Please come to Grand Junction, towns to tell BLM

The Bureau of Land Management should move, and not just to Denver, but to Grand Junction, a Colorado local-government association says.

The Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado voted Wednesday to encourage the counties and cities within its area to write to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to move the agency to the largest city between Denver and Salt Lake City.

Zinke, according to E&E News, which cited the notes of Interior Department employees from a meeting with him, is considering moving the headquarters of three agencies — the BLM, Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation — to Denver.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, both Colorado Republicans, have introduced bills to move the BLM to one of 12 Western states. The measure would leave it to Zinke, a former U.S. representative from Montana, to decide where to put the headquarters.

Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson urged the association, which comprises 20 local governments, including Grand Junction and Mesa County, to press Zinke on moving the BLM to Grand Junction “post haste.”

“We’re going to support you all in Grand Junction,” Rangely Chamber of Commerce Director Konnie Billgren said.

The BLM manages nearly 250 million acres of land, nearly all of it west of the Mississippi River and 982,000 of Mesa County’s 2.14 million acres, or about 45 percent of the county.


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