Downsizing Utah monument pleases Republicans, angers tribes

FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rides a horse in the new Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. Zinke on Monday, June 12, 2017, recommended that the new national monument in Utah be reduced in size and said Congress should step in to designate how selected areas of the 1.3 million-acre site are managed. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to downsize the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah was applauded by the state’s top Republican leaders but marked a stinging setback for a coalition of Western tribes that pushed for protection of lands they consider sacred.

Zinke suggests reducing Bears Ears National Monument

In this photo taken April 26, 2017, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks at the Interior Department in Washington. Ryan Zinke is recommending that the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be reduced in size and says Congress should step in to designate how selected areas of the 1.3 million-acre site are categorized. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday recommended that the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be reduced in size and said Congress should step in to designate how selected areas of the 1.3 million-acre site are managed.

Drowning fears up in West as rivers surge with snowmelt

In this May 25, 2017, photo, a class of eighth grade students and their chaperones sit in a meadow at Yosemite National Park, Calif., below Yosemite Falls. Officials fear a surge in drownings following record snowfall this winter as the weather heats up in California and other U.S. western states. Several drownings have already been reported in frigid, swift rivers that are popular for swimming, whitewater rafting and fishing. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Massive waterfalls in Yosemite National Park and rivers raging in mountains throughout the western United States are thundering with greater force than they have for years — and proving deadly as warm weather melts the deepest mountain snowpack in recent memory.

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Saturday is Free Fishing Day in Idaho. The annual event is geared to encourage children to explore the sport of fishing. Gregg Losinski / Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Free Fishing Day is Saturday

Climbers bag St. Helens, Adams, Hood in one trip

Jason Keen, of Coeur d’ Alene, reaches the summit of Mount St. Helens on May 25 and prepares to snowboard down and then climb Mount Adams and Mount Hood in the following two days. Jason Keen, of Coeur d’ Alene, snowboards down from the summit of Mount Hood, third of three Cascades volcanoes he climbed in three days with partner Matt Brill. photos courtesy Matt Brill

In the span of the Memorial Day weekend, Jason Keen became a veteran of scaling Cascades lava-belchers and snowboarding down their icy slopes.

Conservation successful with peregrine falcons

Captive peregrine falcons, like this injured male, were the salvation of the species when DDT poisoning stopped reproduction for years. Terry Thomas / news@postregister.com

With just a few computer mouse clicks, I was looking into a nesting box on Camas National Wildlife Refuge and observing an expectant peregrine falcon mother. Any day now, her eggs will hatch, adding several more peregrine falcons to the world population.

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