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Read this Washington Post article today. NPR and others have covered this trend of acceptable drinking  for women in the last year and that the bar for what is considered "alchoholisim" has been lowered. Many women who consider daily drinking acceptable, and that it even has health benefits, are lying to themselves...  So if there is a woman in your life that drinks on a daily basis you care about, maybe it's time to spread the word.

Since the turn of this century, death rates have risen for whites in midlife, particularly women. In this series, The Washington Post is exploring this trend and the forces driving it.

The ads started popping up about a decade ago on social media. Instead of selling alcohol with sex and romance, these ads had an edgier theme: Harried mothers chugging wine to cope with everyday stress. Women embracing quart-sized bottles of whiskey, and bellying up to bars to knock back vodka shots with men.

In this new strain of advertising, women’s liberation equaled heavy drinking, and alcohol researchers say it both heralded and promoted a profound cultural shift: Women in America are drinking far more, and far more frequently, than their mothers or grandmothers did, and alcohol consumption is killing them in record numbers.

White women are particularly likely to drink dangerously, with more than a quarter drinking multiple times a week and the share of binge drinking up 40 percent since 1997, according to a Washington Post analysis of federal health data. In 2013, more than a million women of all races wound up in emergency rooms as a result of heavy drinking, with women in middle age most likely to suffer severe intoxication.

This behavior has contributed to a startling increase in early mortality. The rate of alcohol-related­ deaths for white women ages 35 to 54 has more than doubled since 1999, according to The Post analysis, accounting for 8 percent of deaths in this age group in 2015.

“It is a looming health crisis,” said Katherine M. Keyes, an alcohol researcher at Columbia University.

Although federal health officials and independent researchers are increasingly convinced that even moderate drinking poses health risks, American women are still receiving mixed messages. Parts of the federal government continue to advance the idea that moderate drinking may be good for you. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a division of the National Institutes of Health, is overseeing a new $100 million study, largely funded by the alcohol industry, that seeks to test the possible health benefits of moderate drinking.

Meanwhile, many ads for alcohol — particularly on social media — appear to promote excessive drinking, which is universally recognized as potentially deadly. These ads also appear to violate the industry’s code of ethics, according to a Post analysis of alcohol marketing.

For example, when girl-power heroine Amy Schumer guzzled Bandit boxed wine in the movie “Trainwreck,” Bandit’s producer, Trinchero Family Estates, promoted the scene on social media. Young women responded with photos of themselves chugging Bandit. Within months, Trinchero said, sales of boxed wines — sometimes called “binge in a box” — jumped 22 percent.

“We saw it first with tobacco, marketing it to women as their right to smoke. Then we saw lung cancer deaths surpass deaths from breast cancer,” said Rear Adm. Susan Blumenthal, a former U.S. assistant surgeon general and an expert on women’s health issues. “Now it’s happening with alcohol, and it’s become an equal rights tragedy.”

Alcohol marketing is regulated primarily by industry trade groups, but dozens of studies have found lapses in their record of enforcing the rules. As a result, an international group of public health experts convened by the World Health Organization’s regional office in Washington, D.C., plans to call in January for governments worldwide to consider legislation similar to laws adopted a decade ago to sharply curtail tobacco advertising.

“The industry’s system of self-regulation is broken,” said Thomas F. Babor, a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine who is aiding the effort. “The alternatives are clear: Either you have to take their system and put it into independent hands, or you have to go with a partial or full legal ban on alcohol marketing.”

[Nine charts that show how white women are drinking themselves to death]

Officials with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), one of the largest U.S. trade groups, defend their record of oversight, saying it has received high marks from federal regulators.

“The Council’s Code of Responsible Practices sets more stringent standards than those mandated by law or regulation, or that might be imposed by government due to First Amendment constraints,” council Senior Vice President Frank Coleman said.

DISCUS tells members that ads should not “in any way suggest that intoxication is socially acceptable conduct.” The Beer Institute tells members that their “marketing materials should not depict situations where beer is being consumed rapidly, excessively.” And the Wine Institute prohibits ads that make “any suggestion that excessive drinking or loss of control is amusing or a proper subject for amusement” or that directly associate use of wine with “social, physical or personal problem solving.”

