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San Juan Wilderness Act gets hearing

WASHINGTON – Officials from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service endorsed Sen. Mark Udall’s San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act in a Senate hearing Thursday, but the Forest...

DATE: April 24, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipton hits Forest Service on water rights

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and two witnesses at a water-rights hearing Thursday bashed the U.S. Forest Service for what they characterized as the agency’s attempts to take away private...

DATE: April 24, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bennet’s bill seeks to treat damaged forests

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has introduced a bill that would tackle insect and disease epidemics on National Forest lands nationwide. The National Forest Insect and Disease Treatment Act...

DATE: April 21, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos teen shakes hands (twice) with Obama

WASHINGTON – When Easton LaChappelle met President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, the Mancos High School junior offered him two handshakes.One with his real arm, and another with a...

DATE: April 21, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos High student to extend (robotic) hand to Barack Obama

WASHINGTON – Easton LaChappelle has been absent from Mancos High School all week. But he’s not playing hooky – he’s preparing to meet the president. Easton, 17, has been invited to participate in...

DATE: April 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bennet, Obama share policy talk, dinner

WASHINGTON – Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., had dinner with President Barack Obama and 11 other Democratic senators Wednesday night. The nearly two-hour dinner came on the heels of a defeat over...

DATE: April 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

State tanker fleet OK with feds

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Forest Service supports a Colorado state Senate bill that would allow Colorado to buy its own firefighting air-tanker fleet, an agency spokeswoman said. State senators,...

DATE: April 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gang of 8 unveils immigration bill

WASHINGTON – Sen. Michael Bennet and the rest of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” formally introduced their immigration legislation Thursday afternoon at a news conference. The senators, from border...

DATE: April 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colo. senators back failed gun bill

WASHINGTON – Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall voted Wednesday in favor of a failed amendment that would have strengthened federal gun controls. Both Colorado Democrats supported a bipartisan...

DATE: April 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Udall seeks livestock disaster insurance for U.S. ranchers

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., sent a letter to the Senate committee asking it to add funding for livestock disaster assistance programs to the 2013 Farm Bill. The letter, signed by Udall...

DATE: April 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grant to help study fire-prevention behavior

WASHINGTON – The National Science Foundation awarded $298,045 in grant funds this week to the University of Colorado to study how homeowners’ decisions in fire-prone areas can affect wildfire...

DATE: April 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Healthy forest plan gains some momentum

WASHINGTON – Two Colorado county commissioners testified Thursday in favor of U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act at a House subcommittee hearing.The bill...

DATE: April 10, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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