The Frontier Women’s Job Council Is A Nonprofit Created In The Summer Of 2019 To Attack Opponents Of A Limestone Quarry Owned By Chad Brownstein

Chad Brownstein Is The CEO Of Rocky Mountain Resources And The Son Of Lobbying Magnate Norm Brownstein. He Wants To Expand His Controversial Limestone Quarry, But Citizens Of Nearby Glenwood Springs Are Opposed

Chad Brownstein Is Currently the CEO of Rocky Mountain Resources. “Chad Brownstein is the Chief Executive Officer of RMR responsible for the corporate strategy and board oversight for all investments. Mr. Brownstein has been an active member of the resource community for 20 years having founded and financed multiple hydrocarbon and mining companies.” [Rocky Mountain Resources, accessed 04/10/19]

  • “Namely, RMR’s chief executive is Chad Brownstein, son of Norm Brownstein, who serves as chairman of Denver’s influential law and lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.” [Colorado Sun, 04/18/19]

Rocky Mountain Resources Acquired The Glenwood Springs, Colorado Limestone Quarry in October 2016. “A forthcoming application with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is expected to propose a major ‘modernization and expansion’ of the long-standing Mid-Continent limestone quarry located just north of Glenwood Springs….Recent new owners Rocky Mountain Resources, which acquired the quarry from CalX Minerals in October 2016, have been meeting with the BLM, as well as city of Glenwood Springs and Garfield County officials, ahead of submitting a formal modification to their existing operation.” [Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 03/27/18]

Rocky Mountain Resources (RMR) Submitted Its Proposal To Modify Its Operations At the Glenwood Springs Quarry in November 2018. “The owners of the rock quarry above Glenwood Springs have officially filed a proposal to modify its operations with the federal government, according to a spokesperson for the Bureau of Land Management. […] Rocky Mountain Resource Management (RMR), which owns the limestone quarry and has previously indicated it wants to expand the mining operation just north of Glenwood Springs, delivered the proposal over the weekend, according to David Boyd, public affairs specialist for the BLM’s Colorado River Valley Field Office.” [Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 11/26/18]

The Frontier Women’s Jobs Council Formed In July 2019 To Attack Opponents Of The Rocky Mountain Resources Quarry Expansion

The Frontier Women’s Job Council Was Registered On July 1st, 2019. [Colorado Secretary of State website search, 08/19/19]

  • The registered agent is Katie Kennedy. [Colorado Secretary of State website search, 08/19/19] 
  • The address is 2318 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80205, United States. [Colorado Secretary of State website search, 08/19/19]

The Frontier Women’s Jobs Council, In July 2019, Sent A Mailer To Residents Of Glenwood Springs Attacking Former Mayor Leo McKinney. “Former Glenwood Springs Mayor Leo McKinney is taking fire from a mysterious dark money group for using a sexist word to describe the U.S. education secretary. […] The mailer instructs people to ‘contact the Glenwood Springs Citizen’s Alliance and ask them why they don’t value women in Glenwood and the Valley.’ […] The mailer was distributed by the Frontier Women’s Job Council, which registered as a nonprofit corporation with the Colorado Secretary of State July 1. Katie Kennedy, the registered agent of the group, is connected to more than 100 campaign and political finance committees. Kennedy did not return a request for comment.” [Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 07/09/19]

McKinney Is Board Chair Of The Glenwood Citizens Alliance, A Citizen Group Opposing The Quarry Expansion

McKinney, Who Is Also President Of The Glenwood Citizens Alliance, Said He Took “Full Responsibility” For His Tweet. “McKinney, president of the Citizen’s Alliance, which organized to fight RMR Industrial’s proposed expansion of the Mid Continent quarry, apologized for using the term. ‘I take full responsibility for using a very sensitive word that I shouldn’t have used,’ McKinney said. I have strong feelings about Trump’s cabinet, but if I had used a different word I don’t think anyone would have noticed,’ he said.” [Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 07/09/19]

Citizens Alliance Accepted McKinney’s Apology And Unanimously Voted He Remain President. “The Citizen’s Alliance accepted McKinney’s apology and unanimously voted that he remains president. ‘Although we don’t condone the use of this word, the Citizens’ Alliance board accepted the apology,” said Sarah Gordon, Citizens’ Alliance vice president. ‘In a unanimous vote, we upheld McKinney’s position as board president.’ The special vote took place Monday, McKinney said, and the quorum was made up of three women and two men. McKinney said he recused himself from the vote.” [Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 07/09/19]

The Glenwood Citizens Alliance Opposes The Quarry Expansion Due To Concerns Over Impacts To The Environment, Economy And Quality Of Life. “The whole community overall is really opposed to this because it would change the face of Glenwood and has massive visual scarring impacts, some pretty significant environmental impacts, we believe, as well as economic and quality of life impacts for those who visit and love Glenwood Springs,” said Jeff Peterson of the Glenwood Springs Citizens Alliance. He said the proposed expansion would eliminate hundreds of acres of federal forest land that brings tourism money to the town.” [CPR News, 06/18/19] 

  • Worries Specifically Cite Different Types Of Pollution, Including Air, Water, Noise, Light And Carbon. “That could hurt local business owners and lower property values, Peterson said. Community members also worry the company’s production goal would cause serious pollution problems for the area. “Five million tons a year being mined means we’re talking dust pollution, carbon pollution with 320 to 450 trucks a day coming down the hillside and into the community through the tourist areas of town and being dumped directly at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and the Colorado River,” Peterson said. “Everything from air to water to noise to light to carbon pollution is a real concern.”  [CPR News, 06/18/19] 
  • RMR Has Also Been Accused Of Extracting Product From Areas Outside Of Their Permitted Ones. “Many businesses and individuals have signed on to Peterson’s petition against the growth. We were coming together as a community,” he said. Not only does the Citizens Alliance want to stop the growth of the quarry, but they also accused the company, RMR Industrials, of extracting product from outside their permitted area. Peterson said his group is asking the federal Bureau of Land Management to enforce existing regulations and to restrict this proposed expansion.”  [CPR News, 06/18/19]

The Frontier Women’s Job Council, A Nonprofit Corporation Which Registered With The Colorado Secretary Of State On July 1st Distributed The Mailer. “The mailer was distributed by the Frontier Women’s Job Council, which registered as a nonprofit corporation with the Colorado Secretary of State July 1.” [Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 07/09/19]

  • Katie Kennedy Is The Registered Agent For The Committee. “Katie Kennedy, the registered agent of the group, is connected to more than 100 campaign and political finance committees. Kennedy did not return a request for comment.” [Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 07/09/19] 
  • It Is Unclear If RMR Industrial Or Anyone Associated With RMR Is Directly Associated With the Frontier Women’s Job Council. “It’s unclear whether RMR or anyone associated with RMR is directly associated with the Frontier Women’s Job Council.” [Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 07/09/19]

The Frontier Women’s Jobs Council Would Not Disclose If It Had Any Ties To Rocky Mountain Resources 

The Frontier Women’s Jobs Council Refused To Comment On Whether They Are Associated With RMR. “Katie Kennedy, the registered agent of the group, is connected to more than 100 campaign and political finance committees. Kennedy did not return a request for comment.” [Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 07/09/19]

RMR Refused To  Comment On Whether They Are Associated The Frontier Women’s Jobs Council. “RMR did not comment on whether they are associated with the Frontier Women’s group. In a brief statement, a spokesperson for RMR who is apparently based near Los Angeles, said, ‘The subject’s derogatory language toward women has no place in our community.’” [Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 07/09/19]