San Juan County http://kuer.org en San Juan County Tries to Assume Control of Recapture Canyon; BLM Still Investigating ATV Protest http://kuer.org/post/san-juan-county-tries-assume-control-recapture-canyon-blm-still-investigating-atv-protest <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dozens of all-terrain-vehicle riders drove into San Juan County’s Recapture Canyon a month ago. Federal authorities say that ride into off-limits territory was illegal, but they haven’t filed any charges yet.</span></p><p>Now, the San Juan County Commission is asserting authority over the scenic trail in a non-binding resolution. Recapture is filled with ancient burial sites and antiquities, and county leaders say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is taking too long to decide how to safeguard them.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:40:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 47698 at http://kuer.org San Juan County Tries to Assume Control of Recapture Canyon; BLM Still Investigating ATV Protest Protest Ride Complicates BLM Trail Study http://kuer.org/post/protest-ride-complicates-blm-trail-study <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal investigators are continuing their probe into a protest ride Saturday through Recapture Canyon. And that includes sizing up the impact that the all-terrain vehicles might have had on the canyon's&nbsp;</span>archaeological<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sites.</span></p><p>Some people regard Recapture Canyon as a mini-Mesa Verde National Park. Both contain prehistoric ruins, religious kivas and ancient burial grounds that make them world famous. But over the weekend more than 60 protestors drove ATVs into those sensitive areas.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:50:21 +0000 Judy Fahys 46257 at http://kuer.org Protest Ride Complicates BLM Trail Study Land Agency Investigates ATV Ride In Utah Canyon http://kuer.org/post/land-agency-investigates-atv-ride-utah-canyon <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A protest in Utah’s San Juan County ended without violence on Saturday. But the conflict between a federal government agency and its critics is expected to continue.</span></p><p>San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman organized the ride into Recapture Canyon, where the U.S. Bureau of Land Management banned motorized vehicles 7 years ago. Lyman urged protesters at a morning rally on Saturday to steer clear of the closed areas because of the risk to the archaeology and to their reputations.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 06:08:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 46147 at http://kuer.org Land Agency Investigates ATV Ride In Utah Canyon Environmental Assessment Issued for Gunnison Sage Grouse Habitat http://kuer.org/post/environmental-assessment-issued-gunnison-sage-grouse-habitat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service has published a </span><a href="http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/birds/gunnisonsagegrouse/20130909DraftEnvironmentalAssessmentForCriticalHabitat.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">draft environmental assessment</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on its proposal to designate critical habitat for the Gunnison Sage Grouse in Utah and Colorado.&nbsp; The Gunnison grouse is a smaller and rarer cousin of the greater sage grouse that lives in most of the states of the M Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:04:10 +0000 Dan Bammes 35638 at http://kuer.org Environmental Assessment Issued for Gunnison Sage Grouse Habitat