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Interior Department Continues Review Of Coal

coalplugPublic comments and transcripts from six public meetings concerning the Federal coal leasing program are now available online through the Bureau of Land Management.  Approximately 2,000 people attended meetings in 6 states including one held in Grand Junction in June.  The BLM is using input from the meetings and public comments to determine potential reforms for the Continue reading

Coal Jobs Down 50% Since 2011

coalplugAccording to some estimates, the number of coal jobs in the United States has decreased by almost 50% since the peak in 2011. This has caused unemployment to rise in areas of the country like Wyoming and Northwest Colorado, who depend heavily on coal production. These lost jobs are the result of the falling price of coal, which is currently at a 30 year low, and increased federal and environmental regulations. Experts are uncertain whether Continue reading

Mineral Extraction On Federal Lands Crucial To Wyoming Economy

wyoming-flag-graphicA report recently released by the United States Chamber of Commerce shows that Wyoming would lose nearly $900 million in annual revenues if mineral extraction on federal lands ceased in the state. The report examined what would happen to state revenue if federal mineral extraction Continue reading

Senator Gardner Tours Beaver Creek Fire

gardnerOver the past week, cool temperatures low winds and higher humidity have helped limit the growth of the Beaver Creek Fire, burning 24 miles north of Walden. Crews have limited the fires growth to only a few hundred acres and have maintained containment at 53%. They are continuing to monitor spot fires in the area and are creating and maintaining fire lines. Colorado U.S. Senator Cory Gardner recently announced Continue reading

Colorado Receives Money To Help With Wildfires

Wildfires-300With wildfires burning throughout the state, Colorado is spending a great deal of money this year on fire prevention and maintenance. To help with the additional expenditures the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded just Continue reading

Feds Put Pause on New Coal Leasing

department-of-interiorSecretary Sally Jewell announced today that the Interior Department will put a pause on new coal leasing and launch a comprehensive review to identify and evaluate reforms to the federal coal program in order to ensure that it provides a fair return to taxpayers and reflect its impacts on the environment, while continuing to help meet our energy needs. This is another step along the path that President Obama Continue reading

No To Banking For Marijuana Businesses

marijuana-leaf-300As long as federal law says marijuana is illegal, the nation’s banking system won’t let new pot-based credit unions have access. A judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by Fourth Corner Credit Union after the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City refused to allow the credit union to join the nation’s banking system. He acknowledged however that Congress likely will have to Continue reading

CLUB 20 Looking for new Memebers

club 20-229CLUB 20 is looking for community leaders and stakeholders who have an interest in protecting Western Colorado and want to help shape the way people work and live on the Western Slope. CLUB 20 is a Continue reading

Records Show Inspections of Oil and Gas Wells is Lagging

Co-Oil-Gas-300Federal records show that more than 240 newly drilled oil and gas wells considered high pollution risks on Colorado public lands weren’t inspected during a recent three-year period.  U.S. Bureau of Land Management data reviewed by The Associated Press show that almost Continue reading