Congressman Scott Tipton

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 It’s the final week of a long election season, and one thing local party leaders agree on is this year’s races are too close to call.

 Former state Sen. Gail Schwartz, a Democrat who used to live in Snowmass Village, is challenging Republican Rep. Scott Tipton of Cortez in the race for Colorado’s Third Congressional District.

 

The BLM’s recent announcement that it’s canceling oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide has environmentalists applauding the decision and industry executives preparing for litigation. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Collin Szewczyk, reporter for the Aspen Daily News, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.

 

You can hear more of the conversation at 3:30 p.m. today.

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The primary election results are in. Two valley natives will advance to the fall election for a Pitkin County commissioner seat. And in Garfield County, a candidate has been selected who will be serving his sixth term as a commissioner. In the Colorado congressional race for the third district, it’s going to get interesting between Democrat Gail Schwartz and Republican Scott Tipton.

 

Elise Thatcher

  There’s one week to go in Colorado’s statewide primary. In the Roaring Fork Valley area, voters are largely choosing between congressional candidates and county commissioners.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A management plan has been adopted for the Crystal River but getting ranchers to agree to divert less water is still a challenge.

Keeping water in the Crystal

And rivers around the state are about to hit their peaks.

And in Glenwood Springs, a rare collision between a truck and an Amtrak train has made headlines.

Elise Thatcher

  Republican congressional candidate Alex Beinstein has been crisscrossing the state in preparation for his challenge of incumbent U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton in the June primary.

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Representatives from the Wilderness Workshop and Thompson Divide Coalition had harsh words Tuesday for a proposed oil and gas lease swap. Meanwhile, Pitkin County commissioners expressed frustration that their input wasn’t considered in the latest proposal. Morgan Neely has more.

County officials received praise from conservationists in yesterday’s session for their work on protecting the Thompson Divide. Those same activists directed criticism towards a bill coming from Congressman Scott Tipton’s office. It would allow drilling in Delta County instead of the Divide.

  This week, on Mountain Edition:

Elise Thatcher

Congressman Scott Tipton wants to introduce legislation that would exchange leases on the Thompson Divide for new drilling rights near Paonia and Rangeley — a plan that’s nearly identical to a proposal by the oil and gas industry last year.

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  Congressman Scott Tipton will face a challenger from his own party before the fall election. That's one of the local results after Republicans gathered in Colorado Springs this past weekend.

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 Representative Scott Tipton’s “mobile office hours” will be coming through Aspen this Thursday, April 7. From 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the public can meet with members of Tipton’s staff and hear updates on the legislative session.

Eagle County Times

  Two Carbondale residents are moving forward with their campaigns against two members of Colorado’s congressional delegation.

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  The Thompson Divide Coalition is adjusting its course. The nonprofit is shifting from crafting legislation to supporting a pending BLM decision.

Valley Roundup 11-13-15

Nov 13, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Snowmass Sun editor Jill Beathard, Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News.

The Aspen Skiing Co. is earning bragging rights of being one of the first ski resorts in the state to open early.

Ajax to open early

Congressman Paul Ryan was a special guest at the Pitkin County Republicans’ annual gathering last night. More than 250 people dined during the Lincoln Day Dinner at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village. The ballroom swelled with laughter and good-natured teasing among local party representatives. Visiting speaker and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan talked about his connection with the Roaring Fork Valley.

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A top administrator in the EPA’s Office of Water was in the Roaring Fork Valley on Wednesday, touring local rivers and drumming up interest for a proposed Clean Water Act rule. Acting Administrator Nancy Stoner says the so-called “Waters of the U.S.” rulemaking clarifies what types of waterbodies get federal protection. Before she discussed the rule with local residents, she traveled up the Frying Pan river. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was along for the ride, and filed this report.