Here’s how much Anadarko and Noble have invested in legislators and PR firms In recent years, major oil and gas companies have launched aggressive efforts in Colorado to sway public opinion on the impacts of drilling, elect sympathetic legislators, and defeat efforts to enact commonsense safeguards on oil and gas development. Two companies in particular, Anadarko […]

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Thursday, June 1st, 2017

This week Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is touring Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah, part of the Trump administration’s “review” of national monuments designated since 1996. It is widely expected this review and tour are precursors to eliminating or shrinking the national monument, which was established with support from an unprecedented coalition of Native […]

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

On Wednesday, President Trump traveled to the Department of the Interior, signing an executive order targeting our national monuments. The order will launch a review of national monuments designated in the last 21 years, a precursor to eliminating protections for some of our most spectacular lands. This is the beginning of an all-out assault on […]

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Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Massive outdoor industry trade show gets closer to leaving state in protest It’s no secret that Utah’s elected officials have led a sustained attack against national public lands. Now it seems that leading outdoor recreation companies, which depend on public lands for their business, have had enough. Governor Gary Herbert is seeking to quell a growing […]

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

We learned more about Congressman Ryan Zinke’s plans to run the Interior Department during his confirmation hearing Tuesday. The Montanan, who’s vying to run the department that oversees the management of national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands, professed his admiration for Theodore Roosevelt, whose legacy of conserving our national public lands lives on […]

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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

After more than 80 years of efforts to protect the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah, President Obama recently designated the area as a national monument. Encompassing some 1.35 million acres of stunning redrock scenery, the Bears Ears National Monument is home to an astonishing number of archaeological sites, including ruins and rock art, that […]

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Monday, January 9th, 2017

By Jesse Prentice-Dunn This fall voters across the West not only cast their votes for president, they decided races for governor, senators and representatives. Public lands played a prominent role in a number of Western races, with candidates touting their commitment to protecting public lands and preserving access for hunting, fishing, and other forms of […]

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Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The Bundys and their followers don’t speak for the large majority of Westerners After last week’s surprise verdict in Oregon, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, and their father Cliven remain behind bars and will stand trial next year for their role in the 2014 armed standoff with law enforcement in Nevada. But even from prison, the […]

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

“Vegetable and melon farm” outbidding competition for prime parcels near national parks Two weeks ago, the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) sold off nearly 400 acres of state-owned lands within the proposed Bears Ears National Monument. Situated along Comb Ridge, a striking fin of red rock full of Ancestral Puebloan ruins and rock […]

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
Nevada's Rainbow Mountain Wilderness

Last night the University of Nevada-Las Vegas hosted the third and final presidential debate. While this showdown took place in the West, one issue that touches the lives of all Westerners was not discussed – public lands. The West is not just home to some of our most iconic places, such as the Grand Canyon […]

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Thursday, October 20th, 2016

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What pulling out of the Paris agreement could mean for public lands

As President Trump announced his intention to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke experienced climate change first hand on his visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

June 2nd, 2017

CO oil & gas companies spend millions on politicians, PR

A Center for Western Priorities review of Colorado campaign finance records shows that since 2012, Anadarko Petroleum and Noble Energy have collectively spent more than $21.6 million on state political races and ballot initiatives.

June 1st, 2017

Monuments through history

Since President Trump issued his review of national monuments, Utah officials have argued monument designations today are 47 times larger than they were when the Antiquities Act was passed in 1906.

May 31st, 2017