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News roundup: N.M. water may spark next Sagebrush fight

Published May 12, 2014 7:15 am
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Next Sagebrush fight: New Mexico water. San Juan County protestors could face charges. Johnson offered Swallow dirt to save friends.

Happy Monday. Cliven Bundy's fight is over grazing rights in Nevada. Phil Lyman is angry that the BLM closed off a stretch of canyon in southeastern Utah. The next Sagebrush Rebellion spark could come from New Mexico where Forest Service officials have closed off a creek to cattle during a drought to protect the Agua Chiquita riparian area and the habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. County officials there are meeting today to consider opening the fence against Forest Service orders. [WaTimes]

Topping the news: San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman led a group of protesters — including a son of Cliven Bundy and some folks cradling guns — on ATVs into Recapture Canyon despire warnings by the BLM that it was an illegal action. Prosecution of those breaking the law could be forthcoming. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KSL]

-> The protest dismayed some tribal members in the state because it the off-road vehicles could damage their ancestor's archaeological remains. [Trib] [KUTV]

-> Recording of indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson reveal a possible attempt to protect others by offering up information on ex-Attorney General John Swallow. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @shoninutah: "I met with Jason Chaffetz for 30 minutes in Friday. It took him 28.5 minutes to Utter the word #Benghazi."

-> From @RubinReport: "Gay marriage in Arkansas and a gay player drafted in the NFL. This is the worst weekend for Pat Robertson since he realized Jesus was a Jew."

Congrats: To Tanya Robertson and Clay White on their engagement. White, legislative correspondent for Rep. Chris Stewart, asked Robertson, scheduler for Rep. Jason Chaffetz, on Friday on the Speaker's Capitol Balcony.

New gig: Todd Thorpe, a former chief of staff to Rep. Chris Cannon, is leaving The Bockorny Group to begin a new job as senior vice president of global government affairs for the News Corp.

Opinion section: Pat Bagley give his take on the GOP's reach out to #BringBackOutGirls, i.e. Monica Lewinsky. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses how prayer in city council meetings can do more to divide than unify a political group. [Trib]

-> Tribune Editor and Publisher Terry Orme suggests a local owner of the newspaper — who supports its independence — would be a good thing for the state. [Trib]

-> George Pyle explores the effectiveness of voter suppression laws. [Trib]

-> David Everitt, chief of staff for Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, and Jason Mathis, executive director of the Downtown Alliance, say "we can do better" to help homeless people in Salt Lake. [Trib]

-> Steve Klass, executive director of P3 Utah, argues a new business model coming to Utah this month will increase benefits for the public. [Trib]

-> Willie Grayeyes, chairman of Utah Dine Bikeyah, says the land in southern Utah is sacred to Native Americans now and before European settlers arrived. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses what lesson a Wasatch Junior High School teacher, who was dismissed after choosing not to grade a standardized test, taught her students. [Trib]

-> Joan Ogden, a Salt Lake actuary and health care consultant, recalls the "good old days" before childhood immunizations were not all that good. [Trib]

-> Michael Allegra, UTA general manager, Carlos Braceras, UDOT executive director, and Andrew Gruber, Wasatch Front Regional Council executive director, say Utah was able to plan ahead with public transportation options before excessive traffic congestion occurred in the state. [Trib]

-> Camille Coon, an advocate with the Disability Law Center, warns Utah's low ranking in regards to care for intellectually disabled adults is indicative of a state-wide need for improvement. [Trib]

-> Katie Plumb, an affiliate of Recycle Utah, says we need to stop using plastic bags. [Trib]

-> Longtime writer Don Gale says focusing solely on STEM education is not enough because it does not address the ambiguity of life. [Trib]

-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli discuss why the GOP may not poll well nationally but are poised to retake the House and may grab control of the Senate. [DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says jobs and climate change are tied together and the White House can't forget the impact changes have to the economy. [DNews]

Weekend in review: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a strong critic of the administration's response to the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, was not chosen to serve on the new select committee. [DNews]

-> The Sugar House City Council is considering changes to the city's zoning laws to add tall buildings by the streetcar; residents hope officials will move slowly in the process and take their neighborhoods into consideration before drastic moves. [Trib]

-> Wendy Matis, a Millcreek mother featured in a controversial Mother's Day ad for Utah Unites for Marriage that promotes same-sex marriage, said her "family is just like your family." [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City's VA director transfers to the Phoenix veterans hospital where the alleged ill-treatment of patients has received nationwide attention. [Trib]

-> The Bureau of Land Management seeks a bid on corrals to continue their roundup of wild horses in southern Utah. [DNews]

-> Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's iconic red vest, which he wore while marrying same-sex couples during the 17-day legal window in Utah, was auctioned by Equality Utah in a fundraiser for gay rights. [Trib]

-> Utah citizens protested at the Utah State Capitol to raise awareness of the nearly 300 girls kidnapped by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria. [DNews] [KSL]

-> The Utah State Board of Education is searching for a new superintendent and plans to make a decision by August or September. [DNews]

-> The 2012 Mule Deer Protection Acts boasts 7,000 dead coyotes and still no increase in the deer population. [DNews] [KSL]

-> For the 145th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad, organizers planned a "photographic act of justice" to recognize the more than 11,000 Chinese laborers who helped build the rail. [Trib]

Nationally: A state judge in Arkansas said the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional because of the equal protection clause. [Trib] [ArkansasNews] [WaPost]

-> Breaking with many in the GOP, Mitt Romney says he supports raising the minimum wage. [Politico]

-> Sen. Marc Rubio, R-Fla., said he would consider running for president in 2016 and charged that humans are not causing global warming "the way these scientists are portraying it." Rubio also said if Hillary Clinton plans to run for president she will have to "be accountable" for her failures as secretary of state. [NYTimes] [WSJ]

-> The St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL, and President Barack Obama issued a congratulatory statement. [USAToday]

-> President Barack Obama talked at a California Walmart about energy consumption and became the first sitting president to visit one of the company's stores. [LATimes]

-> Jeb Bush discusses the impact running for president in 2016 could have on his family. [WaPost]

-> Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he is "open" to lifting the military ban of transgender soldiers. [NYTimes]

-> Security officials were purportedly asked to leave their posts outside the White House for two months in 2011 to protect former Director Mark Sullivan's assistant at her home. [WaPost]

Where are they?

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at a Road Respect kickoff event and greets Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends a TIGER transportation discussion, meets with North Salt Lake City Mayor Len Arave, conferences with other U.S. mayors and goes to a Mountain Accord meeting.

President Barack Obama hosts Uruguay President Jose Mujica Cordano and presents the 2014 National Association of Police Organization TOP COPS award.

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— Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/CourtneyLTanner






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