US agency to exchange land to Colorado for century-old debt

Posted at 10:58 AM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 12:58:59-05

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – A federal land agency has proposed transferring federal lands to the state of Colorado to pay off a government debt dating back more than a century and is now seeking comment on the proposal by Dec. 23.

The Daily Sentinel reports that the Bureau of Land Management has proposed giving 28 square miles of federal lands and minerals and another 9 square miles of federal mineral estate to the state.

Officials from the state Board of Land Commissioners say a petition was filed for land and mineral estate in lieu of land never previously received.