Big news broke last week – President Trump will be visiting Utah in early December to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument. Statements made by members of Utah’s congressional delegation confirm that the president intends to approve the recommendations made by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The monument could see a reduction of more than 80 percent. This is welcome news to locals who know and love these public lands the most. And while we should celebrate this win with San Juan County, the Antiquities Act still weighs heavy on the West. Unaltered, the Antiquities Act keeps our public lands in a state of uncertainty as we await the unilateral decisions of incoming presidents. This process relegates our national monuments to little more than political footballs, punted back and forth with each change of presidential administration. Our public lands and our rural communities deserve better.