Former Sen. Brown backs Norton in race
DENVER (AP) Colorado Senate candidate Jane Norton has won the backing of fellow Republican and former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown.
Brown said Friday that Nortons vision and experience are the main reasons he is endorsing her. He says he believes Norton is the best candidate to address the countrys ballooning debt.
Brown represented Colorado in Congress from 1981 to 1997. He also served as president of the University of Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado.
Norton, a former Colorado lieutenant governor, will face Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck in the Aug. 10 GOP primary.
BLM extends comment period on wild horse plan
RENO, Nev. (AP) The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is extending the public comment period on Interior Secretary Ken Salazars long-term wild horse and burro initiative.
BLM Director Bob Abbey today said his agency extended the deadline from Tuesday to Sept. 3 to ensure the broadest public participation possible.
Under Salazars plan announced last year, thousands of mustangs that now roam the West would be moved to preserves in the Midwest and East.
Activists oppose the plan, which Salazar says is needed to protect wild horse herds and the rangelands that support them.
Judge upholds charges for artifacts defendant
SALT LAKE CITY A federal judge in Utah is refusing to dismiss charges against one of the more than two dozen defendants caught up in a federal sweep of artifact looting.
A defense lawyer argued Friday that the government was piling charges on 48-year-old Loran St. Clair of Monticello.
St. Clair was indicted on multiple counts of selling two seed jars that he got from his mother to a government informant.
His lawyer, Mark Moffatt, argues the sale was a package deal and the government shouldnt be allowed to bring two felony charges, one for each seed jar.
U.S. District Judge Dee Benson in Salt Lake City ruled after a hearing Friday that both charges were justified, plus a third charge blaming St. Clair for stealing the jars from tribal lands.
Suit filed challenging uranium decision in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Three conservation groups have filed a lawsuit challenging a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to allow uranium exploration in the Manti-La Sal National Forest.
Uranium Watch, Center for Water Advocacy and Living Rivers filed their suit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.
The groups say the Forest Service gave Denison Mines Corp. permission to drill 16 exploration holes and two radon vent holes as part of an expansion of the Pandora Uranium Mine without doing a full environmental analysis.
Their lawsuit seeks to overturn the decision to allow the drilling.
The U.S. attorneys office for Utah told The Associated Press on Friday that it has no comment on the suit.