Land resources

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Darryl Glenn open to transfer of public lands to states

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn is open to transferring management of federal public lands to the states. Glenn told The Durango Herald that there is a misconception that such a...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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La Plata County seeks public hearing on mineral leasing

La Plata County commissioners are petitioning the Colorado State Land Board for a public hearing and a broader look at potential impacts before the state pursues mineral leases near County Road...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Outdoor, conservation groups criticize Utah lands push

SALT LAKE CITY – Leaders of Utah’s roughly $6 billion outdoor recreation industry joined a conservation group Monday to launch a billboard campaign criticizing a push by state officials to take...

DATE: May 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Controversy over public lands bills continues

DENVER – Two public lands bills in the Colorado General Assembly on Monday both boiled down to ideological and party differences over federal management and regulations. The Democratic-controlled...

DATE: April 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Pastures of James Ranch to remain undeveloped ‘forever’

The James Ranch has become an iconic landmark in Durango, known for its lush pastures and fresh food. And now, the deeply rooted family has taken steps to ensure the bulk of the 420-acre property...

DATE: April 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Compromise pushed for oil, gas at Phil’s World

Montezuma County wants to protect Phil’s World from excessive oil and gas development, and it wants to protect the county from excessive federal regulation. The county believes it has a simple...

DATE: April 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Public lands bill advances in Colorado Legislature

DENVER – Senate Republicans on Monday advanced legislation that is part of an effort to clarify the state’s authority over federal public lands. The bill brought allegations of ulterior motives to...

DATE: March 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Environmental groups encourage BLM to involve public in planning

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leaders from environmental organizations expressed support during a conference call Thursday for a proposed Bureau of Land Management rule that would increase public involvement...

DATE: March 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Public Lands Day bill sparks criticism of Washington management in Colorado

DENVER – A measure aimed at creating a Public Lands Day in Colorado quickly turned into a conversation over how well the federal government manages those spaces. The Senate State, Veterans and...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Study shows public land is good for rural areas in the West

For many parts of the rural West – like Oregon’s Harney County, where timber jobs dropped 70 percent between 1998 and 2013 – large swaths of public land can feel like a burden. Counties rich in...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Tax break could encourage land conservation, La Plata County group says

Landowners promise an unchanging, open landscape when they place a conservation easement on their property, and now, in return, Congress has guaranteed them the assurance of an annual tax break. On...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County irked by BLM map

Montezuma County officials are chapped by a preliminary Bureau of Land Management map that includes the county in a proposed master leasing plan for oil-and-gas development. During a testy exchange...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News