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Budgets fat with fossil fuel revenue at odds with climate-change goals in states like Colorado

Will Toor, executive director of the Colorado Energy Office, said the state's not targeting fossil fuel production — only the industry's emissions.

Politics and Government

Outdoor Retailer is leaving Denver for Salt Lake City, industry leaders promise to boycott

The Outdoor Retailer trade show that moved to Denver from Utah after industry angst over Utah's public lands policies will return to Salt Lake City in 2023. Colorado leaders see opportunity for consumer-friendly festival replacing the event.

Outdoors

Patagonia, REI, others threaten to boycott Outdoor Retailer if it moves back to Salt Lake City

The companies accused Utah's leaders of trying to chip away at protections for national monuments and public lands

Outdoors

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

Long-awaited Interior Department report recommends hiking federal royalty rates for oil and gas drilling, which have not been raised for 100 years.

Energy

Interior secretary orders removal of racist terms, aims to change place names

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday formally declared “squaw” a derogatory term

Outdoors

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

The Interior Department says selling oil and gas leases on public land in the West could cost society billions in climate change impacts. But BLM says it is powerless to slow the damage.

Environment

“We need to provide a path forward for clarity”: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits new Bureau of Land Management HQ in Grand Junction

Haaland said one of her first goals was to consider the well-being of the agency as she thinks about the future of its headquarters

Politics and Government

Interior secretary, speaking in Denver, stands by Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination to lead Bureau of Land Management

Deb Haaland is in Colorado in large part to visit the BLM’s headquarters in Grand Junction as she decides whether to keep it there

Politics and Government

Opinion: Why our Colorado mountain town supports Biden’s 30×30 public lands goals

We all have a choice to either engage in efforts to help combat the loss of biodiversity and climate change, or watch from the sidelines.

Opinion Columns

Off-highway vehicles are revving up locals (in a bad way) in Colorado’s remote mountain towns

Inundated with by go-anywhere motorized vehicles, local governments are struggling to find a balance between welcoming the spending by “motorheads” and keeping their towns from resembling sets for a Mad Max movie.

Outdoors

Judge blocks Biden’s pause of new oil, gas leases on public land in Colorado and other states

Louisiana and 12 other states sued after President Biden signed an executive order canceling oil and gas lease sales through June.

Energy

Colorado public land managers rely on education, then enforcement to deal with a crush of long-term campers

Closing heavily used campsites is public lands “triage” as Forest Service and local officials struggle to protect natural resources from a growing wave of backcountry campers and explorers this summer.

Outdoors

Hard-right rooted group has made inroads in Colorado opposing Biden’s vision for public lands

The federal agenda for preserving 30% of public land and water by 2030 hasn’t been finalized, yet at least four Colorado counties, spurred by the daughter of the original Sagebrush Rebels, have signaled resistance.

Politics and Government

Biden administration ends oil, gas lease sales from public land through June

The petroleum industry and its Republican allies in Congress have said the oil and gas moratorium will harm the economies of Western states without putting a significant dent in climate change

Energy

Biden taps ex-Obama official as Interior Department deputy, plans to nominate Tracy Stone-Manning to lead BLM

Tracy Stone-Manning, a former top aide to ex-Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, will be tapped by the president to lead the Bureau of Land Management, according to a person with knowledge of the plan

Outdoors

Outdoor recreation leaders ask Congress to loosen rules restricting Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars

The directors of 13 state recreation offices are asking the federal government to adjust requirements that states and local communities must provide matching funds to secure Land and Water Conservation Fund money

Outdoors

As climate fight shifts to oil, Joe Biden faces a formidable foe in the West

New drilling permits spiked during Trump's final months in office. As a result, some companies with the biggest presence on public lands have announced that they are ready to weather changes under Biden.

Energy

Biden administration will deliver report on its suspension of oil and gas sales on federal lands by summer

A long-term ban on lease sales from the nation's vast, publicly-owned oil and gas reserves to address climate change would fulfill a campaign pledge from Democratic President Joe Biden

Energy

From pets to parks, coronavirus reshaped many Coloradans’ relationship with their surroundings

The isolation that accompanied shutdowns and mandates changed the way we regard lots of things, and some of those changes could endure

Coronavirus

Opinion: COVID-19 showed us how much we need our public lands. Now we need to step up for them.

There are no vaccines on the horizon to ensure our public lands remain healthy and strong well into the future.

Opinion Columns
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