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Greg Bulla

A new proposal could mean bigger crowds at one of the most exclusive hiking spots in the southwestern United States.

Checkerboard at Chaco Canyon Complicates Effort to Protect Sacred Sites

Apr 15, 2019
AP Photo/Jeff Geissler, File

The battle over oil and gas development across the high desert that surrounds Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been brewing for years.

Brigitte Pleitgen

The Bureau of Land Management has approved a controversial mining project south of Skull Valley. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency says it’s addressed environmental and health concerns raised by local residents.


National Park Service

A Trump administration policy changes how the Bureau of Land Management conducts environmental review and public comment for oil and gas leases. It could affect the development of 3,000 acres recently leased near Holbrook for helium exploration. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


BOB WICK/BLM

The Bureau of Land Management says a 15-member advisory committee for the downsized Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will include spots for two tribal representatives — three less than a tribal coalition who spent years lobbying for protections of the land wanted.

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