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'Battle Over Bears Ears' On Tuesday's Access Utah


At its heart, it’s a battle for homeland and sovereignty. Bears Ears, a remote section of land characterized by its distinctive red cliffs and abundance of juniper and sage, is at the center of a fight over who has a say in how Western landscapes are protected and managed. “Battle Over Bears Ears,” a new documentary film, explores the deep connections to place and the vast cultural divides that are fueling the fight over how the Bears Ears Monument is protected and managed. Whose voices are heard, whose are lost, and how do all sides find common ground in this uncommon place?


The film premiered last night on KUED television. We’ll welcome producer Nancy Green to the episode of Access Utah and hear sound clips from the film. Join us Tuesday morning at 9:00 on Utah Public Radio.




“The Battle Over Bears Ears” also airs on KUED on Tuesday November 13 at 10:00 p.m.; Friday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m.


There is an event on the USU campus Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in BNR 102. There will be a screening of “Battle Over Bears Ears” and opportunity for people to engage in the current public comment forum on boundary changes regarding Bears Ears and Grand Staircase National Monuments.


We’ll also talk with Keri Holt, USU Associate Professor of English, Judson Finley, USU Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Rylee Jensen, a student in the USU Quinney College of Natural Resources.


Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.