SCOTUS partly to blame for America’s ‘Rural vs Urban’ resentment

Thus the concept that was established in the US Constitution for representation of the people in Congress, held true for the states as well until the 1960s. It was obliterated at the state level by these court decisions, leaving our rural regions and cultures at the mercy of urban politicians. Commentary by Bill Goode Loss of Representation for Rural America Most […]

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Poll: Utah ready to fight for state control of public lands

The question is should use of those lands be determined by federal land agencies – like the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service – or by state officials. UPD’s pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds in his latest survey that 55 percent of Utahns want state officials to continue their battle to gain control of BLM and forest […]

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Wyoming lawmakers consider future of lands stewardship amendment

On the other side are critics of the federal government’s bureaucracy. They note that it can take over a decade to permit grazing, mining, drilling and wind projects. Wyoming’s cut of that development is about $1 billion a year, money that funds schools and state agencies. This session, lawmakers must figure out how to close a $400 million shortfall in […]

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Will Bears Ears go the way of Grand Staircase/Escalante, or can it be reversed

President-elect Trump has agreed to look into reversing the Bears Ears National Monument designation, all or in part, and he has the authority to do so. But if this Obama land-grab–one of many comprising tens of millions of acres of land–holds, the ensuing economic, social, and human costs will leave San Juan County and its diverse population in ruins. Video produced by The County […]

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Obama Bears Ears takeover would be un-American

The protection of our nation’s historic, cultural and natural resources is among the noblest of pursuits. However, turning our backs on the democratic process to do so undermines who we are as Americans. Despite what extreme environmental groups may preach, representation and conservation are not mutually exclusive. Checks and balances have produced principled and cooperative legislation for more than two […]

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