David Bernhardt

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Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson was part of a group of county officials who attended meetings in Washington DC in March with Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and a lobbyist for the Jordan Cove Project. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will Parrish, whose story on the meeting and possible ethics violations was published in the Guardian US Edition last week.

western values project

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.

The revolving door in Washington shows no signs of slowing down. President Trump nominated former Rifle, Colorado resident David Bernhardt, a longtime energy lobbyist, to head the US Department of the Interior, replacing Ryan Zinke. Center for Western Priorities policy director Jesse Prentice-Dunn speaks to KDNK about Bernhardt's conflicts of interest and a recent public opinion survey on energy and conservation. During Trump's shutdown, the Interior Department approved drilling permits for companies with links to Bernhardt.