Posted inOutdoors, Politics and Government

Cory Gardner touts public lands but won’t say if he supports Trump’s pick to oversee them

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner helped lead a push to move the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Colorado. And he is the sponsor of a bill to provide money to acquire public lands and improve national parks.  But the Republican is refusing to discuss how the nation’s public lands should be managed. President Donald Trump […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Oil and gas lease sales should be paused during the coronavirus crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept through the United States and changed our daily lives. Complying with orders from city, state and national leaders, those who are able to in Colorado are staying home to keep their families and communities safe.   Schools, concerts, sporting events, festivals and vacations have all been canceled or postponed. Most Americans […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health, Outdoors

Rocky Mountain National Park and others are open — with some changes — amid coronavirus

By Brandy McCombs and James Anderson, The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Most national parks — including Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado — are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a global pandemic. But despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult […]

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Opinion: The Interior Department has turned its back on Rocky Mountain big game

Colorado’s majestic landscapes and bountiful wildlife are not only our state’s greatest treasure, but also one of our most valuable resources.  Our public lands provide Coloradans, as well as countless visitors, with world-class opportunities to fish, camp, hunt, hike and recreate. Our outdoor industry generates $28 billion in consumer spending, $2 billion in state and […]

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Silverman: Let’s look at the Colorado lawyers at the center of the impeachment trial and Washington power

Barristers, start your engines. Time now for the lawyers to perform at this so-called trial in the U.S. Senate.  Legal reputations will be made or lost in coming weeks. The whole world will be watching. Colorado Congressman Jason Crow was a fascinating and unexpected choice to be a House manager.   Several Colorado attorneys are center stage during […]

Posted inEnvironment, News

Newly discovered “Witches’ Pantry” cave above Glenwood Springs could further complicate mine expansion

Spelunkers have discovered a new cave inside the proposed expansion of a limestone quarry above Glenwood Springs.  “We can’t say this is going to be just as big, but given that it’s nearby the Glenwood Caverns, it’s certainly a possibility that we could have thousands of feet of passage. There could be big rooms, rare […]

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BLM, citing public ire, demands intensive review of test bores before mine above Glenwood Springs can expand

The Bureau of Land Management will conduct an environmental review of test bores proposed by the owner of limestone quarry seeking to exponentially expand the operation above Glenwood Springs. Rocky Mountain Resources had asked the BLM to exempt from environmental review the drilling of five test wells it needs to assess the viability of expanding […]

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Colorado is owed 9,900 acres by the federal government. But getting that land could mean no more recreating on it.

The whisper of transferring federal lands to states typically ignites firestorms, with conservationists, sportsmen and mountain communities fearing a shift of ownership could lead to unfettered development, lost access, habitat degradation and injury to recreation-based economies.  But this week’s proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to transfer 17,700 acres of federal land and 6,000 […]