Bureau of Land Management

8:10am

Thu April 17, 2014
APR Local News

BLM Seeks Comments From Public On 65 Oil, Gas Leases

The contested Thompson Divide area near Carbondale is part of a swath of the White River National Forest that's up for review. The BLM is seeking public comment on how to manage existing oil and gas leases in these places.
Credit savethethompsondivide.org

The public is getting a chance this week to comment on what happens to existing oil and gas leases in Garfield, Pitkin and Mesa Counties. Sixty-five leases within the White River National Forest are up for review. Just eight of them hold active infrastructure, like gas wells. The Bureau of Land Management handles the leases and is soliciting feedback on what do with them.

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10:32pm

Mon December 2, 2013
Oil & Gas

Paonia Nonprofit Starts Unusual Oil & Gas Air Pollution Study

Alison Gannett examines part of her air sampling equipment.
Elise Thatcher

There’s a small army of citizen scientists just over the mountains from Carbondale. Residents in the Paonia area are donning special backpacks for twenty-four hours at a time, to collect real time data for scientific study of air pollution.  The aim is to measure what might be getting into the air from nearby oil and gas wells.

Editor's note: Below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher's story. 

Alison Gannett: “Bluebell!”

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10:02am

Thu November 21, 2013
Environment

Sex and the Greater Sage Grouse

Greater Sage Grouse
US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Greater Sage Grouse is in trouble. The bird looks like a large chicken and has an elaborate mating dance… and it's habitat across the West has been under siege for several decades. There’s been big effort to help the bird. Now, Garfield County officials are watching closely as the federal government decides how closely to protect a big chunk of its Colorado habitat. There’s disagreement about how to do that... and huge restrictions on private and public land are at stake if officials get it wrong. The BLM is taking comments on its habitat plan for the Greater Sage Grouse.

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6:41am

Thu October 3, 2013
APR Local News

Shutdown’s Effect on Roaring Fork Social Services Unclear

Some of the effects of lawmakers’ continuing impasse on the federal budget are easy to see in the Roaring Fork Valley. The government shutdown has affected federal offices that handle outdoor recreation and other agencies. And as Elise Thatcher reports, it's not clear what effect it could have on social services.

Reporter: The government shutdown is visible along Highway 82. Traffic signs flash warnings to drivers, saying the road to the Maroon Bells is closed to cars and busses.. And if you poke around, there are other indications, too.

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8:51am

Mon August 19, 2013
The Valley

Red Canyon Fire Exposes Depression-Era Outhouse

A Depression-era outhouse still stands outside Glenwood Springs. The Red Canyon Fire came close to the structure, so fire crews protected it.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The fire that burned through 400 acres southeast of Glenwood Springs last week is is now fully contained. Many of the firefighters were reassigned over the weekend. The focus now is monitoring hot spots and maintaining a fire line containing the blaze.

As crews fought the flames they found a surprise beyond the big smoke plumes. An archaeological site above Glenwood Springs was literally unveiled by the fire. As crews hacked away at brush they found a depression-era campground built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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