Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, center-top, smiling, and Utah representatives surround President Donald Trump Monday at the Utah Capitol as he signs two presidential proclamations to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, center-top, smiling, and Utah representatives surround President Donald Trump Monday at the Utah Capitol as he signs two presidential proclamations to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Francisco Kjolseth AP/The Salt Lake Tribune
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, center-top, smiling, and Utah representatives surround President Donald Trump Monday at the Utah Capitol as he signs two presidential proclamations to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Francisco Kjolseth AP/The Salt Lake Tribune
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Shrinking monuments, shifting staff — Interior’s Zinke is no Teddy Roosevelt

December 07, 2017 01:43 PM

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."