Steamboat briefs: BLM cancels Sagebrush Focal Area application proposal |

Steamboat briefs: BLM cancels Sagebrush Focal Area application proposal

The Bureau of Land Management has canceled its Sagebrush Focal Area withdrawal application and the department's proposed withdrawal of 10 million acres of federal lands from location and entry under the mining law in Greater Sage-grouse habitat in six Western states.

The BLM also terminated the associated environmental analysis process. The notice of cancellation can be found at the BLM website at

The BLM determined the proposal to withdraw 10 million acres was unreasonable in light of data that showed mining affected less than .1 percent of sage-grouse-occupied range.

"The proposal to withdraw 10 million acres to prevent 10,000 from potential mineral development was a complete overreach," said Acting BLM Director Mike Nedd in a news release. "Secretary Zinke has said from the beginning that by working closely with the states, who are on the front lines and a valued partner in protecting the health of these lands, we can be successful in conserving greater sage grouse habitat without stifling economic development and job growth." 

The recommendation to withdraw nearly 10 million acres from location and entry under the mining law was one of many land use restrictions proposed for a new management area designated as the Sagebrush Focal Area.

Worldwide Photo Walk slated to take place in Steamboat

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On Saturday, Oct. 7, each year, photographers from around the world gather for the Worldwide Photo Walk to explore, photograph, share photos with one another, make new friends and be a part of a great cause. This will be the fifth year that Roger Good will lead a photo walk in Steamboat Springs. Interested photographers are asked to meet at the main concert stage at Steamboat Ski Area's Gondola Square. The walk, which supports The Springs of Hope Kenya outreach, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Those who participate in the local photo walk are asked to make a donation to support the cause. To sign up, visit

Historic Hayden Cemetery site of spooky heritage tour Saturday

Tickets are now on sale for the fourth-annual Chili Dinner and Echoes of the Past Historic Hayden Cemetery Tour, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 7. The event is a fundraiser for the Hayden Heritage Center Museum.

The chili dinner will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Haven Community Center on Shelton Drive, and tours of the cemetery will be offered at 6 and 6:45 p.m. Those participating in the tours will enjoy a wagon ride from the Haven Community Room up to the cemetery. There, they'll embark on a guided lantern tour, where they will meet some of the colorful characters of West Routt County and hear their stories acted out by members of the Hayden High School theater class.

After the tour, participants will wagon ride back to the Haven Community Center where they can warm up with hot beverages and dessert.

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking. People can bring their own flashlights or purchase a battery-operated LED lantern before the tour at the museum table in the community room for a $10 donation.

Tour and dinner tickets are $25 for adult nonmember, $20 for museum members and $10 for children younger than 18 and can be purchased online at, in the museum gift shop or at the door the evening of the tour.

Dinner-only tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, contact Hayden Museum curator Laurel Watson at 970-276-4380 or email