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Letter: Hobbs resignation

I am writing to inform you that I will be resigning from the Carbondale Town Council this fall to pursue my passions in healing arts, language and traveling. I have been accepted to the Crestone Healing Arts Center, where I will study massage, qigong and yoga. After I complete the program I will be moving to Spain for many reasons, one of which is to become fluent in Spanish and pursue one of my lifelong goals of being multilingual and traveling the world.

Four years ago I was living in Montreal in pursuit of these goals when the Thompson Divide oil and gas leases were reaching their peak of controversy. I imagined what I would feel like if I continued traveling the world and my hometown were to be impacted with oil and gas drilling. I knew I would not be able to live with myself if I did not do everything within my individual power to protect and preserve the land surrounding our town which is so precious.

I chose to move back and take action in 2013. I got a job land surveying and got to see many aspects of the area from a professional perspective. I was appointed to represent Carbondale on the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board, building relationships with industry and educating myself on oil and gas, economics and land use. In 2014 I was elected by the people of Carbondale to serve on the Board of Trustees, for which I am extremely humbled and grateful. I thank residents of Carbondale for your trust to serve the community.



Now with fingers, toes, arms, legs and thoughts all crossed, it is looking like the BLM is making the correct decision and canceling the 25 oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide. The final decision is due this summer, and it is not official yet. As always, we must constantly educate ourselves, participate and take action in order to protect our valuable resources. Nothing is ever certain, and we must be proactive. I am so thankful for all who have participated in not only protecting the Thompson Divide, but all who have contributed to the community, all the volunteer boards.

A.J. Hobbs



Carbondale


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