Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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Kate Sarther
Communications Director
Email | (520) 882-6946, ext. 16

 

2021
06
Apr

GAO Releases Report on Improving Response to Crimes against Native American Cultural Resources

Dear Friends,  Being vaccinated opens opportunities. That’s why I'm in Newtown, Pennsylvania, typing this. It’s why I flew on an airplane, which is the only realistic option to visit my daughter and grandchildren.  And, as I've noted previously, it's my worries about the world my grandki...
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2021
02
Mar

Hope for Oak Flat

Dear Friends,  Recently, a friend from Phoenix commented that she was looking for a higher-elevation summer home. “I’m tired of breaking records for 115-degree temperatures like we did last summer.” [Fact check: In summer 2020, Phoenix had 145 days in triple digits, 53 days of 110 or more,...
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2021
26
Jan

It’s Time to Permanently Protect the Greater Chaco Landscape

Dear Friends,  Last week’s list of fresh words I hope we'll be using more going forward was a bit too short. Here are the contributions of your word-savvy fellow readers.  Compliance (as say, for mandatory masks) Humor (as in, good humor) (2) Tolerance Thankfulness, Gratefulness, Gratit...
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2020
17
Nov

Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition Ready to Work with New Administration

Dear Friends, How do you know when you have the perfect job? For me, it’s when you get home after an 11-hour day and you’re relaxed, energized, and ready to face the ever-mounting challenges to Archaeology Southwest’s Preservation Archaeology mission. I left home just before 7:00 a.m....
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2020
10
Nov

Interior Appropriations Bill Excludes Chaco Protections

Dear Friends,  Weeks are longer than they used to be. I can barely remember the geologic era of the last time I sat down on a Tuesday evening to write to you.  That’s the problem with archaeologists: We expect time to be linear.  Sometimes, it can be helpful to consider the antitheses ...
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2020
20
Oct

Bears Ears Monument Advisory Committee Meets as Judge Deliberates

Dear Friends,  For two reasons, I am in a good—very good—mood.  First, I am so grateful that I live in a county that knows how to do mail-in voting right. I am on my county’s permanent mail-in voter list, so my ballot automatically appeared in my home mailbox on October 8. I took the w...
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2020
05
May

Continuing Coverage: Interior Moves Public Meetings Online, Does Not Postpone Deadlines

Dear Friends, It’s Tuesday afternoon, and I’m getting ready to moderate our second Archaeology Café Online. Tonight’s program will be with John Welch, who directs Archaeology Southwest’s Landscape and Site Protection Program, and our honored guest, Octavius Seowtewa of Zuni Pueblo. John ...
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2020
24
Mar

Educational and Public Archaeology Resources Online

Educational and Public Archaeology Resources Online Last week, Lewis Borck (University of Missouri) organized a community-crowdsourced spreadsheet of archaeology/history-oriented educational and public content online as a resource for teachers and students looking for activities/readings/videos the...
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2020
18
Feb

New Management Areas Protect Archaeology in Southwestern Colorado

New Management Areas Protect Archaeology in Southwestern Colorado The Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office has designated three areas of critical environmental concern in Montezuma and San Miguel counties. The new amendment to the 2015 Resource Management Plan designates the Mesa Verde ...
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2020
11
Feb

Final Management Plans for Reduced Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Open Lands to Extraction

Final Management Plans for Reduced Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Open Lands to Extraction Thursday the Trump administration announced it was opening two national monuments to development. The culturally and geologically significant Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments will ...
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2019
10
Dec

National Monument Reductions, Two Years Later

Commentary: “Relentless assault” in the Two Years Since National Monument Reductions This week marks the two-year anniversary of the Trump administration’s decision to decimate two national monuments located in Utah. With the stroke of a pen, the president removed protections on 85% of the Be...
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2019
01
Oct

Federal Judge Rules that Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante Suits May Move Forward

Federal Judge Rules that Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante Suit May Move Forward A federal judge has turned down an attempt by the Trump administration to dismiss legal challenges to its 2017 decision to cut the size of Bear Ears National Monument in southern Utah. In a three-page ruling issued...
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