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NEWS
2:18 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Year After Denying Federal Control, Bundy Still Runs His Bit Of Nevada

Rancher Cliven Bundy holds his 5-month-old grandson Roper Cox on Saturday in Bunkerville, Nev. Bundy was hosting an event to mark one year since the Bureau of Land Management's failed attempt to collect his cattle.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 12:50 pm

It's been a year since Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his militia supporters stood down federal agents with the Bureau of Land Management outside Las Vegas.

Bundy owes more than $1 million in delinquent cattle grazing fees and penalties, but the BLM has stayed quiet in the year since the showdown, and Bundy's supporters marked the anniversary by throwing a party.

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NEWS
11:19 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Browns Canyon to Become National Monument

Browns Canyon in Chaffee County

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 7:31 am

Browns Canyon in Chaffee County will be designated a National Monument by President Obama on Thursday. 

 

Conservationists, community leaders and businesses are praising the move, which comes after years of work to secure the designation.  It covers a 22,000-acre stretch of public land along the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and Salida known for recreational opportunities. 

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NEWS
12:18 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Comment Period For Gunnison Drilling Extended

Credit Sarah Sauter/Conservation Center

The public comment period for the Bull Mountain Unit, a proposed development of 146 gas wells in Gunnison County just north of the Paonia Reservoir, has been extended.  The initial 45 day period has been doubled to 90, meaning the BLM is open to comment on their Environmental Impact Statement now until April 16th.  A public meeting about the EIS is scheduled for  Feb. 10 at the Paonia High School.

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NEWS
5:57 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

BLM Releases Statement For Drilling Near Paonia

A photo of the proposed drilling area
Credit Jim Ramey / Citizens for a Healthy Community

Friday saw the release of a document that’s been a long time in the making.

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ENVIRONMENT
3:13 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Agreement Reached For Colorado's Roan Plateau

Colorado's Roan Plateau
Courtesy of EcoFlight

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 3:25 pm

The Bureau of Land Management, environmentalists, and the energy industry have reached an agreement on a proposal to drill for oil and gas on the Roan Plateau. The new plan cancels 17 out of 19 oil and gas leases that were issued in 2008. Two previous leases at the top of the plateau, and a dozen at the base will remain in place.

"These measures allow us to protect the plateau but harness some of the energy resources," said Governor John Hickenlooper.

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ENVIRONMENT
1:19 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Advocacy Group Looks To Forest Service Solution

The group working to protect the Thompson Divide area from natural gas development is awaiting a Forest Service plan.

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:00 pm

Natural Gas drilling in an area near Carbondale known as the Thompson Divide is still a possibility, despite protest from many local residents. The group trying to stop it is hopeful a Forest Service plan, due out later this summer, will prevent future drilling.

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ENVIRONMENT
4:37 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

BLM Seeks Comment On Gunnison Sage-Grouse

The Gunnison sage-grouse is being considered for the Endangered Species List.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

It is estimated there are 4,800 Gunnison sage-grouse left. The largest population of the species, about 4,000 birds, inhabits the Gunnison Basin. 

The Bureau of Land Management wants the public to help it identify conservation measures to protect the sage-grouse on federal lands in Colorado and Utah.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended the BLM adopt additional conservation measures for the bird.

The comments are due to the BLM by August 22.

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ENVIRONMENT
11:37 am
Wed July 16, 2014

No Roundup Of Wild Horses For Colorado

Credit Bureau of Land Managment

The Bureau of Land Management will not be having a roundup of Colorado wild horses this year. 

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NEWS
5:37 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Judge Halts West Elk Mine Expansion Over Climate Change Concerns

A U.S. District Court judge has halted an expansion at the West Elk Mine, a coal mine in Somerset.
Credit NPS

An expansion at the West Elk Mine has been halted by U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson.

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NEWS
10:31 am
Tue June 10, 2014

BLM Ends Input Over Controversial Leases

The White River National Forest
Credit Recreation.gov

The Bureau of Land Management has wrapped up its comment period about the leases under question in the White River National Forest.

The BLM is currently running an Environmental Impact Study on some existing oil and gas leases, leases they’ve already given out.

