Bureau of Land Management

  • Mesa, Montrose, Ouray County COVID-19 positivity rates too high
  • On Thursday, the US Fish & Wildlife Service removed protections for the gray wolf under the endangered species act in the lower 48 states
  • Colorado is sending stimulus checks to hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who have filed for unemployment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Election doubts are spreading as legal challenges mount around the west
  • The federal BLM plan that governs 1.7 million acres of public land in Western Colorado faces new court challenges

Kirk Siegler

  • Public land fire restrictions lifted after rain, snow
  • Arguments for and against Colorado's Proposition 116 to reduce income tax
  • Denver ballot measure addresses homelessness crisis
  • Interview with Bureau of Land Management de-facto director William Perry Pendley
  • Snowboarders who reported themselves after triggering an avalanche face criminal charges

Scott Franz

  • Governor Jared Polis extends mask mandate for another 30 days
  • DMEA receives $2M grant for Elevate Broadband in Cedar Mesa, Beaver Hill
  • William Perry Pendley defies judge to stay in job at BLM
  • AG Phil Weiser vows to fight EPA rollback of clean car standards
  • Scott Franz reports on Proposition 115, which would outlaw abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy

  

KVNF Regional Newscast: September 30, 2020

Sep 30, 2020
Bureau of Land Management

  • Watchdog group challenges new Delta County ag plan
  • Toxic algae spreading in Blue Mesa Reservoir
  • COGCC approves new rules for oil & gas 
  • Governor warns COVID numbers are still too high
  • Climate change causing reduction of aspen trees in Colorado
  • What's next for BLM with acting director Pendley ousted by judge?

  

  • Conservation groups sue BLM over Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan
  • 4 marijuana ballot items qualify in Delta County
  • New documents show Interior Dept wanted to manage bison like cattle
  • On Tuesday, Michael Bennet called on William Perry Pendley to resign from BLM in a speech on Senate floor

Scott Franz

  • Cameron Peak Fire has now destroyed 54 structures
  • Beware of voter misinformation, including from USPS itself
  • KUER: Advocacy groups are calling on BLM to cancel upcoming oil and gas lease sales 
  • As Scott Franz reports, Colorado voters will get a say in doing away with the electoral college this November

  • Gov. Polis announces plan to spend federal aid money on getting more families connected to high-speed Internet during the pandemic
  • The Interior Department watchdog says top officials misled Congress regarding the controversial relocation of the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Grand Junction
  • KVNF's Gavin Dahl speaks with High Country News publisher & executive director Greg Hanscom about the magazine's 50th anniversary

Amber Share

  • I-70 reopened through Glenwood Canyon, traffic doubled on U.S. 50 near Gunnison during the closure
  • Grand Junction has felt record temperatures this month
  • Western Slope voters will have more official ballot drop boxes to choose from
  • Gov. Polis now allowing bars to stay open until 11pm
  • Two lawsuits seek ouster of William Perry Pendley at BLM
  • KSJD's Daniel Rayzel reports on hilarious 'Subpar Parks' posters by Amber Share

  • Updated COVID-19 numbers for the region
  • Bureau of Land Management dispute with conservation groups headed to court
  • Retired Black Canyon National Park superintendent Bruce Noble speaks with Gavin Dahl about why he and other Park Service veterans are advocating for Congress to pass the CORE Act
  • Paonia Town Administrator Corinne Ferguson speaks with Jodi Peterson about new voluntary water restriction

  • Montrose County Public Health reported 5 new COVID-19 cases since Aug. 10
  • Bureau of Reclamation increasing releases into Gunnison River
  • Poll finds Mitsch Bush, Boebert tied in Third District
  • Trump plans to withdraw Pendley nomination for BLM
  • Should we be naming heat waves?
  • Laura Palmisano reports on record-breaking home sales in Colorado

  • DMEA implements fire precautions, so power outages may last longer
  • Mesa County and BLM implement Stage 2 fire restrictions
  • Delta County reports first human case of West Nile virus in Cedaredge
  • State Capitol building could soon be fortified
  • Aurora Police Department under investigation by Colorado attorney general
  • BLM makes its move to Grand Junction official as opposition to making William Perry Pendley permanent director grows

  • Montrose Memorial Hospital recognized as #1 rural hospital in Colorado
  • City of Grand Junction reports May sales tax was down 8.6 percent from last year
  • Over 600 outbreak specialists are urgently calling for a bigger role for the CDC
  • The president's nominee to head the BLM is facing renewed pushback
  • Changes to the BLM's September oil and gas lease sale are still possible

  • African-American community members speak out at Grand Junction city council meeting
  • Bureau of Land Management struggling to finish moving headquarters to Grand Junction
  • Private investors are buying up land -- and water rights -- in the Grand Valley

Jodi Peterson

"Be a student of fire." That's just part of the advice that Colorado's first all-female wildland fire crew received at a training camp in late May. This summer, the women will work on conservation projects and help fight forest fires in the area around Grand Junction.  KVNF spoke to several of the crew members, their instructors, and a couple of longtime female firefighters.

Bureau of Land Management

A natural gas project has been proposed in the North Fork Valley.We recently spoke with a Bureau of Land Management spokesman about the North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan.