But these rules appear regularly to be flouted, particularly on alcohol companies’ websites and ­social-media feeds, which are soaking up a growing share of the more than $2 billion the industry is expected to spend on advertising this year. And the trade groups acknowledge that they do not investigate or act on possible violations unless they receive a formal complaint.

A woman samples a bottle of wine at a festival in Raleigh, N.C. Companies are gearing promotions to target women, with much of the edgiest marketing appearing on social media. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)
Normalizing drinking

Some of the edgiest ads appear on social media — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram — where they can be narrowly targeted toward the inboxes of the most eager consumers.

“They can be very specific,” Facebook spokeswoman Annie Demarest said. “The ads could go to married women ages 21 to 60 who read about wine and leisure. They can also target the ads based on location, interests, demographics, behaviors and connections.”

Jokes about becoming inebriated are common. One Twitter ad features a woman with a bottle the size of a refrigerator tilted toward her lips. Its contents: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.

Women also are frequently shown drinking to cope with daily stress. In one image that appeared on a company website, two white women wearing prim, narrow-brimmed hats, button earrings and wash-and-set hair confer side by side. “How much do you spend on a bottle of wine?” one asks. The other answers, “I would guess about half an hour . . . ” At the bottom is the name of the wine: Mommy’s Time Out.

Another ad on a company website features a white woman wearing pearls and an apron. “The most expensive part of having kids is all the wine you have to drink,” it says above the name of the wine: Mad Housewife.

This spring, Mad Housewife offered a Mother’s Day promotion: a six-pack of wine called Mommy’s Little Helper.

Mommy’s Time Out and Mad Housewife are two wines that are marketed toward women. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

The trend extends to ­wine-related housewares. A flask promoted on the Mad Housewife site features two women from the “Mad Men” era asking, “Who is this ‘Moderation’ we’re supposed to be drinking with?”

An ad on the Etsy marketplace website promotes a stemmed glass big enough to hold an entire bottle of wine with the line: “She will be telling the truth when she says ‘I only had 1 glass.’ ” And Urban Outfitters — a retailer that markets to 18- to 28-year-olds — stocks whole-bottle wine glasses that say: “Drink until your dreams come true” and “This is how you adult.” Urban Outfitters did not respond to calls and emailed messages.

Alcohol marketing experts see a feedback loop between alcohol advertising and popular culture. They cite Trinchero’s repurposing of Schumer’s scene in “Trainwreck” as a prominent example.

“The rise in hazardous drinking among women is not all due to the ads. But the ads have played a role in creating a cultural climate that says it’s funny when women drink heavily,” said Jean Kilbourne, who has produced several films and books about alcohol marketing to women. “Most importantly, they’ve played a role in normalizing it.”

Multiple experts on alcohol marketing said Trinchero’s use of the scene to promote its wine violated industry standards.

Wendy Nyberg, Trinchero’s marketing vice president, defended the company’s behavior, saying Trinchero officials had no role in the production of “Trainwreck” and no control over how their wine was portrayed. It’s “easier when you control the messaging,” she said, adding: “We have to promote moderation in everything that we do. We stick to the code of ethics.”

The owner of Mommy’s Time Out did not respond to requests for comment, and marketing promotions sent to the company for a response have been removed from the company’s public Facebook page.

Damian Davis, the owner of the Seattle-based Rainier Wine, which produces Mad Housewife, said he does not think his ads crossed a line.

“We treat wine like a lifestyle product. I grew up in a big Catholic family, and having it with dinner was a way of life,” Davis said. “I certainly don’t encourage binge drinking. It certainly is a drug, and it can be dangerous.”

Even responsible drinking campaigns can send conflicting messages. A Facebook ad for Smirnoff Ice — ranked among the five most popular beverages by young female drinkers — shows a stack of caps from four pint-size bottles. The tagline: “Know Your Limit.”

“That’s binge drinking,” said David Jernigan, who runs the Center for Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Jernigan, who advocates limits on alcohol marketing and has come under frequent attack from the alcohol industry, uses the Smirnoff ad in a presentation he calls “Virginia Slims in a Bottle.”

