bears ears national monument

KSJD Local Newscast - May 6, 2020

May 6, 2020

KSJD Local Newscast - April 24, 2020

Apr 24, 2020

Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET

More than two years after carrying out the largest reversal of national monument protections in U.S. history, the Trump administration has finalized plans for the roughly 2 million acres of formerly protected land in southern Utah.

Daniel Rayzel

The San Juan County Commission tabled a resolution Tuesday that would authorize a lawsuit against the county attorney.


The resolution states attorney Kendall Laws has not followed directives from the county, citing recently passed pro-Bears Ears National Monument resolutions. The commission voted in February to withdraw from a lawsuit intervening on behalf of the Trump administration, in which Laws said the commission’s conflicts of interest need to be reviewed before taking action.

According to a report in the Canyon Echo Journal, the San Juan County Utah Commissioners voted on Tuesday to pass a resolution supporting the Bears Ears Expansion and Respect for Sovereignty Act, which if passed would increase Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah back to the 1.9 million-acre area originally proposed by the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition in 2015.