public lands

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When a section of school trust land west of the tiny town of Bluff, Utah, was nominated for public auction early last year, critics said the action could mean a loss of public access to a popular area of scenic Comb Ridge. Now their fears appear to be coming true.

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The new Bears Ears national monument is the first of its kind to be managed by two separate federal agencies along with a commission of Native American Tribal representatives. But there is still strong local opposition to the monument designation, and much of the management planning will occur under the incoming Trump administration. To get some perspectives on how the management will unfold, Austin Cope talked with Bill Boyle, editor of the San Juan Record newspaper in Monticello.

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A Thursday night meeting regarding the proposed Paths to Mesa Verde drew about 80 people to the Mancos Town Hall.

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Utah Representative Rob Bishop is asking the incoming Donald Trump administration to consider abolishing any national monuments Republicans consider “excessive”.

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Southwest author and wilderness advocate Terry Tempest Williams and her husband, Brooke, have appealed the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to reject their bid on two oil and gas leases in Grand County, Utah.