Public comment sought on horse roundup

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a preliminary environmental assessment concerning the partial gathering of wild horses on the Book Cliffs, north of Grand Junction.

BLM urged to be cautious with local habitat

RBC I Seven prominent hunting and fishing organizations have spoken loudly in support of responsible management of “some of the most valuable fish and wildlife habitat in the Rocky Mountain West.”

Letter to the Editor: BLM not living up to word on horses

Dear Editor: In response to the article in last week’s Herald Times titled “Court may rid Wyoming of wild horses,” the Douglas Creek and White River conservation districts would like to provide some basic factual information.

Additional trail proposal

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Jensen-Ute Park Trail would link two parks MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management and Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District are hosting a public meeting to discuss the second phase of the Jensen-Ute Park Connector Trail on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the ERBM District office, 101 Ute Rd. in […]

BLM to hold scoping meetings

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management is hosting two public open house meetings this week to help identify issues to be addressed in the Roan Plateau Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

Plans move ahead: Wild horses threaten agriculture, ranchers

Wild horses eat hay meant for Cripple Cowboy Cow Outfit cattle. Ranchers say the horses complicate their efforts to care for the land and earn a livelihood, especially in a drought year. White River field office manager Kent Walter said that the agency has conducted horse gathers in recent years and that landowners need to submit written notification of trespassing horses to the BLM.

RBC I Ranchers are drawing up allotment management plans with range management specialists after the Bureau of Land Management’s withdrawal last month of a proposed decision to reduce herd grazing on its land by at least 50 percent starting in June.

BLM makes decision

MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management has signed a final decision to offer 3,157 acres of federal coal reserves in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties in a future competitive coal lease sale.

NW Colo.’s “deer factory”

RBC I As the comment period closes today on a plan that will determine the administration of more than 1.5 million acres of public lands in western Colorado, more than 500 hunters and anglers in the last week alone have requested a management approach that better conserves valuable big-game habitat while allowing some development of […]

New commissioners attend first meeting

Former Meeker resident Jim Cagney (standing with cap), the current Northwest District manager for the BLM, which oversees 5 million surface acres and 8.7 million sub-surface federal minerals in northwest Colorado, met with RBC commissioners to discuss BLM lands in the county.

RBC I After being sworn in last week and attending Colorado Counties Inc., (CCI) training in Denver, new commissioners Jeff Eskelson and Jon Hill attended their first official county meeting Monday last, making appointments to different boards and meeting with Bureau of Land Management officials in the afternoon.

Grazing protests…

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A Dec. 20, 2012 notice from Kent Walter, field manager of the Bureau of Land Management White River Field Office, sent to all BLM grazing permittees (more than 85), drew a large crowd to the Rio Blanco County exhibition hall on New Year’s Day.

Christmas spirit…

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With the help of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fire crew, Joe Beck, a petroleum engineering technician for the BLM, built a Christmas tree out of his antler sheds and those found by the fire crew. Beck said the antler tree would stay up until after the first of

Smoke seen south of Rangely

RANGELY I Smoke visible to the south of Rangely this week was the result of a plan by the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit to burn approximately 180 piles of pinyon/juniper slash accumulated during a thinning project.