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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell looks from Dead Horse Point, near Moab, Utah, where President Obama designated one of two national monuments Wednesday, that have become key flash points over use of public land in the U.S. West. (Associated Press)

Obama's public lands policy leaves legacy of conflict

With two new massive set-asides in his final weeks in office, President Obama has moved aggressively to solidify a legacy on public lands that's often put the White House at odds with state officials who want to see more local control over land use. Published January 1, 2017