May 3, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Grand Junction Daily Sentinel "Roadless rule for Colorado released"

The Sentinel gets the nod this morning on the 'Colorado Roadless Rules' story.

The Aspen Times is trying to once again ineffectively "pound their liberal chest" alongside the Real sites attempting to wage eco-pen jihad.  Our favorite and the area's most trusted environmental reports off the Summit County Citizens Voice has the most reference resources and is always a good read; but it is the Sentinel that nails the facts without the emotion.

There are only four print  newspapers in Colorado that are held in respect and at a standard that is worthy of being held up to the true meaning of journalistic integrity.  They are the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel since under the ownership of the Seaton family, the Pueblo Chieftain, Steamboat Today and the Aspen Daily News.

Let's hope that the 'Roadless saga' is over for now and all trade, commerce and general enjoyment of life for the folks when they head out to the hills can move forward.  

win win.  Who knew?

(On a side note that is complete political snark and antagonistic on my part:....(yes...this is a "whispering campaign"..)...hey! about that 'fracking is inherently safe'...takes campaign donations from Oxbow/Koch  and Corzine....Sen. Mark Udall (D)??...he's like...well...the conservatives idea of a secret weapon on 'their' a gas Sonja Linman (D) for balanced representation for GarCo in the never-ending quest to have neither side completely get their way...hooah..) 

Matthew Berger:
"The final version of a long-awaited rule governing roadless areas in Colorado’s national forest lands was released Wednesday.

When finalized a month from now, the rule will exempt Colorado from the federal roadless rule released in 2001 and allow exemptions from roadless protections in some locations in the state for activities such as ski-resort and coal-mine expansions and the thinning of bark-beetle-damaged trees.

It would set a larger acreage than previously expected under protections that exceed those of the federal rule.

Wednesday’s announcement is the culmination of seven years of work on various drafts, and in Denver on Wednesday,  the theme from state and federal officials was self-congratulation for a collaborative rule-making process and a victory in which Colorado’s independent spirit was seen as winning out against federal “one-size-fits-all” regulations.

“The new roadless rule represents a characteristically Colorado achievement,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “The rule enhances all that makes Colorado special while at the same time providing a measure of flexibility that supports local economies and ensures communities can take steps to protect themselves from threats of wildfire.”

In a letter last week urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to adopt the Colorado rule, Sen. Mark Udall described the proposed rule as “a compromise in which almost no party got everything it wanted, but nearly all have agreed is fair.....” (Read more?  Click title)

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