People power for Thompson Divide

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Wilderness Workshop, we’d like to thank everyone who attended the recent public meetings in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale about Thompson Divide.

Our valley community spoke with one voice that we do not want to see oil-and-gas development in Thompson Divide. We told the Bureau of Land Management not to “suspend” (prolong) the oil-and-gas leases there and instead to let them expire on schedule.

The campaign to save Thompson Divide is now entering an exciting new phase. Last week, more than 400 people attended the screenings of the film “Bidder 70” and brainstormed how to capture all this positive energy and turn it into a citizens movement.

Please get involved! Do you have creative talents that can help draw attention to the cause? Do you love a parade? Are you up for organizing a rally? Can you suggest new ways to get the word out via social media? Thompson Divide needs you!

We want to empower people to develop their own fun, creative, bold actions to help take the message all the way to Washington, D.C.

To get involved, please sign up at, or call the Wilderness Workshop office at 970-963-3977.

Oh, and for all of you who missed “Bidder 70” because of the fashion show, we’re doing an encore screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Third Street Center. See you there!

Dave Reed and Will Roush

Wilderness Workshop