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DNR submits report on Greater Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300The state Department of Natural Resources has submitted its Greater Sage-Grouse Synthesis Report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  In summary, the report states that Coloradans have been doing plenty to ensure the conservation of the bird, and that listing it as endangered is Continue reading

MSHA announces coal dust rule, faces lawsuit

MSHA-logoThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration yesterday announced the release of a final rule to lower miners’ exposure to Continue reading

Poll shows residents oppose gun laws

AR GUNThe same poll that shows Governor John Hickenlooper leading potential challengers found that voters still oppose the stricter gun control laws which he signed into law last year.  The Quinnipiac University poll found that voters oppose the laws 56 to 39 percent but 85 percent said they support background checks for all gun buyers. That’s one of the issues addressed by the Democrats’ gun control package.  However, voters opposed another part of the package, banning ammunition magazines holding more than 15 rounds, 51 to 45 percent.  The poll also found that 50 percent of voters favor allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds, driven by strong support from men. In addition, 74 percent of voters said they support having metal detectors at school entrances.

 

Shooting victims’ parents call on Coffman to support background checks

mike coffman 200Parents of two people killed in the Aurora theater shooting are calling on Representative Mike Coffman to support universal background checks.  Coffman opposes a bill in Congress that would expand background checks to almost anyone purchasing Continue reading

Conservative group criticized over images in ad

AFPParents whose children were killed in a Colorado theater shooting are demanding a conservative group stop running ads featuring an image of Senator Mark Udall visiting a hospital where other victims were recovering.  The conservative Continue reading

Explosion forces evacuation of Wyoming town

fire-1-300A small town in southwest Wyoming has been evacuated after an explosion and fire at a natural gas pipeline hub.  Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik says there are no reports of injuries and the residents of Opal Continue reading

Moffat County Commissioners say Shadow Mountain bid is higher than expected

moffat-county-commissionersThe Moffat County Commissioners say the bids for Phase 1 of the Shadow Mountain Subdivision project have come in higher than expected.  The County and Continue reading

State officials prepared to sue over Gunnison Sage Grouse listing

sage_grouse-300Colorado officials say they are prepared to file a lawsuit if Interior Secretary Sally Jewell tries to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as endangered.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed the Gunnison sage-grouse for listing under the Endangered Species Act and is to Continue reading

Bill would guarantee legal counsel for juvenile suspects

co-state-capitol-300Juveniles detained for crimes would be guaranteed legal counsel at their initial hearings under a bill that also seeks to educate them and their families about their rights.  The bill, which already cleared the House, Continue reading

Lawmakers considering bill to limit solitary confinement use for mental patients

co-state-capitol-300Colorado is trying to stop the use of solitary confinement for inmates with a serious mental illness with a bill being considered in the state House.  The mental health impacts of being placed in solitary has gotten more Continue reading

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Prescribed Burn Scheduled West Of Maybell

controlled-burns-300The Little Snake Field Office is planning a 30 acre prescribed fire 15 miles west of Maybell along the Little Snake River on Bureau of Land Management and Colorado State Land Board managed lands.  Burning is anticipated to take place this Thursday (April 24) if weather and ground conditions remain favorable.  Smoke may be visible for a few hours from Highway 318.  The objective of the Oxbow prescribed fire is to improve waterfowl habitat by burning cattails, rushes and riparian grasses. This follows the herbicide application conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2013.  Weather and fuel moisture conditions will be closely monitored. Each prescribed burn has a detailed fire plan developed in advance with pre-determined parameters along with appropriate smoke permits.  The burn will only be initiated if conditions are ideal for safe and effective fires.  For more information please contact the Little Snake Field Office at 970-826-5000.