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Nearly two months has passed since headlines around the country declared that a land grab was about to take place in San Juan County.

“Outrageous Gold Rush-Style Grab of Public Lands to Begin Friday,” screamed EcoWatch. 

The stories suggested that an influx of speculators, miners and “Big Oil” were poised to stake mineral claims on public lands that had “lost their protection” when the boundaries of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments were changed.

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