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Colorado sues Bureau of Land Management over Western Slope management plan from William Perry Pendley

The state’s argument that Pendley, the BLM’s “acting director,” did not have the authority to approve anything mirrors a federal case in Montana that overturned three resource-management plans.

The BLM's new resource management plan for the Uncompahgre Plateau expands energy production opportunities in places like the North Fork Valley. (Provided by Mason Cummings, The Wilderness Society)

Trump administration passes up Colorado, will move U.S. Space Command to Alabama

The decision immediately prompted accusations from Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, and Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, a Republican, that the move was politically motivated and influenced by President Donald Trump

Oil companies lock in drilling on western public lands, challenging Joe Biden on climate

In Colorado, a dozen permits are approved or pending to drill in Pawnee National Grassland, a birding destination where wildflowers and cactuses bloom below the buttes

Unemployed Coloradans won’t see federal jobless aid for weeks despite Trump signing coronavirus relief bill

The lag is due to potential changes in guidelines by the U.S. Department of Labor and the need to reprogram Colorado’s unemployment computer system

Trump administration plans would ease protections for sage grouse in West

U.S. officials plan to formally publish what are called supplemental environmental impact statements on Friday for the management of greater sage grouse habitat on public lands in seven states

U.S. Forest Service approves protection of Colorado’s Sweetwater Lake, but big questions remain

Interior Sec. David Bernhardt’s order on Friday requires new provisions for Land and Water Conservation Fund allocations, further clouding the Great American Outdoors Act.

Interior Sec. David Bernhardt’s order on Friday requires new provisions for Land and Water Conservation Fund allocations, further clouding the Great American Outdoors Act

Opinion: Colorado will play a role in a changing U.S. policy toward Cuba

States, land managers still waiting for details on conservation funding under Great American Outdoors Act

Congress promises its own Land and Water Conservation Fund funding plan if Trump Administration federal land managers don’t provide specifics. “Apparently, they’ve already lost their interest in taking care of our public lands,” said Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.

The Painted Wall in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. In 2017, the park used Land and Water Conservation Fund support to purchase 2,494 acres of land that allowed for better access to the park. The reauthorization of the fund moved out of committee and to the U.S. House floor on Thursday, only 17 days before it is set to expire, promising a vote that could keep the 64-year-old fund alive. (Jason Blevins, The Colorado Sun)

Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of U.S.

Colorado voters will decide next week whether to reintroduce gray wolves in the state

Opinion: DACA is good for business, good for our community and good for our country

William Perry Pendley says he’s still on the job as acting director of Bureau of Land Management

Pendley said he firmly disagreed with a court’s decision that he should be removed from BLM and has continued to fulfill his duties as assigned

Seven big takeaways from Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper’s third — and most fiery — debate

The two U.S. Senate candidates faced off hours after Colorado elections officials began mailing ballots to voters across the state

Trump administration: Climate change not a threat to rare wolverine found in Colorado

A federal judge four years ago had blocked an attempt to withdraw protections that were first proposed in 2010, pointing to evidence from government scientists that wolverines were “squarely in the path of climate change."

Judge’s forceful rejection of Trump’s ban on visa workers may come too late for Colorado ski resorts

A district court ruling suspends a ban on J-1 and H-2B visa workers, opening doors for ski areas that rely on the seasonal immigrant workers. But resorts that typically have visa employees on deck by fall are seeing surging applications from locals.

Montana governor asks court to block actions by Trump’s land boss, William Perry Pendley

A federal judge last month ousted Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director William Perry Pendley from his post as acting director

Jared Polis wishes Trump a full recovery, but says White House “didn’t have strong enough precautions”

The Colorado governor says the president’s infection shows the need for mask-wearing and social distancing

After lawsuit from Colorado and other states, Utah asks Trump administration to delay decision on tapping Lake Powell

Utah cited the need to consider roughly 14,000 public comments on a draft environmental impact statement, released in June by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, for the Lake Powell pipeline project

Opinion: Selling public lands to balance the federal budget is not a choice for Coloradans

Tribes’ ancestral remains return home from Finland to Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park

A Swedish researcher unearthed the remains of about 20 people and more than two dozen funerary objects from southwestern Colorado in 1891

Colorado, five other states promise lawsuits if feds fast-track approval of Utah’s Lake Powell Pipeline project

Decades of collaborative agreements between the states that rely on the Colorado River could be threatened by the Trump Administration plan to expedite review of Utah’s diversion project

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