National Monuments

courtesy Western Values Project

 


On March 1, Montana-based Western Values Project released a detailed report of Utah Representative Mike Noel’s undisclosed land holdings and possible conflicts of interest over a Lake Powell water pipeline and new boundaries for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. On Friday, March 9th, Noel announced his retirement. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Western Values Project director Chris Saeger last week - before Noel's announcement - about the report and the group’s request for a Federal investigation.

 

*The original headline stated Utah Legislator Resigns Amidst Controversy Over Role in Revised Grand Staircase Escalante Monument. KDNK found out that Noel had, instead, announced his retirement on Friday, March 9.

Rep. Scott Tipton

Once again, KDNK spoke with 3rd Congressional District Representative Scott Tipton. This month’s conversation focuses on the Congressman’s Rural Banking Bill, his recent train accident, funding for health centers, action on DACA, and a bill that codifies reductions to Bear’s Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

Will Roush, Wilderness Workshop

Will Roush of Wilderness Workshop joins Bill Kight to speak about President Trump's reduction of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

Bob Wick, BLM

 

In late April, President Trump made an executive order to withdraw designation from over two dozen national monuments, including Canyons of the Ancients in Southwestern Colorado. This action is currently being reviewed by the Department of the Interior and the opportunity for the public to submit comment closes Monday, July 10. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh and Wilderness Workshop's Will Roush explain.

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