Department of the Interior

Blue sky and red desert cliffs above a curved portion of river.
U.S. Geological Survey


The commissioner for the Federal Bureau of Reclamation recently called for renewed commitment to drought contingency plans from states using the Colorado River. The region has been in a sustained drought since 2000.

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. 

Jon Kovash

As President Trump resolves to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument designation, opinion in San Juan County remains divided, with Native Americans pitted against conservative political leaders. But the proposal to also shrink Grand Staircase/Escalante has galvanized pro-monument opposition among the business communities in the rest of Southern Utah’s small towns, from Bluff to Kanab, Escalante, Boulder, St. George and Moab.

Jon Kovash

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s tour of Utah has concluded, but representatives from southern Utah’s tribes, business leaders, environmental organizations and nonprofits say nobody listened to them.