County commission meetings
Commissioners Mike Samson, John Martin and Tom Jankovsky
Garfield County adopts federal lands natural resources planGarfield County has concluded its Federal Lands Natural Resources Coordination Plan and Policies document, which will guide the county’s policy decisions on public lands with the principles of coordination, multiple-use and sustained yield.
Western Garfield County bus serviceGarfield County has approved a $278,360 grant to the Town of Parachute to help bring a new transit bus service connecting Parachute/Battlement Mesa and Rifle. The service is expected to commence this summer.
FMLD fundsAn intergovernmental agreement between Garfield County and the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District is returning roughly $7.3 million in excess funding from cleanup of the Anvil Points federal oil shale research site.
Second Amendment preservationThe Board of County Commissioners unanimously supported a resolution declaring Garfield County as a Second Amendment Preservation County. Sheriff Lou Vallario vowed to defend the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Sage grouse planThe BLM has released an approved record of decision (ROD) on amendments to its northwest Colorado greater sage grouse resource management plan that reflect contributions from Garfield County.
NACo honors MartinGarfield County Commissioner John Martin will receive the 2018 Dale Sowards Outstanding Public Lands Official Award, bestowed by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Western Interstate Region (WIR) on May 25.
Board supports BLM moveGarfield County is supporting a push to move the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters to western Colorado. A resolution urges Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to relocate the BLM’s base to Grand Junction.
John Martin honored at CCIGarfield County Commissioner John Martin is the 2017 recipient of the Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Distinguished Service Award. The award is given based on exceptional quality of service to the community and citizens of Colorado.
Broadband strategyA strategy to improve broadband services for residents in Garfield County is moving forward, with an immediate focus on service in more remote areas. An RFP for equipment and operations is in the works.
Late changes exclude publicGarfield County has received 138 records from a Freedom of Information request to the US Department of Interior after filing a lawsuit. The DOI did not get public input on late changes to its Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision released in September, 2015 for Northwest Colorado.
County objects to BLM 2.0The Bureau of Land Management has a proposed rule known as Planning 2.0, to change how it manages federal lands and Resource Management Plans. The commissioners are concerned it shifts away from localized decisions.
Bill proposes statewide insurance rating areaA new bill, Single Geographic Area Individual Health Plans (HB 16-1336), calls for the study of a single rating area for health insurers. It passed in committee by 12 to 1 March 24 and moves to the House.
House Bill 16-1336