Drilling mulled near Rocky Mtn. Nat’l ParkGRAND JUNCTION, – The Bureau of Land Management is considering leasing nearly 28,000 acres of land for oil and gas drilling in the Granby area near the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction reported that the Grand County land stretches from just west of Granby to beyond Hot Sulphur Springs, primarily to the north of the Colorado River. It’s part of a larger proposed lease sale of about 100,000 acres in five northwestern Colorado counties next spring.
Commissioners in Grand County, which doesn’t have any producing wells, are set to consider the proposal this week.
The BLM plans to issue an environmental assessment in November.
2 missing boys found in northwest ColoradoCRAIG – Police say two young boys who went missing have been found in northwestern Colorado.
The Craig Daily Press reported that the boys went missing from a cabin in Moffat County’s Wilderness Ranch on Sunday afternoon. The 9- and 13-year-old children are cousins from Wyoming who were visiting their grandparents for Labor Day weekend.
Their grandmother, Judy Hamel, says the boys, one from Lander and one from Pinedale, were found alive and well Monday evening. She says they were looking for frogs and must have made a wrong turn.
Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume says the boys were found about three miles southeast of where they went missing. He says the boys were spotted from the air.
Lightning-started fire burning near WyomingLIVERMORE – Investigators have confirmed that lightning started a 350-acre wildfire burning near the Colorado-Wyoming border.
The Starwood Fire broke out Sunday afternoon after storms moved through the area west of U.S. Highway 287. It grew quickly in dry, windy weather but was 35 percent contained Tuesday.
About 30 structures are threatened by the fire but no damage or injuries have been reported.
The fire area is part of a large swath of Northern Colorado classified by the U.S. Drought Monitor as “abnormally dry,” the precursor to drought.
The Associated Press