SG Interests

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Aspen is in full swing with the World Cup finals hosting the best skiers in the world for five days. And there’s been some fast skiing, which means some gnarly crashes, too.

And it’s obvious that these athletes who are flying down the mountain at 80 miles per hour aren’t in it for the money. They do it because they love it.

80 years of ski racing history in 60 minutes

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Property tax revenue has plummeted in Garfield County as the natural gas industry has slowed down. As a result, the future of public services like libraries looks bleak.

Valley Roundup 1-8-16

Jan 8, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Traffic congestion is a problem near the El Jebel area and one developer thinks changing the timing of the signals will make a difference.

CDOT seeks ways to improve traffic flow in El Jebel-Basalt corridor

And how much can the communities in Garfield County rely on oil and gas business?  

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.

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

Air quality in GarCo improves

Oct 20, 2015

Residents in Garfield County can breathe easier now that a recently released study shows air quality is improving. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

Garfield County commissioners yesterday received results from a human health risk assessment of air quality. It shows a decreasing potential for cancer risk over the years 2008 to 2012.

 

That’s when data was collected by the state department of health at different air monitoring sites throughout the county, which is heavily active with oil and gas drilling.

Marci Krivonen

The Forest Service was met by protesters Tuesday (9/2/15) in a remote area in the Thompson Divide, southwest of Carbondale. The agency is starting a review of a proposal to drill an exploratory well. But, the group gathered doesn’t want any natural gas drilling. They say the area’s natural environment is too valuable. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

It’s tough to imagine coming up here for anything other than peaceful moments in the great outdoors. But about 40 people Tuesday maneuvered mud-caked roads to protest drilling. Some even slept over.

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.”

Marci Krivonen

Two oil and gas companies want to swap Thompson Divide leases, for mineral rights farther north and south of the Roaring Fork Valley. SG Interests and Ursa Resources are two of the largest oil and gas leaseholders in the Thompson Divide.