Coming Nov 14th – Concert for Causes – Location Changed!


A Last Minute Change in Location and venue. Since it won’t be at What A Grind there will not be a buffett lunch, but snacks will be served.



WHERE: 9630 Cota Lane (9630 County Road 20.8) Trinidad Colorado
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Kerry Grombacher


Check out Kerry’s website for more info on Kerry.

In the spirit of the troubadours of old, western songwriter, Grombacher’s songs paint vivid portraits and tell fascinating stories that are setin the landscapes where he’s worked and traveled for over forty years,from the bayous of Louisiana, through the desert southwest, to the hi-line of Montana and the forests on the Pacific Northwest.  This is his first appearance in Trinidad!

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Joan MacNeish

Please “Develop Coalbed Methane Carefully”

A Recent Letter to the Editor in the Billings Gazette. As you look up and down the front range of the Rocky Mountains, all the way from New Mexico to Canada, you will find heavy Methane Gas Well development. Each and every well that is producing Methane Gas, or better known as Natural Gas, from coal beds also removes or has removed a lot of ground water in order to release the methane gas.

This affects each and everyone of us living in these areas. Why? because these coalbed methane gas wells are shallow wells as compared to other areas in the country and when water is removed it can and does affect our domestic water wells and many have gone dry or have been damaged beyond repair. Not only is the water being removed but the chemicals used in fracking or developing these gas wells have not been disclosed and could be harmful for our health and the enviroment.

Here is what one family has to say,

I’m excited that people in the U.S. and in our area are looking at alternatives for energy other than oil from the Middle East. One of those efforts, which produces both energy and jobs, is coalbed methane. But it also does potential harm if done poorly or without concern for our environment and water depletion and water rights.

I’m no expert, but I understand that coalbed methane is trapped gas held in coal seams by underground water. The gas is released by pumping out the water. Sometimes as much as 20 gallons of water per minute for years and years.

The estimates for coalbed methane development are generally around 20,000 wells in southeast Montana. This many wells can pump out as much as half a trillion gallons in 10 years. Some published, respected analysis predict that groundwater aquifers could be lowered by as much as 600 feet. Wells can and will dry up.

Aquifer recharge, or pumping the water back down where it came from, is a method of coal bed methane production which allows energy companies to extract methane while maintaining the aquifers and preventing water pollution. It might cost a little more, but energy companies can still earn a profit.

The EPA is finally looking more closely at this ever increasing industry.  We need to make sure this is done properly, so that eastern Montana is not faced with disastrous side effects as happened in Butte.

Bob and Marilyn Thaden

Miles City

What Chemicals are in Fracking Fluids

High Country News just posted an interesting article called

“Frack Forward – Wyoming’s fed-bucking approach to environmental policy”

On Sept. 15, Wyoming activated new rules requiring energy companies to identify the chemicals they inject underground to break up rocks in order to free trapped oil and gas. Critics suspect that the process — known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — can contaminate groundwater. Evidence has been elusive, though, in part because drilling companies have been allowed to keep their chemical recipes largely secret.

The new rules — the nation’s strictest — were a surprisingly easy sell in Wyoming, where extractive industries almost single-handedly keep state coffers plump and exercise proportional political clout. At Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal’s behest, the state’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission unanimously signed off on them in June. Though Halliburton protested some, most in the industry seemed unfazed. At the end of this month, the Associated Press reported that drillers even seemed “eager to comply.”

Anticipating similar moves by President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency, which recently increased its scrutiny of fracking, Wyoming wrote the rules as a message to the feds: Your help is not needed here. Federal “meddling” has always irked Wyoming’s leaders. But under Freudenthal, the state has favored a curious strategy for fending off federal regulators: Beat them to the punch with its own cutting-edge environmental policies.

