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Saturday letters: Air quality and quarry expansion

Speak up about tougher air quality standards

All of us who live in Western Colorado have a lot at stake in the upcoming decisions from the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) about air quality and methane regulations for oil and gas development. And we have a chance for our voices to be heard on Dec. 10 from 6-8 p.m. at Rifle City Hall, where the AQCC will take public comment.

The AQCC is considering strong new regulations that will cut emissions from wells, storage tanks and other infrastructure associated with oil and gas development. One question is whether some of the most important regulations will be applied statewide, or only on the Front Range.

Although most of the oil and gas production has been in western Garfield County — nearly 12,000 wells altogether — air knows no boundaries and pollution from one area can affect another. Thus all Garfield County residents should support better pollution standards for the oil and gas industry.

Odors are the number one complaint in Battlement Mesa, where there are nearly 500 wells in and around the community. Some residents have complained about health impacts such as respiratory problems, unexplained nose bleeds, and headaches during the drilling and fracking process. By requiring the industry to do more leak detection for benzene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and repairing those leaks in a timely manner could help diminish these symptoms.

A recent state health department study now recommends that oil and gas facilities be located 2,000 ft away from occupied buildings and homes to reduce exposure from carcinogenic chemicals, but like in the case of Battlement Mesa, some of the 24 well pads have already been built closer.
Fossil fuel development is also the primary source of methane emissions, which in turn is a major source of climate change. Another reason to tell the AQCC to pass stronger air quality regulations.

Please come to Rifle on Dec. 10 and speak up about the need for tougher air quality standards for our county, the Western Slope and our state.

Leslie Robinson, Chair Grand Valley Citizens Alliance
Rifle

RMR quarry expansion not the economic expansion we need

Northwest Colorado is on the verge of an economic transition; we must embrace this transition. That means our local and state governments working with stakeholders to retain our jobs during this transition while creating new jobs in multiple fields and preserving our communities for our children and their children.

Recently Rocky Mountain Resources has claims that an expansion of the quarry will lead to economic growth and diversification. If this is true, at what expense? RMR believes that there will 100 new jobs. That is good, but it will come at the cost of 2,000 jobs already in the community. That math doesn’t work for me. Nor does the environmental impact of the quarry expansion meet with the needs and desires of Glenwood springs. In fact, RMR cannot tell us what the full negative effects of the expansion will be because for them it doesn’t matter. They will exploit the town and then leave us with the mess they created.

Economic expansion and diversification will have some negative impacts in the future, but if done the right way there will be substantially greater positive effects on the community. Yes, through diversification some jobs will be lost, but through sound ideas those jobs will be replaced with more jobs that are sustainable and higher paying. That is the kind of economic growth we must embrace, not the type that kills 20x the jobs it creates.
I stand with the city and county in fighting against RMR.

If you want to learn more about our campaign and ideas for the future, join us at River Blend Coffee on Monday, Dec. 16, from 6-7:30 p.m. for a conversation about the issues and a toy drive. Bring an unwrapped toy for donation, all toys will go to the River Center in New Castle.

Colin Wilhelm,
Glenwood Springs

Wednesday letter: Independent voters

Open all primary elections to Independent and unaffiliated voters

The national Independent voter movement is largely about democratic election reform. This election reform is essentially about steering America into a real democracy. The two major political parties, the Democrats and Republicans, are responsible for stealing any form of democracy that America had before. When 26 million American voters were blocked from voting in the presidential primary elections in the 2016. Most of these voters were Independent/unaffiliated voters. This is not a democracy! The 2018 elections saw the same thing happening in the primaries.

In the 2019 Colorado Legislature, the Democrats passed election laws that increased the number of petition signatures required for Independent/unaffiliated voters to get on the ballot. This is not a democracy! So, this is the type of corruption that the Western Colorado Independent Voters are trying to change. This is just one example of election reform that is being fought around the country by organized Independent/unaffiliated voters.

The Republican Party is canceling many of its presidential primaries around the country to protect Trump’s re-election bid. This is not a democracy! The national Independent voter movement is trying to challenge the election corruption of the two major parties. The national Independent voter movement has grown nationally to lobby for democratic election reforms so every voter can vote in any election. Obviously, the main goal is to open all of the closed and semi-closed primary elections to Independent/unaffiliated voters.

Cathy Stewart, Vice President, Independent Voting, New York City, will visit Western Colorado Independent Voters on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Stewart will give a briefing on the latest development and status of the Independent voter movement at the national level. This meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Library at the upstairs meeting room. All Independent/unaffiliated voters are encouraged to attend this special meeting.

Randy Fricke
Western Colorado Independent Voters
New Castle

Tuesday letters: Salida joins CMC

Proud to join CMC tax district

On Nov. 5, 2019, the communities of Colorado Mountain College voted overwhelmingly for 7A. Here in Salida and Poncha Springs our voters passed 5A by a significant margin. Thus, Salida School District, R32J, became a member of Colorado Mountain College.

