Bears Ears in the News: Zinke Heads for the Exit


The biggest story on the Bears Ears beat is the departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, aka That Guy Who Rode A Horse to His First Day on the Job. Zinke stepped down from his post at the end of 2018; it is rumored that the White House issued him an ultimatum: resign or be fired.

Besides being the subject of numerous ethics investigations (and a potential criminal investigation to boot), Zinke’s most enduring legacy will be his rollback of environmental regulations, his embrace of President Trump’s “America First” energy policy, and his role in the reduction of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.