public lands http://kuer.org en Utah Lawmaker Takes National Stage on Land-Transfer Idea http://kuer.org/post/utah-lawmaker-takes-national-stage-land-transfer-idea <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Utah lawmaker’s campaign to take back federal lands&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is getting new, national traction thanks to a Nevada rancher’s standoff with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:40:57 +0000 Judy Fahys 45250 at http://kuer.org Utah Lawmaker Takes National Stage on Land-Transfer Idea Urban, Rural Lawmakers Spar over Lands http://kuer.org/post/urban-rural-lawmakers-spar-over-lands <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>A state lawmaker says wilderness advocates are waging a war of attrition in the wildlands fight.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:42:23 +0000 Judy Fahys 41504 at http://kuer.org Urban, Rural Lawmakers Spar over Lands Gov. Herbert Resists Oil Leasing in Book Cliffs http://kuer.org/post/gov-herbert-resists-oil-leasing-book-cliffs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking Utah’s state lands agency not to lease about 20-thousand acres in the Book Cliffs for oil and gas drilling.&nbsp; Sportsmen and environmental groups have said the area near Bogart Canyon needs to be protected as wildlife habitat.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:08:35 +0000 Dan Bammes 34559 at http://kuer.org Gov. Herbert Resists Oil Leasing in Book Cliffs BLM Puts San Rafael Swell Areas Up For Auction http://kuer.org/post/blm-puts-san-rafael-swell-areas-auction <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal Bureau of Land Management intends to lease nearly one hundred forty thousand acres in and around the San Rafael Swell in eastern Utah for oil and gas drilling. Many conservationist groups are angry about the lease auction, which is set to take place in November.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 06:31:21 +0000 Nicole Nixon 34278 at http://kuer.org BLM Puts San Rafael Swell Areas Up For Auction Utah Lawmakers Repeal HB 155 http://kuer.org/post/utah-lawmakers-repeal-hb-155 <p></p><p>Utah lawmakers voted Wednesday to repeal legislation that would have restricted the authority of federal law enforcement officers on public lands. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 23:38:03 +0000 Terry Gildea 32580 at http://kuer.org Utah Lawmakers Repeal HB 155 Group Urges Governor to Bow Out of Federal Land Grab http://kuer.org/post/group-urges-governor-bow-out-federal-land-grab <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Activists are calling on Governor Gary Herbert to halt Utah’s efforts to seize control of federal land in the state. Educators, parents and students gathered at Liberty Park this morning to ask state lawmakers to find realistic solutions to funding education and stop taking aim at public lands.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ethan Lake is a senior at West High School in Salt Lake City. He says the state is blessed with a beautiful natural environment.</span></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 23:20:27 +0000 Whittney Evans 29706 at http://kuer.org Group Urges Governor to Bow Out of Federal Land Grab Bishop Working for Public Lands Solution http://kuer.org/post/bishop-working-public-lands-solution <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT-1) is hoping that a regional approach to resolving the status of public lands in Utah might work better than the county-by-county approach that's been tried before. &nbsp;Bishop has been meeting with local government leaders and representatives of environmental groups, hoping to work out a plan that he can get through Congress. &nbsp;He chairs the House Subcommittee on Public Lands. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:23:35 +0000 Dan Bammes 28012 at http://kuer.org Bishop Working for Public Lands Solution Conservation Groups Call for Federal Protection of Utah's Parks http://kuer.org/post/conservation-groups-call-federal-protection-utahs-parks <p>Outdoor businesses and conservation groups are calling on the federal government to protect the land in and around Utah’s parks. 29 organizations sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama calling for lasting protections for state and national parks from overdevelopment.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 23:41:24 +0000 Andrea Smardon 27509 at http://kuer.org Conservation Groups Call for Federal Protection of Utah's Parks Chaffetz Warns of Imminent Cyber-Attack http://kuer.org/post/chaffetz-warns-imminent-cyber-attack <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz told members of the Utah Legislature to be prepared for an imminent cyber-attack during remarks made in both the House and Senate chambers Friday.