February 26, 2015

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Controlled cattail burn story on KDNK

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On Wednesday after the controlled cattail burn in Silt was cancelled, I agreed to an interview with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh. Marsh also interviewed Mayor Rick Aluise. So for the first time since the Town of Silt announced the proposed controlled cattail burn you will hear some of the reasons behind it from Mr. Mayor […]

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February 26, 2015

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URSA Semi-Annual Community Meetings

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Ursa Semi-Annual Community Meetings are scheduled for the second week in March. Silt Area Community Meeting Silt Firehouse 611 Main Street Silt, CO Monday, March 9, 2015 6:30 p.m. Parachute and Battlement Mesa Community Meeting Grand Valley Fire Station 124 Stone Quarry Road Battlement Mesa, CO Tuesday, March 10, 2015 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be […]

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February 25, 2015

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BREAKING: Controlled burn cancelled today in Silt

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The word from Silt Town Hall this morning is the controlled cattail burn has been cancelled for today and  has not yet been re-scheduled. It’s snowing! Welcome back, Winter!  

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February 24, 2015

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Controlled cattail burn to proceed — town will take no more questions

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This afternoon about 3:00 p.m. while I was out walking my dogs, Silt Police Chief Levy Burris left a message on my answering machine. Burris said that the test burn went as planned today and the controlled cattail burn will proceed Wednesday — tomorrow — as planned. Burris described this schedule: 10:00 a.m. — Briefing […]

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February 24, 2015

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Controlled cattail burn will happen on Wednesday – or not

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According to the update at Monday’s SiltBOTs meeting, the controlled cattail burn will happen on Wednesday, February 25. From noon to 4:00 p.m., one lane of I-70 westbound will be shut down and Hwy 6 (Main Street) will also be closed. Firefighters from Colorado River Fire Rescue will start a test burn at noon Tuesday […]

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February 18, 2015

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Insanity in Silt

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In an email on Tuesday, the Town of Silt announced they are contemplating a controlled burn of the cattails in the wetlands along Hwy 6 (Main Street) between Kum & Go and Inter-Mountain storage units, across from the Red River Inn. There is no public hearing scheduled to address this. The Town of Silt is […]

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February 17, 2015

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Nationally recognized teen focused on helping the homeless

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Glenwood Springs, CO — Chandra Starr is a young teen who gained national attention when she collected close to $20,000 for a local hunger relief organization — one penny at a time. Last year Chandra’s story appeared on the NBC Nightly News. Scholastic News featured her in the magazine last November. This year Chandra is […]

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February 11, 2015

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Parachute Creek spill: Day 707

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Click here for a larger version of the map. An article in Monday’s Daily Sentinel reported that last September the EPA lifted the enforcement order that had required Williams to take actions to keep the underground plume (hydrocarbon contaminated groundwater) from contaminating Parachute Creek. According to the letter, the EPA had “determined that the threat […]

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February 6, 2015

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Oil and gas task force is ignoring health evidence

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Guest post by Leslie Robinson and Dave Devanney* Because of negative experiences western Garfield County residents were encountering with oil-and-gas development, the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance was formed in 1997. Later, the Battlement Concerned Citizens formed. With guidance from Western Colorado Congress, now impacted citizens were empowered to negotiate with operators and government decision-makers to […]

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February 4, 2015

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BOCC expects Oregon to sacrifice environment to support GarCo economy

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Garfield County is ranked among the top five oil-and-gas-rich counties in Colorado. Donning that emperor’s cloak of entitlement granted by such a distinction, whether it’s water rights or greater sage grouse, the GarCo commissioners have never hesitated to assert their illusion of power to state and federal officials. Now they are reaching beyond state lines […]

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