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In Utah, a Strange Battle Over 2 Road Names

Republicans and Democrats waging battle through proposed road names

(Newser) - A strange political battle is playing out in Utah over the otherwise humdrum job of naming state roads. The short version is this: Republicans are pushing for "Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway." Democrats threaten to counter with "Stormy Daniels Rampway." As the Washington Post ... More »

Shrinking National Monument Was About Oil After All: Report

NYT gets Interior Department emails that contradict Secretary Ryan Zinke

(Newser) - "Bears Ears isn't really about oil and gas," Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke said at a news conference in May 2017. Evidence from over 25,000 pages of department emails obtained by the New York Times shows that wasn't necessarily true. Last year President Trump called... More »

Patagonia Owner Sues Over Bears Ears: I Won't Let 'Evil' Win

Company sues to keep Trump administration from slashing national monument by 85%

(Newser) - Go to Patagonia's website and you're greeted with a message Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has deemed "nefarious" : "The President Stole Your Land." The California company is referring to President Trump's move to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, but... More »

Zinke: Patagonia's Claim About Trump Is 'Nefarious'

Interior secretary calls it a 'lie'

(Newser) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is strongly disputing a claim by outdoor retailer Patagonia that President Trump "stole" public land by shrinking two national monuments in Utah. Zinke calls the claim—made in large type on the company's home page—"nefarious, false and a lie." Zinke said... More »

Patagonia: 'The President Stole Your Land'

Company is suing to save Utah national monuments

(Newser) - "The President Stole Your Land," outdoor apparel firm Patagonia declared in a message on its website Monday, hours after President Trump confirmed the shrinking of two national monuments in Utah by around 2 million acres. Patagonia says it plans to sue the Trump administration to halt what it... More »

In Utah, 2 Huge Monuments Just Became 5 Small Ones

President Trump undoes designations of Obama, Clinton, triggering a legal fight

(Newser) - President Trump traveled to Utah on Monday and delivered news dreaded by environmentalists and Native American groups but praised by those who accuse the federal government of overreach. Trump announced he is reducing the size of two national monuments spanning millions of acres in Utah—Bears Ears, which was so... More »

Trump Will Shrink Utah Monuments: Orrin Hatch

Senator says president is taking interior secretary's recommendation

(Newser) - President Trump is shrinking two national monuments in Utah, accepting the recommendation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reverse protections established by two Democratic presidents, Orrin Hatch said Friday. The Republican senator said he was "incredibly grateful" that Trump called him on Friday to say he is approving Zinke'... More »

Interior Chief Wants to Shrink 6 National Monuments

Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah would be reduced under plan

(Newser) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, with changes to several others proposed, per the AP . A leaked memo from Zinke to President Trump recommends that two Utah monuments—Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante—... More »

Suggestions in Zinke Report Would Defeat 'Rock Lickers': GOPer

Interior secretary recommends shrinking at least 4 national monuments

(Newser) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has completed his President Trump-ordered review of 27 national monuments declared by Trump's three predecessors—and while he hasn't recommended abolishing any of them, he tells the AP he has proposed shrinking a "handful" of them. Insiders tell the New York Times that... More »

Interior Secretary Wants to Shrink National Monument

Zinke says Bears Ears should be 'right sized'

(Newser) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has sided with Republican lawmakers, local ranchers, and business interests in the battle over Bears Ears . In a report released Monday, Zinke calls for significant shrinking of the 1.3 million-acre national monument in southeast Utah that former President Obama created in the final weeks of... More »

Trump Will Order Review of Bears Ears, Other Monuments

He will also sign an executive order aimed at expanding offshore drilling

(Newser) - President Donald Trump will sign executive orders this week aimed at expanding offshore oil drilling and reviewing national monument designations made by his predecessors, continuing the Republican's assault on Democratic President Barack Obama's environmental legacy. The orders could expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and... More »

With Public Lands at Risk, Patagonia and Google Act

Virtual-reality film series 'total immersion' into Bears Ears National Monument experience

(Newser) - Republican leaders are trying to turn back the clock on Barack Obama's designation of two national monuments in Utah and Maine. But if outdoors-oriented company Patagonia and Google have anything to do with it, they're going to get the word out that public lands are worthy of being... More »

GOP Leaders Want Trump to Undo National Monuments

They're not happy about designations in Utah, Maine

(Newser) - Republican leaders in Maine and Utah are asking President Trump to step into uncharted territory and rescind national monument designations made by his predecessor. The Antiquities Act of 1906 doesn't give the president power to undo a designation, and no president has ever taken such a step. But Trump... More »

At Utah Rep's Town Hall, 'Deafening' Boos

'Vote him out,' protesters chanted of Rep. Jason Chaffetz

(Newser) - The chairman of the House Oversight Committee was met by frequent, deafening boos at a Thursday town hall in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, as constituents grilled him on everything from investigating President Trump's tax returns to Planned Parenthood, reports the AP . A young girl asked Rep. Jason Chaffetz about his... More »

Utah Rep Wants This to Be Trump's 20th Executive Action

Rep. Rob Bishop wants the Bears Ears decision reversed

(Newser) - President Trump has taken 19 executive actions since taking office, the AP reports. Rep. Rob Bishop has a No. 20 in mind. NPR reports on the Utah Republican's push to undo the Bears Ears National Monument created by Barack Obama during his last days in office. It was a... More »

Obama Protects 1.6M Acres With Controversial Move

Designates 2 monuments in Utah, Nevada

(Newser) - President Obama has delighted conservationists but angered conservatives with the creation of two more national monuments in the closing weeks of his presidency. The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada add huge stretches of desert areas known for sandstone formations and Native... More »

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