Legislative withdrawal of the Thompson Divide from future oil and natural gas leasing got its first congressional hearing in Washington, DC this week as part of an overall hearing on the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Economy (CORE). And, Roaring Fork Valley residents were on-hand for support.

Stacey Bernot, former Carbondale mayor, Bill Fales, owner of Cold Mountain Ranch, Mike Pritchard of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association and the Thompson Divide Coalition, and current Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson attended Tuesday’s hearing. By the time they return to the Valley later this week, they will have talked to Congressman Joe Neguse, who introduced the CORE Act into the House, Congressman Scott Tipton of Colorado’s 3rd District, and Senator Cory Gardner’s staff.

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