Land use

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Montezuma County seeks balance of federal and public lands

When federal land agencies buy private land, they should offer the same amount of public lands back to the private sector, says the Montezuma County commission. Noting that the county is 26 percent...

DATE: March 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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In Wyoming, a cautious public lands victory

On Jan. 20, public lands advocates across Wyoming celebrated a tenuous victory. In a move somewhat overshadowed by inauguration coverage, Wyoming Senate President Eli Bebout killed a proposed...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Paths to Mesa Verde depends on easements

Several proposed routes for the Paths to Mesa Verde trail were laid out for public viewing during a packed meeting at the Cortez Recreation Center on Wednesday. Trail alternatives extend between...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Cortez planning and zoning board debates new fencing code

The Cortez Planning and Zoning Commission spent its first meeting of the year trying to nail down the rules about fences within city limits. The city’s proposed new land use code bans residents...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Cortez planning and zoning discusses Kindles, buildings

During its monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Cortez Planning and Zoning board approved a conditional use permit and dealt with a new and difficult challenge: the Kindle.All members of the board...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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At least 15 counties leave American Lands Council

The American Lands Council, one of the main organizations behind the current movement to transfer Western federal lands to state control, has seen more than a quarter of its member counties defect...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

Oil and gas will get closer look near Chaco Canyon

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced last week it will conduct further evaluation for future oil and gas development to address the concerns regarding Chaco Culture National Historic...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Utah sells Comb Ridge land to a little-known private bidder

BLUFF, Utah – The state on Wednesday auctioned off 391 acres at Comb Ridge to the little-known Lyman Family Farm for $500,000, according to Utah State Institutional Trust Lands Administration.The...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Trump discusses federal land transfer during Nevada visit

The current movement in Western states to transfer federal public lands to state control has ramped up in the past four years, becoming an important campaign issue in state and federal races, and...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Can the push to take back federal lands succeed?

SALT LAKE CITY — A new legal analysis from a group of Western attorneys general casts doubt on many of the arguments Utah has put forward in its push to gain control of millions of acres of federal...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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A tarnished Gold Butte after the Bundy standoff

In June 2015, for the first time since federal officers confronted Cliven Bundy and militia members over Bundy’s illegal grazing in 2014, the Bureau of Land Management sent a survey crew to the...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Draft bill for conservation area gets a rewrite

Challenges have arose in the rewrite of a draft bill proposing the Dolores River National Conservation Area and Dolores River Canyon Wilderness designation below McPhee Dam. The draft legislation...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news