It seemed to be a fight of locals against federal government and special interest groups that culminated in Barack Obama’s Dec. 28 designation of the Bears Ears National Monument. But the conflict didn’t end with the stroke of a pen in the Oval Office. The battle rages on between Democrats and Republicans, locals and politicians, businesses and tribal governments. It has captured the attention of the Utah public, the southwest region, major news outlets, and at least two presidents. This episode is just one part of public lands issues that have existed in Utah before the Beehive State was even part of the United States of America.
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