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Jesse Pluim / Bureau of Land Management

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.

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Courtesy Katie Senft / UC Davis

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.

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Nevada Division of Forestry

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, June 28, 2021.

The new Bureau of Land Management headquarters is in a sprawling four-story brick and glass building near the airport in Grand Junction, Colo. The agency isn’t the only tenant, but it’s likely the most controversial.

Under the Trump administration, BLM's acting director William Perry Pendley moved the headquarters away from Washington, D.C., touting the relocation as good for public lands, the agency’s budget and employees’ quality of life.

President Biden's nominee to oversee federal public lands as head of the Bureau of Land Management is under fire from a top Senate Republican for her ties to a criminal case more than three decades ago.

When Tracy Stone-Manning was a University of Montana student in 1989, she passed along an anonymous letter to the U.S. Forest Service. It was written by an acquaintance who warned he put hundreds of metal spikes into trees in North Idaho that were supposed to be logged. This tactic – called tree spiking – can seriously injure loggers if their saws hit the spikes.

When headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) relocated from Washington D.C. to Grand Junction, CO, it was a controversial move.

The Trump Administration and some Mountain West lawmakers said the idea was to get decision-makers closer to the land and resources they manage. But critics, including Democrats, conservationists and former BLM employees, saw it as a way to gut the federal agency in favor of Trump’s "American energy dominance" agenda.

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Courtesy City of Reno Twitter

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

A large pile of trash in the desert outside of North Las Vegas.
Nathaniel Holmes / BLM

It’s easy to throw away everyday household waste, but what happens when broken appliances, old furniture or even hazardous waste need to be removed?

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Jana Sayson / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local morning news headlines for Friday, Apr. 16, 2021.

Visitors have flocked to Western communities during the pandemic to soak in the region’s public lands. But how many visitors? While the National Park Service closely monitors visitation, national forests and the Bureau of Land Management lack an efficient and cost-effective way to measure foot traffic.

Last week, the Bureau of Land Management held its first oil and gas lease sales in months, netting more than $8 million from drillers eyeing public lands primarily in New Mexico.

William Perry Pendley’s nomination to lead the Bureau of Land Management may have been pulled, but he’s still effectively leading the organization. Two lawsuits are still trying to put that to an end. 

The president’s controversial nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management is facing renewed pushback from Western lawmakers.

A National Wildlife Federation report published this week says new oil and gas leases on public lands could harm existing hunting economies in the West.

An image of a single oil derrick situated in the open spaces and mountains of Utah.
Bureau of Land Management

A federal report out this week shows that the Bureau of Land Management has more than halved the time spent reviewing oil and gas drilling permits, a reflection of how the agency's priorities have shifted under the Trump administration.

A proposed wind farm in southern Idaho could become one of the largest in the nation.


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Lucia Starbuck / KUNR

The Truckee Meadows Public Land Management Act, formerly known as the Washoe County Lands Bill, is back before Congress. It would allow federal land in Nevada to be sold to local government for development and conservation projects. The proposal has received support from the cities of Reno and Sparks, as well as Washoe County, but it has also faced public criticism.

The Bureau of Land Management’s plan to move its headquarters out west is costing the agency around half the employees asked to make the move, according to a new report from federal watchdog Government Accountability Office.

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Bureau of Land Management

A federal judge in Idaho has ruled against the Trump administration’s decision to limit public input when leasing the West’s public lands to oil and gas drillers. The decision voids five oil and gas leases in three states.

An image of oil drills on public lands.
Bureau of Land Management

On the 100th anniversary of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, the nonpartisan group Taxpayers for Common Sense published a report Tuesday calling for an increase in the royalty rate on publicly owned oil and gas.