Bears Ears

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More than 120,000 comments have poured in from the public about national monuments in response to the Trump administration’s review of more than two dozen of the specially designated areas.

New Mexico’s senators are calling for an extension of the public-comment period for the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

The comment period opened May 12th and is set to end May 26th, making it the shortest period for any of the more than two dozen national monuments under review by the Trump administration. The Navajo Times reports that Senator Martin Heinrich and Senator Mark Udall, both Democrats, have asked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to give stakeholders a full 60 days to voice their views on Bears Ears.

Austin Cope / KSJD News

Though Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met for one hour with tribal leaders on the Bears Ears Commission during his visit to Utah, some tribal members felt excluded from discussions about the Bears Ears National Monument.


Austin Cope / KSJD News

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke finished a two-day tour of the Bears Ears National Monument Tuesday.


Bureau of Land Management

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke came to southeastern Utah Monday, marking day two of his four-day "listening tour" of the Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase National Monument. 

But before Zinke came to Utah, he had a face-to-face meeting with San Juan County commissioner Bruce Adams in Washington DC. KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Adams to learn more about what came out of that meeting