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BLM in Craig adds new officials

The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig has added new officials in recent weeks. The new hires are, from left, Colt Mortenson, interagency fire management officer; Matt Anderson, associate field manager; and Ed Hendricks, law enforcement ranger.

BLM additions:

New staffers at the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig:

• Matt Anderson, 31, associate field manager

• Ed Hendricks, 41, law enforcement ranger

• Colt Mortenson, 42, interagency fire management officer

The Bureau of Land Management's Little Snake Field Office in Craig has added three new officials in the last five weeks.

Matt Anderson, 31, joined the local field office five weeks ago as associate field manager.

Three weeks ago, Ed Hendricks, 41, joined as a law enforcement ranger, and Colt Mortenson, 42, became interagency fire management officer.

Anderson arrived from the BLM's Saguache Field Office in southern Colorado, but he has worked in Craig before on short details.

Anderson said he is happy to return to Craig.

"It's one of the best BLM offices in the state for quality of life and quality of staff," he said.

Hendricks arrived from the Klamath National Forest in Northern California, but he's originally from Colorado Springs.

Hendricks said he's excited to return to Colorado, and Craig has been welcoming.

"People are very sincere here," he said. "It's a positive situation."

Mortenson comes from Price, Utah, where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service fighting fires for the past 24 fire seasons.

He said he has fought fires in all western states except Hawaii.

"And, I almost got to go to Hawaii to fight fires from lava flows," Mortensen said.

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