Posted inOpinion, Write On, Colorado

Our “family” needs to come together and heed the lessons taught by coronavirus

Sit down America, we need to talk.  You’ve been strong for so long, trying desperately to hide any potential weakness, but this is a new day and that masculine sentiment of “only the strong survive” and “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” just doesn’t work for us anymore.  Sure, that aggressive, dominant attitude of independence […]

Posted inBusiness, Education, Environment, Growth, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

The Western Slope’s outdoor recreation economy had everything but a bachelor’s degree. Colorado Mesa is changing that.

Sarah Shrader, the co-owner of the Grand Junction-based international zipline course developer and builder Bonsai Design, in November gathered a team of Colorado’s outdoor recreation industry executives. She had a simple question: What do they need from the next generation of outdoor industry leaders?  The answers they gave — a robust grasp of the outdoor […]

Posted inEnergy, Environment, News, Politics and Government

Colorado regulators approve tougher oil and gas air rules, ending statewide disparity

Colorado air-quality regulators have approved tougher statewide oil and gas regulations ending a disparity between areas in western Colorado. The state Air Quality Control Commission approved changes Thursday that would make regulations uniform statewide after hearing opinions from residents and industry officials last week, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Thursday. The regulations would require more frequent […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

Top Bureau of Land Management employees face deadline on Grand Junction HQ move

GRAND JUNCTION — Career staff at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management have until Thursday to tell the agency whether they’ll relocate from the nation’s capital to new posts in the West. That includes about 24 positions at the BLM’s new national headquarters in Grand Junction. Colorado Public Radio reports that the deadline affects nearly 200 high-level […]

Posted inEnvironment, News

Bureau of Land Management to give land to Colorado to settle debt dating back to 1876

GRAND JUNCTION — A federal land agency has proposed transferring federal lands to the state of Colorado to pay off a government debt dating back more than a century and is now seeking comment on the proposal. The Daily Sentinel reports that the Bureau of Land Management has proposed giving 28 square miles of federal lands and […]

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Grand Junction weapons company to pay $1 million for selling Army subpar grenade launchers

A Colorado weapons manufacturer has agreed to a $1 million settlement for allegedly shipping subpar grenade launchers to the U.S. Army, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Capco LLC supplied the Army with M320 grenade launchers between July 2016 and March 2018 even though company officials knew the launchers’ barrels did not meet specifications, U.S. […]

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The Western Slope economy was already improving. Then Opportunity Zones added a power boost.

MONTROSE — David Dragoo leans over a balcony of the new headquarters for his Mayfly Outdoors. Inside, workers are forging high-end fly-fishing equipment. Outside, earth movers crawl across a dusty tract near cyclists leisurely pedaling along the lush banks of the Uncompahgre River.  “Ten years ago, it just wasn’t cool to be here. It didn’t […]

Posted inColoradans, Energy, Environment, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

Scattering BLM will be good for policy, boss William Pendley says. Not with him at the helm, advocacy groups argue.

Colorado will get more of the Bureau of Land Management’s Washington staff under the Trump administration’s proposed agency reorganization than any other Western state — but whether those employees will have decision-making authority is a hotly contested point. The plan involves scattering almost 300 positions, some currently unfilled, across 11 Western states. Of the 222 […]

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Lockheed Martin sniffs around for space in Grand Junction

An oh-by-the-way comment dropped into a recent Club 20 address by Gov. Jared Polis may—or may not — signal a significant economic development win for the Western Slope city of Grand Junction that has been wooing the aerospace industry. Polis was speaking to the Western Slope coalition of counties at their annual fall meeting Saturday […]