DENVER — Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement on the President’s decision to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah:

“Preserving and expanding our national monuments is keeping in the best traditions of our country. In Colorado, we value our lands because they are part of our fabric and they strengthen local economies. We hope our leaders can find a way to let monuments remain and return their focus to more pressing issues facing our country.”