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The Debate Over Bears Ears

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Al Hartmann | Salt Lake Tribune
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The Bears Ears in southeastern Utah

Native American tribes have asked the Obama administration to use the Antiquities Act to protect nearly 2 million acres of land in southeastern Utah. It’s a region known as Bears Ears, and it contains more than 100,000 archaeological and sacred sites. Opponents of the proposal—including many high-ranking Utah officials—agree the land needs some kind of protection, but they say a monument’s the wrong way to do it. Monday, we’ll hear from both sides in the debate over the Bears Ears National Monument.

  • Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune
  • Utah State Senator David Hinkins (R, District 27)
  • Willie Grayeyes, Utah Diné Bikéyah
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.