Salida and Poncha Springs are small mountain towns much like yours. Our communities are challenged by many of the same issues you face: growth, a dramatically increasing cost of living, the lack of affordable housing, and the scarcity of skilled employees for many sectors in our local economy including trades people, health professionals, teachers and child care providers.

Within our schools growth has and is continuing to challenge the capacity of our facilities, our teachers, and our ability to maintain educational excellence. Faced with these challenges our Board of Education chose to seek collaboration with Colorado Mountain College, a partner we could trust with high standards of excellence and the experience to help our BOE lead our schools and communities towards a promising future. Today, because of the efforts of individuals within our communities and throughout the entire CMC region, we are tax district members of Colorado Mountain College. We are pleased to be partners with our sister communities of: Steamboat, Dillon, Breckenridge, Leadville, Vail Valley at Edwards, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Spring Valley, Aspen, Rifle and their surrounding areas.

We are proud of this accomplishment and thrilled about the opportunities and solutions before us. Mostly we are deeply grateful to the CMC board of trustees, the CMC administrative team and staff, and to all of you, the CMC community members, for your trust in us and for so overwhelmingly voting for our annexation into Colorado Mountain College. Thank you for your support and historic welcome into CMC. We look forward to a future of collaboration, a sharing of resources, friendship, and the chance to learn and grow alongside each other.

Jeannie Peters

Salida Board of Education

Sunday Letters: The economy, and Gov. Polis

Who benefits from economy?

Nothing should make the Aspen labor force happier than employers not finding enough help. At last, a market for labor. Sick and tired of working jobs with such low wages you need two or more jobs to make ends meet? Now’s your chance to hit the boss up for a nice raise or it’s down the street. Feel the love! Show me the money!

The trouble with articles in the paper that get all the violin playing from Aspen employers is it is all one sided. Open a business in Aspen and you are entitled to great workers at cheap wages. They say: town council, get on the stick. Get that subsidized housing built. Not that we are suggesting any kind of socialism. It is more than just a bed somewhere, every new working person in Aspen requires a host of services, most of which are paid by tax dollars. One of the beauties of capitalism is shucking off all the externalities onto the general public. Many of the biggest companies don’t even pay taxes. Some get rebates and subsidies.

All this is considered friendly to business. According to some, local councils are usually anti-business. They can never do enough.

Our president and his supporters talk continuously about the great economy they have produced. They don’t talk about the 40% of Americans that can’t put their hands on $400. They don’t talk about the massive amount of wealth funneled up to the upper 1%.

In an economics class I took at CMC, the first night the professor asked us about the word “economy.” What does that mean? We are all in it; the question is who benefits? Do we work to bolster the economy, or is the economy just there to produce life, liberty and happiness for us; does it work for us?

Well, it’s Thanksgiving; be thankful if you have a good paying job and can make ends meet.

Patrick Hunter
Carbondale

Governor’s actions don’t match his words

Gov. Jared Polis made a big show of visiting Grand Junction last weekend, and so did the Sentinel in an article on Sunday. While we should all be grateful for Polis’ efforts to hear from voters, it’s concerning how much his administration is doing to throttle transparency in state government. The Denver Post discovered last month that multiple state agencies were attempting to delete employee emails that were just 30 to 60 days old, denying the public an essential tool to see what our representatives in government are doing and saying. It is unfortunate that Gov. Polis refused to step in and prevent this records purge. In doing so, he revealed the emptiness of his gestures toward transparency. These emails are essential for the press and the residents of Colorado to see what our government is doing and ensure that our public officials are held accountable.

Attending meetings and answering questions in public is all well and good, but the Governor’s actions don’t match his words. And that’s a trend across his administration — from healthcare, to energy issues, Gov. Polis comes to our city, listens to us, and then ignores our feedback and does what he was always going to do. Transparency and accountability aren’t optional, and we deserve a Governor who understands this and who’s actions match his words.

Angela Wetzel,
Grand Junction

Saturday letters: Glenwood’s identity, taxes, and the Thanksgiving story

Make Glenwood Springs into a destination resort

Glenwood is a mining town? Glenwood needs better press. Leadville is a mining town. Aspen is a mining town. New Castle is a mining town. Telluride is a mining town. Cripple Creek in a mining town. Central City is a mining town. Not Glenwood. Glenwood has always struggled for identity. Are we a tourist town or are we a service town? Glenwood is not a mining town.

Remember years ago when Crested Butte, a mining town, was challenged by AMAX, a mining company, to develop a molybdenum mine? By that time, mining wasn’t fashionable in a mining town. It didn’t happen.
Unfortunately, Glenwood has lost its identity. If it becomes a mining town, a service town, a tourist town… or all three, does it matter? The citizens should decide.

Mining could be an attraction in-itself, but the main focus should be on economic sense for the community— making Glenwood a destination resort, independent of its proximity as well as the route to Aspen. We don’t want Aspen tourist refugees, we want people to see: we are who we are.
Interesting that a similar trend happened in Salida. It reinvented itself from a railroad town to an artist’s enclave.

