US Interior secretary to get aerial tour of Utah monument


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is getting a bird’s-eye view of one of America’s newest national monuments on Monday as he flies over the 1.3 million-acres Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah.

Zinke and Utah’s governor are scheduled to spend the morning touring Bears Ears National Monument by helicopter as the Interior secretary sets out on day two of a four-day Utah visit to re-assess two vast national monuments.

The two Republicans are expected to hold a news conference Monday afternoon before hiking up to the House on Fire, a ruin within the monument.

The re-evaluation of Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument comes after President Donald Trump’s executive order signed last month called for a review of 27 national monuments established by several former presidents.