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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I want to thank Steve Bershenyi for telling the truth about the reasons the gas industry downsized their operations in Garfield County. Plummeting gas prices, limited pipeline capacity to transport the gas to market, and expiring leases elsewhere were indeed the major contributors.

Minimal regulations on the industry are there to protect us, the citizens of Garfield County, and have had little or no effect on the industry’s bottom line.

It seems in this contentious election year you can say anything, no matter how ludicrous, and it sticks. Shame on Dave Moore for perpetuating another falsehood. People need to see thorough this nonsense.

We need to work with industry and industry needs to work with the people of Garfield County to protect our water, air and way of life. Tresi Houpt has done a stellar job in the “fair and balanced” area.

Please vote for Tresi Houpt so we can continue to have balanced representation in Garfield County.

Beth Pearce


Roaring Fork Conservancy would like to thank all of the local candidates who participated in our 2010 Voters’ Guide to Water Issues in the Roaring Fork Watershed. All but one candidate responded to our two questions about water issues and solutions in the watershed and we hope you will find their thoughts insightful and educational.

Since water issues quickly become complex in Colorado, knowledgeable legislators are critical to protecting our water resources.

Roaring Fork Conservancy asked candidates in local county commissioners and local House and Senate races for their responses to two questions. Our goal is to present a non-biased forum for candidates to express their qualifications and platforms on water issues affecting the Roaring Fork Watershed and the state of Colorado.

Roaring Fork Conservancy does not endorse any of the candidates and is presenting the responses un-edited in its Voters’ Guide. You can pick up a copy of the Voters’ Guide at many coffee shops and public buildings throughout the watershed or read it online at

We encourage you to vote, whether you vote by mail or at a polling place on Nov. 2. Your voice is an important part of helping us bring people together to protect our rivers.

Rick Lofaro

Executive Director, Roaring Fork Conservancy

I want to thank Rep. John Salazar for listening to the people of our community and taking a stand to protect the Thompson Divide from oil and gas development. This is a matter of great importance to us in Carbondale, as the Thompson Divide landscape lies upwind and upstream of us.

Rep. Salazar did exactly what I would expect a responsible elected official to do. He met with the Thompson Divide Coalition early on, and he encouraged them to get buy-in from all the concerned parties and support from the affected counties. Then, when they’d done that, he kept his promise and committed to introduce legislation.

Incidentally, Rep. Salazar is also advancing legislation to protect several other public lands parcels elsewhere in his district. His opponent, Scott Tipton, is of the “drill baby drill” school of politics, and has staked out extreme Tea Party positions on most other issues.

For common sense, for fairness, and above all for his conservation ethic, I will be voting for John Salazar on Nov. 2.

Dave Reed


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