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A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; Childcare key to getting Americans back to work.


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Public News Service - UT: Public Lands/Wilderness

Some Bureau of Land Management tracts being leased are near Canyonlands National Park. (tsaiproject/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Land Management today is opening up more than 200,000 acres of public land in Utah to lease sales for oil and gas development. And many who oppose the move are speaking out. The Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

The Bureau of Land Management has proposed four alternative management plans each for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. (BLM/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – The conflict surrounding Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments continues this week. President Donald Trump drastically downsized the two southern Utah monuments through an executive order last December. This week, the Bureau of Land Management released

More than 2 million acres of public land are already leased for oil and gas development in Utah. (Edgar Zuniga Jr./Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Bureau of Land Management is proposing leasing more than 300,000 acres of land in Utah for oil and gas development. And conservation groups fear not enough public input is being sought. Under the Obama administration, oil and gas lease sales were limited to only one regi

Habitat loss is thought to be one of the biggest factors behind declining desert tortoise populations. (BLM/Flickr)

ST. GEORGE, Utah – Congressman Chris Stewart, R-Utah, has introduced a bill to allow for a new road to be built to accommodate growth near St. George. But environmental groups are concerned the road would encroach on protected habitat for a threatened species. Populations of Mojave desert to

Arches and Canyonlands national parks in Grand County currently have $65 million in backlogged maintenance repair needs. (Luca_Galuzzi/Wikimedia Commons)

MOAB, Utah - During national Infrastructure Week, a coalition of business, conservation and veterans groups is calling on Congress to tackle an $11 billion backlog of deferred maintenance in America's national parks. Funds are needed to fix roads, trails, visitor centers, sewage systems, power line

Some 350 wildlife species, including pronghorn and other game popular with hunters, depend on greater sage-grouse habitat. (Public Domain Pictures)

SALT LAKE CITY – Wildlife advocates say they've found the right tool for the job to help U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reach his goal of protecting big game corridors for future generations of hunters – and it's the Greater Sage Grouse Conservation Plan. This week, the National Wi

Conservationists are protesting the Bureau of Land Management's determination that oil and gas development in an area adjacent to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument would have

SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has paved the way for oil and gas drilling on more than 51,000 acres of public lands in southeastern Utah this week, by selling leases for areas close to Canyons of the Ancients, Bears Ears and Hovenweep National Monuments - best known for Na

A site containing fossils dating back 220 million years could be at risk if efforts to shrink Bears Ears National Monument are successful. (The Wilderness Society)

ST. GEORGE, Utah - A team of researchers has uncovered what could be one of the world's richest caches of fossils dating back to the dawn of the age of dinosaurs. The site in southeastern Utah is within the original boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument, but would lose protections if the Trump

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