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During his first official trip to Utah, President Donald Trump announced the largest cutback to national monument land in U.S. history. Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante will lose a total of 2 million acres together. While Trump made the announcement in Salt Lake City, KUER's Judy Fahys was in San Juan County talking with Utahns who will be most affected by the change.

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Thousands of protesters fired up by President Donald Trump's expected announcement to shrink two national monuments in Utah rallied in Salt Lake City on Saturday. Click photo for a gallery by RadioWest's Kelsie Moore.

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President Donald Trump told Utah lawmakers recently that the Bear’s Ears National Monument - designated in the waning days of the Obama administration - would be downsized.  

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10/24/17 9:43 a.m. -- There's more information today on this story. See the end of this post.  

A federal appeals court on Monday affirmed the convictions of two men who organized an ATV protest into closed parts of Recapture Canyon.

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Jonathan Till was examining some new donations - a basket, a ladle, a flute and clay pots - back when I met him last year.

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New information emerged over the weekend on the advice Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is giving president Donald Trump on two national monuments in Utah.

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San Juan County leaders have been asking for over a decade for more access into Recapture Canyon just east of Blanding. On Monday, federal land managers gave them an answer, when U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke weighed in.

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Utah legislators delivered some big messages on public lands during this year’s 45 days of lawmaking. But air-quality and other environmental concerns saw only modest gains – along with some setbacks.

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There’s a saying that people should think of outdoor fun when they think of Utah the same way they think of wine and California. But that prized brand identity is at risk now, as tension builds for Gov. Gary Herbert’s meeting with outdoor industry officials on Thursday afternoon.

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Garfield County commissioners are set to look at a resolution Tuesday to reconsider the size and shape of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

Whittney Evans

The Salt Lake County Council will set aside $250,000 to help preserve five acres of scenic, wildlife habitat in Emigration Canyon.

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Some environmentalists say the federal government is doing a poor job of managing grazing, which has left large portions of public lands in bad condition.

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Archeologists say as tourism increases in Utah, graffiti becomes a growing problem in the state’s national parks and public lands.

Whittney Evans

Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz is introducing a bill in Congress today that offers a possible solution for years of conflict over sustainable use in the Central Wasatch Mountains.

Nicole Nixon

Navajo leaders from San Juan County gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday to voice their opposition to a potential Bears Ears National Monument.

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The rumored plans for a new national monument in southeastern Utah have prompted a state panel to call for an investigation. Members of Utah’s Constitutional Defense Council are asking the governor’s office and the attorney general to look into the organizations fighting over the proposal for the Bears Ears national monument.

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Dozens of people attended a hearing at the State Capitol on Wednesday wearing t-shirts that said: “Protect Bears Ears.”

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivered a kind of public-lands manifesto in Washington on Tuesday and mentioned Utah while talking about the “course correction” she envisions for the nation’s conservation strategy.

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Utah lawmakers created the Constitutional Defense Council years ago to coordinate various battles with the federal government over issues like backcountry roads, a lands-transfer, and imperiled species like wolves and sage grouse.

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San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman is appealing his federal conviction for organizing an ATV protest ride nearly two years ago into Recapture Canyon. He’s scrapped his lawyers and is now handling his own defense. 

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Critics of federal government gathered Saturday at the state Capitol. Like other rallies around the West, theirs was a show of support for the Oregon wildlife occupiers and anti-federal activists who remain in jail.

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Utah legislators want the federal government to reimburse the state for the money it spent keeping open its national parks during the government shutdown of 2013.

KUER News

What happens if state leaders succeed in forcing the federal government to hand over control of more than 30 million acres in Utah?

Cory Dinter

Terry Tempest Williams is, for many Americans, the voice of Utah’s wildlands. A Utahn, she’s an author who took on a surprising new role this week. She and her husband, Brooke Williams, were protesting a U.S. Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction, when they ended up buying energy rights on public land in southern Utah, some of them within sight of Arches National Park. Williams sat down with KUER’s Judy Fahys on Wednesday in the KUER studios to talk about how and why she’s become a wildcatter.

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Many see Rep. Ken Ivory, R-South Jordan, as the father of the lands-transfer movement. He calls last month’s death of rancher LeVoy Finicum tragic, but he also sees what happened in Oregon as proof of how frustrated Westerners are about the federal government trampling their rights.  

Governor Herbert Still Considering Public Lands Lawsuit

Feb 11, 2016
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Governor Gary Herbert says he’s intrigued by the prospect of suing the federal government over public lands control.

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State leaders and a congressman pledged on Friday to keep fighting Washington on behalf of rural Utah.

The governor and lieutenant governor both served on county commissions early in their careers. So it was no surprise on “Rural Legislative Day” at the State Capitol that they promised to back up local leaders on issues like boosting jobs and education. And, like them, Utah Congressman Rob Bishop said he’ll keep taking rural Utah’s side against what they call federal overreach.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert touted the state’s economy and recent growth in education funding during his annual State of the State speech from the Capitol on Wednesday night.

Brian Grimmett

The 2016 session of the Utah Legislature began on Monday. Listen to some of the sounds of the opening day from the State Capitol.

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A comprehensive land-use proposal for eastern Utah made its public debut Wednesday -- three years after Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, began stitching together support in rural Utah between disparate user groups.

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