| Mormon Woman Confirmed as BLM Director|
|Kathleen Clarke, a Mormon and mother of four, was
confirmed as the director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on
December 20th. The agency oversees 700 million acres of sub-surface
mineral resources, a budget of about $1.8 billion and 9,000
employees. But it is a focal point for conflict. Already
environmentalists and multiple-use advocates are anticipating
Clarke's decisions and preparing for battle.|
| Utah's All-Mormon Supreme Court Shows Little Debate|
|Utah's Supreme Court consists of five
justices who act in unison appreciably more than the previous bench.
Justices Michael J. Wilkins and Matthew B. Durrant have replaced
recently retired justices I. Daniel Stewart and Michael D. Zimmerman.
University of Utah professor John Flynn sees the new court as more
pragmatic since the departures.||
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