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The Latest: Zinke lauds Utah pioneers in rodeo speech

July 25, 2018

FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rides a horse in the new Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. Zinke is headed to Salt Lake City for a speech at a rodeo on the Utah holiday Pioneer Day. Zinke will deliver an address at the Days of '47 Rodeo on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. It's one of several events on the Pioneer Day holiday that celebrates the arrival of Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaking in Salt Lake City (all times local):

9:10 p.m.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has lauded Utah’s Mormon pioneers in a stop that comes as state leaders try to persuade him to relocate the nation’s largest land management agency to the state.

Zinke didn’t make any major announcement about the future of the Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday, but the visit was another chance for Gov. Gary Herbert tout Utah’s central location close to vast tracts the agency oversees in several Western states.

Zinke talked about access to public land and religious freedom before reading a proclamation from President Donald Trump recognizing the state holiday Pioneer Day. He then mounted a quarter hose and rode around the arena.

Zinke is considering moving its headquarters to the West and a decision could be made in the next six to eight months.

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6:30 p.m.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is set to speak in Utah, a stop that comes as state leaders try to persuade him to relocate the nation’s largest land management agency there.

Zinke isn’t expected to make any major announcement about the future of the Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday, but the visit is another chance to tout Utah’s central location close to vast tracts the agency oversees in several Western states.

Zinke has said he’s considering moving its headquarters to the West. A senior adviser said last week a decision could be made in the next six to eight months.

Gov. Gary Herbert’s Deputy Chief of Staff Paul Edwards says the governor has pitched Utah to Zinke as a location central to vast tracts of federal land in several Western states.

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