Bears Ears

Ron Maxwell was born in 1949. Throughout his career as a filmmaker, including directing civil war epic Gettysburg, he’s been politically active as a conservative.

When President Donald Trump came to Utah in December, he reorganized the boundaries of two national monuments in Utah. The areas of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante now contain five smaller national monuments.

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Trust lands make up about 6 percent of Utah’s land. One important distinction to make is that trust lands aren’t public lands. They don’t fall under the same usage guidelines. Instead, they’re managed to make money for Utah public institutions. Utah’s public school system holds 96 percent of all Utah trust lands. 

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Recently obtained documents show how a uranium mining company pressured the Trump administration to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Federal regulators tentatively approve moving forward with the $1 billion Lake Powell Pipeline project. And Utah Gov. Gary Herbert proposes a major bump in education funding for the state.

 

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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.

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“Well, as we feared, Trump has cut out over two million acres,” said Scott Groene, the executive director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

Keeping Bears Ears May Help Local Economies

Dec 4, 2017
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Prior to President Donald Trump’s visit to Utah on Monday, southern Utah leaders discuss the importance of Bears Ears and the possible economic value to keeping the monument.

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This weekend a group of about two dozen people, including religious leaders from surrounding areas and tribal spiritual leaders, will meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico and make a pilgrimage to Bears Ears National Monument.

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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.

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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.

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Denver will be the new home for the nation's largest outdoor recreation trade show.

At a press conference with Colorado's governor and Denver's mayor, the director of the Outdoor Retailer trade show, Marisa Nicholson, announced Thursday that the show would be held in the Mile High City starting in 2018.

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Amid growing concerns for his health, Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott considers retiring from the position before his term ends in 2020. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommends re-sizing the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument. And the leader of a Utah mosque is barred from his flight home to the United States from a Kenyan airport.

 

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Outdoor Clothing Company Patagonia Visits USU Campus

Apr 12, 2017

 

If you’re walking around the campus of Utah State University Wednesday you may have noticed a funny looking vehicle parked on the Quad and lots of signs for the clothing company Patagonia. This promotional event comes on the heels of Patagonia’s recent withdrawal from the Outdoor Retailer Show typically hosted in Salt Lake City.

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State Democratic leaders and a couple of small business owners are blasting Utah’s Republican leadership for its stubborn stance on public lands that led a lucrative outdoor trade show to leave town.

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Outdoor clothing company Patagonia says it is boycotting Outdoor Retailer shows held in Utah. The decision comes in response to a resolution signed on Friday by Governor Gary Herbert calling on President Donald Trump to repeal the newly named Bears Ears National Monument.

 

Utah House GOP Leaders Back Resolution To Undo Bears Ears

Jan 30, 2017
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With the arrival of a new administration in the White House, Utah Republicans are looking to undo the Bears Ears monument designation made by President Barack Obama.

Utah House Speaker and Republican Greg Hughes has unveiled a legislative resolution that urges President Donald Trump to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County. 

HCR11 seeks to undo the newly minted monument, which President Barack Obama created using the Antiquities Act shortly before leaving office.

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We were a stones throw from the Arizona border. Hundreds of mostly Navajos and Utes, from Utah and the Four Corners, traveled long miles in sudden winter conditions, to gather at the well-heated Monument Valley Welcome Center. Residents of remote desert chapters mingled with the highest ranks of elected leadership from the Navajo Nation and the Utah Dine Bikeyah, and a smattering of sympathetic activists from regional environmental groups. 

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  The Outdoor Retailers expo opened in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, with an endorsement of the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah.

Archaeologists Urge Obama to Protect Bears Ears

Jun 16, 2016


More than 700 archaeologists have signed a letter urging President Obama to protect the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah.

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With help from the organization Sutherland Institute, members of two chapters of the Navajo Nation have released a video in opposition to a plan that asks President Obama to use the U.S. Antiquities Act to declare 1.9 million acres of tribal area lands as a national  monument.

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Utah’s Republican-controlled Legislature has approved a resolution declaring opposition to a possible national monument in the Bears Ears area of southeastern Utah. 

Utah representatives Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz are unveiling their long-awaited Public Lands Initiative in Salt Lake City. But Utah’s Navajos and Utes, along with conservation groups, have joined to focus instead on persuading President Obama to create a Bears Ears national monument.