Environmental politics

Can wild bighorns, domestic sheep coexist in Weminuche Wilderness?

For more than six years, the U.S. Forest Service has wrestled with whether to continue to allow domestic sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness, despite the risk it poses to the wild bighorn....

DATE: Dec. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Gardner, Tipton introduce mine-cleanup bill

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Thursday introduced the latest attempt to pass a “good Samaritan” bill that would allow groups to do cleanup work on abandoned mines without...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

In twist, Utah ranchers take Fifth in cattle gate case against Durangoan

The key witnesses in San Juan County’s felony case against the husband of a prominent environmental activist may not testify after all. The reason: The ranchers themselves face a criminal...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Regional News

BLM advisory group returns, updated with Trump goals

It appears the Bureau of Land Management’s Southwest Resource Advisory Council is back, this time with a new look after being overhauled by the Trump administration. The Southwest RAC is a citizen...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trump administration officials dismissed benefits of national monuments

In a quest to shrink national monuments last year, senior Interior Department officials dismissed evidence that these public lands boosted tourism and spurred archaeological discoveries, according...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Prosecutors to drop charges against Durango environmentalist Rose Chilcoat

The Utah Attorney General’s Office said Monday there is not enough evidence against Durango environmentalist Rose Chilcoat to bring her case to trial. “This means the charges against her will be...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigns

WASHINGTON – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease....

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

How a Utah county turned closing a corral gate into felony charges

On April Fool’s Day last year, Mark Franklin closed a gate to Zane Odell’s corral on Lime Ridge, a windy rise between the small southeastern Utah towns of Bluff and Mexican Hat. In the criminal...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sen. Michael Bennet introduces bill to protect 61,000 acres in the San Juan Mountains

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet introduced a bill Thursday that would designate nearly 61,000 acres of the San Juan Mountains as wilderness, extending the strictest federal conservation...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes blast member’s testimony against Bears Ears

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council has rejected congressional testimony made by a tribal member supporting a bill to replace Bears Ears National Monument with two smaller monuments. Suzette Morris...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Pipeline firm gives $15M toward security costs

BISMARCK, N.D. – The builder of the Dakota Access pipeline sent North Dakota $15 million on Thursday to help pay law enforcement bills related to months of sometimes violent protests over the...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Appeals court rules against delay of implementing methane regulations

DENVER – A U.S. Court of Appeals blocked EPA administrator Scott Pruitt from delaying the implementation of the methane regulations adopted under the Obama administration on a 2-1 vote Monday. This...

DATE: July 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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