“Not only is that not responsible drinking,” he said. “That’s hazardous drinking.”

In a statement, Diageo, the maker of Smirnoff Ice, defended the ad, saying that by “saving the bottle caps, you keep track of how much you have had. Each individual has their own individual limits and for each individual these limits can vary based on time period of consumption, food intake and many other factors.”

Officials with Fireball Whisky declined to comment.

‘No gender equity’

As it happens, drinking can be especially hazardous for women.

Women tend to have smaller bodies than men, and differences in physiology that make blood-alcohol­ levels climb faster and stay elevated longer. Some studies have found that women have lower levels of the stomach enzymes needed to process the toxins in alcoholic beverages.

As a result, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women are more prone to suffer brain atrophy, heart disease and liver damage. Even if a woman stops drinking, liver disease continues to progress in ways it does not in men, said Gyongyi Szabo, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. And research definitively shows that women who drink have an increased risk of breast cancer.

“There is no gender equity when it comes to the effects of alcohol on men versus women,” Szabo said. “Females are more susceptible to the unwanted biological effects of alcohol when they consume the same amount of alcohol and at the same frequency — even when you adjust for weight.”

Many women don’t know this — nor do they understand what constitutes excessive drinking, said Robert D. Brewer, leader of the CDC’s alcohol program. For women in the United States, anything more than one drink a day is considered excessive. That’s one ounce of distilled spirits, 12 ounces of beer or five ounces of wine.

Four drinks consumed within two hours is considered binge drinking. That’s about two-thirds of a bottle of wine.

“Most people do not understand what binge drinking looks like, and they don’t yet recognize how dangerous it is,” Brewer said. “Smoking, eating unhealthy foods, not exercising — people get what that can do to your health. But we are in a way different stage with binge drinking.”

Women sample and drink wine at a festival in Raleigh, N.C. Women consume the majority of wine in the United States. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

The alcohol industry and some government agencies continue to promote the idea that moderate drinking provides some health benefits. But new research is beginning to call even that long-standing claim into question.

This year, Jennie Connor, a professor at the University of Otago Dunedin School of Medicine in New Zealand, published a paper that found “strong evidence” that drinking as little as two servings of alcohol a day can cause cancer at seven sites in the body — mostly in areas where human cells come in direct contact with alcohol. Connor’s research included a survey of dozens of studies of the issue by prominent organizations, including the World Cancer Research Fund, the American Institute for Cancer Research and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

In an earlier paper examining alcohol and cancer in the New Zealand population, Connor found that about a third of alcohol-related cancer deaths among women were associated with less than two standard drinks per day.

About the time this work was appearing, DISCUS chief scientist Samir Zakhari produced research casting doubt on its validity.

Zakhari also wrote an opinion piece directly attacking Connor’s study, using earlier research to dispute her findings.

Connor fired back at Zakhari in an op-ed published in a New Zealand newspaper, noting that Zakhari relied on — and misrepresented — her own earlier research. “The author cites Health Promotion Agency research showing how wrong I am,” she wrote. “If he had opened the report, he would have discovered that I wrote it.”

Zakhari scheduled and then canceled an interview with The Post to discuss his criticism of Connor and other alcohol researchers.

“I occasionally write op-eds or letters to the editor, most often in response to news coverage that contains flawed science,” he ultimately said in a statement.

The CDC’s Brewer, however, said that Connor’s research — and other recent work highlighting the health risks of drinking — is persuasive.

“The current and emerging science does not support the purported benefits of moderate drinking,” Brewer said. “The risk of death from cancer appears to go up with any level of alcohol consumption.

“The guidelines talk about low-risk consumption, but there is no such thing.”

Creepy CGI Princess Leia Will NOT Return

Carrie Fisher"s Leia Won"t Be Digitally Recreated for Star Wars 9

Earlier this week, it was widely reported that Disney and Lucasfilm were meeting to discuss the possibility of bringing Princess Leia back for future films by digitally recreating Carrie Fisher for a CG performance, much the same way they brought back her 19-year-old self for the cameo in Rogue One. Meetings were held on January 10. And today we have an answer about their decision. Here is the official statement from StarWars.com.

