U.S. Bureau of Land Management

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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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Overturning Bears Ears an uphill challenge, lawyers say

BLUFF — Could the new Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah be overturned or decreased in size by the Trump administration? Utah legislators and the San Juan County Commission are urging...

DATE: March 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Tipton pressured to oppose bill on policing public lands

La Plata County commissioners and law enforcement have asked Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, to oppose a bill that would delegate responsibility for policing public lands to local agencies. On...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Sportsmen take aim at law enforcement bill

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a vocal proponent of transferring federal public lands to state control, has gotten an earful lately. His recent town hall in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, turned rowdy,...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Conditions improve for Spring Creek Basin mustangs

A new water catchment system and birth-control dart program have stabilized the Spring Creek Basin wild horse herd in Disappointment Valley. Today, a manageable 62 wild mustangs roam the...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Opposition to methane rule faces resistance, heavy schedule

More than two weeks ago, House Republicans rejected a 2016 Bureau of Land Management rule designed to reduce the methane that oil and gas companies send into the atmosphere or burn up in flares....

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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BLM travel map invites input on Montezuma trails, roads

The Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office has debuted an interactive “travel management” map that features information on roads and trails in BLM areas of Montezuma County, such as...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Demonstrators demand Sen. Cory Gardner support methane emission rules

More than 150 people gathered outside U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s Durango offices Tuesday, demanding the Republican senator oppose the rollback of methane waste regulations. “We’re here to support the...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Montezuma commissioners endorse coal mine expansion

The Montezuma County Commission supports a proposed expansion of the King Coal II mine near Hesperus. In a Jan. 23 comment letter, commissioners urged the Bureau of Land Management to approve the...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Tribes plead with BLM for protection of Chaco

SHIPROCK – Over the years, Anthony Lee, a Navajo medicine man, has watched the sacred land around Chaco Canyon where he gathers herbs and performs ceremonies slowly turn into an industrial...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Stolen mine cart recovered, donated to Silverton museum

A historic uranium ore cart stolen from a mine on public lands in southwest Montrose County has been recovered and will be displayed in a Silverton museum. In October, 2012 law enforcement with the...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Drilling rights near Chaco Canyon sell for $3M

SANTA FE – The Bureau of Land Management has auctioned oil and gas drilling rights in northwest New Mexico despite protest from Native Americans and environmentalists. The rights for drilling on...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news