Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke toured the Bears Ears National Monument yesterday, spending his morning flying over the monument and the afternoon hiking to one of the many thousands of archaeological sites with a slew of national monument opponents. Prominently featured in Secretary Zinke’s tour group was Matt Anderson, a Utah-based political operative with ties to […]

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

America’s oil and gas sector thrived under President Obama’s leadership. Far from the “war on oil” claims made by President Trump, his allies in Congress, and industry lobbyists, the data provided below prove that U.S. oil and gas production skyrocketed over the last eight years, that oil and gas companies are holding millions of acres […]

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Mike Noel, a little-known state Representative from Utah, is publicly campaigning to run the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He has put his own odds of being selected to run the agency at “maybe better than 50–50.” Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has even taken to publicly lobbying for Noel. Rep. Noel would be an extreme […]

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Days into the new Congress and only a week before Donald Trump takes the oath of office, politicians in Washington are already taking their cues directly from billionaire campaign donors. Last week, the Freedom Partners — an organization supported by billionaire corporate executives, including the Koch brothers — released a “roadmap” for President Trump and […]

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Monday, January 9th, 2017

Buyer known for speculating around National Parks By Greg Zimmerman The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration sold-off thousands of acres of state-owned lands this week, including privatizing nearly 400 acres lying within the proposed Bears Ears National Monument. The Comb Ridge parcel — which sold for $500,000 to a land speculator — holds significant cultural resources, including […]

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Monday, October 24th, 2016

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, took his committee on the road today, holding a field hearing in New Mexico titled “Tribal Prosperity and Self-Determination through Energy Development.” The irony of Rep. Bishop presenting himself as a protector of tribal sovereignty should be lost on no one: the congressman’s landmark […]

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Proponents of “transferring” public lands have failed to answer even the most basic question about their proposal: how will states afford to protect communities from wildfire?

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The long-awaited trial for Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, and six other militants who led the 40-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge begins on Wednesday in Portland, Oregon. The trial will bring some closure to the central Oregon town of Burns where the armed occupiers disrupted daily life and terrorized residents. During the […]

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

It has been another difficult year for politicians and interest groups fighting to seize control of America’s public lands. Legislators in state capitols across the West are rebuffing bills to force the United States to dispose of American public lands into state and private hands. At the same time, elected officials backing public land seizure […]

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Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop is travelling to Maine this week to hold a field hearing on the proposed Maine Woods National Monument. But unlike the public meeting held by Senator Angus King and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis earlier this month—which gave nearly 1,400 Mainers the opportunity to participate in an open and public […]

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Friday, May 27th, 2016

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Zinke doubles down

At Tuesday’s budget hearing, Secretary Zinke had few answers for senators who asked about his proposed $400 million in cuts to national parks and $370 million in cuts at the Bureau of Indian Affairs…

June 21st, 2017

Ready to defend Bears Ears

With Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommending President Trump take the unprecedented and likely illegal step of drastically shrinking the monument’s boundary, attorneys with the Native American Rights Fund are preparing to take legal action…

June 20th, 2017

Patagonia’s CEO gets ready to sue

Rose Marcario is on the offensive. The CEO of outdoor clothing giant Patagonia is preparing to lead the corporate resistance against President Trump’s anti-public lands agenda…

June 19th, 2017