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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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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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Colorado lawmakers ask Congress to fix wildfire funding

DENVER – The cost of fire suppression nationwide has nine times exceeded $1.5 billion since 2000, including reaching a high of $2.1 billion in 2015.Colorado state legislators expect the costly...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Federal hiring freeze hits Western land agencies

President Donald Trump announced a freeze on all federal hiring, eliminating any vacant positions and prohibiting the creation of new positions as of noon on Jan. 22. The presidential memorandum...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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‘Village at Wolf Creek’ lawsuit inches forward

A coalition of conservation groups on Thursday submitted an opening brief as part of a lawsuit that aims to stop a land exchange on Wolf Creek Pass that would allow a village with the capacity for...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Colorado governor opposes transfer of public lands

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar say a recently released Republican Party platform that promotes the transfer of federal public lands to states is bad for...

DATE: July 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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BLM fracking rule is struck down in Wyoming federal court

Western states gained ground last week in the ongoing tug of war with the federal government over whose say matters most in how federal lands are managed. Hydraulic fracturing, the engineering...

DATE: June 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

Forest Service seeks input on tree plan northeast of Dolores

The Dolores Ranger District is seeking public input and ideas regarding a vegetation management proposal for an area 20 miles northeast of Dolores around Taylor and Stoner mesas. The national...

DATE: June 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Oil, gas leases sell for $5.2 million in HD Mountains

A decade-long fight to save the HD Mountains from oil and gas development took a hit last week: Leases on more than 6,000 acres of Forest Service land sold for $5.2 million. On May 12, the Bureau...

DATE: May 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Forest releases Rico-West Dolores EIS

The Dolores District of San Juan National Forest has released its long-awaited draft environmental impact statement on the Rico-West Dolores Roads and Trails Travel Management Plan for public...

DATE: May 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Winter snowpack reduces wildfire outlook

A wildfire forecast and the status of commercial logging were discussed at a Dolores Public Lands forum put on by Firewise of Montezuma County. The educational event was in honor of fire...

DATE: April 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Firefighting costs eat into U.S. Forest Service budget for recreation

WASHINGTON – Efforts to combat larger and more severe wildfires mean less money for other U.S. Forest Service endeavors – including recreation, members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural...

DATE: March 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news