BLM http://kuer.org en Bipartisan Bill Simplifies Land Swaps http://kuer.org/post/bipartisan-bill-simplifies-land-swaps <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>New, <a href="http://robbishop.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=385128" target="_blank">bipartisan legislation</a> in Congress would advance public education and conserve important landscapes by making it easier to transfer lands between government agencies.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:31:02 +0000 Judy Fahys 48133 at http://kuer.org Bipartisan Bill Simplifies Land Swaps Lawmakers Spar With Feds Over Policing Public Lands http://kuer.org/post/lawmakers-spar-feds-over-policing-public-lands <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>There’s been debate all over the West for years about who’s best to police federal lands. On Wednesday, leaders from local, state and federal government agreed the best way to resolve the disputes is to keep talking.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:03:49 +0000 Judy Fahys 48011 at http://kuer.org Lawmakers Spar With Feds Over Policing Public Lands BLM Releases Report on Little Valley Wash Oil Spill http://kuer.org/post/blm-releases-report-little-valley-wash-oil-spill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, the Bureau of Land Management released a final report on an oil spill that occurred near Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:50:39 +0000 Terry Gildea 47336 at http://kuer.org BLM Releases Report on Little Valley Wash Oil Spill Green River Leak Prompts Call for Prevention http://kuer.org/post/green-river-leak-prompts-call-prevention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A cleanup is </span><a href="http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab/SaltWashSpill.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">still underway</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> nearly a week after authorities learned that an oil well was spewing contaminated water near the Green River. Over the weekend, the petroleum reached the river, and now some observers want to focus on preventing future accidents.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 46933 at http://kuer.org Green River Leak Prompts Call for Prevention Vandals Deface Pre-Historic Rock Art http://kuer.org/post/vandals-deface-pre-historic-rock-art <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the weekend, vandals defaced&nbsp; an area of Nine Mile Canyon that contains rock art dating back more than thousand years.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:42:10 +0000 Terry Gildea 46941 at http://kuer.org Vandals Deface Pre-Historic Rock Art 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 ATV Protest on Federal Land Peaceful So Far http://kuer.org/post/atv-protest-federal-land-peaceful-so-far <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A local public official in southeastern Utah led a protest on federal land today against the Bureau of Land Management.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The group rode all-terrain-vehicles into Recapture Canyon located in Utah’s four corners region. The BLM closed off access to the canyon about seven years ago to protect Native American burial sites.&nbsp; San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman led the group into the canyon.&nbsp; He says protesters don’t recognize the authority of the federal government.</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 21:21:29 +0000 Judy Fahys & Terry Gildea 46111 at http://kuer.org ATV Protest on Federal Land Peaceful So Far Utah, BLM Sign Land Swap Deal http://kuer.org/post/utah-blm-sign-land-swap-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Utah’s governor and the state director of the Bureau of Land Management have formalized a land exchange involving 60-thousand acres in southern and eastern Utah.</p><p>The land exchange has been in the works since 2009, when then-Senator Bob Bennett and Congressman Jim Matheson worked to pass a bill authorizing the deal.&nbsp; But it’s taken years to finalize the details.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:27:07 +0000 Dan Bammes 46012 at http://kuer.org Utah, BLM Sign Land Swap Deal Reduced BLM Auction Brings In $3.3 Million http://kuer.org/post/reduced-blm-auction-brings-33-million <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The <a href="http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/content/ut/en.html">Bureau of Land Management</a> sold most of the parcels it offered in today’s auction of oil and gas drilling leases in eastern Utah, but there was a lot of land taken off the table before it began.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:43:14 +0000 Dan Bammes 38451 at http://kuer.org Reduced BLM Auction Brings In $3.3 Million Withdrawal of Lands from BLM Lease Sale Spurs Critics http://kuer.org/post/withdrawal-lands-blm-lease-sale-spurs-critics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The decision to withdraw almost 100-thousand acres of public land from tomorrow’s auction of oil and gas drilling leases is being criticized by industry groups and members of Utah’s Congressional delegation as caving in to pressure from environmental groups.