Analysis touts landscape, night skies at Bears Ears National Monument

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  • mal murray, UT
    April 11, 2017 11:33 a.m.

    if this land had any actual surface value it would be inhabited. it is worthless desert admired only by environment worshipers.

  • goodnight-goodluck S.L.C., UT
    April 10, 2017 8:57 a.m.

    More evidence that these sacred areas deserve protection from money grubbing politicians and their funders in the extractive industries.

  • slcman SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 9, 2017 7:45 p.m.

    Thumbs up to Bears Ears. Hoping we can add a 6th national park someday. Definitely one of the best things Utah has going for it. Extractive industries provide short term benefit and a boom-bust economy.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 9, 2017 6:50 p.m.

    @golong;
    "Tell the environmentalists to go back to California and leave Utah to us."

    Hate to break it to you, but most of the "environmentalists" are Utahn's that don't want our politicians to sell Utah or federal lands to their extraction and developer "donors".
    Utah "left to us" has resulted in polluted water, toxic air and less access to Utah citizens.

  • golong Washington, UT
    April 9, 2017 6:24 p.m.

    And all of this wonder has been there for thousands of years, and enjoyed by millions of visitors for at least a hundred years--without making it a national monument. There is no need to restrict access; if it is a wonderful as you say, you should open it up and allow even more people to experience it. This part of the world is never going to be overrun with people and the dreaded "developers". Just leave it alone. Taking away the national monument designation keeps it as it has been for many, many years--good for everyone. Tell the environmentalists to go back to California and leave Utah to us.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 9, 2017 4:11 p.m.

    Bears Ears is a true treasure, on par with the Grand Canyon and Zion's. Better go visit quickly before Utah politicians and Trump's anti- environmental guys turn it over to oil, gas & mining donors. Utah GOP politicians would allow drilling and mining in their grandmother's backyard if lobbyists paid them enough.

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    April 9, 2017 2:22 p.m.

    Hmmm...the real mystery: how on earth did this area remain so beautiful and pristine all these ?years without the benefit of a national-monument designation. In fact, while we're at it, how have any of the lands under state or private control managed to survive intact without the magical intervention and gilded hand of the feds? Because clearly, we locals are just too stupid, careless, and greedy to get it right for even a second, let alone decades. Can someone please enlighten me on how this is possible?

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 9, 2017 11:38 a.m.

    Hatch and our other representatives failed us. They spent 4 years running out the clock and alienating the Indians. The Monument was the best alternative especially knowing Trump was coming into office and our politicians habit of representing the extractive industries.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    April 9, 2017 1:00 a.m.

    Quoting Hatch, "In the parting shot of his presidency, President Obama defied the entire Utah congressional delegation..." Maybe so. But not the majority of Utahns.

    Senator Hatch clearly prefers politics over retirement, getting in touch with his constituents, or just doing the right thing.

  • Canyonlover Blanding, UT
    April 8, 2017 10:41 p.m.

    stevo, who is "our politicians"? I can see you live in Idaho. Yes, Bears Ears is a gem. Ask yourself why? It's because it has not been touched too much by greedy outdoor companies and misguided environmentalist. "Our" Utah delegation, did and are doing, exactly as the people who voted them in, have asked.

  • Canyonlover Blanding, UT
    April 8, 2017 10:35 p.m.

    It all comes down to this; Is a Monument designation the best thing for the ruins, the land and the locals (native or Anglo)? NO Was it right that the delegation Utah voted for, was disregarded in the president's designation? NO Was it right that the coalition was enticed by the environmentalists to ride this ride together? NO, If this monument is left alone everything about this special place will be unrecognizable within a few years. If rescinded, hopefully, it will be a forgotten new place to see, and go back to being special. I am in the tourism business and it is up 5 times the usual for this time of year. How is that protecting anything?

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    April 8, 2017 8:21 p.m.

    BENM is a true gem. I wish our politicians would agree.