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Groups sue over reclamation plan for Arizona coal mine

KAYENTA, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo environmental groups are asking a judge to review actions that led a federal agency to renew an operating permit for a coal mine near the Arizona-Utah border. The federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement didn’t...


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New Mexico lawmakers challenge Navajo water compact

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican New Mexico lawmakers challenged an agreement awarding water rights from the San Juan River to the Navajo Nation, asking the state Supreme Court on Friday to suspend the compact because the Legislature never approved it. The protest was filed against New Mexico’s...


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Election reform supporters bring case to Utah Supreme Court

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Supporters of a failed election reform initiative are asking the Utah Supreme Court to intervene in their case and allow voters to weigh in on the measure. The Count My Vote group said Friday it’s asking the court to disqualify requests by nearly 3,000 voters to remove...


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Mormon genealogical database to accept same-sex couples

Mormon Genealogy-Gay Marriages

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church’s massive genealogical database will begin accepting submissions of names of people from same-sex relationships sometime next year. The move doesn’t foreshadow any change to long-standing church opposition to gay marriage, but it is being done to ensure the...


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Inspectors find Quagga mussels on 3 boats in northern Utah

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — The Division of Wildlife Resource says it discovered three boats in northern Utah that were infested with quagga mussels. The division’s Lieutenant Scott Dalebout says the recent discoveries illustrate the importance of cleaning, draining and drying boats after every boating trip....


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Town drops appeal of overhaul ordered in discrimination case

Polygamous Towns Appeal

PHOENIX (AP) — One of two towns on the Arizona-Utah border that was found to have discriminated against people who weren’t members of a polygamous sect has dropped its appeal of a court-ordered overhaul of its government operations. A lawyer for the southern Utah town of Hildale said in a court...


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New Mexico national forest says no to geothermal drilling

Geothermal Drilling

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Underground pockets of boiling water and steam that could have been tapped to produce electricity are now off limits as one national forest in northern New Mexico has said no to the prospect of geothermal development. The decision by the Santa Fe National Forest follows...


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National rig count falls by 3 to 1,059; Texas loses 4

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by three this week to 1,059. At this time a year ago there were 933 active rigs. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 863 rigs drilled for oil this week and 194 for gas. Two were...


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Plans for suburban Utah development vetoed by McAdams

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is vetoing plans for an 8,800-home suburban development following an outcry by neighboring residents. McAdams vetoed plans for the Olympia Hills project Friday after residents blasted the proposal during a town hall the previous evening....


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Number of Navajo presidential candidates down by 1

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The number of people running to become the next president of the Navajo Nation has fallen by one. Tribal election officials say Lester Begay was disqualified from the race. Begay was recalled as head of the Burnham Chapter in New Mexico within the past eight years, making...


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