NEWS

BLM EVALUATING O AND G PLANS FOR WESTERN GARCO

Silt—Nearly 30,000 acres of federal mineral leases will be auctioned off in western Colorado this year by the Bureau of Land Management.  The BLM is looking for public feedback on the plan to offer 28 parcels.  It includes over 7,200 acres in Garfield County and more than 22, 000 acres in Mesa County.  The evaluation will be available in May and the deadline for public comment is March 8th.

GARCO COMMISSIONER’S RIGHTS OF WAY CAUSE GAINS SUPPORT IN D.C.

Glenwood Springs—One of the issues that Garfield County Commission Chairman John Martin has been passionate about may soon be resolved.   RS-2477, also known as the Historic Rights of Way.  Martin’s activism on the issue is finally getting some attention on Capitol Hill.  He says the bill is gaining bipartisan support in the House and Senate.  Martin says the government has strayed away from the original intent of the historic rights of way which was supposed to encourage the opening, expansion, settlement and development of the American West.  Martin says he’ll discuss the issue in greater detail with Colorado’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. later this month.  Martin will be attending the National Association of Counties conference February 25th through March 1st.

GARCO BOARD SUPPORTS SUPREME COURT NOMINEE

Glenwood Springs—For what it’s worth, Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch has the support of Garfield County.  Commissioner Tom Jankovsky asked the board to write a letter to Colorado Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet to confirm the Denver native.  Democrats are not expected to filibuster the nomination of Gorsuch.

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