Public Lands Archive

Utah Lawmakers Spar Over Federal Lands Jurisdiction

(KCPW News) A month after the interim session commenced, it was part two of interim committee meetings in the Utah legislature on

Herbert Wants Distance Between Public Lands, Bundy Ranch Issues

(KCPW News) Governor Gary Herbert held his monthly press conference at KUED studios on Thursday. The half-hour question-and-answer session with members of

State Gov’t Officials Advocate for Public Lands Transfer

(KCPW News) Last week, Utah legislators hosted a “Legislative Summit on the Transfer of Public Lands,” with representatives from many Western states.

Politics Up Close: Automatic License Plate Readers/Congressional Candidate Donna McAleer

Today on the show, we looked at automatic license plate scanners with the ACLU of Utah and Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim

Outdoor Retailer Brings Attention to Public Lands Issues

Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts will be visiting Salt Lake City this week. What is expected to be the largest Outdoor Retailer Show

New State Parks Director Vows to Keep Them Open

Utah’s new director of state parks says don’t plan on seeing park closures anytime soon. Fred Hayes, who took over the position

State Files Lawsuits Against Feds for Rights of Way

The Utah Attorney General’s office is filing the last of a series of lawsuits this week against the federal government in hopes

Public Lands Big Topic at First Ever Rocky Mountain Roundtable

Federal lands, water and energy are all concerns that not only affect Utah, but the entire Rocky Mountain region. That’s why Utah

SUWA Slams State’s Demand for Control of Rights of Way

Conservation groups say the state of Utah’s attempt to take over federal rights of way is a multimillion-dollar poke in the eye

New Leader Heads Up State Parks Division at Challenging Time

The new leader in charge of Utah’s 43 state parks and museums is taking on his role at a challenging time. After

Herbert Defends Signing Public Lands Bill

Governor Gary Herbert is defending his decision to sign a bill demanding the federal government transfer its public lands in Utah to

Gov. Herbert Says OK to Sue Over Public Lands

Some Utah lawmakers are going a step further this year to take ownership of public lands from the federal government. Thursday, Governor

CityViews 2/2/12: Preserving ‘Spiral Jetty’

  Segment 1:   Supporters of Robert Smithson’s monumental earthwork are taking a three-pronged approach to preserving the piece. Dia Art Foundation

Matheson Reacts to State of the Union Address

President Obama’s State of the Union address last night touched on some themes that could please some of Utah’s elected officials

Mayor Becker, U.S. Forest Service Oppose Land Deal for Proposed Ski Lift

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker testified this morning before a congressional subcommittee against a proposal to sell a parcel of national

Huntsman Could Benefit From Other Candidates’ Woes

One presidential candidate who might stand to benefit from Texas Governor Rick Perry’s forgetfulness or repeated allegations of sexual harassment against Herman

Two Utah Projects Highlighted in Federal Recreation, Conservation Initiative

Completion of the Jordan River Parkway and environmental education programs at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge have been highlighted by the U.S.

Lawmakers Want to Overturn Moratorium on Uranium Mining Claims in Arizona Strip

Republican Utah lawmakers are teaming up with Arizona’s congressional delegation to try to overturn the Interior Department’s moratorium on new uranium mining

Politics Up Close: Outdoor Industry in Town for Summer Market

Salt Lake City’s population has grown by tens of thousands for this weekend, while the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is going

Tooele County Wildfire Started by Target Shooting

A wildfire burning 45 miles west of Salt Lake City highlights the need to be careful when recreating on public lands. Bureau

Officials Say Red Butte Fire Damaged More Than Just Land

Dozens of firefighters continued to work throughout Tuesday to mop up a blaze started by an unattended campfire in Salt Lake City’s

Construction Begins on Parley’s Trail Pedestrian Tunnel

The crown jewel of the ongoing Parley’s Trail expansion is coming to fruition. Construction crews are in the first stages of carving

Utah Delegation Tries to Block New Monuments

Republicans in Utah’s Congressional delegation are sponsoring legislation to prevent the president from designating any new national monuments in the state. This

Outdoor Retailer Sponsor Feels Slighted by State Leadership

The Outdoor Industry Association isn’t happy about Governor Gary Herbert’s pushback on wild lands preservation. The association sponsors the Outdoor Retailer Market,

Interior Dept. Gives Up on Wild Lands Designation

A memo from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that was obtained by the Associated Press says the department will not pursue the designation

Herbert: Privatizing Fed. Lands to Reduce Deficit Worth Exploring

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says selling federal land to help ease the national debt is an idea worth exploring. He was responding

Nine Mile Canyon Ranch Owners Fight Second Pipeline

The owners of a ranch in Nine Mile Canyon are trying to stop a second gas pipeline from running through a three-quarters-of-a-mile

Hanson Gives Jordan River Commission Direction

The commission tasked with improving the quality of the Jordan River and surrounding areas has a new Executive Director. As KCPW’s Whittney

Dem. Legislator Says Govt. Not Playing Fair with Public Lands

One Democratic state lawmaker frustrated with federal land control is proposing a resolution challenging those policies. Representative Christine Watkins’ proposal received unanimous

Herbert to Meet with BLM Leader

After venting his frustration over a new federal wilderness policy, Governor Gary Herbert will hold a public meeting with Bureau of Land