More than 99% of comments gathered back Bears Ears and other national monuments As 15-day public comment period on the designation of Bears Ears National Monument comes to a close, a new analysis of comments submitted and gathered so far reveals nearly unanimous support for the monument. The Center for Western Priorities analyzed a representative […]

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017

In this episode of Go West, Young Podcast, a conversation with archaeologist Jonathan Till, curator at Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Utah. Jonathan explains the history of human settlement in the Bears Ears region. Also in this episode: David Bernhardt’s conflicts of interest, part 1 and part 2 Under Trump, inconvenient data is […]

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Friday, May 19th, 2017

From Jack Abramoff to a state-owned oil company, Trump’s nominee for Deputy Interior Secretary has a lot of explaining to do When the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee sits down with Deputy Interior Secretary nominee David Bernhardt on Thursday, Bernhardt will have to answer for even more questionable connections than we knew about last […]

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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

President Trump ignores lessons from the Bush administration to leave national monuments alone When President Trump issued an executive order threatening dozens of America’s national monuments, he reopened a door firmly closed during the George W. Bush administration. A similar review of monuments launched in 2001 was halted after the national monuments in question proved […]

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

In the days following President Trump’s executive order triggering a review of 21 years of national monument designations, newspaper editorial boards across the West and the nation weighed in with swift and severe condemnations of the president’s actions. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say:

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

DENVER—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrapped up a four day tour of Utah, where he visited Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The secretary’s visit was billed as a “listening tour” to hear from locals, but he did not hold a single public meeting, spent nearly the entire trip alongside national monument opponents, […]

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 10, 2017 DENVER—The United States Senate voted 51-49 to reject a Congressional Review Act resolution to eliminate the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule. Eliminating the rule was a major policy priority for the Trump administration and the oil and gas industry. Western Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), […]

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 7, 2017 DENVER—As Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arrives in Utah, and following Saturday’s rally with thousands of supporters of Bears Ears National Monument on the steps of the Utah state capitol, the Center for Western Priorities released this statement from Deputy Director Greg Zimmerman: “In the past 24 hours, we learned […]

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Sunday, May 7th, 2017

In this episode of Go West, Young Podcast, a conversation with Montana Senator Jon Tester about his bill to ban mining near the entrance to Yellowstone National Park, and whether it’s possible for senators to work across the aisle in the current political climate. This week in Western history: Calamity Jane Host/producer: Aaron Weiss Feedback: podcast@westernpriorities.org […]

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Thursday, May 4th, 2017

DENVER—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today met with commissioners from San Juan County, Utah to discuss shrinking or eliminating Bears Ears National Monument. The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Deputy Director Greg Zimmerman: “Secretary Zinke is willing to meet with Utah politicians who have a history of insulting tribes, while ignoring requests […]

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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Last chance for Bears Ears

There’s one day left to submit public comments in support of Bears Ears National Monument. Bears Ears received a far shorter comment window (just 15 days) than other national monuments under “review” for reduction or outright elimination…

May 25th, 2017

Budget breakdown

President Trump’s proposed FY 2018 budget includes deep cuts to the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture, putting Western communities that rely on U.S. public lands for their livelihoods in the cross-hairs…

May 24th, 2017

The numbers are in

Today, President Trump plans to unveil his 2018 proposed budget, which is expected to tilt the scale toward special interests instead of the American people…

May 23rd, 2017