Letters

Wed
08
Mar
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The privilege of serving

Dear Editor,
Thank You!!!
It is with very mixed emotions that I took an action a couple of weeks ago that everyone works towards to some degree. On Feb. 14, 2017 I took a step into my future by handing in my notice of retire- ment to the Ridgway Marshal’s Office. I am not sure where the road is going to take me, but I will never forget the road that I have traveled to this point. I have been in Law Enforcement for 37 years and one of my best assignments I have had was the privilege of serving the community of Ridgway for the last 16+ years. I was involved a vehicle accident in September 2016 and have not fully recovered to the point that I would be capable of providing the services that you deserve.
During the time I served I have made many friends in the area; Krista and I plan on staying in the community for the fore- seeable future. I wish the citizens and businesses of the community the best.
Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

Thu
23
Feb
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Warming trend

Dear Editor,

This year's February daytime warming trend referred to in your front page story on the Ice Park is indeed real and more severe than in the past two Februaries, 2015 and 2016. Nighttime February temperatures have also increased dramatically this year. Since ice is made at night, these figures are concerning for the Ice Park. I thought your readers might like to see a listing of the monthly average high and low temperatures for the last two Februaries and for the first 18 days/nights of this February.

Average High
Feb. 2015                44.3 degrees
Feb. 2016                42.8 degrees
Feb. 1-18, 2017            47.8 degrees
Historical Feb. Average        39.0 degrees

Average Low
Feb. 2015                23.2 degrees
Feb. 2016                19.8 degrees
Feb. 1-18, 2017            28.3 degrees
Historical Feb. Average        17.1 degrees

Thu
16
Feb
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A delicious serving of thanks

Dear Editor,

The Ridgway-Ouray Community Council extends a big thank you to all who helped make the Feb. 4 Spaghetti Dinner a huge success. ROCC very much appreciates donations to the dinner from Ridgway Mountain Market, Colorado Boy Brewing Co. and The Liquor Store. Thanks also to the Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa and Lodgings for providing complimentary accommodations for our speaker.
We express much gratitude to Roland McCook for his wonderful presentation, “An Evening with the Ute Nation” and to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Drum Group and flute player Eldean Ketchum for their fine performances.
Last but not least, we recognize the many volunteers who dedicated their time and talents to organizing and preparing the Spaghetti Dinner. And thanks to all of you who came out to support ROCC and enjoy this fun, delicious and educational community event. It couldn’t have happened without you.

Sincerely,
Don Swartz and Kate Kellogg
ROCC Co-Presidents

Thu
19
Jan
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Congrats to Richard Weber

Dear Editor,
I wanted to take the time to thank Richard Weber for such a fantastic job organizing the skijoring for the Town of Ridgway. It is a great winter event for the families and community to come together. Since we are a farming/ranching town, along with folks that ski - it could not have been more perfect. Thank you,

Cathy Redmond
Ridgway Real Estate

Thu
19
Jan
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Appalled at quote about sprinkler systems

Dear Editor,
I was appalled and outraged to read a quote in the Jan. 5 issue of the paper from Michael Bazin: “Sprinkler systems really do not save lives; people who die in fires die from smoke inhalation.”
Really? The NFPA and plenty of other reliable and respected sources, readily searchable on the internet, disagree. From an NFPA report US Experience with Fire Sprinklers dated June 2013: “With wet-pipe sprinklers the fire death rate per 1,000 reported home structure fires was lower by 82% and the rate of property damage per reported home structure fire was lower by 68%.”

Thu
08
Dec
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Silverton Heli-ski will negatively impact area

Dear Editor,
There is a proposal to add 10,686 acres to heli-ski terrain east of (San Juan) County Road 2 along the Animas towards Eureka.
There are two possible outcomes if approved by the BLM:
1. Avalanche control work with explosives occurs above the Cunningham Gulch Nordic track.
2. The Cunningham Gulch Nordic track, a public road, and access to backcountry skiing, is closed.
I’m no expert on NEPA or the law, but what really matters in the backcountry is common sense. Heli-drops that run-out onto the Nordic track would be reckless. A majority of the public could lose access to BLM public land for the benefit of a private entity and its paying customers.
Although the permit would say nonexclusive use for heli-skiing, if it gets implemented like it did in Velocity Basin, you know the drill … winter long closure for your protection.

Thu
08
Dec
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Now that it's over

Dear Editor,
The election is over. It is time to move forward, to lead. Whether you are wringing your hands over Trump, or celebrating Clinton’s political demise, please STOP. Take the yard signs down and remove those inane bumper stickers from your cars. Whether you drive an Outback or a Hummer, the only thing I want to see on the back of your vehicle is your license plate. Put away your red or blue partisan bling and get your purple on. Your identity politics are ruining America.
To my nationalist Republican friends, we will not be going back to Norman Rockwell’s bucolic America. Whether or not that America ever existed, today it exists only on canvas in museums. You can blame the technology in your pocket for the realities and the challenges of globalization, but know this: there is no turning back. Building walls and tearing up trade agreements may feel good, even empowering, but they are ignorant responses to a set of political contrivances.

Thu
08
Dec
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No question about it: the system is rigged

Donald Trump was right about one thing. The system really is rigged.
The 2016 election proves it. But the truth of the matter has little or nothing to do with the “liberal” media or fraudulent voting schemes or any other conspiracy theories floated during what can only be characterized as the nastiest political campaign in memory.
We know now the polls were wrong and the winner was, in fact, the beneficiary of a rigged system. But don’t get your underwear in a bunch: the winner did not rig the system. By the same token, had the winner lost it would not have been because the, uh, “nasty woman” he was running against had rigged it.
In truth, the system has been rigged for so long and in so many, uh, creative ways that what is widely viewed as perfectly normal here in the United States looks derisively undemocratic to people in other democracies. Over the years, we’ve legitimized election rigging for Congress as well as the Presidency.

Thu
22
Sep
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Corbett Creek a gravel pit

Dear Editor,
After clearing C. R. 17, following a flood in 2008, the Road and Bridge Department began excavating Corbett Creek and created a gravel mining operation which continued for the following eight years. They channeled up the creek, leveled out the area beside the creek and made 30-40 piles of rock and gravel, which were continually replenished and gravel was hauled off on a regular basis. Heavy equipment was consistently parked at the location.
Equipment operators and road committee members came to know Corbett Creek as one of the three gravel pits in Ouray County.
The public continued being told that the excavation was for the purpose of flood control, although it was evident to residents that the mitigation techniques were ineffective. It was also apparent that the rock being removed was not flood debris, but rather unearthed, excavated gravel.

Thu
22
Sep
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Facts don't support new zone

Dear Editor,
Having attended the BOCC public meeting on the proposed new high country development regulations on the Alpine zone above 9,500 feet in elevation on patented lode mining claims on July 13, three items appeared to dominate the entire hearing. Density, five acre up to a 35 acre building site. Maximum floor space 1,000 square feet or less up to 2500 square feet.
The third item was all about private property rights and taking of lands and uses without due process and compensation that was brought out by only a very few people in comparison to the ones that agreed or had issues with the BOCC proposal.

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