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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) SITLA has agreed to delay its controversial decision to open roadless parts of Utah's Book Cliffs to oil exploration.
Extension of Remarks: The SITLA situation

SITLA reconsiders: Herbert, Bishop efforts get results — Salt Lake Tribune EditorialWhen someone wants to deter any part of Utah state government from drilling an oil well on land that would be much better used for something else, it is apparently helpful if some of those someones are known to carry large rifles.Friday it was announced that pressure from Gov. Gary Herbert and U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop — themselves pressured by hunters and anglers who favor the unspoiled region of southeast Utah known as Bogart Canyon — has been successful in moving the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration away from a deal that would have allowed fossil-­fuel exploration and drilling in that part of Utah’s Book Cliffs. ...

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A broader lands perspective — Gov. Gary Herbert and Rep. Rob Bishop | For The Salt Lake TribuneOver the past year we have helped spearhead an initiative to resolve long-standing public land disputes in eastern Utah. This broader lands initiative represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to resolve many deep-seated, decades-long land, economic development and wilderness conflicts.The School and Institutional Trust Land’s Administration has been an active participant in this process. In fact, SITLA has identified more than 300,000 acres of energy-producing lands they desire to acquire through this broader lands effort, and we are committed to doing everything within our power to benefit Utah’s schoolchildren. ...

Unroaded Book Cliffs spared from leasing — for now — The Salt Lake Tribune

Should agency managing Utah school trust lands answer to public? — The Salt Lake Tribune

SITLA needs a makeover — Lynn Jackson | For The Salt Lake Tribune

Agencies absent from public lands council meetings for several months include: BLM, SITLA, DOGM — Emery County Progress



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