In 2007, with a lawsuit pending over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s decision not to list the greater sage grouse as endangered, Freudenthal ordered state officials, conservationists and industry reps to map the bird’s vital habitat. Within those “core areas,” the state has tightly restricted oil, gas and wind development, all thought to disrupt grouse breeding — a significant improvement over the Bureau of Land Management’s style of developing first and dealing with impacts later.

It’s not a perfect plan — core areas are strategically penciled to exclude the best gas patches, say critics, making places like the Powder River Basin sacrifice zones. And Freudenthal has called the grouse “one of the ugliest, stupidest birds I ever knew.” Still, he’s willing to defend it to protect Wyoming’s natural gas industry. His office estimates that a listing would subject 83 percent of gas producers to new regulations. “What we live on in this state is mineral revenues,” said Freudenthal energy advisor Aaron Clark in 2009, “and we would be subjecting a lot of that to the vagaries of the Endangered Species Act.”

For now, the plan has kept federal regulation at bay. When the Interior Department this year again declined to protect the grouse, officials commended Wyoming’s efforts. And Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has encouraged other states with sagebrush habitat to adopt the core-area model.

Wyoming hopes the feds will be similarly seduced by its new fracking law, as well as pioneering rules developed over the last two years for future carbon capture and sequestration projects. Shannon Anderson, a lawyer for the Powder River Basin Resource Council, a local environmental group, calls the latter “generally good rules.” But they’re less cautious than similar rules drafted by the EPA, which aim to protect drinking water by considering only deep, briny aquifers as potential carbon storage sites. Wyoming’s rules could allow injections in shallow geologic formations, potentially even those that overlie drinking water sources. “They were designed to beat EPA and hopefully get them to follow, rather than dictate, Wyoming’s approach,” Anderson says.

It’s encouraging to see Wyoming advance environmental regulation instead of relax it, as the previous governor did to ease coalbed methane development, and as the Bush-Cheney administration did with fracking. But local environmentalists caution that the new policies aren’t necessarily evidence that Wyoming’s gone green.

“All these rules are baby steps in terms of what we really need to accomplish to address the impacts we have in the state,” Anderson says, adding that Wyoming is in “an already compromised position.” Between 2001 and 2005, sage grouse populations near coalbed methane development in the Powder River Basin declined by 82 percent. Freudenthal refuses to moderate Wyoming’s anti-wolf stance, jeopardizing the state’s chances to manage the animals. And requiring frackers to disclose their chemicals won’t protect groundwater if drillers remain exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act. “The idea is to get these rules in place and stop Congress from passing (comprehensive legislation), which would actually protect public health and safety,” Anderson says.

Imperfect as it may be, Wyoming’s breakaway approach to environmental regulation is gaining favor among some surprising constituencies. Last month, Cathy Woollums, an executive of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., a coal-reliant utility behemoth, came to the Wyoming Legislature with an unexpected request: Regulate greenhouse gases. Congressional inaction is creating too much uncertainty in the utility business, she said. And, in any case, MidAmerican would rather answer to Wyoming than the EPA.

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Fall Colors in Las Animas County

Cordova Arch in Full Fall Colors in Las Animas County

Above is a photo of the Cordova Arch that we took last weekend while the fall colors were in full swing. You might still catch a lot of color if you hurry. If not please enjoy the photos below that we took.

Note: click on individual images if you want to see a larger version of them.

Charlie and Barb
Adobe Gold Properties
Colorado Land For Sale

Concerts for Causes – Oct 10th – Jacque Gipson Playing

Jacquie Gipson will be playing a Concert at the local diner “What a Grind” on Sunday October 10th, 2010 at the corner of Cedar and Commercial Streets.

RSVP for Tickets, which are $20, Call 719-846-0505

Tickets include Buffet and Concert

Buffet starts at 1:00pm and Concert Starts at 2:30pm

Let me share if you haven’t seen Jacquie Gipson play check out this post on our forum that has video of her playing at our local Trinidaddio Blues Fest ….…io-blues-fest/

As I am posting this there were still seats available. They are able to seat 65 Guests.