Obama Announces Bear Ears Monument

President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday his decision to designate a Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, eliciting immediate opposition from Utahns. “I am deeply disturbed by what has resulted from a troubling process,” shares Governor Gary Herbert. “By unilaterally locking up 1.35 million acres -- an area roughly the size of the entire State of Delaware -- the president has misused his authority under the Antiquities Act and violated assurances made by his Interior Secretary to take into account local concerns before making a monument designation.” Governor Herbert also emphasized that this decision ignores the will of the majority of Utahns, statewide elected officials, Utah’s congressional delegation and disregards the desire of Native American groups “who count these lands as their heritage to co-manage this culturally important area.”

 Image source: Deseret News

Image source: Deseret News

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.