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:34:23 +0000 Dan Bammes 38390 at http://kuer.org Withdrawal of Lands from BLM Lease Sale Spurs Critics BLM Decides Not to Lease Lands in San Rafael Swell http://kuer.org/post/blm-decides-not-lease-lands-san-rafael-swell <p></p><p>Officials with the Bureau of Land Management announced today (Friday) that parcels of land in and around the San Rafael Swell will not be offered at an upcoming oil and gas lease auction.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:29:13 +0000 Terry Gildea 38300 at http://kuer.org BLM Decides Not to Lease Lands in San Rafael Swell ORV Group Reacts to Court Decision http://kuer.org/post/orv-group-reacts-court-decision <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A group representing off-road vehicle users doesn’t think a court decision against a BLM Resource Management Plan means all the others are in trouble.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:26:20 +0000 Dan Bammes 37832 at http://kuer.org ORV Group Reacts to Court Decision Federal Court Rules Against BLM Management Plan http://kuer.org/post/federal-court-rules-against-blm-management-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal court in Salt Lake City ruled against the Bureau of Land Management yesterday in a key case involving off-road vehicle use.</span></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:40:14 +0000 Dan Bammes 37790 at http://kuer.org Federal Court Rules Against BLM Management Plan Alton Coal Mine Expansion Still Facing Opposition http://kuer.org/post/alton-coal-mine-expansion-still-facing-opposition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Environmentalists are reminding the Bureau of Land Management that public opposition to expanding a coal strip mine in Kane County hasn’t gone away.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:58:24 +0000 Dan Bammes 35187 at http://kuer.org Alton Coal Mine Expansion Still Facing Opposition 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 Discovery of New Triceratops Species Announced at the Natural History Museum of Utah http://kuer.org/post/discovery-new-triceratops-species-announced-natural-history-museum-utah <p>Officials at the <a href="http://nhmu.utah.edu/">Natural History Museum of Utah </a>announced today the discovery of a new dinosaur species related to Triceratops. Paleontologists made the discovery in the nearly 2 million acres of wilderness in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. <a href="http://www.scottsampson.net/">Doctor Scott Sampson</a> led the study following the initial find in 2006. He says the Nasutoceratops titusi&nbsp; was unique for an oversized nose and long, curving horns.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:32:44 +0000 Bob Nelson 32567 at http://kuer.org Discovery of New Triceratops Species Announced at the Natural History Museum of Utah Repeal of HB 155 on Special Session Agenda http://kuer.org/post/repeal-hb-155-special-session-agenda <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the items on the agenda of Wednesday’s special legislative session is the possible repeal of a controversial bill restricting the authority of federal law enforcement officers.&nbsp; KUER’s Dan </span>Bammes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has more.</span></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:33:51 +0000 Dan Bammes 32501 at http://kuer.org Repeal of HB 155 on Special Session Agenda Sequester Cuts PILT Payments to Rural Counties http://kuer.org/post/sequester-cuts-pilt-payments-rural-counties <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rural counties in Utah will get less money this year from the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, or </span>PILT<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; The federal government provides the funding to counties with large areas of public land.&nbsp; Garfield County has more than two million acres of federal land, but this year it will get just over $800,000</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;dollars from the </span><a href="http://www.doi.gov/pilt/index.cfm" style="line-height: 1.5;">PILT</a><span style=" Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:52:01 +0000 Dan Bammes 30921 at http://kuer.org Sequester Cuts PILT Payments to Rural Counties Traveling the Grand Staircase - Hole-in-the-Rock Road http://kuer.org/post/traveling-grand-staircase-hole-rock-road <p>The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument covers 1.9&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">million</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> acres of Kane and Garfield Counties.&nbsp; It’s not the easiest place to visit, but there’s an effort underway to improve access along one of its most popular roads. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:28:09 +0000 Dan Bammes 30843 at http://kuer.org Traveling the Grand Staircase - Hole-in-the-Rock Road Lawsuit Could Challenge Tar Sands Leasing http://kuer.org/post/lawsuit-could-challenge-tar-sands-leasing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seven environmental groups are telling the Bureau of Land Management they plan to sue the agency over its&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/march/nr_03_22_2013.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">leasing plan for oil shale and tar sands</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; They say the agency didn’t consult the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the possible impact on endangered species.