"We don't normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or General Leia Organa."

The statement doesn't go onto say what was discussed in terms of Leia continuing on in the Star Wars universe. Or how her absence will be addressed in Star Wars: Episode IX. It has been confirmed that all of Carrie Fisher's scenes were shot for Star Wars: Episode VIII. The official Disney PR goes onto say this.

"Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars."

Shortly after Carrie Fisher's death, it was reported that Star Wars 9 director Colin Trevorrow was meeting with Lucasfilm and Disney about a massive Star Wars 9 rewrite, which could also affect Star Wars 8 moving forward. Leia is said to have a bigger role in Episode 8, which was supposed to expand in Star Wars 9. The story has to be rewritten now to account for Fisher's untimely passing.

There are two key scenes for General Leia Organa that are spread between Star Wars 8 and Star Wars 9. The first of which features a reunion between Leia and her twin brother Luke Skywalker. This scene, or at least part of it, was already shot. The second key scene involves Leia coming face to face with Kylo Ren. It has been reported that some or all of Leia's scenes may be cut from Star Wars 8 so that the story can continue in Star Wars 9, a problem that has not been discussed in any official capacity by Disney or Lucasfilm. There is heavily speculation that the reunion between Luke and Leia comes in the final moments of Star Wars 8, with that being the final scene. If that is the case, this moment may be excised from the movie for the simple fact that they won't be able to continue it in the next chapter.

At this time, no one is certain how this will affect Star Wars 8, which is hitting theaters in December. Substantial reshoots are likely to happen in the very near future.

Creepy CGI Princess Leia May Return

There is still a lot of controversy swirling around Rogue One and the filmmakers' decision to resurrect Peter Cushing for a few key scenes via Motion Capture and CG technology. Disney and Lucasfilm also collaborated with ILM to create a 19-year-old Princess Leia using an exact likeness of Carrie Fisher. Just weeks after the movie's release, Carrie Fisher passed away. But her legacy may live on through the use of this technology in future Star Wars movies. After her death, it has been widely reported that Carrie Fisher loved her Rogue One cameo, and getting a chance to see her younger self on the big screen once again. But the debate it raises: Is it ethical to keep employing actors well after they've perished from this Earth?

That's the quandary that faces Disney, Lucasfilm, and director Colin Treverrow as Star Wars: Episode IX gears up for production. It has been widely reported that Carrie Fisher completed her scenes for Star Wars 8. But meetings have been taking place this week to see how to move forward. And one of the things being considered is bringing Princess Leia (or rather General Organa) back for upcoming installments utilizing the ground breaking technology that allowed Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin to live and breath again.

BBC Newsnight aired a piece last night about the use of human CG characters in live-action movies, with some of the focus on Rogue One and its VFX artistry. During the show, it was revealed that Lucasfilm and Disney are already meeting with the Carrie Fisher estate about continuing to use her likeness to bring Leia back for upcoming Star Wars movies. The video in question is only available in the U.K. The key piece to take away from the segment is spelled out here.

"And if what might be regarded as unseemly haste, Disney is negotiating with the actor's estate over her continued appearance in the franchise. If Disney gets the go-ahead, Carrie Fisher will join Peter Cushing..."

It isn't known if Leia will be utilized as a 'main character' using this technology, or if she will be relegated to cameos or holographic appearances. Shortly after Carrie Fisher's death, it was reported that Treverrow was meeting with Lucasfilm and Disney about a massive Star Wars 9 rewrite, which could also affect Star Wars 8 moving forward. Leia is said to have a bigger role in Episode 8, which was supposed to expand in Star Wars 9. The story has to be rewritten now to account for Fisher's untimely passing. That is, unless Disney and the Fisher estate can come to some kind of agreement.

