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Sen. Cory Gardner visits Moffat County Farm Bureau in Craig

Lauren Blair

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, visited Craig Thursday evening as part of a tour of the West Slope with his family. The Moffat County Farm Bureau hosted a picnic dinner for him at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, where he answered questions and shared a few words about what he's working on in Washington.

On agriculture:

"It continues to be my goal to bring back new generations to farming and keep existing generations on the farm and ranch," Gardner said.

On the Bureau of Land Management:

Gardner said he is working to "move the BLM out of Washington, D.C. and move it to western Colorado," with his sights set on Grand Junction.

 "99.9 percent of the acres the BLM manages are west of the Mississippi River, so let's put them in the place their decisions impact. I will continue to push to get that out of Washington and into the world of common sense," he said. "Better decisions will be made if the policy-making people are in the places their policies have been made for."

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Gardner also addressed energy development, health insurance, rural economic development and trimming federal regulations on business.