User: flenvcenter Topic: Land-Regional
Category: Land Management :: Mining
Last updated: Jul 28 2016 20:48 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Multiple fires ignite across Moffat County 28.7.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Firefighters are currently battling three wildland fires in Moffat County. Two of the fires were reported within minutes of each other around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, one near Colowyo Mine and one just to the west of Elkhead Reservoir. Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and The Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services responded to the blaze near Elkhead. South of Colowyo Mine, the Milk Fire is burning approximately 30 acres on Bureau of Land Management territory and on private land, said David Boyd, public affairs specialist for the BLM Northwest Colorado District. The fire is burning mainly grass, pinyon pine and juniper. Boyd said BLM and Moffat County have two engines each responding to the Milk Fire, as well as a federally provided helicopter. In Dinosaur National Monument, lightning sparked the Bench Fire on Friday, and crews are continuing suppression efforts this week. According to a news release from the National Parks Service, the Bench Fire is holding at 570 acres and is ...
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Somalia: Suicide car bomb at UN mine offices kills 3 26.7.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Somali police official says suicide bomber detonates explosives-laden car outside a U.N. office in Mogadishu, killing 3.
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FBI nabs BLM bombing suspect; Wyoming wind resistance; unofficial border patrol 25.7.2016 High Country News Most Recent
HCN.org news in brief.
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Gold King one year later: Colorado’s mustard-yellow disaster spurs plans for leaking mine 24.7.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Environmental Protection Agency crews still are preparing to stabilize the Gold King's collapsed portal to gain access for cleanup.
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Colorado mother: Son killed while fighting ISIS in Syria 22.7.2016 Denver Post: Local
A Colorado man who joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group was killed in combat in Syria, his mother said Thursday.
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Dispatch from coal country: Advocates and adversaries duel over leasing reform 19.7.2016 High Country News Most Recent
In western Colorado, two visions for the future of fossil fuels collide at a BLM listening session.
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Park City battles Vail Resorts’ plan to trademark the town’s name 19.7.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Resort operator Vail Resorts has backed off plans to trademark "Park City," after locals in the former Utah mining town protested the application.
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Two bodies found in Colorado River in Grand Junction 18.7.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies fished the bodies of two men out of the Colorado River on Sunday morning
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More human remains found near Eldora Mountain Ski Resort 18.7.2016 Denver Post: Outdoors
The Boulder County Sheriff's Office says human remains found Saturday may be related to remains found inside a snow boot at a Colorado ski resort.
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Letter: Choose national monument over more mines 17.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Efforts to block a national monument around the Bears Ears region are wrong-headed. Proponents of the Public Lands Initiative claim that local land management is better, and it is — for the resource extraction industry. The lax regulations of local management have historically provided much easier access for companies that care not for the fragile lands they desecrate. Ultimately, this does little economically for small Utah towns, whereas tourism spurred by conservation of Utah’s natural wonder...
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The Mighty Zirkel: Take a hike to the tallest peak in Routt County 17.7.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The hardest part of summiting Mount Zirkel wasn’t the daring leap over a raging, ice-cold creek on the trek up Red Dirt Pass. A slip, or too short a jump, would put you in danger of falling down into a dark cavern the creek runs into below a blanket of snow. The hardest part wasn’t the two false summits and the tricky rock scramble at the end of an already exhausting 5-mile hike that started 2,627 feet below. It wasn’t the half-mile I trekked around Gold Creek Lake by myself in total darkness the night before the ascent to meet one of our fellow summiteers, who got off of work late and needed to see a headlamp to know where we had set up our backcountry campsite. It wasn’t even all those tiring steps I had to take in winds on the Continental Divide, which were so brutal, it felt as though someone was pinching my neck every time a stray strap from my backpack was blown into my skin. No, the hardest part of summiting Zirkel was reaching that rock at 12,182 feet and having to condense my hours of joy, ...
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At Hardrock 100, Kilian Jornet and Jason Schlarb finish as co-champions 17.7.2016 Denver Post: Outdoors
As first light peaked over the mountains towering above this town on Saturday, stars still glimmering on a clear, cold night, two-time Hardrock 100 champion Kilian Jornet and Durango's Jason Schlarb trotted through a phalanx of a few hundred cheering people and simultaneously kissed the enormous boulder to signal the end of their nearly 23-hour run.
House passes bill to push abandoned mine cleanup 7.7.2016 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Abandoned mine land reclamation took a step forward in Congress this week as the House passed the “Bureau of Land Management Foundation Act,” which aims to set up funds to clean up abandoned mine sites. The bill, introduced by Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., would create the Energy and Minerals Reclamation...
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Canadian miner will buy Thompson Creek Metals for $1.1 billion 7.7.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
The cash and stock transaction includes the assumption of nearly $900 million in debt that Thompson Creek has accumulated building Mount Milligan, a copper and gold mine in central British Columbia. The company also has struggled against falling metal prices.
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By the numbers: Western coal mine layoffs 6.7.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Coal mines are scaling back and shutting down — and jobs are disappearing.
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Why is an Estonian energy giant trying to revive failed Utah oil dreams? 6.7.2016 Writers on the Range
There’s a new proposal to extract oil from shale, at great cost to the Colorado River Basin.
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Japanese investor buys one of high country’s largest apartment complexes in Leadville 30.6.2016 Denver Post: Local
When Scott Bradley bought the 162-unit Eagles Nest Apartment complex in 2007, people raised their eyebrows: $3 million for a nearly 50-year-old complex in up-and-down Leadville that had seen little investment over the decades? The veteran developer just sold Eagles Nest, one of the largest apartment complexes in the Colorado high country, for $13.5 million […]
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What if I’m not white? 27.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A former sports writer tries to find a place for himself in the outdoors.
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Steamboat briefs: County treasurer’s office set to close Friday for remodel 23.6.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County Treasurer’s Office will close at noon June 24 for an office remodel. The office will move temporarily across the hall from its current location on the main level of the historic Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., and will open at 8 a.m. June 27. According to Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn, this is a temporary move for the month of July. Call the Treasurer’s Office at 970-870-5555 or email treasurer@co.routt.co.us for more information. Roberts named Steamboat Ski Area ticket office director Matt Roberts has been appointed as ticket office director for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. He has been a member of the resort marketing team since 2013 and will shift to his new position effective June 27. “With a solid foundation of sales and online ticketing familiarity, Matt brings a unique perspective to the ticket operations at the resort,” Katie Brown, Ski. Corp. vice president of sales and marketing, said in a news release. “We are thrilled that he will be heading the department as ...
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Coal giant’s hiccup causes turmoil in dependent Colorado towns 23.6.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Peabody Energy’s failure to pay a $1.2 million June installment to Routt County translated almost instantly to trouble for fire protection, the library, cemetery and school for 325 children. It is an example of how the shaky status of coal-mining companies reverberates around the West.
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