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 20:18:25 +0000 Dan Bammes 30048 at http://kuer.org Lawsuit Could Challenge Tar Sands Leasing BASE Jumping Fatality at Notch Peak http://kuer.org/post/base-jumping-fatality-notch-peak <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Notch Peak is a 9600-foot mountain about 35 miles west of Delta, Utah.&nbsp; From the top, it’s a two-thousand foot drop straight down – and that’s one reason why it’s become a favorite spot for BASE jumping – jumping off the cliff with wing suits and parachutes.&nbsp; There have been two fatalities there in the past year, one just ten days ago.</span></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 18:58:38 +0000 Dan Bammes 28972 at http://kuer.org BASE Jumping Fatality at Notch Peak Final Plan for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Development Announced http://kuer.org/post/final-plan-oil-shale-and-tar-sands-development-announced <p>US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced a plan to encourage oil shale and tar sands development in the Mountain West. The Bureau of Land Management&nbsp;released its<a href="http://ostseis.anl.gov/"> final plan</a> Friday to develop and test technologies to extract these fossil fuels in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. But the citizen&nbsp;group Utah Tar Sands Resistance says this move will endanger the environment and public health.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:31:06 +0000 Andrea Smardon 26868 at http://kuer.org Final Plan for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Development Announced Mining Claims Come Cheap http://kuer.org/post/mining-claims-come-cheap <p>Monday is the deadline for people who own a few mining claims on public land to make sure the government knows they want to keep them. &nbsp;The paperwork is minimal and the $140 fee for maintaining a claim can even be waived.</p><p>Under a federal law that dates back to 1872, the rules for mining claims aren't that different for the lone prospector and the huge companies that extract millions of dollars' worth of minerals from public land. &nbsp;That bothers Tim Wagner with the Sierra Club, who says big corporations pay almost nothing for the minerals they extract.</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:14:23 +0000 Dan Bammes 23008 at http://kuer.org Mining Claims Come Cheap BLM Approves Las Vegas Water Pipeline http://kuer.org/post/blm-approves-las-vegas-water-pipeline <p>The U.S. Bureau of Land Management <a href="http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/newsroom/2012/december/nevada_state_office.html">announced its approval </a>Thursday for a 300-mile pipeline from the interior valleys of the Great Basin to Las Vegas. &nbsp;The pipeline would be used to carry more than 84,000 acre-feet of water pumped from underground aquifers each year. &nbsp;The project is opposed by environmental groups, ranchers, local government officials and Native American tribes in both Nevada and Utah. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:09:38 +0000 Dan Bammes 22915 at http://kuer.org BLM Approves Las Vegas Water Pipeline KUER News Pod: Thursday December 27, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-december-27-2012 <p>The Salt Lake Tribune names its Utahns of the Year, Several Utah cities designate city parks as Christmas Tree drop off zones, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance moves forward with a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F72745447&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:43:51 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22856 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday December 27, 2012 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 Protesters Challenge Tar Sands Decision http://kuer.org/post/protesters-challenge-tar-sands-decision <p>About two dozen demonstrators gathered outside the Bureau of Land Management Office at the Gateway to offer their own "People's Environmental Impact Statement" on tar sands.&nbsp; They object to a decision by the federal government to make more than 130,000 acres available for tar sands development in Utah.&nbsp; Right now, the only active tar sands project in Utah is the proposed U.S. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:21:55 +0000 Dan Bammes 21293 at http://kuer.org Protesters Challenge Tar Sands Decision BLM Addresses Conflict on Movie Shoot http://kuer.org/post/blm-addresses-conflict-movie-shoot <p>Utah spends millions of dollars promoting the state as a location for movies and commercials, and offers significant tax breaks to production companies when they come here. &nbsp;A recent confrontation outside Moab caused some worry about the state's reputation as a prime spot for shooting movies.</p><p>Back in July, Jerry Bruckhheimer's&nbsp;production company was in southern Utah, shooting scenes for the upcoming <em>Lone Ranger</em> movie starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:40:00 +0000 Dan Bammes 17303 at http://kuer.org BLM Addresses Conflict on Movie Shoot BLM Delays Decision On Alton Coal Mine http://kuer.org/post/blm-delays-decision-alton-coal-mine <p>The Bureau of Land Management will add a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement to its process for deciding whether to allow expansion of a coal strip mine near Alton, Utah.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:32:46 +0000 Dan Bammes 14760 at http://kuer.org BLM Delays Decision On Alton Coal Mine