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Aspen officials reach agreement on Castle, Maroon dam cases with all parties

The city of Aspen announced Tuesday it has reached settlement agreements with all 10 of the opposing parties in two water court cases where the city was seeking to maintain conditional water rights tied to large potential dams on upper Castle and Maroon creeks. Craig Corona, the water attorney for Larsen Family LP, signed the last of the settlement agreements with the city Oct. 11. The other nine parties in the cases had all signed agreements by August.   >> Read Full Article Here

Aspen officials reach agreement on Castle, Maroon dam cases with all parties 2018-10-17T21:54:22+00:00

Carbondale’s Jones pedals to build awareness of national monument plans

Carbondale resident Brandon Jones combined an epic outdoor adventure earlier this year with activism aimed at building awareness over the Trump administration's plan to shrink three national monuments. Jones bikepacked through parts of Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in Utah from mid-April through the first week of May. "I guess I had been dreaming about and romanticizing a bike tour," he said. He tends to be more a backpacker and spends considerable time in wilderness, where mechanized uses aren't allowed. But he figured using a bike was the most practical [...]

Carbondale’s Jones pedals to build awareness of national monument plans 2018-10-08T20:10:29+00:00

Thompson Divide lease cancellation confirmed with legal case dismissal

Environmental groups are claiming victory after a legal challenge to the Bureau of Land Management's cancellation of 18 undeveloped oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area west of Carbondale was formally dismissed by a federal court in Denver last week. U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn on Sept. 4 ordered the dismissal of the case, following an agreement earlier this summer between U.S. Interior Department officials and Houston-based SG Interests reimbursing the energy company $1.5 million for the canceled leases. Read Full Article >>

Thompson Divide lease cancellation confirmed with legal case dismissal 2018-09-11T16:14:45+00:00

Judge Dismisses Thompson Divide Lawsuit; Lease Cancellations Stand

After an environmental review in 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) cancelled 18 oil and gas leases owned by the company SG Interests. The company then filed a lawsuit, which was dismissed by a federal judge in Denver last week. It comes after a settlement in June in which the BLM agreed to pay SG $1.5 million. Peter Hart is staff attorney for Carbondale-based environmental group Wilderness Workshop; he said while there are still some development threats in Thompson Divide, this is major victory for the groups who worked to protect the area. Read Full Article >>

Judge Dismisses Thompson Divide Lawsuit; Lease Cancellations Stand 2018-09-11T16:12:48+00:00

Defying Donald Trump, Diana DeGette Reintroduces Colorado Wilderness Act

For twenty years, Congresswoman Diana DeGette has tried to pass a Colorado wilderness bill. Now she's trying again: Today, July 24, DeGette introduced the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2018, which would provide federal protection for wild spaces in Colorado. If it ever passes. While increasing demand for recreation and the importance of preserving open space remain key reasons for pushing the bill, the timing of its introduction this round was inspired by the president and his cabinet. “Public lands are under attack by the Trump administration. That’s why the sense of urgency of reintroducing this bill is even greater,” DeGette said [...]

Defying Donald Trump, Diana DeGette Reintroduces Colorado Wilderness Act 2018-07-30T21:03:29+00:00

City of Aspen will not build reservoirs in Maroon and Castle valleys

Aspen City Council on Tuesday approved agreements with five entities that took the municipal government to court in an attempt to block its plans to build dams on Castle and Maroon creeks. The approved agreements stipulate that the city will not build reservoirs in those pristine wilderness areas, and will move its conditional water rights to a yet-to-be determined location.   Read Full Article >>

City of Aspen will not build reservoirs in Maroon and Castle valleys 2018-06-01T15:27:00+00:00

City of Aspen agrees to no dams in designated wilderness area

The city of Aspen has reached an agreement with five opposing parties in water court over the municipal government's plans to reserve the right to build dams on Maroon and Castle creeks. Two of the opposers, Wilderness Workshop and Western Resource Advocates, announced the settlement Thursday evening. Will Roush, conservation director at Wilderness Workshop, commended the city for finding another way to store its water other than in a designated wilderness area. "It's a big deal. … Everybody came to a consensus that these were not the right places for dams," he said. Read Full Article >>

City of Aspen agrees to no dams in designated wilderness area 2018-05-25T18:18:40+00:00

Shoemaker steps down at Wilderness Workshop, Roush to fill his shoes

In what the organization is calling a “bittersweet moment,” Wildness Workshop Executive Director Sloan Shoemaker announced his resignation from the position last week — but although the news marks the end of a 21-year run in that role, it doesn’t mean the end of Shoemaker’s involvement with the Carbondale conservation nonprofit. Currently, he’s working to ease the transition for Will Roush, who will be promoted from his current position of conservation director in September. “It’s not really up to me where the organization goes,” Shoemaker said of his new responsibilities at Wilderness Workshop. “I have to let go. But how I’m [...]

Shoemaker steps down at Wilderness Workshop, Roush to fill his shoes 2018-05-25T17:07:51+00:00