Bureau of Land Management

Austin Cope

Summit Ridge residents concerned about the impacts of a new trailhead near their subdivision renewed their pleas for help Monday before the Montezuma County commissioners in a continuation of a previous public hearing.

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The Bureau of Land Management is seeking comments on a proposal to build a parking area near the popular Sand Canyon hiking and biking trail on Montezuma County Road G.

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Lightning has sparked a wildfire on Bureau of Land Management lands east of Dove Creek. According to a release, the fire was discovered Saturday burning in steep, rugged terrain covered in piñon and juniper. Fire crews were working on the ground to suppress the blaze and a helicopter was providing water drops. The fire was zero percent contained as of Monday afternoon, the most recent information available.

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Floods from summer monsoons have closed several backcountry roads and campgrounds on Bureau Land Management land around Canyonlands National Park. Kings Bottom and Williams Bottom campgrounds are temporarily closed, and the Long Canyon Road inaccessible as well. The BLM recommends high-clearance vehicles to access Canyonlands National Park via the Mineral Bottom Road, and also to access the Bartlett and Poison Spider trailheads. The agency says it is working with its partners to repair the damage as soon as possible.

 

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The Montezuma County Commission delayed adopting portions of its 2017 road map Monday after dozens of residents of a Summit Ridge subdivision protested proposed changes in their neighborhood. At the urging of the Bureau of Land Management, the county commissioners are considering changing the signage of County Road 35.6 and adjacent roads from red to green to indicate public access to isolated public lands bordering the subdivision.

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