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Public meetings called on downsized Grand Staircase plans

Public meetings called on downsized Grand Staircase plans

KANAB, Utah (AP) — The management of the downsized Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and will be the subject of two public meetings next month. The Bureau of Land Management said Thursday the open-house meetings will be held Oct. 15 and 16 in two cities near the southern Utah monument: Escalante […]

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Interior officials tours Utah city as possible BLM home

Interior officials tours Utah city as possible BLM home

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A U.S. Department of Interior leader reiterated the agency’s strong interest in moving the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to the West during a visit to a northern Utah city that is under consideration as a new home. Interior assistant secretary Susan Combs said the move […]

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Fire restrictions end in Central Utah

Fire restrictions end in Central Utah

Fires are allowed again throughout Central Utah. Fire managers have rescinded fire restrictions on all unincorporated private lands, state lands and BLM lands. This includes all of Sanpete, Juab, Millard, Sevier, Wayne and Piute Counties. Camp fires have been restricted to designated camping sites throughout the summer. Fire managers are […]

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Federal agency issues proposals for downsized Utah monuments

Federal agency issues proposals for downsized Utah monuments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government on Wednesday issued proposals for managing two national monuments in Utah that were significantly downsized by President Donald Trump last year, saying its preference for one of the sites would be the “least restrictive to energy and mining development.” The Bureau of […]

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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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