Commissioners support BLM headquarters move to Grand Junction

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Mesa County Commissioners have written a letter in support of the Bureau of Land Management headquarters being moved to Grand Junction.

It’s being delivered to each member of the Colorado Congressional Delegation, Governor John Hickenlooper and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

In an email to KJCT News 8, Press Secretary Heather Swift said Interior Secretary Zinke “appreciates the county’s early enthusiasm for his mission of pushing more Interior assets to the field.”

Commissioners believe the BLM headquarters should be in Grand Junction because Mesa County is 72% federal land, an abundance of BLM land in western Colorado and the supportive businesses in the area.

Commissioners John Justman, Scott McInnis and Rose Pugliese all signed the letter.

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) has previously supported moving BLM headquarters to western Colorado.

"My idea is to move the BLM headquarters to the west, put it in a state that's surrounded by BLM lands," Sen. Gardner said in April of 2017.

Read the commissioners letter next to this article.

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