BLM

Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management oversees millions of acres of public land in the West. The agency recently moved its headquarters to Grand Junction, Colorado, but is struggling to fill leadership jobs... and still lacks a permanent director. KVNF's Jodi Peterson has more.

A bill to permanently fund conservation efforts and reduce maintenance backlogs across public lands will soon be up for a vote in the U.S. Senate.

In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, conservation groups allege the Trump administration's continued use of temporary appointees to lead large federal lands agencies is a violation of federal law and the Constitution's "advice and consent" clause.

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KDNK's Weekly News Reel takes a look at the week's top local and regional news stories aired on KDNK between Monday and Friday.

A new report documents how the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's tilt toward extraction on public lands threatens wildlife and western sporting traditions.

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Aspen Daily News reporter Megan Tackett joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to discuss her cover story on the proposed quarry expansion near Glenwood Springs, which features accusations of disingenousness by both sides. The story quotes at length Rocky Mountain Resources CEO Greg Dangler, as well as key voices of the opposition, representing "seemingly everyone else" in the community. 

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Not only do local yucca plants provide an edible fruit; the fibers can be used as cord, the thorns as needles and the roots as shampoo. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh visited the Ute Learning Garden in Grand Junction to learn more about traditional applications of local plants.

Rep. Scott Tipton

KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Scott Tipton, Republican Congressman for Colorado's 3rd District this week. Part 2 of their conversation features money for opioid abuse treatment, the status of Children's Health Plan Plus, federal enforcement of marijuana laws, and the Bureau of Land Management.

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Wild horses and burros across the West are under threat from the agency in charge of their well-being: the Bureau of Land Management. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Federal agencies and county officials are concerned about fire danger. As the firecracker-packed July 4th holiday approaches, Stage One fire restrictions are in place. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. Click here for fire restriction details.

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On May 10, the US Senate voted against a debate that could have repealed the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Prevention Rule, which updates restrictions on methane venting, flaring, and leaking during oil and gas exploration on public lands. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Joshua Mantell, Deputy Director for Energy and Climate for the Wilderness Society, about the importance of the rule and how it narrowly escaped repeal.

More than 20,000 acres of BLM lands go on the virtual auction block Thursday for the agency’s quarterly oil and gas lease sale. Thirty-one parcels in western Colorado counties are up for bid, beginning online at 9 AM.  350 Colorado has organized a protest at the BLM office in Denver. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh asked director Micah Parkin about the group’s concerns and how online auctions will impact protesting.