BLM field travel plans to be discussed

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management White River Field Office will hold a public workshop on May 6 to discuss the public review period for its 2014 Travel Route Inventory and future travel management efforts.

Road possible to fight area coal fire

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management is working closely with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety to extinguish a coal seam fire burning in the long-abandoned Black Diamond Mine above Meeker.

May 5 deadline for comments on proposed gather of wild horses

MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a proposal to gather excess wild horses in northwest Colorado within the White River Field Office to sustain healthy public lands and wild horse populations.

Prescribed burns scheduled for area southwest of Meeker

RBC I Fire managers from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit are planning to burn 550 acres of sagebrush in the next couple of weeks if weather and air quality conditions are favorable.

Local oil, gas amendment released

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management on Friday released its Proposed Oil and Gas Amendment  to the White River Field Office Resource Management Plan, which will help guide oil and gas development in northwestern Colorado’s Piceance Basin for the next 20 years.

Guest Opinion: BLM wants more money; Congress deaf to requests

RBC I The director of the Bureau of Land Management sat across a big oval table from members of the U.S. House of Representatives last week and made his case for more money. The agency needs increased funding, he said, to manage challenges as diverse as a drilling boom and an overabundance of wild horses […]

Court: BLM violated law in horse roundup

WYOMING I Last week, U.S. District Court of Wyoming Chief Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal issued an order stating that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it conducted a massive “Checkerboard Roundup” last fall, during which 1,263 wild horses were permanently removed from the range in southwestern Wyoming.

Comments sought on soda plant expansion

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management is now seeking public comments on a proposed sodium bicarbonate plant expansion 37 miles southwest of Meeker.

BLM seeks local nominations to resource council

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for open positions on the Northwest Resource Advisory Council, which advises the BLM on public land issues. As published in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 45 days.

Two sides still divided on plans for gathering horses

These wild horses are part of the West Douglas herd, one of two wild herds in Rio Blanco County. After a recent meeting, it appears there is still no agreement on whether the horses should be herded and moved or the numbers reduced in the herds.

RBC I For many years, the issue of wild horse population management has been an emotional topic in Northwest Colorado. Many highly invested parties have strong feelings regarding proper herd size, management and possible round up of local wild horses, and their varied opinions often put them at odds with each other.

Letter to the Editor: Comments on wild horse gathering

Dear Editor: On the front page of the Feb. 5 Herald Times, I read a press release by the local BLM requesting comments on local wild horse gathers. Comments were to be submitted prior to Feb. 14 and cannot be kept private by the BLM. My comments will not make the short deadline and I […]

Shed hunters urged to keep motorized vehicles on roads

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office is reminding people planning to collect shed antlers in northwest Colorado this spring that it is illegal to travel off existing roads in a motor vehicle on lands managed by the BLM.