Tag Archives: Northwest Colorado

Greater Sage Grouse Avoids Listing

sage_grouse-300Another win for northwest Colorado, as the Interior Department has found that the Greater Sage Grouse does NOT warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Obama Administration says the decision was made in light of the powerful conservation effort being administered by state and local land managers. A Continue reading

Group Sues to Stop Wild Horse Roundups

wild horsesAn animal-advocacy organization is suing to halt any future gathers of wild horses in northwest Colorado. Friends of Animals, a Connecticut-based international advocacy organization, sued in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., saying horse roundups threaten the well-being of horses that are driven Continue reading

WildEarth Upping the Stakes in Newest Lawsuits

wildearthUndeterred by recent failures in Colorado, an environmental group is expanding its legal campaign to try to stop coal mining over purported human caused climate change by challenging permits for some of the largest mines in the West. This time, New Mexico-based WildEarth Guardians is asking a federal judge to block mining at the Antelope and Continue reading

Wild Horse Round-Up Underway Near Rangely

wild horsesAlmost two dozen horses are in Bureau of Land Management custody after the first day of a roundup in northwest Colorado’s West Douglas Herd Area. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper ruled Wednesday that the federal agency was allowed to manage the herd, calling potential harm from the roundup “minimal.” Wild horse Continue reading

Fire danger high in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties

fire-danger-high-signFire officials are reminding hunters and recreationists to be careful when using fire outdoors. With the end of the growing season and lack of recent rain vegetation is extremely dry and ready to burn.  Recent wildland fires have been human-caused by faulty equipment and one roadside fire Continue reading

Vesicular Stomatitis Found in Northwest Colorado

cdaVesicular Stomatitis, a livestock disease that typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking, has made its way into Northwest Colorado. The Colorado Department of Agriculture says they have quarantined 64 Continue reading

Reactions to EPA’s New Power Rule

EPA-300There has been plenty of reaction from both sides of the issue on the Clean Power Plan unveiled by President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday. Proponents of the plan say it will help fend off climate change by reducing carbon dioxide pollution. Opponents maintain that carbon dioxide is NOT a pollutant, Continue reading

Fire Danger High in Northwest Colorado

fire-danger-high-signFire danger is high in Rio Blanco and Moffat Counties and moderate in Grand, Jackson and Routt Counties. Higher temperatures and dry conditions are forecast through next week. Vegetation at lower elevations continues to dry out as seasonal curing occurs. All of that adds up to dangerous fire conditions. Fire officials say Continue reading

American Energy Alliance Produces Video Supporting NW Colorado

aeaThe American Energy Alliance has produced a short video supporting Northwest Colorado in its fight against the WildEarth Guardians. WildEarth filed a lawsuit against the Office of Surface Mining earlier this year, saying the office’s Environmental Assessment for the South Taylor Pit at ColoWyo was insufficient. The judge Continue reading

Vets Riding to Sturgis will Stop in Craig

sturgisMore than a dozen veterans will make a trip to the 2015 Sturgis Rally from California using motorcycles supplied by Indian and sidecars offered by Champion for those who have been severely injured…and they’ll stop in Craig along Continue reading

Lightning Sparks More Wildfires in Northwest Colorado

WILDFIREOnce again wildland fire crews in Northwest Colorado responded to lightning caused fires Thursday afternoon in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties on BLM land. The two incidents in Rio Blanco County were both contained at one tenth acre. The Taylor Fire occurred nine miles east of Rangely and the Pipes Fire was 20 miles Continue reading

More Wildfires Sparked by Lightning

WILDFIREThunder storms Wednesday afternoon ignited another round of wildland fires on BLM land. Of the six in Rio Blanco County, scattered west of Meeker, four were contained at one tenth acre Wednesday evening. Fire personnel were unable to access the other two reported fires because of weather and road conditions. An individual Continue reading