"The BLM is looking at 65 existing leases on the White River National Forest," said David Boyd, a BLM spokesman.  "BLM either needs to adopt the Forest Service analysis, or do our own.  Back in '93, we did not do either of those, so we're we're doing this Environmental Impact Study now to address that." 

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NEWS
11:49 am
Mon May 12, 2014

BLM Seeks Comments On Proposal To Upgrade Existing Line

Credit BLM

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to upgrade an existing transmission line that runs through southwestern Colorado.

The proposal by the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association seeks to upgrade and rebuild the Montrose-Nucla-Cahone transmission line. 

Drew Kramer, a Tri-State spokesman, said the agency wants to upgrade the line’s capacity from 115 kilovolts to 230 kilovolts.

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NEWS
8:18 am
Mon May 12, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, May 12, 2014

  Newscast

  • Legislative session wrap-up
  •  Runoff to be higher than expected this summer
  • Police searching for missing Nucla man
  • BLM seeks public comment
NEWS
8:41 am
Mon December 30, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, December 30, 2013

Headlines:

  • Northwest BLM Officials Recognized by Wilderness Society
  • Retail Pot Stores Set to Open January 1st
  • Arapahoe County Authorities might provide More Details in Shooting Case
  • Fugitive from Pueblo County Found in Oklahoma
NEWS
9:43 am
Thu December 12, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, December 12, 2013

Headlines

  • Private Gun Sales affected by New Background Check Law
  • US Fish & Wildlife Says BLM Sage-Grouse Plan is Too Weak
  • Bross was First Luxury Hotel in Delta County
  • Pataognia CEO Defends Company's Stance on Fracking
  • Western Governors Launch Wildlife Mapping Project
NEWS
8:15 am
Wed December 11, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Headlines

  • BLM Finds Temp Location for Gunnison Office after Fire
  • Experts Examine Cost of Natural Disasters
  • Forget the Golf Course, Developers Use Farming to Sell Suburban Homes
  • Grand Junction Airport Authority Members Looking into Fraud Allegations
NEWS
9:47 am
Thu December 5, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, December 5, 2013

Headlines

  • Citizen Scientists Studying Air Pollution in the Valley
  • Finalized North Fork Alternative Plan Submitted to BLM
  • Colder-than-Usual Temps Could Last into Next Week
  • Extreme Dust, Global Warming could lead to Earlier Spring Thaw
  • Sounds of the High Country - Allen Best on Industrial Hemp in CO
NEWS
8:23 am
Thu November 28, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, November 28, 2013

Headlines

  • School Board Member Wants New Policy on Transgender Students' Access to Facilities
  • DMEA Board Member Glen Black Resigns
  • BLM Limiting Drilling because of Sage Grouse Concerns
  • Promising Ski Season in store for Telluride Ski Areas
  • Telluride Chapel Hosts Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal
NEWS
8:29 am
Thu November 21, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, November 21, 2013

Headlines

  • El Paso County Sheriff Disputes Statements about Black Forest Fire
  • Grand Junction Airport Launching its Own Probe into Fraud Allegations
  • Fate of Broomfield Fracking Moratorium Put on Hold
  • Debate over Greater Sage Grouse Continues in western Colorado
  • US Fish & Wildlife Won't List Gunnison Prairie Dogs as Threatened/Endangered
NEWS
6:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

North Fork Coalition Presents Limited Drilling Plan to County Commissioners

View of Mount Lamborn between Paonia and Hotchkiss in Colorado's North Fork Valley
Credit Joanna Calabrese

Just weeks after the Bureau of Land Management announced it would consider some community-developed ideas for managing public lands in the agency's Uncompaghre region, concerned citizens and stakeholders from the North Fork Valley met with Delta County Commissioners in Delta.   

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NEWS
8:36 am
Tue November 12, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Headlines

  • Moffact County Officials Criticize BLM's Approach to Sage Grouse Plans
  • Garfield County Outlines Sage Grouse Protection Plan
  • Rocky Mountains Seeing More Horizontal Drilling than Rest of U.S.
  • Connect for Health Officials Working on Faster Insurance Applications
  • Basalt Residents Will See Vote on Retail Marijuana
  • Adams County Republican Joins Governor's Race 
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