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Bears Ears Public Comment Deadline Is Thursday

Last year, the Trump administration reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. Now, the federal government is taking public comment on a draft management plan for the monument, and Thursday is the last day for feedback. To learn more about the implications of the proposed change, Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with former press officer for the White River National Forest Bill Kight. Kight recently retired from nearly 40 years in land management and has also worked as an archaeologist. Listen Here >>

Bears Ears Public Comment Deadline Is Thursday 2018-12-04T23:14:30+00:00

Guest commentary: Keep fighting for Bears Ears National Monument

For over 80 years, indigenous people, connected for untold generations to a most unusual and enchanting portion of southwest Utah's landscape, urged the United States government to protect their homeland. None of those people who started that effort walk upon the Earth with us today, but hopefully, their labor of love wasn't in vain. That homeland, Bears Ears National Monument, was established by President Barack Obama in December 2016 at the request of five Native American tribes, who spent six of those 80 years in public meetings developing their plan for management and protection of the land and cultural resources. Those [...]

Guest commentary: Keep fighting for Bears Ears National Monument 2018-11-12T17:45:54+00:00

Judge: BLM fell short in oil, gas plan review

A federal judge has agreed with activists that the Bureau of Land Management failed to adequately consider greenhouse gas impacts from oil and gas consumption in its new resource management plan for the Colorado River Valley Field Office. Judge Lewis T. Babcock also found that the agency "failed to consider reasonable alternatives to oil and gas leasing and development" as part of its review of alternatives in the plan. Babcock has ordered the plaintiffs in the suit to try to negotiate a remedy to the shortfalls in the BLM's review, and to submit written briefs on a proposed remedy if an [...]

Judge: BLM fell short in oil, gas plan review 2018-11-08T18:11:20+00:00

Trump administration again backs off plan for drilling on Colorado public land

The Trump administration is again shelving plans to allow oil and gas drilling on public land in Colorado after complaints from state officials and activists. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Friday some of the land is in big game habitat and some is in the North Fork Valley in western Colorado, where bureau officials are in the process of revising resource management plans. The land covers about 116 square miles (300 square kilometers) in 58 parcels. “We appreciate the BLM’s thoughtful decision to listen to the concerns of Coloradans,” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said in a written statement. “The [...]

Trump administration again backs off plan for drilling on Colorado public land 2018-11-08T18:04:47+00:00

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