On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Barbara Platts present a compilation of the week’s news.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The news that the Bureau of Land Management plans to cancel 25 oil and gas leases on the Thompson Divide has all sides reacting.

Marci Krivonen

  Oil and gas companies are deciding how to respond to the BLM’s expected decision about leases on the Thompson Divide. The West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association is working with about eight companies directly affected by a pending BLM decision.

Elise Thatcher

  The BLM is sorting through tens of thousands of comments on what to do about certain oil and gas leases. The 65 leases include 25 on the Thompson Divide.

Volunteers working OT to protect Red Hill recreation area

Jan 3, 2016
Bureau of Land Management

  Red Hill Special Recreation Management Area in Carbondale, known to locals as Mushroom Rock, is facing unexpected challenges due to vandalism and heavy use. Morgan Neely has more.

With more than 65,000 user days annually, Mushroom Rock is one of the most popular destinations for mountain biking, hiking and trail running in the Roaring Fork Valley.

“I love coming up here. It’s a beautiful environment, it’s extremely challenging as a mountain biker, it has great views, it smells like pinyon and juniper, and it’s a great escape from the city.”

Valley Roundup 12-18-15

Dec 18, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Water is a precious commodity. How much will Front Range and Western interests try to take from the Roaring Fork Valley?

‘Colorado’s Conceptual Framework’ included in water plan

Emails between elected officials in Glenwood Springs have shed light on the lead up to the city manager being forced out.

Colorado Trout Unlimited

The Bureau of Land Management is deciding what to do with dozens of oil and gas leases, including some on the Thompson Divide. The agency finished a series of public meetings this week to find out what residents want.

Valley Roundup 11-20-15

Nov 20, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

The Bureau of Land Management is poised to cancel oil and gas leases in the coveted Thompson Divide, angering the industry and giving a sigh of relief to environmentalists.

 BLM proposes to cancel most Thompson Divide leases


Construction of the Grand Avenue Bridge is happening sooner than expected, with causeways being built over the river beginning in January.

Marci Krivonen

The Bureau of Land Management is open to canceling more than half of the undeveloped oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide. The leases in question are for Forest Service land but the BLM manages the mineral rights underneath. The BLM is reviewing the environmental impacts of what can be done with those leases, and has released the list of management options.

Marci Krivonen

Pitkin County elected leaders are sending a letter to Colorado’s congressional delegation, urging them to support an effort that would preserve the Thompson Divide. One county staffer calls it “the most promising proposal to date.”

Bureau of Land Management, White River Office

The Bureau of Land Management has released its proposed changes to an oil and gas management plan that would affect part of northern Garfield County. The BLM’s amendment to the White River Field Office Resource Management Plan aims to reduce the impact of increased oil and gas production. That would be for an area spanning 1.7 million acres. Besides Garfield County, the area includes parts of Rio Blanco and Moffat Counties. 

Oil, Gas Advocates: Leases Should Not Be Cancelled

May 6, 2014
Bureau of Land Management

A set of meetings on how to manage dozens of oil and gas leases in Western Colorado wrapped up last week, and opinions vary wildly. The Bureau of Land Management held the meetings in April and May to solicit public feedback.