Community Party & Sloan’s Farewell

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This fall, join Wilderness Workshop in honoring our organization’s most valuable resource: YOU, our fabulous members and community supporters. Help us celebrate and say goodbye to our outgoing Executive Director, Sloan Shoemaker, in Sopris Park in Carbondale on Friday, September 21 from 5-9 p.m. We’ll be offering FREE beer and non-alcoholic beverages to all Wilderness Workshop members, as well as affordable meals from a food truck (veggie options available).

Entrance is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite guests. Kick back and catch up with friends while enjoying the upbeat sounds of local band Sleepy Justice and The Ferlies. Then, as the sun disappears over the rocky horizon and the evening sets in, join us for a night of dancing and entertainment. If you donated in 2017 or 2018, we want to thank you for all your support. And of course, if you’d like to renew your membership, now’s as good a time as any.

And we have another huge reason to celebrate! A legal challenge to the Bureau of Land Management’s cancellation of 18 illegally issued oil and gas leases in the heart of the Thompson Divide has been permanently dismissed by a Federal Court in Denver. On September 4, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn ordered the dismissal with prejudice, meaning that the oil and gas company can never again raise the same challenge. The court’s dismissal occurred after a settlement that was initially announced last summer and this order confirms that settlement is final. More importantly for local communities, it signals the end of one of the longest brewing conflicts in the broader campaign to protect the Thompson Divide. With this order, BLM’s decision to cancel 18 illegally issued leases in the heart of the Divide stands firm. Now let’s celebrate the final nail in the coffin!