[REGIONAL NEWS] Split appears in San Juan as new Navajo-led County Commission moves to support an even bigger Bears Ears than Trump shrunk

Bears Ears remains contentious in San Juan County and entwined with larger politics there.

 

By Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune

The remade San Juan County Commission began reversing its earlier positions on Bears Ears National Monument this week.

The divided panel dissolved old resolutions opposing a large monument and took a step toward asking Congress to make an even bigger one than President Barack Obama created in 2016.

Audio of Tuesday’s meeting in Monticello, posted on a state website Wednesday, showed how Bears Ears remains contentious in San Juan County and entwined with larger politics there. A pair of resolutions supporting a large national monument passed the commission 2-1. The two new Navajo members of the commission voted yes.

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