Utah

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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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The Navajo Nation has sued San Juan County in Utah twice, and won once, over voting rights.  Now San Juan County has filed a counter claim detailing measures in place to assist voters and alleging corruption among the original plaintiffs.  KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press take a look at this unfolding issue.

  • San Juan County, Utah, is firing back over charges it violated the Voting Rights Act by moving to a mail-in ballot system in 2014.


  • Election results from Mancos and Dolores.
  • Leaders in San Juan County, Utah, are expressing concern about a plan by the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission for redrawing county-commission districts.


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The question of whether President Obama will create a 1.9 million acre national monument in Southeast Utah in the last days of his administration is gaining national attention, most recently with a front page article in Sunday's New York Times.  KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly take a deeper look at what a monument might mean for an-already strained local conversation around public land.

  • Montezuma County commissioners reject a funding request for organization that helps get kids outdoors.
  • Two fundamentalist Mormon communities on the Arizona-Utah border are found guilty of violating civil rights.


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A coalition of Native American tribes have come together in an effort to conserve the Bears Ears cultural landscape in southeast Utah. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Ute Mountain Ute Tribe councilwoman Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk about why this place is of special importance to area tribes, why it needs protection, and the effort to create the Bears Ears National Monument.


  • The Town of Dolores will hold an election April 5th even though there may be no contested races for mayor or town trustee.
  • Voters in San Juan County, Utah, will be using existing county-commission districts in the November election rather than new ones mandated by a federal court.

  • Cases of the zika virus have been reported in two of the Four Corners states.
  • Two Democratic legislators in Utah have filed an ethics complaint over the refusal of a law firm to share information about suing for control of federal lands.

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