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Utah sues Biden administration over Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante

A stunning red rock slot canyon.
John Fowler
Red Breaks Slot Canyon, found in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Republican state leaders in Utah sued the Biden administration Wednesday over the president's decision last year to restore Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments. Former President Donald Trump had downsized these lands that are sacred to Native Americans and include ancient petroglyphs and cliff dwellings. Trump's decision to cut down these lands in size opened them up for mining and other development.  

The lawsuit alleges President Joe Biden's action violates the authority granted in a century-old law that allows presidents to protect sites considered historically, geographically or culturally important. Two southern Utah counties, Kane and Garfield, joined the lawsuit.

The Biden administration on Wednesday said they did not have any comment about the lawsuit.  

Sheri's career in radio began at 7 years old in Los Angeles, California with a secret little radio tucked under her bed that she'd fall asleep with, while listening to The Dr. Demento Radio Show. She went on to produce the first science radio show in Utah in 1999 and has been reporting local, national and international stories ever since. After a stint as news director at KZYX on northern California's Lost Coast, she landed back at UPR in 2021.