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Thursday, Montrose County and outdoor enthusiasts got the news they’d been hoping for: The Bureau of Land Management issued a decision to lease about 44 acres of public land to Montrose County, which will enable the county to develop the long-hoped for Shavano Gateway Recreation Area.

Last summer the Bull Draw Fire swept across 36,000 acres of the Uncompahgre Plateau. For over two months, despite the best efforts of firefighters, the fire ravaged some of the most rugged and wildest real estate in western Colorado. The rains of early October finally extinguished the fiery monster.

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