Tag Archives: BLM

New Fire Starts In Dinosaur National Monument

WILD FIREA lightning fire started Sunday about 25 miles west of Maybell. The 335 acre “Happy Hollow” fire is burning through trees and sage brush in Dinosaur National Monument. Nearly 100 firefighters are working in conjunction with air support to Continue reading

BLM Taking Comments of Motorized Vehicle Routes

BLMThe Bureau of Land Management has released a preliminary plan for areas managed by the White River field office, detailing which routes would be open to motorized and mechanized vehicles, and the routes that would be closed to those vehicles. The plan effects 1.5-million acres in northwestern Colorado. Once the plan is formalized next year the Continue reading

Swinging Bridge Repairs Planned For 2017

swingin bridgePlans to repair Swinging Bridge on Moffat County Road 83 in Browns park took a big step forward last week after the Colorado Department of Local Affairs approved Moffat County’s request for a $760,000 grant to repair and improve the bridge. Swinging Bridge has been open only to foot traffic for the last two years. During that time, the Moffat Continue reading

Comment On Moffat County Travel Management Plan

travel-titleThe Bureau of Land Management is still taking comments on the proposed Travel Management Plan for Moffat County. The BLM is interested on learning what routes are important to the public, to ensure their continued Continue reading

New Field Manager At BLM’s Little Snake Field Office

BLMThe Bureau of Land Management has a new field manager at the Little Snake River Field Office. Bruce Stilltoe , who most recently worked for the BLM in Salt Lake City, arrived in Craig last week. Stilltoe will be responsible for managing the 1.3 million acres of BLM land in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco County’s. According to BLM Northwest District manager Joe Continue reading

UPDATE: New Fires Spark In NW Colorado

Wildfires-300Several fires have ignited across Moffat County over the last few days. The Craig Fire Department Responded to a fire Thursday morning around 8:30 on CR 31 northwest of Craig. According to Fire Chief KC Hume, the fire was caused by an animal that climbed a Continue reading

Poachers Sentenced For Killing Trophy Mule Deer

Mule Deer AntlersThe final individual involved in the poaching of a trophy class mule deer at a ranch south of Craig in 2014, was sentenced in a Moffat county court earlier this month. 60 year old outfitter Danny Jeffcoat from Hamilton pleaded guilty to felony possession of a forged instrument, and was sentenced Continue reading

Photos From The Beaver Creek Fire

2016_07_02-19.57.23.115-CDTThe Beaver Creek Fire, 24 miles Northwest of Walden, continues to move slowly into the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. Based on infrared data, the fire has burned 172 acres within the Wilderness. Protecting structures and preparing them to avoid being burned remains a high priority as crews also Continue reading

Blair Mountain Fire West Of Meeker

WILD FIREFirefighters are managing the 5-acre, lightning-ignited Blair Mountain Fire 20 miles west of Meeker to reduce hazardous fuels and to benefit ecosystem health. About 25 firefighters are working to secure the west flank of the fire while allowing it to continue burning to the east, where it will help open the dense stands of pinyon and juniper. This will increase forest diversity and benefit Continue reading

BLM Cannot Regulate Fracking

frackingA judge ruled earlier this week that federal regulators don’t have the authority to set rules for hydraulic fracturing. A US District Court Judge in Wyoming ruled that the Bureau of Land Management does not have the authority to regulate fracking because Congress has not given it that power. In his decision the judge wrote that it is not the courts role to decide whether Continue reading

BLM May Limit Access To Land

BLM-entering-public-land-30A meeting to discuss a Travel Management Plan for BLM managed land in Moffat County will be held next week in Craig. The meeting will take place Thursday from 11:30 to 7 at the Center of Craig. According to Dario Archuleta, the outdoor Continue reading

Another Lawsuit Over Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300A group has filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service claiming that their plan for Sage Grouse conservation ignores sound science and will cost jobs in the states where it will be implemented. Western Energy Alliance in conjunction with the North Dakota Petroleum Council filed the lawsuit Continue reading