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Utah State Government shows its true colors on public lands-

A month ago 20 protesters made a camp near PR Springs, high (8000 feet) on the Tavaput Plateau in the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah.

This is oil shale country
For almost a century developers have been trying to figure how to extract the [...]

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President Obama could do a lot here- Here are my suggestions for new national monuments which Obama could designate. I have visited every site I recommend here, so I’m personally familiar with the areas. I have tried to put together a list that I think deserve protection, but also have some substantial political momentum in [...]

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SL Tribune raises a question about his motives-

Whenever public officials in the West gather to talk about “taking back” (transferring) the U.S. public lands to state ownership, the name Ken Ivory is likely to show up.

We first first heard of this Utah state legislator about two years ago. He has been traveling to [...]

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Group asks increase in elk permits so public land cows can continue during drought-

Even though cattle graze for just $1.35 an animal unit month (an AUM) on Forest Service land, a group of central Utah livestock operators has asked the Utah Wildlife Board for an increase in elk permits because there isn’t enough forage [...]

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Utah to pay operating expenses, and might be reimbursed after gov’t shutdown-

Utah, a state famous for its many scenic national parks has might a deal with Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell,  To be opened and run with state funds are Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks. Also; Natural Bridges and Cedar [...]

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Trend of introducing mountain goats outside historic range continues-

Utah’s Division of Wildlife has captured about 50 mountain goats from its thriving herd in the high Tushar Mountains of Southern Central Utah and released some of them into the photographically famous La Sal Mountains, east of Moab, near the Colorado border.

Seeing and hunting the [...]

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Big donations followed by big returns in policy and Utah government dollars-

The Salt Lake Tribune has been following the Utah legislature’s big payout (or payback) to Don Peay and his hunting organizations.  The stories presented by the Tribune are breathtaking in the showing close correspondence between him personally or his organizations giving a large contributions [...]

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Last week Rep. Ken Ivory, R of West Jordan, Utah, came north to Idaho, up out of the smog (worst in the country), to tell Idaho’s lawmakers that they should make a play to take over the U.S. public lands like Utah has proposed to do.

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Did non-violent protest work here?

The news is that Tim de Christopher is getting out of a California federal prison a bit early, after 18 months instead of 2 years.  He will serve out the last 6 months in a Salt Lake City halfway house.  Presumably there in work release they will try to have [...]

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Mike Noel, federal government hater and anti-environmentalist, uses his political position to bring federal water project money to moisten a dry subdivision above Zion National Park-

Utah state legislator, Mike Noel (R) is notable for his hatred of federal spending and environmental protection efforts, but he has used his [...]

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey