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U.S. Senate committees will hold hearings this week on the Trump administration's plan to reorganize the government. It includes a department that manages millions of acres of public lands in our region.

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Matthew Allen used to lead the communications team at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Washington headquarters a couple of blocks from the White House.

Then he got demoted.

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Federal employees who are using social media to vent about the nation’s Tweeter-in-Chief and other political candidates are getting some fresh advice: Watch it!

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Brooke and Randy Levin are money people. They know about investments and cash flow. He handles finances at a physical therapy company in Atlanta. She does real estate deals. They know about the parks’ money problems. And at the Arches National Park visitors center, they share some ideas, like ranger-guided tours.

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President Donald Trump’s budget team release a detailed proposal for the 2018 fiscal year which includes major cuts to public lands and social services in Utah. It also includes the complete elimination of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

Utah State Auditor's Office

Utah’s dependence on federal funds has declined since 2010, according to a new report by the state auditor.

Every year State Auditor John Dougall is required to scrutinize the federal dollars that state agencies use. It’s the state’s largest single funding source – more than sales or income taxes -- and it’s going down in the short term.

U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, sees his Regulatory Agency De-Militarization Act as a way to ease the mutual distrust that’s grown between Americans and their federal regulators. He says agencies like the Education Department, the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency don’t need their own highly armed units.

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A protest in Utah’s San Juan County ended without violence on Saturday. But the conflict between a federal government agency and its critics is expected to continue.

San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman organized the ride into Recapture Canyon, where the U.S. Bureau of Land Management banned motorized vehicles 7 years ago. Lyman urged protesters at a morning rally on Saturday to steer clear of the closed areas because of the risk to the archaeology and to their reputations.