. Click below to listen.

The second part of their interview covered land designations, natural resource extraction, and the questions no one is asking at this point in the Bears Ears debate.

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Environmentalists are reacting with dismay to a one-year delay in implementation of a rule designed to reduce methane waste associated with oil and gas drilling.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public input into a new management plan for desert bighorn sheep living in areas near the Dolores River in western Colorado.

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A collaborative effort involving Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the Bureau of Land Management, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife has resulted in permanent protection of 505 acres in San Miguel County as habitat for the federally threatened Gunnison sage grouse.

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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.