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Group calls for investigation into horse roundup in Utah

Group calls for investigation into horse roundup in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A wild-horse advocacy group is calling for an investigation after photos showed a horse hitting a barbed-wire fence during a roundup in Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune reports photographer Steve Paige, an observer affiliated with the American Wild Horse Campaign, says photos he shot Monday depict one […]

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Park Service nixes rafting proposal after backlash over fees

Park Service nixes rafting proposal after backlash over fees

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service has canceled a contract proposal to run commercial rafting trips in the Grand Canyon after backlash over higher franchise fees. About 19,000 people annually go on the multiday commercial whitewater trips on the Colorado River. Permits for self-guided river trips are handled […]

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Drought forces emergency measures for US West’s wild horses

Drought forces emergency measures for US West’s wild horses

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Harsh drought conditions in parts of the American West are pushing wild horses to the brink and forcing extreme measures to protect them. Federal land managers have begun emergency roundups in the deserts of western Utah and central Nevada. And volunteers in Arizona and Colorado […]

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Wildfire threat prompts restrictions in southwestern Utah

Wildfire threat prompts restrictions in southwestern Utah

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Public land managers in southwestern Utah are imposing new fire restrictions due to high temperatures and drought conditions adding up to a potential for dangerous wildfires. Nick Howell with the federal Bureau of Land Management’s Color Country District says projections indicate that June is probably […]

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Land bill would create Jurassic National Monument in Utah

Land bill would create Jurassic National Monument in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New legislation from a pair of Republican Utah lawmakers would create the Jurassic National Monument at a dinosaur fossil site and create a conservation area around the rugged San Rafael Swell. Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. John Curtis said Wednesday their sweeping new land reform […]

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Federal agency grants royalty reduction to Utah coal mine

Federal agency grants royalty reduction to Utah coal mine

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has authorized one of Utah’s largest coal mines to receive a fee discount of up to about $19 million. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the federal agency granted the royalty reduction to Sufco Mine in March, lowering the 8 percent royalty rate […]

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Lawsuit targeting oil, gas lease sales cites imperiled bird

Lawsuit targeting oil, gas lease sales cites imperiled bird

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration for selling oil and gas leases on huge swaths of Western U.S. public lands while allegedly ignoring policies meant to protect an imperiled bird. The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court seeks to reverse lease sales across 475 […]

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BLM adds $1,000 adoption checks to controversial horse plans

BLM adds $1,000 adoption checks to controversial horse plans

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal land managers are again seeking congressional backing to sterilize, euthanize or sell for slaughter tens of thousands of wild horses roaming public lands across the West. But the Bureau of Land Management has added a new idea for culling overpopulated herds: $1,000 paychecks for those […]

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Militia leader pleads guilty in attempted cabin explosion

Militia leader pleads guilty in attempted cabin explosion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah militia group leader pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to blow up a federally owned cabin in Arizona in what prosecutors call a case of domestic terrorism. William Keebler, 59, was angry about federal management of public lands and wanted to retaliate against the […]

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BLM Seeks Comments on Proposed Solar Energy Development in Beaver County

BLM Seeks Comments on Proposed Solar Energy Development in Beaver County

Cedar City, Utah — In support of the Administration’s priority to promote America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management Cedar City Field Office released a draft environmental assessment for proposed parcels within the Milford Flats South Solar Energy Zone in Beaver County, Utah. This draft environmental assessment analyzes the environmental […]

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