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Editorial: Time to rein in Antiquities Act with state oversight

Abused by a succession of presidents, the 111-year-old Antiquities Act needs to be brought into the 21st century. In the wake of President Trump’s executive order calling for a review of national monument designations, some Western lawmakers are looking to do just that.

Proponents want to see cluster of grain elevators in Buffalo added to NP system

Buffalo's canyon of grain elevators is colossal. They are seemingly impenetrable. And there are a lot of them.

In their heyday, the silos stored millions of bushels of grain inside more than 30 grain elevators. Today, 15 still remain, though just a handful are used.

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California advisory group pushes back on DOI meeting moratorium

A biannual meeting of California scientists and natural resource managers slated for late May has been officially cancelled after a Department of Interior memo was issued last week prohibiting all of the agency-led committees from meeting this summer.

Editorial: National Trust should have looked at Dallas hotel's shady background before naming it to success-story list

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately-funded nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. The group chose their list from nearly 300 sites to highlight 11 once-endangered sites now thriving and contributing to their communities, including the Statler Hilton Hotel in downtown Dallas.

Analysis: Bears Ears NMon fight brings together a complicated cast of local, national interests

BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Utah — Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, stepped into the desert last week at the edge of the 1.3-million-acre red-rock expanse that is roiling the West.

Editorial: "Monument" or "memorial"? In Confederate take-down debate, it makes a big difference

RICHMOND, Va. — The United States is beginning to realize that it suffers from deferred maintenance of its own history. Here in Virginia, the city of Charlottesville is preparing to remove and sell its statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

Editorial: The Blue Ridge Parkway is a regional economic force

It’s a two-lane roadway, more than 80 years old, that begins near the Nelson County community of Afton and traverses a meandering 469 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties before ending at the North Carolina town of Cherokee.

Myanmar: Country's bid for WH status for temple complex gets unlikely assist—from an earthquake

BAGAN, Myanmar — The vendor watched as members of an increasingly rare species — tourists — walked through a dirt parking lot toward Pyathat Gyi Temple, one of more than 2,000 religious monuments here on a riverside plain in central Myanmar.

Washington state attorney general threatens suit if state's NMons are reduced as result of Trump review

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is pledging to defend the state’s national monuments. Ferguson sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke defending the Hanford Reach National Monument, which is up for review under an executive order.

Man charged with vandalism of casemate wall at Fort Sumter NMon

A Sullivan’s Island man was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of damaging and defacing an archaeological resource — Fort Sumter — in violation of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and committing a depredation against property of the United States, United States Attorney Beth Drake announced today.

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