Several Western Slope county commissioners stepped away from their Club 20 meeting on Thursday to convene at the Sentinel and express support for the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act.

They described a years-long collaborative process to shape the legislation, drawing the input of counties, businesses, ranchers, outdoor recreation groups, conservationists and sportsmen to protect — through a variety of designations — about 400,000 acres of public land largely situated on Colorado's Western Slope.

Eventually, the conversation turned to the elephant in the room — Mesa County's opposition to the CORE Act, which commissioners expressed in a misinformed letter they approved on Monday.

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