Rally to be held at Canyons monument

Great Old Broads oppose reductions

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Susan Treneer and Pat McClenny, co-leaders for the Montezuma Great Old Broads for Wilderness group, will host a rally in support of local national monuments at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Sand Canyon trailhead of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Enlargephoto

Courtesy photo Susan Treneer and Pat McClenny, co-leaders for the Montezuma Great Old Broads for Wilderness group, will host a rally in support of local national monuments at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Sand Canyon trailhead of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

On Saturday, Montezuma Great Old Broads for Wilderness will host a rally at the Sand Canyon trailhead to support national monuments.

Montezuma Broadband leader Pat McClenny said the rally is in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday to shrink the nearby Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in southeast Utah.

“We support keeping those monuments at their original sizes, and also want to show appreciation for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and public lands in general,” she said.

In April, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced 27 national monuments, including Canyons of the Ancients, could be reviewed for changes. But in June, he told local lawmakers the 176,000-acre monument was not a priority for adjustments.

“We are also making the point that we are supportive of our local monument and would not let something happen to it,” McClenny said. “It will be a civil and respectful rally, and we invite the public to attend.”

The rally will begin at 10 a.m. at the Sand Canyon trailhead, on County Road G, 13 miles west of the U.S. 491 intersection.

Participants are encouraged to bring signs.

President Bill Clinton created Canyons of the Ancients in 2000. Colorado Republicans Rep Scott Tipton and Sen. Cory Gardner both urged Zinke to leave it alone.