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Bears Ears: Will tourism be placed over preservation?

By Miriam Merrill For years the National Park Service has struggled to determine what its priorities are. Recreation, preservation and conservation seem to be in a constant three-way tug-of-war vying for the Park Service’s attention. While fairly innocuous on the surface, this struggle often threatens the very resources the federal agency is working to protect. Let’s […]

Bears Ears: Top 5 shenanigans by environmentalists

Bears Ears: Top 5 shenanigans by environmentalists

1. Collusion: Investigative journalism conducted by the Deseret News confirmed reports of behind-the-scenes, coordinated efforts between environmental groups, out-of-state tribal leaders, and big money from California to bring about the proposed 1.9-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument. Take a look at our most recent video for a quick rundown of the facts. 2. Obfuscation: Interior Secretary […]

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Latest Bears Ears poll transmits a false sense of security

Last week, The Salt Lake Tribune reported that a new Pew Charitable Trusts poll shows a slight majority of Utahns supports President Barack Obama in unilaterally designating the Bears Ears region as a national monument. The wording of the poll, however, is questionable. Pew asked 600 registered Utah voters the following question: “There is currently […]

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In new video, San Juan County children express hopes, dreams in face of possible Bears Ears national monument designation

In a new video released today (Facebook video/YouTube video), San Juan County children express their hopes and dreams for the future in the face of a possible national monument designation by President Barack Obama. The move would further restrict access to 1.9 million acres of what is largely multiple-use BLM and U.S. Forest Service land […]

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Blanket statements about federal lands paint inaccurate picture

Outside of elite counties, federal lands — parks or otherwise — provide no significant economic benefits to those who draw wages, run a farm or business, or are struggling to get by. – Tim Oren Last week’s Outdoor Retailer trade show brought state-of-the-art kayaks, rock climbing harnesses and camping gear to Salt Lake City. However, […]

The proposed Bears Ears national monument: A story of big money, out-of-state tribal leaders and environmental group collusion

The proposed Bears Ears national monument: A story of big money, out-of-state tribal leaders and environmental group collusion

Last week investigative journalism conducted by the Deseret News confirmed reports of behind-the-scene, coordinated efforts between environmental groups, out-of-state tribal leaders, and big money from California to bring about a 1.9-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument. While this is big news for many across the country, it comes as no surprise to the people of San […]

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10 questions about the Bears Ears for the outdoor retail industry

Yesterday, some of the country’s biggest outdoor retailers threw their support behind the proposed Bears Ears National Monument, despite opposition to the monument from most San Juan County residents. The press conference and panel event articulating their support were held in conjunction with the semi-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show. However, these events were closed to […]

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Are radical environmentalists trying to dupe Sec. Jewell?

On Saturday, thousands gathered at the Bluff Community Center in Southeastern Utah to share their opinion on the proposed Bears Ears National Monument with Sec. Sally Jewell and other visiting federal officials. As local San Juan County residents arrived, they were met by 100-degree temperatures, signs for and against the monument and a large contingency […]

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Correcting the record: park visitation data

Over the weekend, we were alerted that several numbers were incorrect in research conducted and published by the Property and Environmental Research Center (PERC), titled Access Divided and commissioned by Sutherland Institute, that compared recreational access on federal and state public lands. Upon investigation, we found that this was due to a data-entry error at […]

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Expensive EPA measures will do little to reduce Southwest haze

Last month the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only partially accepted Utah’s regional plan for reducing haze in the Southwest’s national parks. Deeming the state’s plan insufficient, the EPA plans to impose its own measures aimed at reducing nitrogen oxide emitted from Utah’s coal plants. “We are disappointed with the decision,” said Bryce Bird, director of […]