  • Feature about new oil and gas bill going through state legislature
  • New regulations would allow towns to determine setbacks
  • Oil and gas fight at state capitol getting louder, passionate on both sides
  • KVNF News interview with Bureau of Land Management spokesman
  • Proposed fracking in North Fork would require water to be trucked in

hcn.org

The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comment on the preliminary environmental assessment for a proposed oil and gas development 12 miles northeast of Paonia. KVNF News spoke with BLM Public Information Officer Shannon Borders about how comments can be made. The BLM is not promising that comments will be private.

Eric Goold

About 40 stakeholders from the North Fork Valley and beyond were at the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management in Montrose on December 15th to protest the BLM's approval of oil and gas development at Bull Mountain. KVNF News spoke with protestors and the BLM to get the story.

  • BLM to auction oil and gas leases at Dinosaur National Park
  • Health care premiums set to rise on average 34 percent; 40 percent on Western Slope
  • Lawmakers, executives meet at state capitol to discuss health care affordability
  • Two girls killed outside of Norwood identified through DNA testing

  • BLM extends comment period on Gunnison oil and gas wells
  • BLM taking comments about recreation permits in Grand Junction
  • Bipartisan lawmakers propose tax hike for transportation
  • Otter Road bridge replacement done in Montrose
  • Colorado seniors, disabled to be cut off Medicaid under proposed plan

The defiant leader of the anti-federal lands movement, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, is now facing multiple felony charges — including conspiracy and assault on a federal officer — in the 2014 standoff at his Nevada ranch.

Bundy, who inspired the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was arrested at the airport in Portland, Ore., Wednesday night, apparently on his way to Malheur.

In a 32-page criminal complaint, prosecutors allege Bundy and his co-conspirators led a massive, armed assault against federal officers in April 2014 near the town of Bunkerville, Nev.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Dec 18, 2015

  • Cedaredge board eliminates golf benefit to boost trustees, mayor salary
  • Most comments at BLM meetings support canceling Thompson Divide leases
  • Head of Colorado Department of Natural Resources Resigns
  • Wary of plastic Christmas trees, growers rally around the real thing

It's been a year since Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his militia supporters stood down federal agents with the Bureau of Land Management outside Las Vegas.

Bundy owes more than $1 million in delinquent cattle grazing fees and penalties, but the BLM has stayed quiet in the year since the showdown, and Bundy's supporters marked the anniversary by throwing a party.

Agreement Reached For Colorado's Roan Plateau

Nov 21, 2014

The Bureau of Land Management, environmentalists, and the energy industry have reached an agreement on a proposal to drill for oil and gas on the Roan Plateau. The new plan cancels 17 out of 19 oil and gas leases that were issued in 2008. Two previous leases at the top of the plateau, and a dozen at the base will remain in place.

"These measures allow us to protect the plateau but harness some of the energy resources," said Governor John Hickenlooper.

20,000-acre Alkali Fire contained

Jul 25, 2014

The Alkali Fire northwest of Craig has burned more than 20,000 acres. 

Officials said the fire is now fully contained. 

The wildfire started Wednesday and the cause of it is still under investigation.

Lynn Barclay with Bureau of Land Management said the fire is burning sagebrush and grass. 

"This year because we did have a wet spring the grass that we have out there is thicker [and] tall and the sagebrush out in that area can get very, very tall, over five feet," Barclay said. "When you get some wind on that continuous fuel bed the fire just runs."

BLM Seeks Comments On Proposal To Upgrade Existing Line

May 12, 2014
BLM

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to upgrade an existing transmission line that runs through southwestern Colorado.

The proposal by the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association seeks to upgrade and rebuild the Montrose-Nucla-Cahone transmission line. 

Drew Kramer, a Tri-State spokesman, said the agency wants to upgrade the line’s capacity from 115 kilovolts to 230 kilovolts.

Linda Reeves

As the BLM winds down two years of discussions over a  long-term management plan for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, KVNF’s Travis Bubenik joined a group of area environmentalists and conservationists for a canoe-trip-meets- resource-discussion down the lower Gunnison river.

Headlines:

  • CHC director Jim Ramey discusses possible legal action
  • BLM accepting nominations for advisory councils
  • Fern Lake Fire continues to smolder in Rocky Mtn. Nat. Park
  • Colorado shoppers don't face new surcharges, fees
  • Gov. Hickenlooper hopes tourism industry recovers from drought

Two wildfires are currently burning north of Hotchkiss this afternoon. Both fires are believed to be caused by lightning as the area received numerous lightning strikes during the past 24 hours. Smoke may be visible in the area throughout the day and may settle into valleys overnight.

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Apr 18, 2012

  •   Legislators Consider Gender Wage Disparity Bill
  • Civil Unions Bill Gets Moving Again
  • Delta County Commissioners Revise Their Position On NF Oil/Gas Leasing
  • Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill Project Controversy Still Very Much Alive
  • Mesa County Joins In Calling For BLM To Restore Oil-Shale Acres
  • Gunnison County and COGCC Agree On Local Inspections
  • Kebler Pass Will Remain Closed At Least Two More Weeks
  • Nation