New ranch owners Conscience Bay Co. taking hands-on approach

A September 2017 cattle drive photo at Harts Bason Ranch, including Jimmy McNamara, Lexi Hill, Mark Hill, and Averill Feldman. Photo special to the Sentinel

An investment company whose plans for a newly acquired Delta County ranch have drawn the attention of the Colorado River District say they are running the property as it has been run for 140 years.

"We're invested in the agriculture and are actually operating that ranch. We're not leasing it out to another rancher. We own the cows, we own the equipment," said Eli Feldman, president of Boulder-based Conscience Bay Co., which invests in and manages commercial and agricultural real estate.