Public Lands

Search and rescue crews will soon be onsite in the search for a Monticello man who was apparently caught in a massive avalanche in the La Sal Mountains on January 25. The slide occurred in a popular site in Dark Canyon Basin about 4:30 p.m. on Friday. A group of eight Monticello-area...
For those who thought the Bears Ears National Monument debate was a thing of the past, there are two in-depth features actively exploring the ongoing controversy this month. A new book, ‘Voices From Bears Ears,’ was also just released and is available at the San Juan Record Bookstore....
The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service will host three public meetings as part of the ongoing land use planning for the Bears Ears National Monument. The draft management plans for the Shash Jáa Unit and the Indian Creek Units as well as the associated environmental...
No national monument has ever seen more controversy or resulting news coverage than Bears Ears. All that publicity is spurring a visitor-education crisis, with skyrocketing numbers of tourists threatening sensitive archaeological sites and the Monument’s jaw-droppingly beautiful but...
by Rhett Sifford The new advertising campaign for San Juan County, featuring the tagline “Make it Monumental,” was the focus of public comment at the September 4 meeting of the San Juan County Commission. Bill Haven, president of the Blanding Area Travel Council, said it’s the best...
There appears to be a massive die-off of juniper trees in San Juan County, and the cause of the problem is not yet known. Dr. Kay Shumway is anxious to determine just what is causing the problem. There are literally millions of the trees in San Juan County. They are known locally as...
The planning process for the two units of Bears Ears National Monument is moving ahead with the release of a draft Monument Management Plan (MMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The agency is initiating a 90-day comment period for the...
San Juan County – also known as Utah’s Canyon Country – launched a redesign campaign of its brand to highlight the area as the entry point for nature-loving adventures and great scenery. The campaign launch includes the tagline “Make it Monumental.” The tagline references the towering...
A group estimated at more than 300 people gathered at the Bears Ears Meadow on June 20 to 22 for the fourth annual Bears Ears Summer Gathering. Organized by the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, the gathering is designed to build support to restore Bears Ears National Monument to its...
Criminal charges have been dropped against an environmental activist from Durango, CO after a hearing in a Utah Court of Appeals. A trial in Seventh District Court in Price will proceed for similar charges against her husband. Rose Chilcoat and Mark Franklin had faced misdemeanor and...

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