public lands

  • The Montezuma County commissioners have not decided whether to renew their membership in the American Lands Council, a group that lobbies for the transfer of federal public lands to the states.

  • Montezuma County Commissioner Larry Don Suckla voiced continuing concerns Monday about protective designations proposed by the Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office.

  • Montezuma County Commissioners are adamantly opposed to a national monument designation along the Dolores River corridor.
  • National Fire Protection Association has awarded four $500 grants for wildfire projects in southwest Colorado.

  • Montezuma County Commissioners reiterate their opposition to a Master Leasing Plan to further regulate oil and gas development on BLM lands, draft letter stating their position.

  • Timing and extent of Bureau of Land Management Master Leasing Plan questioned at public meeting.

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The question of whether President Obama will create a 1.9 million acre national monument in Southeast Utah in the last days of his administration is gaining national attention, most recently with a front page article in Sunday's New York Times.  KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly take a deeper look at what a monument might mean for an-already strained local conversation around public land.

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The Bureau of Land Management is in the process of creating a Master Leasing Plan to help manage development of BLM lands in southwest Colorado. Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly talk with Shannon Borders, public affairs specialist for the BLM, about what the MLP is about, how the process works, and how the public can weigh in on the plan.

  • An Italian company’s plans for a large development near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon have hit a roadblock.

  • Public comments received so far regarding the idea of a Master Leasing Plan in Southwest Colorado have overwhelmingly supported it.

  • Cases of the zika virus have been reported in two of the Four Corners states.
  • Two Democratic legislators in Utah have filed an ethics complaint over the refusal of a law firm to share information about suing for control of federal lands.