Tag: BLM

Fierce BLM critic Mike Noel wants to lead federal agency

Source: Desert News and KSL SALT LAKE CITY — Mike Noel was a 22-year career employee of the Bureau of Land Management, working in 1996 as the project lead on the proposed Smoky Hollow coal mine when it was swept up in a monument designation. About eight months after former President Bill Clinton’s surprise creation

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Can Utah’s Mike Noel run the BLM, an agency he despises?

Source: Salt Lake Tribune As Utah state Rep. Mike Noel actively courts support for his bid to become the next director of the Bureau of Land Management, conservation and outdoor business interests are questioning the Kanab lawmaker’s ability to effectively run an agency he has relentlessly condemned since quitting it 20 years ago. “The BLM

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Op-ed: Past history says Noel would be disastrous for BLM

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune If one were to glance at his resume, Utah state Rep. Mike Noel may seem a good fit for the position of the director of the Bureau of Land Management. He worked for the BLM in the past; he lives in rural southern Utah; he speaks for causes he cares about.

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Justice sort of served in Recapture Canyon case

Salt Lake City — Officials with Alliance for a Better UTAH delivered nearly 3,000 signatures to Utah BLM Director Juan Palma earlier this year, asking Palma to press charges against San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman for an illegal ATV protest he organized. In light of charges being filed today in that case, Maryann Martindale,

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Cliven Bundy: The Lord made me do it

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– Cliven Bundy is back and he has a friend by his side—God. Well, at least according to Cliven. He is now claiming that he was operating under personal direction from God when he refused to submit to

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The week in letters: Leggings, mugshots and Shurtleff/Swallow

From leggings to mugshots, from Swallow/Shurtleff to BLM employees, Utahns are on the defensive in this week’s letters to the editor across the rainy state of Utah. Some of these characters need more defending than others. Leggings are healthy sign of teen defiance But we have to realize the teens are doing exactly what they are

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Op-ed: Hold Recapture Canyon ATV protesters accountable

It has been nearly two months since armed riders, led by San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, rode ATVs through Recapture Canyon to protest the canyon’s closure to motorized vehicles. Isaac Holyoak, communications director for Better UTAH, penned an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend, questioning Lyman’s claims to motorized access in

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Utah’s Rep. Ken Ivory at center of national debate on public lands

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– The public land debate has garnered significant levels of public attention this year. If recent events are any indication, that interest is only set to increase. Several weeks ago the nation’s attention was captured when Nevada rancher Cliven

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Hold the recapture canyon trespassers accountable

Tim DeChristopher spent almost two years in prison for an act of civil disobedience when he peacefully disrupted a BLM oil and gas lease auction in Salt Lake City. The BLM aggressively pursued charges against DeChristopher. He broke the law and went to prison for it. Earlier this month, a group of protesters led by

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