Friday letters: Glenwood Council, future of public lands

Glenwood is full

Glenwood City Council almost never represents the city residents. They represent the realtors, developers, business and the chamber. They are a very private club. They make up 1% of the people that live here, yet they make all the decisions that affect all of us. Glenwood Springs residents are fed up and very angry about what has been going on. Housing, housing and more expensive housing. Most of this council needs to be gone immediately. They have been killing us for a long time. Residents know that Glenwood is full. Housing, schools, roads, everything. On any new housing proposals, we demand to have the right to vote on it.
We need a city council that truly loves our town, and will protect what little magic is left. 

Michael Hoban, Glenwood Springs

The future of our public lands

Recently the BLM published their updated 10-year draft plan for millions of acres of public lands in Western Colorado.

The plan seeks a balance between responsible development and preserving our outdoors way of life, a healthy natural environment and the diverse uses of public lands.

It recognizes the economic and demographic changes over the last decade in our region and seeks a fair shake for each of the major user groups : outdoor recreation, agriculture, oil and gas and mineral mining.

BLM recognizes the major economic drivers of our region: A study by the Colorado Wildlands Project shows that oil and gas now account for less than 3% of jobs in Mesa County. Another study by Colorado Mesa University showed outdoor recreation and tourism account for between 8% and 11% of county jobs and Agriculture and food service for 6%.

The plan recognizes the need for responsible resource extraction and to minimize the impact on the environment. The focus is on high-potential development areas while excluding low potential and low yield areas. Even so the areas still to be open would cover more than 400,000 acres in the Grand Junction and Colorado River areas. For comparison: that is more than 10 times the combined acreage of Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs.

Emphasis is also on the urgency of reclamation by oil and gas industry of abandoned or inactive drill sites.

High Country News back in 2021 stated there are more than 60,000 uncapped wells in Colorado alone, which continually release large quantities of dangerous greenhouse gases.

There is much more in this draft plan. Enough to lead me to urge everyone to make your voice heard!
Please express your own views before the public comment period end on Nov. 1.
Direct your public comment to :

• Website:

• Mail: BLM Upper Colorado River District, Attn: Supplemental EIS, 2518
Attn: Supplemental EIS, 2518 H
Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506

For further information, contact Bruce Krickbaum, project manager, at 970-240-5399

Garry VanderBeek, Glenwood Springs

Fossil fuels? We need to stop

Carbondale’s City Market has about eight parking spaces near the entrance that are reserved for “hybrid” vehicles. Every time I park my EV there, I see cars that are not hybrid or full EV. I asked the manager about it. He said they can’t really do anything. On. Sept. 16 there was a little old lady that was putting her groceries in her gas burning car. I didn’t say anything.

But here’s the larger point. When I checked my online news today, I saw major problems all over the planet that are directly connected to climate change. Hundreds of fires, incredible floods from massive rain, drought that is killing crops, and heat that is killing people outright. There are stories about young people in the US experiencing great anxiety about the change. Young people are suing state and national governments to force them to become active in fighting climate change.

What needs to happen is well known. We have to stop burning fossil fuels. It’s that simple. Right away. So what about Carbondale? What can we do? What can we do that really makes a difference? How about we stop putting up houses and buildings that will be burning natural gas? Every new building or project that is burning fossil gas will be adding to our problem as long as it stands. I think that’s a crime. A crime against the next generations.

I wonder if the lady in the wrong parking place even understands what we’re facing. Or maybe, she just thinks it is not her problem. Saving a few steps to the store is more important. For a decade now I have been trying to encourage action to stop climate change. Any ideas on how to make that happen?

Patrick Hunter, Carbonale

Truth about Boebert’s lies

How easily she lies.

She lied about her background and education.

She lied that she was a successful businesswoman. (According to her congressional disclosure forms, her restaurant lost $143,000 in 2019 and $226,000 in 2020.)
She lied about the amount she spent on campaign travels in 2020, using donor money to pay off tax liens on her restaurant.

She lied to her constituents that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen.” There is, and never was, any evidence to support this falsehood.

She lied about her support of and involvement in the attack on our nation’s capital.
She even lies about her behavior. How dumb do you have to be to get thrown out of a show and then lie about it? She thinks she is above the rules of common decency and the rule of law.

We, you and I, are paying Boebert $174,000 a year. That’s $476 a day, every day of the year. She has no clue how to work with other legislators to get laws passed that will benefit our country. She habitually lies, is a public embarrassment, and with all the dire challenges facing our world is nothing but a vindictive obstructionist in our congress.

Annette Roberts-Gray, Carbondale

Fiesta de Tamales returns

We want to share the news that after a four-year absence. English in Action’s Fiesta de Tamales is returning to the Roaring Fork Valley. This much-loved event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 4:30-8 p.m. at Basalt High School. There’s something for everyone with music and kids activities, not to mention the best tamales north of the border served with all the fixings. All proceeds go to English in Action, the nonprofit that brings the gift of English to local non-English speakers. For tickets and more information go to or call 970-963-9200.

Cathy O’Connell, Amy Gordon, El Jebel

Self checkout

In response to the statement made about self-checkout stations, please know the Garfield County Library in Rifle requires an in-person checkout … no self checkout.

Janet Bertram, Rifle

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