</p><p>Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz says the future of economic development in Utah depends on the growth of high tech companies but with that comes the increased threat of cyber-attacks. He also stressed the importance of being prepared for such an attack telling legislators it’s not a matter if, but when.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:27:31 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24761 at http://kuer.org Chaffetz Warns of Imminent Cyber-Attack KUER News Pod: Wednesday February 6, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-february-6-2013 <p>Utah Governor Gary Herbert promotes Prosperity 2020 goals in Washington, D.C., Utah Democrats call for the protection of Utah’s greater canyonlands, and the Division of Air Quality is targeting the use of toxic consumer cleaning products.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F78122958&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 19:25:28 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24641 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday February 6, 2013 Utah Democrats Push for Protection of Greater Canyonlands http://kuer.org/post/utah-democrats-push-protection-greater-canyonlands <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic State Lawmakers are calling the federal government to protect and preserve Utah’s greater&nbsp;canyonlands. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the steps of the state Capitol Tuesday, State Senator and Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim&nbsp;</span>Dabakis<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;sought to preserve one the state’s natural treasures. He introduced Senate Joint Resolution 10 that seeks public comment on how to protect the greater&nbsp;canyonlands.</span></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:58:32 +0000 Terry Gildea 24601 at http://kuer.org Utah Democrats Push for Protection of Greater Canyonlands Gooseberry Narrows in Sanpete County Progress Trickles On http://kuer.org/post/gooseberry-narrows-sanpete-county-progress-trickles <p>The federal Bureau of Reclamation’s recent release of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the <a href="http://www.narrowsproject.com/Narrows_Draft_EIS_March_2010.pdf">Narrows Dam on Gooseberry Creek</a> in Sanpete County is likely to be contested in court. The relatively small water project would allow the Sanpete Water Conservancy District to develop an existing Gooseberry Project right to 5400 acre-feet of water for farmers’ late summer crop. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 19:25:03 +0000 Bob Nelson 23374 at http://kuer.org Gooseberry Narrows in Sanpete County Progress Trickles On Challenge to BLM Plans Moves Ahead http://kuer.org/post/challenge-blm-plans-moves-ahead <p><a href="http://www.suwa.org/">The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance</a> filed new court papers last week to move its case ahead challenging six Resource Management Plans for Utah adopted by the <a href="http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en.html">Bureau of Land Management</a> at the end of the Bush administration. &nbsp;The new filings focus on the RMP for the Richfield field office, an area that SUWA lawyer Steve Bloch says includes some of Utah's most spectacular country.</p><p>"Places like the Dirty Devil, Factory Butte, the Henry Mountains, Muddy Creek on the southern end of the&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:57:34 +0000 Dan Bammes 22809 at http://kuer.org Challenge to BLM Plans Moves Ahead Petition Asks Governor to End Push to Control Federal Land http://kuer.org/post/petition-asks-governor-end-push-control-federal-land <p>A petition with more than five thousand signatures demanding an end to Utah's attempt to take control of federal lands was delivered Wednesday to Governor Gary Herbert's office. &nbsp;The effort was led by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and supported by activists like Dwight Butler of Wasatch Touring. &nbsp;He says the federal government is taking good care of its land right now.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:01:40 +0000 Dan Bammes 18173 at http://kuer.org Petition Asks Governor to End Push to Control Federal Land Higher PILT Payments for Western Counties http://kuer.org/post/higher-pilt-payments-western-counties <p>Counties across Utah are getting more than $36 million from the federal government this year under the Payment In Lieu of Taxes, or PILT program. &nbsp;The money is meant to help counties provide services such as search and rescue and firefighting in areas where there&#39;s a lot of federal land.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:29:10 +0000 Dan Bammes 13446 at http://kuer.org Higher PILT Payments for Western Counties