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  • Colorado earned a B, Utah a C-plus, and New Mexico a D for their treatment of prairie dogs in 2015.
  • Utah legislator Ken Ivory, who sparked controversy as director of the American Lands Council, is leaving that post to lead a “Free the Lands” campaign.


  • A new report compiled by scientists with the U.S. Forest Service and Duke University predicts that drought will continue to stress forests and alter habitat for years to come.
  • Officials with the San Juan National Forest say they are working on several proposals to help deal with spruce-beetle infestations.

  • A dead man was found Saturday inside a boat in a Cortez yard, but foul play is not suspected.
  • Democrats in Utah are calling for more information about the costs and results of a legal analysis of a possible lawsuit to demand federal public lands be transferred to the state.


  • Cortez School District Superintendent Alex Carter’s last day will be February 29th.
  • For a fourth consecutive year, spruce beetles have caused widespread tree mortality in Colorado.


San Juan Citizens Alliance

Newly released documents over the Forest Service's handling of the Village at Wolf Creek have heated up the debate over this controversial resort project. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dan Olsen, Executive Director of the San Juan Citizens Alliance, about what they have learned through a Freedom of Information Act request for emails and other documents related to the Village at Wolf Creek and what it could mean for the future of the project.


  • The Montezuma County commissioners sparred with Dolores District Manager Derek Padilla of the Forest Service on Monday over two perennially contentious issues: weed control and roads.


  • Environmental groups denounce a sweeping public-lands bill proposed for eastern Utah.


In this episode, Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press and KSJD's Jeff Pope discuss the American Lands Council and their efforts to transfer public lands to state control, the recent departure of Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 School District Superintendent Alex Carter, and the potential impacts of falling oil prices on the economy of Montezuma County.

In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss how the Montezuma County Commission is considering changes for their legal notices and a local newspaper of record, and the results of a recent survey on public lands usage in the West.

  • Former Interior Secretary  Ken Salazar says armed protestors who have taken over a wildlife refuge in Oregon are "squeaky wheels" and "far out of touch".
  • Two suspects in a January 5th armed home invasion in rural Montezuma County have been arrested.


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