There are two key scenes for General Leia Organa that are spread between Star Wars 8 and Star Wars 9. The first of which features a reunion between Leia and her twin brother Luke Skywalker. This scene, or at least part of it, was already shot. The second key scene involves Leia coming face to face with Kylo Ren. If a CG stand-in for Leia is not an option, some or all of Leia's scenes may be cut from Star Wars 8 so that the story can continue in Star Wars 9. There is heavily speculation that the reunion between Luke and Leia comes in the final moments of Star Wars 8, with that being the final scene. If that is the case, and Leia doesn't return via Motion Capture, this moment will most likely be excised from the movie for the simple fact that they won't be able to continue it in the next chapter.

While the Fisher Estate hasn't made any announcements in regards to the use of Carrie Fisher's likeness in future Star Wars movies, it appears that Disney really wants to bring the former princess back. At this time, no one is certain how this will affect Star Wars 8, which is hitting theaters in December. If an agreement can't be reached, substantial reshoots are likely to happen in the very near future.

Free Recreation Days in National Forests

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the U.S. Forest Service, including the Prescott National Forest, will waive the $5 fees at day-use recreation sites on Monday, Jan. 16.

The fee waiver day is the first of five such days offered by the agency during 2017.

Fees are waived generally for day-use areas, such as picnic grounds, developed trailheads and destination visitor centers. The waiver does not apply to overnight campgrounds, group use fees or fees charged by concession-operated facilities.Fees will be waived at the following sites:

• Lynx Lake Recreation Area: North Shore, South Shore and Lynx Creek Ruin.

• Granite Basin Recreation Area: Cayuse, Wekuvde, Boat Launch, Playa, and Metate.

• Thumb Butte Recreation Area.

• Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area: Day Use Site.

• Hayfield Draw OHV Recreation Area.

Contact your local national forest or grassland to learn if your destination requires a fee and if that fee is waived.

Other scheduled fee-free days observed by the Forest Service in 2017 are:

• President’s Day, Feb. 20.

• National Get Outdoors Day, June 11.

• National Public Lands Day, Sept. 30.

• Veterans Day, Nov. 11-12.

Aquarium After Dark, Adults Only

Ever wanted to visit the zoo or aquarium free of crowds, screaming children, or obnoxious families. Well the ABQ Biopark is sponsoring such an event. They are opening the aquarium after dark for an adults only mixer Sat. Jan. 28th. Should be alot of fun.

Enjoy the fascinating night-time behavior of ocean life. You’ll have the entire Aquarium to yourself while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment…all without kids!  This is a perfect opportunity to grab your significant other or a friend and have an unique evening!  Cash bar available.

Members will have the opportunity to round up the experience with a Shark Top of Tank Open House! Encounter an unique experience exploring the top of the Shark Tank, enjoy VIP food stations and one drink coupon.

  • Event runs 5:30-8:00pm (Gates will close at 7:30pm).

  • Cost includes hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and fundraising for Aquarium.

  • Cash bar will be available to purchase drinks.

  • Aquarium is located at 2601 Central Ave NW, 87104.  (Central & New York.  New York is the first light west of Rio Grande.)

  • Please note Central Avenue is under construction due to Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART).  Plan extra travel time to ensure you don't miss a moment at the Aquarium.

  • No children.

  • No refunds, exchanges or rain checks.

On behalf of the New Mexico BioPark Society, thank you again for registering, and we look forward to seeing you at the Aquarium!

Humans like to celebrate with food. From the most ancient of times till now food has been used to signify events of importance and milestones in one's life. Be it the end of the harvest, birth, death, marriage, alliances, graduation, promotion, coming of age ceremony, or even a super bowl party, just about any event, social or secular, involves some sort of  food or drink being consumed. These mark the various events and changes in one's existence or just the passage of time.

For me, 2017 started out with a feast. (In this case, a variation on the feast of seven fishes.) Personally, I think the food you eat and the company you keep while having it is a great reflection of who you are and  where you are in  life. Whether it is eating frozen boxed food out of a microwave, splitting a pizza with friends, chewing a protein bar on the trail, or going out to dinner in an expensive restaurant, the types of meals you consume in various settings says a lot about you, where you are in your particular phase in life, and how you choose to live it. Below is where I am after a very erratic year.

