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Legislature expresses opposition to Bears Ears monument

First Published      Last Updated Jul 14 2016 11:15 am

Special session » Nonbinding resolution backs residents of southeastern Utah, lawmakers say.
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It also requests that Congress pass legislation preventing any future monument designations in Utah.

Bad blood lingers among many in the Legislature over President Bill Clinton's 1996 designation of the 1.7 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, to the surprise of Utah's congressional delegation and governor.

But Jacqueline Orton, widow of former Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Orton, who lost his congressional seat due in part to the monument designation, said the process for the Bears Ears designation has been vastly different. Jacqueline Orton said her husband asked the Clinton administration repeatedly about a monument designation and didn't find out about the designation until he got a 2 a.m. phone call from the president aboard Air Force One.

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