Tag Archives: Western

BLM To Dump “Job Killing” Mineral Moratorium

The Bureau of Land Management announced recently that they plan to cancel a 20-year mineral moratorium on ten million acres of land.  The moratorium was instituted by the Obama administration, in an effort to protect Greater Sage Grouse habitat. Western Caucus Chairman Paul Continue reading

Zinke Sage Grouse Plan Released

Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke unveiled his new plan to protect sage grouse this week, which will give Western states more flexibility for managing the birds habitat, and will help encourage economic growth. Zinke believes the federal government and the states can work together to protect sage grouse and its habitat while not affecting the economy and job creation. Zinke said he has received complaints from several Western governors that the Obama Continue reading

Gardner Tours Western Slope, Stops In MOCO

Senator Cory Gardner took a tour of the Western Slope last week, to meet with healthcare providers, farmers and ranchers, elected representatives and public land officials. During the tour Gardner stopped in Loma, Palisade, and Mack. Gardner also visited Dinosaur National Monument to discuss the National Park System; Pioneers Medical Center in Continue reading

Trump Admin Looks At Sage Grouse Conservation

According to multiple reports, the Interior Department under the Trump administration is considering changes to federal greater sage grouse protection. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is said to be thinking about changing the conservation for sage grouse management in the U.S. from focusing on Continue reading

Should BLM National Office Be Moved West?

Colorado’s elected leaders are spearheading an effort to relocate the national BLM office to the Western United States, and would like to see it in Colorado.  Senator Cory Gardner introduced the idea of moving the national office west during the confirmation hearing for newly confirmed interior secretary Ryan Continue reading

Prescribed Burns Scheduled In Moffat County

Prescribed burns have been scheduled in western Moffat County over the coming weeks. The Seven Springs prescribed fire will take place six miles west of Greystone in the Douglas Mountain area, with the Treepee Continue reading

Wyoming Officials Prepare For Floods

The level of the Blacks Fork River near Granger in western Sweetwater County has stabilized for now, but county officials are still preparing for potential flooding issues.  Sweetwater County Emergency Management has stockpiled a total of 42,000 sandbags in the event that floods continue in the area. The bags are stored at the City of Green River Continue reading

Howelsen Hill Trail Closures This Weekend

The Nordic Combined Western Regionals will take place this weekend in Steamboat at Howelsen Hill, with 70 of the best Nordic Combined athletes from the Western United States scheduled to compete. To accommodate the activities, several Howelsen Hill Nordic Trails will be closed to Continue reading

Wyoming Police Learn About Gangs

wyoming-flag-graphicWyoming law enforcement learned more about gangs this month during the 8th Annual Western States Gang Conference. Gang experts from across the country were at the conference to provide instruction on a wide range of gang related issues.  Police from across the state Continue reading

Western Slope Girl Advances On American Idol

american-idol-300A 15 year old girl from Colorado’s Western Slope earned a golden ticket on last nights broadcast of American Idol, and will be heading to Hollywood. Jeneve Mitchell who lives near Crawford in Rural Delta County about 25 mile east of the town of Delta, received unanimous praise from all three judges with Continue reading

McCarthy Denies Her Agency Tried to Downplay Toxic Mine Spill

mccarthyThe head of the Environmental Protection Agency is dismissing complaints that her agency downplayed the seriousness of a toxic mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy called the spill caused by her agency “tragic and unfortunate.” She said the EPA has taken responsibility to Continue reading

EPA Spill Requires Federal Clean-up Funds

EPA-300The Colorado town where the Environmental Protection Agency caused a toxic mine leak earlier this month, unleashing a torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers, has decided to change course and request federal disaster funds to clean up the mine. The Silverton Board of Trustees and the San Juan County Commission approved a Continue reading