FAA Awards $677 Million in Airport Improvement Grants

The 241 grants will fund 346 infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, aprons and terminals.

Senators Look at Policing Practices by Federal Land Management Agencies

“This issue is of great concern to communities throughout the West,” said Utah Sen. Mike Lee. “Increasingly, these communities find themselves as targets of overly zealous federal law-enforcement operations.”

Utah Adds Long-Term Budgeting to Its Planning Strategies

New law builds on earlier steps toward better fiscal management

Western Governors to Congress: More Power Please

"We find ourselves continually having to ask the federal government: ‘Mother may I?’” Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said.

The Shutdown Ended. Utah Wants Its Money Back.

As Congress stares down yet another deadline, state leaders once again may have to decide whether to open their own wallets to protect their local tourism industries.

Utah Mayor Accused of Using Physical Intimidation in Workplace

WEEKEND NEWS ROUNDUP: Baltimore mayor fires police chief; student loan forgiveness for volunteer firefighters; regional flu variations; and mixed reviews for Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.

A Clash on Capitol Hill Over the Future of Utah’s Bears Ears Monument

Native American tribes are opposed to GOP legislation that would change the size and management of the Obama-era national monument, which President Trump has sought to shrink.

Trump Shrinks Two National Monuments in Utah

The decision significantly reduces public land designated by prior presidents.

House Proposal Would Drastically Overhaul National Monument Guidelines

Critics are saying the legislation is a "radical attempt to undermine the Antiquities Act, which is really one of our nation’s most important conservation tools."

Governors Back Bipartisan Senate Plan to Stabilize Health Markets

Three Republicans and two Democrats teamed up to urge the Senate to act quickly.

For Governors, Zinke’s National Monument Recommendations Remain a Mystery

“Our staff has been actively requesting the information from the Interior Department, as well as the White House, and we have not yet received it,” according to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s press secretary.

Zinke’s National Monument Review Sent to Trump

Details are mostly under wraps, but the Interior secretary said no monuments would be eliminated. There could be, however, unspecified changes to a “handful.”

Utah State Rep. Blames Wildfire on ‘Bird and Bunny Lovers, Tree-Huggers and Rock-Lickers’

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Federal judge rules Alabama must improve its prison mental health care; decision on Flint water contract extension; and a Bay Area migration to Sacramento.

A New U.S. House Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs Begins Its Work

“It should have happened 50 years ago,” U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, the Utah Republican who is leading the bipartisan panel, said of the effort the task force is undertaking.

Interior Secretary Recommends That Bears Ears National Monument Should Be Shrunk

Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted an initial report to the White House about the national monument in Utah, which some GOP officials have characterized as an Obama-era land grab.

Will Bears Ears Remain a National Monument?

If Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke decides to revoke its status, it would be the latest example of the federal government setting aside land in conjunction with tribes, only to break the agreement.

Trump’s Federal Land-Use Regulatory Battle Targets Obama’s Sage Grouse Rules

“They might as well form a shotgun posse to kill off the species directly,” according to a Center for Biological Diversity activist.

Route Fifty Navigator Awards Discussion: Uncovering Innovation In Utah

Join us in Salt Lake City (or remotely) for our first Navigator Awards discussion with innovators driving transformation at the state and local level.

Despite Secession Talk, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Recent secession efforts range from large, ongoing campaigns in Texas and California to smaller pushes in Oklahoma, Maine, Utah, West Virginia and New York.