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BLM will end free camping at western Colorado’s Rabbit Valley by next spring

So many visitors are heading to Rabbit Valley near the western border of Colorado that the Bureau of Land Management will immediately require camping reservations and begin building or revamping campsites to open no later than next spring. Located west of Fruita in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, Rabbit Valley is managed for motorized […]

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Biden sets out oil, gas leasing reform, stops short of public-lands ban

By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press The Biden administration on Friday recommended an overhaul of the nation’s oil and gas leasing program to limit areas available for energy development and raise costs for oil and gas companies to drill on public land and water. The long-awaited report by the Interior Department stops short of recommending […]

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Biden administration says oil, gas sales damage climate — but won’t stop them on public lands in the West

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — The Biden administration is planning to sell oil and gas leases on huge tracts of public land in the U.S. West, despite the Interior Department’s conclusion that doing so could cost society billions of dollars in climate change impacts, according to government documents. Administration officials announced […]

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Where did the wild horses removed from Sand Wash Basin go? A Colorado state prison.

CAÑON CITY — Hundreds of horses, noses to the dusty ground, nibbled on alfalfa hay spread in thin rows across a wide pasture.   In one direction, the Wet Mountains jutted toward a bluebird sky. On the other, guard towers and tops of Colorado state penitentiary buildings, some encircled with loops of razor-tipped wire, loomed above […]

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U.S. Senate approves Tracy Stone-Manning to lead Bureau of Land Management over GOP opposition

By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A bitterly divided Senate late Thursday approved President Joe Biden’s choice to oversee vast government-owned lands in the West, despite Republican complaints that she is an “eco-terrorist.″ Tracy Stone-Manning, Biden’s choice to lead the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management, was approved, 50-45, on a party-line vote. […]

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Polis administration pushing green agenda, but isn’t objecting to coal mine royalty cuts worth millions

All six coal mines operating in Colorado last year won cuts to the royalties they paid to the federal or state government, denying treasuries millions of dollars and flouting policy claims by President Biden and Gov. Jared Polis to curb coal’s intense pollution.   The Polis administration made no objection to the cuts even when the […]

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Opinion: BLM removes wild horses from range while ignoring humane solutions

The Bureau of Land Management continues to pursue an aggressive roundup schedule, capturing and warehousing wild horses and burros by the thousands in already overcrowded holding facilities, despite lawmakers already having appropriated millions of dollars for safe, proven and humane fertility control. That includes more than 1,000 wild horses being removed from public lands in […]

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Bureau of Land Management headquarters will head from Colorado back to Washington, Biden administration says

The Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters will move back to Washington, D.C., from Grand Junction, the Biden administration announced Friday in a decision that comes despite objections from Colorado Republicans and Democrats, including the state’s two U.S. senators and its governor. “The Bureau of Land Management is critical to the nation’s efforts to address the […]