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Conservation groups ask judge to halt Trump administration drilling plan citing sage grouse

By Keith Ridler, The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho — Four conservation groups have asked a judge to block a Trump administration plan allowing drilling, mining and other activities in seven Western states they say will harm sage grouse. Western Watersheds Project and other groups asked for the injunction in U.S. District Court in Idaho late […]

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Colorado and the 2018-19 federal shutdown: What’s open, what’s not and what’s kind of open

More than 800,000 federal workers across the U.S. — some 52,000 of them in Colorado alone — are affected by the federal government’s partial shutdown. Not all of those employees are on furlough, though. A large number are still required to head to the office each day even if they won’t get a paycheck until […]

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Interior Department sets July 1 goal for reorganization that could preempt Bureau of Land Management headquarters move to Colorado

By Dan Elliott, The Associated Press The U.S. Interior Department said Thursday it wants to have its newly reorganized regions up and running by July 1. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plan calls for realigning the department into 12 unified regions and relocating many decision-makers from Washington to field offices. The department has nine major sub-agencies […]

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The $44.2 million pitch: What Grand Junction is doing to land BLM’s headquarters — and what the chances are it will work

The Bureau of Land Management appears closer than ever to relocating its headquarters and some 300 jobs to the West from Washington, D.C. — closer to the nearly 250 million acres of land it manages. Colorado’s congressional delegation has been busy pitching the Centennial State, and Grand Junction in particular, as the best new home address for the agency. […]