Utah

  • 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 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.


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


  • Montezuma-Cortez School District Superintendent Alex Carter is leaving to take a position with the non-profit Colorado Education Initiative.
  • Utah Attorney General's Office confirms it is conducting a criminal investigation involving San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman.


  • San Juan County, Utah, Commissioner Phil Lyman is planning to appeal his conviction and sentencing related to an illegal ATV ride in 2014.
  • The police chief of Monticello, Utah has been fired over his handling of a 911 call.


  • The remains of a man who allegedly shot a Utah park ranger in 2010 are believed to have been found near Moab.


  • San Juan County, Utah, Commissioner Phil Lyman will spend 10 days in jail for leading a motorized protest ride on a closed road in Recapture Canyon in 2014.


In this edition of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss politics in southeast Utah, including the latest investigation into possible criminal conduct by San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, and the thorny issue of political district redistricting in San Juan County.

  • Raymond Boyd appointed to the Montezuma County Planning and Zoning Commission.
  • The Salt Lake City Tribune wants records on 2012 criminal investigation involving San Juan County, Utah, Commissioner Phil Lyman.

  • Citizens speak for and against a Master Leasing Plan at workshop hosted by Montezuma County.
  • Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against agents in 2009 antiquities raid in southeast Utah.


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