National Monuments

Bears Ears National Monument
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The U.S. government is issuing draft proposals for how it would like to manage two national monuments in Utah that were significantly downsized by President Donald Trump last year in a move that angered conservation and tribal groups and triggered lawsuits.

The Bureau of Land Management said in documents posted Wednesday that the agency's preferred plan among four options for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument would be the "least restrictive to energy and mining development."

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
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A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government doesn't have to turn over documents to an environmental law firm involving legal arguments behind President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments.

U.S. District Court Judge David Nye on Monday ruled the records are protected presidential communications, making them exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests.

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On Saturday, April 21, visitors will be able to attend any national park site in the United States free of charge. Dinosaur National Monument is one of the many areas in Utah the public will be able to enjoy at no cost.

Deseret News

The latest attempt to strengthen Utah's hate crime laws at the State Legislature dies without even getting a hearing. Although science points to the burning of fossil fuels as a driver of climate change, Utah lawmakers refuse to acknowledge the concept. And Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, who advocated for a reduction to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, failed to disclose that he owned land within the monument. 

Katherine Taylor

Citing successful legal and lobbying efforts from last year to see two Utah national monuments downsized, a nonprofit organization is once again asking the state to fund its operations. As it did at the 2017 legislature, the Foundation for Integrated Resource Management or FIRM is again requesting $500,000 from the state. 

Climbing Magazine

President Donald Trump visits Utah to breakup and downsize the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Senator Orrin Hatch hardens his stance on the candidacy of Alabama Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore. And Trump endorses Hatch for an 8th term in Congress. 

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is strongly disputing a claim by outdoor retailer Patagonia that President Donald Trump "stole" public land by shrinking two national monuments in Utah.

Zinke calls the claim — made in large type on the company's home page — "nefarious, false and a lie."

The Salt Lake Tribune

Announcing the actions in Salt Lake City, President Trump has removed some 2 million acres from the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments and split the two monuments into five. Bears Ears was split into two separate areas: Shash Jaa at 129,980 acres and Indian Creek at 71,896 acres. Together the two comprise 201,876 acres, as compared to the 1.35 million acres that President Barack Obama named last December.

sierraclub.org

President Donald Trump has signed proclamations to formally scale back two sprawling national monuments in Utah: Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante.

The Salt Lake Tribune

President Donald Trump makes his way to Utah to announce boundary adjustments to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Voter errors resulted in thousands of rejected ballots from the November election. And women in Utah politics share their experiences with sexual harassment.

At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Courtney Tanner and Lee Davidson, Washington Bureau Chief Thomas Burr and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

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Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's office says President Donald Trump is expected to significantly downsize two sprawling Utah national monuments.

Ron Dean, Hatch's Central and Eastern Utah Director, testified to Utah lawmakers during a public lands hearing Tuesday that he hasn't seen Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendations for the monuments but he expects Bears Ears National Monument will be reduced by nearly 80 to 90 percent of its current size and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will be cut down by about 40 to 60 percent.

NBC News

The release of body cam footage of a police shooting leads to protests -- and to calls for the ouster of Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, who found that the shooting was legally justified. During a visit to Salt Lake City, a renowned homelessness researcher calls Operation Rio Grande a disaster. And a U.S. House Committee advances a plan to dramatically limit the power of the president to declare national monuments.

commondreams.org

House Republicans are moving to revamp a century-old law used by presidents to protect millions of acres of federal land considered historic, geographically significant or culturally important.

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Correction: A previous version of this story claimed that the public comment period ended with the submission of Sec. Zinke's report last Thursday. The formal comment period actually ended July 10. The story has been changed to reflect this.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to shrink two Utah National Monuments is expected to face major legal fights if adopted by President Trump.

Fox 13

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommends boundary adjustments to some national monuments, but he doesn't suggest eliminating them altogether. Operation Rio Grande's efforts to curb crime near the downtown homeless shelter could take two years. And Rep. Chris Stewart has his eyes on Sen. Orrin Hatch's seat in 2018 -- if Hatch chooses not to run for re-election.

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Conservation groups are airing TV ads, planning rallies and creating parody websites in a last-minute blitz to stop Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke from downsizing or eliminating national monument areas that cover large swaths of land and water from Maine to California.

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Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is calling President Donald Trump's review of two dozen national monuments highly problematic and out of step with what Americans want.

Jewell said Wednesday in Salt Lake City at the nation's largest outdoor recreation trade show that Trump is treating national parks like contestants on a game show when he should be respecting measured decisions made by past presidents.

Center for Western Priorities

In an effort to drum up support for the 27 western monuments being reviewed by Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke, the Center for Western Priorities, a conservation organization based in Colorado, stopped by 6 states throughout the West including Montana, Arizona and California.

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is under review by the Interior Department, and now members of the public are expressing their views about Craters and other monuments. More than 85,000 comments have poured in since the public comment period began less than two weeks ago. 

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