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Thoughts on Bears Ears, December 2017: Legal Expert

Austin Cope

KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with John Ruple University of Utah Professor of Law, about legal interpretations of President Trump's cuts of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah.

The first part of their interview covered the 1906 Antiquities Act, and what authority presidents have to declare or repeal monuments. Click below to listen.

The second part of their interview covered land designations, natural resource extraction, and the questions no one is asking at this point in the Bears Ears debate.

Interview with John Ruple--Part 2

 Disclosure: Professor Ruple also serves on the board of directors of the environmental advocacy group, Friends of Cedar Mesa. 

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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