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The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on management for the downsized Bears Ears National Monument even though the smaller monument faces legal challenges and stiff opposition.

President Trump’s executive order on Monday slashing the size of two national monuments in southern Utah was hailed in advance by locals in San Juan County.

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President Trump is set to deliver an early Christmas gift to Utah’s elected leaders on Monday. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Trump is coming to Salt Lake City to announce an executive order shrinking two of the state’s national monuments, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.


Colorado’s Third District Congressman, Republican Scott Tipton of Cortez, is supporting proposed legislation that would radically alter the 1906 Antiquities Act, which gives presidents the authority to create national monuments. However, a representative of one monument in Southwest Colorado is questioning the congressman’s stance.

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Utah Congressman Rob Bishop introduced legislation in the U.S. House this week that would place limitations on the 1906 Antiquities Act.