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.

Public hearing…

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Al Hibbard (right) mine manager of Deserado Mine in Rangely, smiles and shakes hands with business owner and Rangely Town trustee Brad Casto, pictured with fellow trustee Clayton Gohr and Rangely Town Manager Peter Brixius after a public hearing hosted by the Bureau of Land Management seeking public comment on the Environmental Assessment (EA) proposal […]

Permits available

MEEKER I Permits for cutting Christmas trees on Bureau of Land Management lands within designated areas of the White River Field Office are now on sale. Permits are $10 per tree and may be purchased at the Meeker Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Monday through Friday between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Permits are […]

BLM extends deadline

MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment deadline for its Draft White River Field Office Oil and Gas Resource Management Plan Amendment an additional 45 days, to Jan. 28, 2013.

Conserving world-class habitat

RBC I For decades, sportsmen in northwest Colorado have hunted some of the world’s largest herds of elk, mule deer and pronghorn in an area known as the “mule deer factory.”

Christmas tree permits on sale at BLM

MEEKER I Permits for cutting Christmas trees on Bureau of Land Management lands within designated areas of the White River Field Office are now on sale.

Public feedback sought on gas plan

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management is asking for the public’s help in shaping the future management of oil and natural gas development in northwestern Colorado’s Piceance Basin, a place rich in both energy and wildlife resources.

BLM accepting public comment on coal lease app.

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a preliminary Environmental Assessment looking at whether to offer 3,157 acres of federal coal reserves beneath BLM managed lands in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties in a competitive coal lease sale.