Colorado Land Board plans swap with Twentymile Coal

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— The Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners has begun a public process surrounding its plans to exchange 307.41 acres of state trust land in western Routt County with Twentymile Coal Mine for 385.16 acres owned by the mine.

Both parcels are in the vicinity of Foidel and Grassy creeks.

Precise details of the location of the parcels will be contained in a legal notice published in the newspaper June 3, beginning the public notice period.

State Land Board External Affairs Officer Melissa Yoder confirmed this week that third parties with an interest in the state trust parcel still could bid on the land and acquire the parcel sought by Twentymile Coal.

“Technically, another party could say, ‘I’d like to exchange another parcel for the land’ or ‘I’d be interested in paying you more for it,’” Yoder said.

Anyone who wants to submit alternate proposals for the state trust land must submit a State Land Board application form clearly labeled “Grassy Creek-Foidel Creek Exchange” on or before June 29. For details about that process, interested people may call Northwest District Manager Lane Osborn at 970-824-2850.

Members of the public wanting to comment on the exchange can do so in writing by addressing a letter to Osborn at P.O. Box 1094, Craig, CO 81626, or faxing comments to 970-824-3036.

The State Land Board manages about 3 million acres of land and 4 million acres of mineral rights for the benefit of eight trusts, the largest being the School Trust.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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