Saturday, August 13, 2022


Voting-rights groups sue AZ to block 'Election Security' Bills; U.S House vote expected today on the new Inflation Reduction Act; the Attorney General moves to release details on search of Trump s home.


Local election officials detail how election misinformation is fueling threats; Media outlets ask a court to unseal the search warrant of Donald Trump's home; and the CDC changes its approach to COVID-19.


Infrastructure funding is on its way, ranchers anticipate money from the Inflation Reduction Act, and rural America is becoming more diverse, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the leadership.

Groups Push to Find Industry-Outdoors Balance in Dinosaur, CO


Monday, December 23, 2013   

DINOSAUR, Colo. - Conservation groups and outdoor recreation companies are asking the Bureau of Land Management to think about the big picture when it comes to approving oil and gas leases in Colorado. Of particular interest is oil and gas development near Dinosaur National Monument.

According to Jim Spehar, the former mayor of Grand Junction, adopting a Master Leasing Plan would help find a balance between the demands of industry and the needs of outdoor enthusiasts.

"The main ingredient that's missing in the leasing process is taking a look at the landscape level on the cumulative impacts of all these leases," he charged.

Recently the BLM has proposed leasing adjacent to park access roads at Dinosaur, and even near the visitors' center. Conservation groups such as the Wilderness Society, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and National Parks Conservation Association are encouraging the BLM to have a more balanced approach and to better manage game habitat, trout streams, air quality and the thousands of acres of land.

Adventure Bound River Expeditions has been open for business in the Dinosaur area for more than 50 years, and owner Tom Kleinschnitz said reckless oil and gas drilling could harm a commodity essential to his business.

"Well, any time there's visual and other impacts to nature, it just takes away from what I'm selling," he said. "When I sell river trips to back-country areas, having industrial zones don't work very well."

The concept of "Master Leasing Plans" was developed by the federal government after President George W. Bush authorized 77 oil and gas leases near Arches National Park and Dinosaur National Monument five years ago. Jim Spehar declared that the MLP approach, which has support from U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, is an appropriate one.

"So to do this MLP process, rather than just react to proposed leasing as was done earlier and then pulled back, is vitally necessary," he said.

In Colorado, outdoor recreation is a $13 billion industry, employing 125,000 people. Spehar added that that industry, as well as agriculture, will be supporting the economy, long after any oil and gas that is underground, would run out.

get more stories like this via email

Since the 2020 election, at least 19 states have passed 34 laws restrict­ing access to voting, according to the Brennan Center For Justice. (Orlowiski Designs/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Voting-rights advocates are suing the state of Arizona over new regulations they say make it harder for some people to register and would block thousa…

Social Issues

New Hampshire ranks second in the country on measures of child well-being, according to the new 2022 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey …

Social Issues

Massachusetts ranks first in the nation for children's well-being, according to the 2022 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation…

While there are continued disparities, an annual report says Minnesota has seen progress in elevating kids out of poverty, with 12% of children falling into that category. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Minnesota once again gets a high ranking among states for child well-being, but an annual report says the state's disparities remain a challenge…

Social Issues

Some measurements of children's well-being show warning signs in Iowa in the area of education. The numbers contrast with Iowa's overall ranking in a …

Pictured in the center is Francine "Fran" Pace, one of 11 graduates of this summer's Youth Leadership Academy for Iowans with disabilities. (Photo courtesy of DD Council).

Health and Wellness

Nearly a dozen Iowa youths with disabilities are taking newly developed leadership skills out into the world. A summer academy wrapped up this month…


A coalition of community organizations teamed up in Oregon to force a chronic polluter out of business, and bring environmental justice to a nearby …

Health and Wellness

During National Health Center Week, health-care advocates are highlighting the work Community Health Centers are doing to improve access to care …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021