Moffat County

Sixth Earthquake in 10 days for Western Colorado

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Western Colorado experienced is sixth magnitude 2.5 or greater earthquake in just less than 10 days when a quake measuring 3.0 on the Richter Scale shook an area in Gunnison County 10 miles east of Panoia Sunday afternoon.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake occurred shortly after 3:00 p.m. at a depth of about two miles beneath the surface.

Oil & Gas Lease Auction Includes 59,000 Acres in Western Colorado

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The Bureau of Land Management plans to offer nearly 59,000 acres of land in Colorado at an upcoming oil and gas lease auction.

The lease sale, set for June 7, includes 64 parcels located in Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties in the northeast corner of the state. Bidding begins at 9:00 a.m. Mountain Time at www.energynet.com.

The BLM is accepting public protests regarding the auction through April 30, which can be submitted to the BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, CO 80215.

West Slope Fire Approaches 18,000 Acres

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The Dead Dog Fire burning along the Rio Blanco and Moffat county border in western Colorado has grown to nearly 18,000 acres.

Winds gusting to 70 miles per hour Monday caused the fire to rapidly grow to 5,000 acres and led to evacuations in the area. Evacuation orders were later lifted. Wind continuing Tuesday helped more than triple the size of the blaze, which is located north of Rangely.