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Utah National Monument

Trump to shrink Utah national monuments in bid to boost drilling, mining

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump will shrink the size of two national monuments in Utah, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah said on Friday, a change that will open parts of them to drilling and mining, but which Democrats, environmental groups, and Native Americans are vowing to fight. The decision would mark the Trump administration’s most symbolic land designation to date, reflecting its broader effort to boost development on federal land while rolling back Obama-era environmental and conservation efforts. Bears Ears…