Mehran says she likes to create "immersive environments" that will hopefully provoke people to talk about difficult issues.
The non-partisan Pew Charitable Trusts commissioned the poll of 600 voters in all 11 Western states with sage grouse habitat.
Nearly 60 artists, speakers and leaders from more than 25 countries across the Western Hemisphere will gather in Denver for the 2015 festival, which runs through Sunday.
Which candidate best represents your views? Does the large field of candidates excite or discourage you?
Sandy and Lonnie Phillips lost their daughter Jessica Ghawi in the 2012 attack. They've attended every day but one of the trial.
Wilderness rangers will check for compliance and those found without bear-proof equipment could be fined up to $5,000.
The fair has been losing money and depending on millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for the last 13 years. Auditors told legislators Tuesday that there is no solution if the fair remains at its current location.
A spokeswoman for the department said that Secretary Jewell's schedule will be released later this week.