North Fork Alternative Plan

North Fork residents Jim Ramey, Alexis Halbert and Ty Gilespie discuss their recent trip to Washington DC.  They were part of the delegation that met with officials about the North Fork Alternative plan,  a community-based plan which aims to protect North Fork’s public lands from oil and gas development.  


  • Citizen Scientists Studying Air Pollution in the Valley
  • Finalized North Fork Alternative Plan Submitted to BLM
  • Colder-than-Usual Temps Could Last into Next Week
  • Extreme Dust, Global Warming could lead to Earlier Spring Thaw
  • Sounds of the High Country - Allen Best on Industrial Hemp in CO


  • Use of Drones for Hunting May Soon Be Illegal in Colorado
  • North Fork Coalition Presents Limited Drilling Plan to County Commissioners
  • FBI Fraud Investigation Could Threaten Grants for GJ Airport
  • Delta Municipal Power Plant Set to Close
  • Case Against Montrose City Councilor Moved to Mesa County
  • Job Growth Likely for Colorado in the Near-Term
  • CP&W Seeking Nominations for Landowner of the Year Award
Joanna Calabrese

Just weeks after the Bureau of Land Management announced it would consider some community-developed ideas for managing public lands in the agency's Uncompaghre region, concerned citizens and stakeholders from the North Fork Valley met with Delta County Commissioners in Delta.   

  • Negotiations over SB252 begin this week
  • North Fork environmental groups continue to pressure lawmakers to preserve valley from oil and gas development
  • Fire on Green Mountain extinguished
  • Telluride focuses on reducing greenhouse gases
  • Opponents on both sides claim victory in recent gun ruling
  • Hickenlooper wants tax increase to fund schools
  • Sand Creek survivors file suit

KVNF Local Newscast Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jun 25, 2013


  • Former Paonia finance officer sentenced
  • State Senator faces recall
  • Missing Junction man's body found
  • GarCo commissioners vote no action on RMP
  • North Fork delegation travels to Washington DC


  • Colorado River Users and Managers Face Shortfalls
  • Uranium Lease Comment Period Extended to July 1
  • Hotchkiss Council Expresses Doubts about North Fork Alternative Plan
  • Denver post reports that Colorado new vehicle registrations up 16 percent in 2013

The fight to keep negative impacts of gas drilling out of the North Fork Valley got a boost as community members got a glimpse of the area from a higher plane. On Monday The Western Slope Conservation Center and Eco-Flight offered two tours of the North Fork Valley to graphically show the importance of the North Fork Valley Alternative Plan – a proposal created to provide a rallying point for residents concerned about oil and gas extraction on public lands. The Conservation Center’s director Sarah Sauter explains the purpose of the flights.

Marty Durlin

For the past 20 years, Brent Helleckson and his family have been building a wine business on Garvin Mesa. They’ve constructed a home, a wine cellar a tasting room, and added to the vineyard. In those two decades, they also became a part of the North Fork community. When the Bureau of Land Management proposed 30,000 acres of leases for gas development in the North Fork Valley, Helleckson felt the threat to his winery as well as all agriculture and tourism-based industries.