Some governors in the U.S. West say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
The congressional district's representative is making a case for the Western Slope.
“To be the name that pops up at the top of the BLM conversation is wonderful for us,” said Robin Brown from the Grand Junction Economic Partnership.
Monsoon storms helped dampen fire concerns in BLM-managed public lands across the state.
The proposal would open up 95 percent of the area, almsot 8,000 acres, to oil and gas drilling.
In western Colorado, volunteers say they’re preparing to bring up to 5,000 gallons of water per day to a herd of 750 desperate horses.
Secretary Ryan Zinke is planning to move BLM headquarters. Coloradans in Congress are angling for a Colorado location.
The Bureau of Land Management is consulting with the Navajo Nation before deciding whether or not to sell drilling rights.
"There is no proposal to offer any leases in the San Luis Valley,” said BLM spokesman Steven Hall.