Local Briefs

Grief support group to meet

Grief counselors Norm Gottlieb and Julie Madden will co-lead an eight-week session of group support in Durango.

The group will meet one evening a week from December to January and is intended for people who have experienced losses because of a death from any cause. Group size is limited to 10 participants.

For more information, the time and location, call Gottlieb at 749-1357 or Madden at 749-7547.

Red Cross accepting Christmas cards

The Southwest Colorado Red Cross is accepting Christmas cards from community members at its office, 1911 Main Ave, Suite 282.

The cards will be distributed to local emergency first responders in December as a community thanks for their hard work during the extended wildfire season.

For more information, call Cindi Shank at 759-4697.

BLM seeks comments for coal-lease plan

The Bureau of Land Management’s Tres Rios Field Office is seeking comments about a proposed federal coal-lease modification on public lands near Hesperus.

GCC Energy LLC submitted an application to modify its existing federal coal lease (COC 62920) to include an additional 952 acres. The surface estate is privately owned, and the BLM manages the mineral estate.

The BLM is required by law to consider leasing federal coal for economic recovery. The additional federal coal recovery would extend the life of the current mine by about nine years. A description of the proposed project, including maps, is available at www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/nepa/TRFO_NEPA.html.

Public comments will assist in identifying issues that should be addressed as part of the environmental assessment. Written comments may be submitted by mail, email or fax no later than Dec. 24 to the BLM, Tres Rios Field Office, Attn: Helen Mary Johnson, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301, coalcommenttresrios@blm.gov or 375-2338.

Comments and information submitted, including email and street addresses will be available for public review and disclosure. If people wish to withhold their name, e-mail address or street address from public view or from disclosure, they must state this prominently at the beginning of the written comment.

Herald Staff

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