Monday, May 08, 2017

Interior Secretary Zinke meets with Utah politicians, tribal leaders regarding national monuments

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke arrived in Utah Sunday, beginning a four-day tour in which he will be reviewing the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Zinke said during his time in Utah he plans to listen to as many groups as possible regarding the future of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. “I just met with the tribal leaders, this is the first time that they have gotten a voice,” Zinke said. “And their issues are important, and so is the county, so is the state.” Zinke is scheduled to visit House on Fire Ruin Monday and then will move on to other parts of Bears Ears Tuesday. He said out of all 27 monuments he plans to review nationwide, Bears Ears may be the most controversial. “I take it as a great responsibility,” Zinke said. “This is phenomenal territory that we as a country should be proud of.” The public comment period for Bears Ears, as well as all the other national monuments up for review, begins on May 12 and comments can be made online here. The comment period is 15 days for Bears Ears and 60 days for all other monuments...more

The Salt Lake Tribune seemed more interested in trying to trip up Sen. Hatch and quoting protestors and proponents, but if that is more to your liking you can read thir coverage here.

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