Department of the Interior

Environment & Public Lands
9:27 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Interior Secretary Jewell Wants Kids Outdoors

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks to members of the Outdoor Retailers Association in Salt Lake City
Judy Fahys

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell wants young Americans to spend more time outdoors. She spoke to members of the Outdoor Industry Association on Thursday about ways to pay for the initiative.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:31 am
Thu August 22, 2013

BLM Puts San Rafael Swell Areas Up For Auction

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. 

The BLM itself has deemed much of the land to have wilderness and recreational value, but BLM Spokesperson Megan Crandall says that they decide whether to manage lands for wilderness uses or for other uses, like development.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:13 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Interior Facing Cuts in GOP Budget

Rock formation in The Gorge along the Burr Trail on BLM land in Garfield County, UT
Dan Bammes

  The Secretary of the Interior is trying to persuade Republicans in Congress not to eliminate funding for a land conservation program by linking it to another they typically support.  

Secretary Sally Jewell held a conference call with reporters to point out the economic activity linked to tourism, energy production and other activities on public land.  She put it at more than 13-billion dollars, well above the total budget of 11-point-9 billion for the whole department.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:15 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Interior Appointment Applauded

Sally Jewell

  President Obama's appointment of a new Secretary of the Interior is winning qualified praise from environmentalists and at least one member of the Utah Congressional delegation.

The president picked Sally Jewell, the top executive of REI, the outdoor equipment retailer, to replace Ken Salazar.  Tim Wagner with the Sierra Club says that's a good choice.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:41 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Salazar to Step Down as Interior Secretary

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (in white hat) speaks with former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett and Washington County Commissioner Alan Gardner in 2012
Dan Bammes

President Barack Obama will have to find a replacement for the Secretary of the Interior in his second term. Ken Salazar is planning to leave the job in March.  

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