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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.

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The Navajo Nation government has reaffirmed its opposition to Utah’s Public Lands Initiative, a federal bill intended to thwart the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County, Utah.

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An unusual controversy has arisen over the presence of a golden eagle’s nest on BLM land east of Cortez. The land has been proposed for an expansion of the Phil’s World bike trail system, but biologists say the trails need to be routed around the protected bird’s nest. Recently, Montezuma County Commission Chair Larry Don Suckla, who supports the expansion, has questioned the validity of those concerns.

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Planners and local officials voiced cautious optimism after two days of meetings last week regarding the proposed Paths to Mesa Verde trail , but acknowledged that it poses numerous challenges.

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Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne visited Cortez on Thursday to ride the Phil's World Mountain Bike trail and help kick off the planning process for the Path to Mesa Verde, a trail planned to stretch between Cortez, Mesa Verde, and Mancos.

After her ride she met with the Montezuma County Commissioners, officials from towns of Mancos and Cortez, as well as Mesa Verde National Park, and other public lands agencies.