Moving the Beltway-minded BLM headquarters to the heart of the Western Slope where the federal agency’s decisions literally impacts their backyard every day is an amazing achievement for some of our congressional delegation.

For more than 70 years, Washingtonians have attempted to divine the needs of westerners, without having to actually step foot there.

But with the official announcement expected Tuesday from Interior Secretary David Bernhardt that he’s bringing the agency home to Grand Junction, that all changes. 

This is huge for the Western Slope and the entire state of Colorado and the key players — U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and Sen. Cory Gardner, who have lobbied tirelessly for the agency’s relocation for the past three years.


Gov. Polis, who it appeared was trying to undermine the whole effort and relocate the BLM from one metropolitan area to another, Denver, was so “thrilled” he forgot to actually mention that Grand Junction was the winning choice.

Another sore winner was U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who had to rain on everyone’s celebratory parade with this:

The rest of the Democrats, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, Reps. Diane DeGette, Joe Neguse and Jason Crow, had no congratulatory words, no recognition at all of this great achievement, while Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn applauded the move.