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The Weekly News Reel takes a look at the top local and regional news stories aired on KDNK between Monday and Friday. This week’s news includes local responses to the recent COVID-19 spike and Colorado's statewide mask mandate plus Bureau of Land Management's lack of leadership, KDNK's Mountain Fair Memory Machine and much more.

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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.

Trump Nominates Pendley to Lead Bureau of Land Management

Jun 26, 2020
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William Perry Pendley has been acting director of the agency for close to a year. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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The BLM is trying a different land management method on its recently-acquired Sutey Ranch in Carbondale. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon has more on the story.


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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.

COVID Closes Some BLM Wild Horse Holding Pastures

May 15, 2020
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COVID-19 restrictions are impacting wild horse holding facilities. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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.

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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Heather McGregor and Jeff Peterson of the Glenwood Springs Citizens' Alliance join Bill Kight on For Land's Sake to talk about the proposed quarry expansion and their lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management.


The Bureau of Land Management is considering changes to agency land-use planning, which could eliminate National Environmental Policy Act requirements from long-term planning regulations. There has been no formal announcement of a new rulemaking, but KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Wilderness Workshop attorney Peter Hart about what these kinds of changes would mean for public lands protection.

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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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On June 29th, the Bureau of Land Management released its final draft resource management plan for the Uncompahgre Field Office, encompassing nearly 900,000 acres of public lands across six Colorado counties. The Colorado Department of Natural Resources has since submitted a formal letter of protest, claiming that the draft plan does not adequately balance wildlife protection with energy extraction. According to Ken Rait, Project Director for Pew Charitable Trusts, this plan is one of six released in the past five months that demonstrate a disturbing trend in public lands administration. 

BLM: Quarry Expansion Proposal "Complete"

Aug 14, 2019
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Rocky Mountain Resources came one step closer Monday to expanding the Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry, north of Glenwood Springs. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this update.

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Shake-ups in the US Interior Department and the Bureau of Land Management could have far-reaching effects on public lands in Colorado and the West. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Chris Saeger, director of the Western Values Project, a public lands watchdog group based in Montana, to talk about some of the issues.

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On June 28, the Bureau of Land Management released their final draft Resource Management Plan for the Uncompahgre Field Office. The document represents years of work and would guide land-use planning decisions on public lands in southwest Colorado for decades to come. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh has more on why environmental groups and local governments are raising concerns. This report includes comments from Jayson Barangan, the lead public affairs specialist for the BLM Colorado State Office, and Pete Kolbenschalg, founder of Colorado Farm & Food Alliance.

It looks like the Washington, DC offices of the Bureau of Land Management are coming to Colorado.

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The proposed limestone quarry expansion near Glenwood Springs has been sent back to the drawing board. But that doesn’t mean it’s off the table. Reporter Amy Hadden Marsh has more:

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As reported yesterday by KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh, Rocky Mountain Resource Management officially submitted a proposal to expand the Limestone Quarry near Glenwood Springs. If the Bureau of Land Management considers the expansion proposal complete then it will be posted for public review and eventually a public comment period will begin under the National Environmental Policy Act. Members of the public are already talking about possible impacts of the expansion, including fourth and fifth graders at Two Rivers Community School.

Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry Expansion Closer to Reality

Nov 27, 2018
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The expansion of a limestone quarry near Glenwood Springs just got one step closer to reality. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Rocky Mountain Resource Management, or RMR, has permission to drill exploratory holes up to 200 feet deep winin the existing boundaries of the limestone quarry above Glenwood Springs. It's not an expansion, but the Bureau of Land Management expects a proposal soon. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Activist and musician Gabrielle Louise and filmmaker Naropa Sabine stopped by Express Yourself to speak with KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh about their music video for Industry, a new single from Gabrielle that tells the story of Paonia’s push to preserve the North Fork Valley.

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The public is asked to comment on three proposed management plans for Sutey Ranch by Monday, November 5. The preliminary environmental assessment is available here. Comments may be e-mailed to blm_co_sutey_haines_rmpa@blm.gov or mailed to BLM, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652, Attn: Sutey Ranch Management Plan.

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A Federal District Court ruling in Idaho last month could trump the Trump administration's directive to speed up oil and gas lease sales in the West. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh takes a look at what’s behind the ruling.

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A Federal court in Denver dismissed a legal challenge against the Bureau of Land Management's 2016 Thompson Divide lease cancellations. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

North Fork Valley Hosts Rise For Climate Action

Sep 10, 2018
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On Saturday, September 8, a crowd gathered in Paonia Town Park in coordination with Rise For Climate actions across the globe. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has this report.

Commenting on the Bureau of Land Management’s environmental assessment for the remaining North Fork parcels ends Tuesday, September  11. Rally for the Valley is on Sunday, September 16, at Delicious Orchards in Hotchkiss from 4 to 7pm. Carpooling is encouraged.

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The Bureau of Land Management has removed more than 5,000 acres in the North Fork Valley from the December oil and gas lease sale. For this week’s news brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh speaks with Dennis Webb, reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

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The Bureau of Land Management released on Monday an Environmental Assessment for the December oil and gas lease sale that includes nearly 8,000 acres in the North Fork Valley. Despite the Town of Paonia’s push to submit a comment within the shortened scoping period, that comment was omitted from the assessment. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community, and BLM Public Affairs Specialist Jayson Barangan.

For reference, here are links to the BLM’s environmental assessment, The Town of Paonia’s omitted comment, and the online portal for public comment on the environmental assessment.

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The Bureau of Land Management’s December oil and gas lease sale includes nearly a quarter of a million acres in Colorado with nearly 8,000 in the North Fork Valley’s watershed and around Paonia Reservoir. Meanwhile, an internal memo has reduced opportunities for public participation in the process. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community, to learn more.

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Piceance Mustangs is a new group that’s helping the Bureau of Land Management do a better job taking care of the Piceance East Douglas wild horse herd in northwestern Colorado. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh recently caught up with the group on the range, southwest of Meeker, and has this report.

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Word is out about a possible expansion of a limestone quarry just north of Glenwood Springs. But, the Bureau of Land Management has not received a final proposal from Rocky Mountain Resources. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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