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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - UT: Public Lands/Wilderness

The rare Mexican gray wolf is protected in all states by the Endangered Species Act, except in parts of northeastern Utah, where it has been delisted. (gnagel/AdobeStock)

LOGAN, Utah -- Utah officials have placed a trap-and-destroy order on an endangered Mexican gray wolf believed to have killed livestock in the state, but conservation groups are calling on state wildlife officials to humanely capture the rare predator and release it into the wild. Mexican gray wolv

A 2019 audit by the Utah Legislature found the state regulatory agency in charge of inspecting oil and gas production had not issued a single fine in its 20-year history. (Craddick/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Regulatory agencies in most western states have improved their oversight of the oil and gas industry in recent years. A recent analysis, however, shows that one state -- Utah -- stands out as the worst over the past two decades at dealing with violations. Aaron Weiss, deputy dir

This area of Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument shows the results of mechanical clearing, also called

MOAB, Utah -- Conservationists are accusing federal officials of using the coronavirus crisis as a smokescreen to issue controversial rules on public lands across the West. A study by the Center for Western Priorities found that the Interior Department has issued 57 separate actions since March 6,

The number of greater sage grouse, a threatened species, has dropped from 16 million a century ago to less than 500,000 today in Utah and other Western states. (KerryHargrove/Adobe Stock)

CEDAR CITY, Utah -- A federal judge has voided 1 million acres of oil and gas leases in Utah and other Western states, saying the federal government illegally limited public comment. Conservation groups joined forces to sue the Bureau of Land Management after it used a Trump administration rule to s

A Trump administration plan could open up parts of the fragile Grand Staircase-Escalante (above) and Bears Ears national monuments in Utah to drilling, mining and grazing in 2021. (dhayes/AdobeStock)

MONTICELLO, Utah -- Advocacy groups are upset -- though not surprised -- by the Trump administration's plan to open up almost 1 million acres of public lands in Utah for development. The Bureau of Land Management last week announced a plan to lease lands that were part of the Bears Ears and Grand St

A group of Kanab citizens believed a planned fracking sand mine in the sandstone hills near the town would destroy the local environment. (spiritofamerica/AdobeStock)

KANAB, Utah -- A group of activists in the southern Utah town of Kanab have convinced a developer to abandon its plans to mine sand for oil and gas fracking operations. The group of ranchers, business owners, environmentalists and long-time residents fought a project by Southern Red Sands to mine

The BLM has been ordered to pull back dozens of oil and gas leases, including ones in the Black Dragon Canyon wilderness area in Utah, because it did not properly analyze the effects that oil exploration would have on climate change. (Antropova/AdobeStock)

MOAB, Utah — A court challenge by conservation groups has forced the Bureau of Land Management to pull back dozens of oil and gas leases in western states, including in Utah. A federal judge ruled last week that the BLM failed to properly study the effects of climate change when it approved th

The National Park Service plans to allow all-terrain vehicles, such as ATVs and UTVs, to travel  access roads and back roads in Utah parks beginning in November. (muro/AdobeStock)

MOAB, Utah – The peace and quiet of the back roads in many of Utah's national parks soon could be interrupted by the roar of all-terrain vehicles. Utah conservation groups say a recent memo from the National Park Service directed Utah park superintendents, starting in November, to allow the

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