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Farmers, businesses, government officials give BLM an earful over gas lease...

Bald eagles go there to roost in the winter. The pastoral setting is home to one of the highest concentrations of organic farms in Colorado. It is one of just two designated wine regions in the state. But that may change soon. But that may change soon.

Oil and gas activist groups buoyed by Gunnison County District Court...

Grassroots citizen-activist groups seeking more local control of oil and gas drilling are touting a Gunnison County District Court decision earlier this month finding “there is no express or implied preemption” of local regulations by the state of Colorado.

Federal officials caught in ‘snarky’ exchange with public over coal mine...

Clearly U.S. Forest Service (USFS) officials and opponents of coal mine expansion in western Colorado won’t be exchanging Christmas cards this holiday season. Instead, shovelfuls of coal and snark to spare will be dumped in their respective stockings.

Pitkin County backs portion of Hidden Gems wilderness plan

The Pitkin County Commissioners Wednesday unanimously voted to support the Hidden Gems wilderness proposal, which would designate nearly 63,000 acres of public lands in...

Pitkin County, leery of lawsuits, taps brakes in weighing new drilling...

While not exactly a hotbed of natural gas drilling, according to the Aspen Times, Pitkin County - home to Aspen and the scenic Roaring...

Hidden Gems, or locked away too tightly? Wilderness plan stirs debate

A coalition of environmental groups looking to drum up local support for a huge new wilderness bill that could protect up to 450,000 acres...

County commish to back mining reform in testimony on the Hill

Gunnison County Commissioner Jim Starr will be among the witnesses testifying Thursday before a House subcommittee debating a bill that would reform the 1872 Mining Law enacted during the Ulysses S. Grant administration, which to date has not issued a statement opposing the move.

Breakaway members say Club 20 ‘taken over by oil and gas...

Club 20, the Western Slope lobbying group formed 56 years ago to give the largely rural area a stronger political voice in Denver, is starting to see some dissent from members who feel energy interests are taking over the organization.