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A square mile of state-owned land six miles west of Bluff, Utah, on scenic Comb Ridge will apparently be put up for auction in October.

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The Navajo Nation is reiterating its official support for the proposed Bears Ears National Monument despite opposition from some Navajo tribal members in San Juan County, Utah.

At a community event May 18th, Navajo council delegates issued a statement supporting an inter-tribal effort to persuade President Obama to take executive action to create the monument. Delegates said Bears Ears represents an importance piece of Diné history as the birthplace of their leader, Chief Manuelito, and that it faces constant threats, including desecration of cultural sites. 

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  • Montezuma County commissioners defend their support of the transfer of federal public lands to states. 

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Recent wet weather has pushed back plans for prescribed fires in the Dolores District of the San Juan National Forest until this fall. The fire management officer for the district, Pat Seekins, says that planned prescribed burns in the Haycamp Mesa and Lake Canyon areas now will likely have to wait until mid-September or October because of the moisture. The agency does not conduct prescribed burning in the summer.

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  • Motorcycle fatalities set a record in the state of Colorado in 2015, and that has prompted the start of a new safety campaign.
  • Obama administration pushing for a compromise to guide public-lands management in eastern Utah rather than jumping in to proclaim a national monument.

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  • Utah legislator persuades state attorney general to probe ties between Bear Ears Inter-tribal Coalition and environmental non-profits.
  • Rangers with Arches National Park are dismayed over the appearance of deeply carved graffiti in a red-rock formation known as Frame Arch.

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  • Local ranchers want to hire their own rangeland technician to analyze the condition of grazing allotments rather than relying on public-lands agencies’ studies.
  • Voters in the sprawling Cortez Fire District will have to go to the polls literally Tuesday if they want to have a say in choosing board members.

  • The Montezuma County commissioners have not decided whether to renew their membership in the American Lands Council, a group that lobbies for the transfer of federal public lands to the states.

  • Montezuma County Commissioner Larry Don Suckla voiced continuing concerns Monday about protective designations proposed by the Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office.

  • Montezuma County Commissioners are adamantly opposed to a national monument designation along the Dolores River corridor.
  • National Fire Protection Association has awarded four $500 grants for wildfire projects in southwest Colorado.