The Bureau of Land Management moved its national headquarters to Grand Junction early last year. For some people, it was a dream come true. Decisions about public lands and energy development would be made in a region where they had an everyday impact. The agency’s top officials, and their big salaries, would call the community home.
The dream collided with reality last week. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced the headquarters will move back to D.C., and as a consolation prize, Grand Junction will become the agency’s new Western regional hub. One of the people who helped lure the BLM to Grand Junction was Robin Brown. She's now CEO of the Colorado Mesa University Foundation, and until recently she headed a booster group called the Grand Junction Economic Partnership.