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Stephanie Beckett, middle, Moffat County elections supervisor, reads bids from a mineral lease auction Wednesday morning in a Moffat County Courthouse conference room while Jeff Comstock, left, natural resources director, and Dan Davidson, right, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, record the results. The auction consisted of 34 tracts totaling 644 mineral acres owned by the county and museum. The auction could net more than $158,000 and $152,000 for the county and museum, respectively, if the Moffat County Commission accepts the bids Jan. 11.

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Mineral lease auction yields funds for Moffat County, museum

On Dec. 13, the Moffat County Commission unanimously approved conducting its third mineral lease auction. Up for grabs were 32 tracts encompassing 444 mineral acres owned by the Museum of Northwest Colorado, plus an additional 200 acres divided into two parcels owned by Moffat County. On Wednesday, county officials released results of the sealed bid auction, in which all 34 tracts were leased — netting more than $152,000 and $158,000 for the museum and county, respectively.

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