Public Lands

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) has been ordered to pay the court costs for filing a lawsuit against the San Juan County Commission. Seventh District Judge Lyle R. Anderson ruled that SUWA violated “Rule 11” by filing the action, which argued that meetings between San Juan...
A tsunami of filings in the case against two environmental activists eventually resulted in a stay of the trial date. Rose Chilcoat and Mark Franklin, of Durango, CO, were set for a trial this week before Seventh District Judge Lyle R. Anderson. The trial has been delayed after a...
The May 23 trial of two environmental activists in Seventh District Court has been moved from Monticello to Price. Mark Franklin and Rose Chilcoat face charges, including felony charges, for an April 2017 incident at a corral on Lime Ridge, between Bluff and Mexican Hat. The trial has...
Defense attorneys have filed a flurry of motions leading up to the planned May 23 trial in Seventh District Court of a married couple from Durango, CO. Rose Chilcoat and Mark Kevin Franklin face a number of charges related to an incident involving livestock on Lime Ridge, between Bluff...
In the past year, the designation of Bears Ears National Monument triggered a 35 percent increase in visitation to local lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The estimated number of visitors in the area covered by the Monticello Field Office jumped from 297,643 in...
A district judge has ruled that meetings between San Juan County Commissioners and federal officials are not a violation of Open Meeting law. The April 3 ruling dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA). The lawsuit argued that it violated state law when...
A management plan for Bears Ears National Monument was on the table at two public meetings held in San Juan County on March 26 and 27. The first meeting was held at San Juan High School on March 26 and the second was March 27 at the Bluff Community Center. Approximately 245 people...
by Bill Boyle Nearly two months has passed since headlines around the country declared that a land grab was about to take place in San Juan County. ‘“Outrageous’ Gold Rush-Style Grab of Public Lands to Begin Friday” screamed EcoWatch. The stories suggested that an influx of speculators...
For several decades, the wilderness debate in San Juan County has focused on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In contrast, many assumed that wilderness on Forest Service lands in the county was apparently settled. That may change however, as the US Forest Service...
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host four public scoping meetings as part of the ongoing land use planning for Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Six separate land use plans will be developed, including one for the Shash Jaa unit and...

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