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Why retain Mark Garcia?

Dear Editor,
Unfortunately, I missed my opportunity to speak at the city council meeting last week. If I had, I would have voiced my concern and disapproval of the PSA with Mark Garcia Proposal. I looked at the information provided in Exhibit A on the agenda and I feel like the City is paying a middle man whose work could and should be done by the employees of Ouray.
It appears that we will pay Mark to determine costs, get bids, contract out, create timelines and complete punch lists. I believe this work falls under the purview of the Public Works Dept., the Facilities Director and the Building Dept. Additionally, I would seriously think twice about hiring anyone or any company that was affiliated with the construction of the pool; the pool cost was almost twice as much as initially shared with the public.

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22
Sep

Early season bear scare

This may be the worst bear story of the season, and the season has barely begun.
It's a near-tragic story. And a bit curious one from my view. Though my co-publishing bride thinks not.
Early Sunday morning in Orchard Mesa, on the southeast end of Grand Junction, a mother was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by screams. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the woman went outside to investigate and witnessed a large black bear dragging her 5-year-old daughter.
The mother screamed. The bear dropped the girl.
The girl received more than 80 stitches at St. Mary's Hospital with what were described as serious injuries.
Next is the curious part. The report said the girl had gone outside to investigate noises in the yard that she may have thought were coming from her dog.
I told Beecher that when I was five, if it was 2:30 in the morning and I heard noises outside, the last place I would have gone was outside. My bride says she would have.

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Sep

Support for courthouse renovation

Dear Editor,
I would like to thank the citizens of Ouray County who approved the ballot issue providing for the financing for the renovations to the Ouray County Courthouse. You voted in good faith in the ability of Ouray County and its administrators and employees to oversee this incredibly complex project and as a member of the committee which promoted this positive vote and as one who continues to participate in the updates and community outreach I can tell you with complete confidence that this complex project is in extremely capable hands.

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Sep

A doctor, a church, a dark night and a drug deal

“You can buy it on the street, Tom,” he said. “When you get home, just go out and get some so Maggy can try it, okay?”
It was circa 1980. The “it” was marijuana, a “controlled substance” I had never bought and MJ had never even tried. The thin, gray-haired man in the pinstriped suit prescribing pot was a distinguished MD—a hematologist, to be precise. (“Maggy” was a term of affection he adopted early on in MJ’s treatment.)
Hematology is a specialized field of medicine dealing with diseases of the blood and related organs. More precisely, it is “The diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the blood and bone marrow as well as of the immunologic, hemostatic (blood clotting) and vascular systems.”
I had learned a lot about hematology by this time. It was the reason we were at the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The reason I was thinking about marijuana and how to get my hands on some.

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22
Sep

On 20-20 hindsight: Suffer the children to find their way

It's not so much about what I do for a living as it is where. I came by that philosophy as a youngster in large part due to my vagabond father’s example. He left friends, relatives and job security in the rearview mirror—followed his heart and Route 66 west from Ohio to Arizona—scant possessions and a family of five squeezed into a ’49 Ford.
If whimsical gods favor your continued existence, there will come a time when the bulk of your life lies in the unalterable past. Compensation for this injustice is said to be “wisdom.” No one said it’s a fair trade, wisdom for youth, but it beats the cold-coffin alternative.
Wisdom, more-or-less, is simple 20-20 hindsight, the ability to see past mistakes and wrong turns in focus. As Geezers we use hindsight to navigate whatever grains of sand remain in our “hourglass,” some from the safety of a rocking chair, others from the uncertainty of mountain peaks and mountain bike seats.

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22
Sep

In light of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Dear Editor,
In light of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Bill Cosby’s
recent conviction, and in the aftermath of our community’s recent
experiences of sexual assault, I am finding myself reflecting on the
prevalence of sexual assault that is perpetuated by the normalization of rape
culture in our society.
Rape Culture is defined as the following: “A society or environment
whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or
trivializing sexual assault and abuse” (Oxforddictionaries.com).
Examples of rape culture:
• Blaming the victim (“She asked for it!”).
• Trivializing sexual assault (“Boys will be boys!”).
• Sexually explicit jokes.
• Tolerance of sexual harassment.
• Inflating false rape report statistics.
• Publicly scrutinizing a victim’s dress, mental state, motives, and
history.
• Gratuitous gendered violence in movies and television.

Sat
22
Sep

Somewhere near Disappointment Valley

"In the spring of 1880 two hundred and twenty-five exhausted persons reached the San Juan. First they build a little fort, and then their homes: one-room cabins of crooked cottonwood logs. There were no doors in the doorways, no glass in the windows. The sun seared the flats, lanced off the cliffs. Sandstorms whipped the town…Time has made a cruel mockery of the town's heroic founding."
"One Man's West"
David Lavender

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22
Sep

Misleading headline? Really?

We don't mind being corrected. It's not a big deal. In fact, it's part of what we signed on to do.
So when a county commissioner just blurts out during an open meeting in front of the public that we misrepresented a conversation, he should be able tell us at least one thing we got wrong. Right?
Wrong.
Tuesday, County Commissioner Ben Tisdel told the other commissioners, a sizable crowd and anyone else who cared for an opinion devoid of facts, that our article entitled "Road committee steers commissioners in direction of tax increase" (April 5, 2018), lacked accuracy.
Problem is, when asked during a break in the meeting what it was we got wrong, he couldn't say. He said unspecified town and city council members were erroneously led to believe the county was planning a new round of sales tax, and even though that very prospect was raised during that meeting, as we reported, Tisdel said that was misleading.

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Sep

Support for wilderness

Dear Editor,
I write today about two wilderness initiatives that will favorably impact our region’s economy, ecosystem resiliency, watersheds, wildlife habitats and corridors, and recreation opportunities including hunting and fishing.  
First, a huge thank you to Sen. (Michael) Bennet, for the introduction of the San Juan Mountain Wilderness Act on April 19.  If passed, this legislation would designate additional wilderness acreage to both the current Mount Sneffels and Lizard Head Wilderness Areas. In addition, the Act would create a new McKenna Peak Wilderness and the Sheep Mountain Special Management Area (to include Ice Lakes Basin and Hope Lake.)  You can learn more and show your support at sanjuanwilderness.org. Please thank Sen. Bennet at 202-224-5852. Then ask Sen. (Cory) Gardner to co-sponsor the bill by calling his office at 202-224-5941. Finally, encourage Rep. (Scott) Tipton to support the bill by reaching him at 202-225-4761.

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Sep

Not owned by a hedge fund

Dear Editor,
First, congratulations on your CPA award, but sorry you were disappointed that it wasn’t “the big one.”
The many thanks are for your excellent work on your excellent paper, which I read thoroughly each week. When I read the commentary by Ms. Schlichtman (April 19), I realized, in honor of the first Colorado Journalism Week, it was time to let you know how much I’ve appreciated and enjoyed every issue. I’ve learned so much about this area just by reading them.
Your detailed reporting on BOCC and town council meetings has kept me informed and up-to-date on issues, plans, controversies. I know which 4WD roads are open and what birds are being seen. “High speed facts: know your broadband jargon” went perfectly with “Council raises concerns about broadband project.”
In short, you cover local news like a local. I hope you can survive the price increases (tariffs doing their good work already) and continue onward through the current fog.

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