2016 has been a year of triumph and sorrow and I will be glad to see it pass. I finally got my dream job, becoming district archaeologist and reentering the wildland fire arena, but the woman I wanted to spend my life with stayed behind to pursue her own dreams instead of sharing mine. I moved across the country to make a fresh start in a new land, leaving behind old friends to make new ones, but I ended up doing it alone, making my triumph a bittersweet victory at best and this New Year's feast a slightly solemn one. Overall, it turned out to be a pretty decent year full of new challenges and outrageous changes in fortune, but I feel 2017 will be a much better one...

Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.

Aldous Huxley

Bears Ears, a 1.35-million-acre rugged redrock landscape rich in Native American history and lore, was declared a national monument Wednesday by President Obama, whose action via the Antiquities Act quickly infuriated Utah's politicians. The wide swath of land covered by the designation includes much of land long desired by conservationists to provide the "completion" of Canyonlands National Park. …

Bears Ears National Monument, largely following the boundaries in this early map of the proposed monument, was established Wednesday by President Obama.

Bears Ears, a 1.35-million-acre rugged redrock landscape rich in Native American history and lore, was declared a national monument Wednesday by President Obama, whose action via the Antiquities Act quickly infuriated Utah's politicians. The wide swath of land covered by the designation includes much of land long desired by conservationists to provide the "completion" of Canyonlands National Park.

While the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will work with the U.S. Forest Service in overseeing the new monument as the Bears Ears boundary includes part of the Manti-LaSal National Forest, they will involve tribal, state, and local governments, as well as the National Park Service, in managing the landscape that is rife with archaeological resources.

“The rock art, ancient dwellings, and ceremonial sites concealed within these breathtaking landscapes help tell the story of people who have stewarded these lands for hundreds of generations,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a release. “Today’s action builds on an extraordinary effort from tribes, local communities, and members of Congress to ensure that these treasures are protected for generations to come, so that tribes may continue to use and care for these lands, and all may have an opportunity to enjoy their beauty and learn from their rich cultural history.”

The president's action was quickly condemned by one member of Utah's all-Republican congressional delegation, Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

“President Obama’s unilateral decision to invoke the Antiquities Act in Utah politicizes a long-simmering conflict. This unfortunate act threatens to further inflame controversies that were near resolution," he said in a release. "The midnight move is a slap in the face to the people of Utah, attempting to silence the voices of those who will bear the heavy burden it imposes. Furthermore, the decision is a major break with protocol previously followed by this administration. It does not have the support of the governor, a single member of the state’s Congressional delegation, nor any local elected officials or state legislators who represent the area."

But the move was praised by a tribal caucus that had long worked with Rep. Chaffetz and U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, also of Utah, to work out a management plan for the landscape sacred to many tribes only to come away angry and disappointed.

"President Obama's action comes in response to the historic request of Native American people, led by the five Tribes of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition: Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, People of Zuni, and the Ute Tribe of the Uinta Ouray Reservation," the group said in a release. "Thirty regional tribes passed formal resolutions of support for Bears Ears National Monument, as did the National Congress of American Indians, representing more than 300 tribes across the United States.

"... Today's action marks the first time in history that Native American Tribes have called for and succeeded in protecting their sacred ancestral homelands through National Monument designation by a president of the United States of America. In this way, Bears Ears National Monument represents the first truly Native American National Monument in U.S. history."

The crooked boundary of the monument touches Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Canyonlands National Park, and Natural Bridges National Monument.

According to an Interior release, "(T)he monument designations maintain currently authorized uses of the land that do not harm the resources protected by the monument, including tribal access and traditional collection of plants and firewood, off-highway vehicle recreation, hunting and fishing and authorized grazing. The monument designation also does not affect valid existing rights for oil, gas, and mining operations, military training operations, and utility corridors."

President Obama also designated Gold Butte National Monument in southeastern Nevada.

At the National Parks Conservation Association, Southwest Regional Director David Nimkin said the Bears Ears designation "ensures the sacred lands of our first Americans are protected and appropriately interpreted, while also maintaining the ecological and recreational values of the landscape.”

So Mr. Trump thinks I'm a lame duck.

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