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Judge allows state of Utah, counties to intervene in lawsuit challenging Trump’s NMon cuts

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge is allowing the state of Utah and San Juan, Garfield and Kane counties to intervene in a series of lawsuits challenging President Trump’s decision to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

In a ruling handed down in Washington D.C. on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan granted the state and the counties’ motions. She also agreed to allow the Utah Farm Bureau to intervene as well. They are all siding with the president who issued an executive order to shrink the monuments during a ceremony in Utah in December 2017. President Obama created the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah in 2016.

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