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As my kids and I were enjoying some tender green beans this week from Eagle Springs Organic farm in Silt, bought at the Carbondale Food Co-op, I was deeply grateful for the Garfield Board of County Commissioners’ vote on Feb. 27.

I was grateful for the vision and commitment of Ken Sack, CEO of Eagle Springs, who saw a neglected piece of land and turned it into a highly productive, state-of-the-art organic farm, and for Bryan Reed and crew at Eagle Springs who care so deeply about growing healthy food for local consumption.

I was grateful for all the citizens who responded to and are part of the Roaring Fork Food Policy Council and sent letters, made calls and showed up to the rally to voice their value of local farming. It was stunning.

I was grateful for the respect and thoughtfulness with which the Garfield BOCC considered the information and sentiments expressed to them by their constituents. It was an exquisite moment in our local democracy.

What local governments do or do not do can make or break community efforts at increasing the availability of healthy local food.

The Roaring Fork Food Policy Council will continue to build working relationships across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to support innovative food policies and projects for our region. For instance, we’re working on the use of EBT cards at farmer’s markets, and a Landlink service to hook up available growers with landowners who would like to grow food on their land.

We’re past peak oil, and the climate challenges will only increase. Feeding ourselves locally is something we can do more of, and the benefits are guaranteed.

Please join me in expressing big thanks to the Garfield BOCC. We all remain in this together.

Gwen Garcelon


It is time for the president to pay attention to the wake-up call. His heavy investment in pie-in-the-sky alternative energy efforts and companies isn’t working.

I don’t know how many of his political cronies have profited by his investment of taxpayer funds in his ill-conceived schemes. The information is out there for his opponents to disclose.

It is apparent that failed companies do not employ people, just attorneys to sort out the mess. The failure puts people back on the street looking for work.

We citizens have a heavy investment in the auto unions, which seem aimed at buying union endorsements for Obama’s second term. At the same time, he and the fear-promoting environmental factions do all they can dream up to discourage development of the fuel to propel those machines. It’s just another attempt to garner green votes.

The tax exemptions for oil and gas companies that Obama wants to slay have historically been in place to encourage continued search for oil, gas and other petroleum products. This was needed to cover increasing costs of exploration and development to find deeper reserves.

Further expense has been incurred to ensure safe operations and comply with extreme federal mandates. The rules should be reviewed in the light of current practices, reasonable restrictions retained and the duplicated red tape of compliance eliminated.

What the country needs is a president and Congress that will encourage drilling in the Bakken field, the Gulf and on the North Slope of Alaska. A guarantee to keep the product for domestic use will be to cut the red tape so refineries can be built and reopened.

When federal lands are drilled, produced and royalty paid, it is a boon to the treasury. It also cuts the prices at the pump.

With increased royalties, Congress might even pay back borrowed money from Social Security. Nah!

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

A couple comments on Joe Mollica’s letter of March 3. As someone who has recreated and worked in the Thompson Creek, Four Mile and Divide Creek area for more than 50 years, I concur that is a great area to do such in.

I do remember gas drilling and logging activity in the area many years ago, as well as loud gas-driven compressor stations, pipeline installations and all the related activity. Those drillers and loggers created trails and improved the old roads to a passable status. They harvested timber, reduced overgrowth, created trails for deer, elk and the cattle who summer there.

Yes, there were problems, but they were usually related to specific issues such as meeting a truck in a narrow section of roadway and each harping that the other was on the wrong side of the road. Everyone got along pretty well, and the entire area benefited from it.

Let’s look at Mr. Mollica’s four points:

1. Value. It’s in the eyes of the beholder. To Mr. Mollica, the surface rights are worth more than the mineral rights. To many others, it is reversed. They would rather have a lower natural gas bill each month.

2. Access. In a quiet neighborhood, I would assume that professionally trained drivers would operate their vehicles within the law, and that pedestrians would do the same. I worry more about the several hundred skier-recreators who are not professional drivers.

3. Air quality vs. loads per day. Any intrusion into the forest will impact air quality. Perhaps we should close Sunlight Mountain Resort due to the high volume of skier traffic, or do away with cross-country skiing, or hunting, or access all together. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

4. The economics vary, for example, loss of overnight stays, gain on tax income based on value. A producing well may result in thousand of dollars of revenue, and supply more jobs for our base economy. That’s families with incomes.

In reality, I support bits of both sides. The real key is moderation and control. That will make this a viable project for all.

Stuart K. Cerise

West Valley City, Utah

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