Fred Stewart,
Grand Junction

We are human animals living on a tax farm

Allen and Anne America are tax slaves. Who isn’t wondering where freedom and prosperity have flown? With government glue on our shoes; we are stuck. Law after law, regulation after regulation, and tax after tax makes us robotic drones to politicians and big corporations.

I don’t feel so American anymore when Congress has confiscated nearly half of what I labored so many years for. Do we really own much of anything — a house? A car? Just stop making payments or drop your insurances and see what happens.

In reality we may actually own a pet and the clothes on our backs. So, it does boil down to this phrase ­— we are human animals living on a tax farm. Every single monetary obligation takes a jump every year— Medicare, Rx plans, supplemental insurance, and yes, even car insurance, just because you have turned a certain age and your car is 16 years old. It should be mentioned to those who are not yet at retirement age that our cost of living adjustment (COLA) might buy a tube of toothpaste or simply disappear due to Obamacare penalties. Don’t we feel so very lucky when there is something left over to purchase a needed pair of shoes or be able to go out to dinner? Wow!

Carol Abbott
Battlement Mesa

Thanksgiving story has been shrouded in misinformation

I would like to share some good news about the first Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for! Democracy, separation of church and state, consent of the governed, self-determination, equal and just laws serving the common good. The tenets of civil government that arose from the principles and ideals of the Mayflower Pilgrims and the Native Americans they lived amongst.

This origin story of the U.S. begins with a compact, a peace treaty and three days of inter-cultural celebration, followed by a melding of cultures through a half century of friendship between the Mayflower Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians at Plymouth Plantation 1621-1675.

What is the American mind? The American spirit? Where did they come from and where will we take them? What is the nature of true freedom? Throughout time humanity has made choices which have created our history. What of our future? Our choices will lead us there.

At the founding of this nation an extraordinary exception to the human condition unfolded when the visionary leaders of two radically different cultures met and worked together to maintain an inter-cultural exchange that became what I call the “First Great Synthesis” between Europeans and American Indians. I believe this gave birth to American democracy and to the American mind and spirit. The “Second Great Synthesis” occurred when aspects of The Great Law of the Iroquois were integrated into the U.S. Constitution. I foresee a third synthesis, as our cultures come together again to realize the great promise of liberty, justice, equality and abundance for all that America made to the world in its freedom documents.

This story has been shrouded in misinformation since the beginning. First it glorified the Pilgrim and ignored the Indian. Now it demonizes the Pilgrim in an effort to honor the Indian. I believe we can bring it into balance with a perspective on the common vision for humanity shared by the Pilgrims and the Natives they lived amongst: a vision based upon the right to act according to one’s conscience in a self-governing democracy.

Giving Thanks,

Connie Baxter Marlow,
Woody Creek

Wednesday letters: JFK and Crown Mountain

The day our world changed

All was well with the world that mid-morning on a Friday, Nov. 22, 56 years ago, as we planned for Thanksgiving. A busy mother of three young children, I worked in a large NW University and looked forward to a welcome day off the following week.

In a quick trip to the women’s lounge at break time, I greeted a fellow employee. She was applying lipstick with a shaky hand. Her face was pale and her jaw slack with pain. “Are you ill?” I ask. She grips the counter. “The president has been shot in Dallas…” she says “ How bad?” I ask. “Very bad,” she replies.

Numb to details, I try to grasp the unthinkable; that this seemingly indestructible lover of life, President John Kennedy, with all his youth and promise, could be torn by a human bullet. This could not be fatal.

But as news travels throughout the university, the announcement comes: “The president is dead.” Some cry out. Others stand silently, tears pouring down their cheeks. Night has descended; a disastrous fork in the road has been taken. You’re frozen with thought of the unknown ahead. A nation and all its people will never be the same again, you think.

School is dismissed. Outside, the day is dark and wet and wind is blowing. You hurry through the gloom toward your car to head home.
In following days, until the funeral on Monday, the TV is never off. You wear black like the widow. As the nation watches the funeral, your daughter draws a picture of horses pulling a wagon with its flag-draped casket. At five, her little face is sorrowful.

Years have passed, children have grown, married, become grandparents. You’ve become involved again in the trivial, tempered sometimes by the universal. You’re now understanding the true extent of President Kennedy’s death. The immediate public response to that day and death was the greatest seen in modern times then. The pain that followed could not be separated or made indistinguishable from one person to the next. Briefly, fleetingly, but together, as mortals, it belonged to all of us.

Syd Kanitz
New Castle

Voters mandated no indoor rec center and Crown Mountain

Crown Mountain Park’s decision to pursue building an indoor recreation center with taxpayer funding was soundly defeated (79% against): that was a mandate! Following that, the Crown Mountain board was granted a permanent property tax increase for capital and maintenance expenditures for the existing facility, by a narrow margin of voter approval.

Now it has been revealed, by a watchful meeting attendee, that the Board is again pursuing an indoor facility, using an approved budget expenditure of $25,000 for a feasibility study as well as preliminary drawings.

The community has spoken. There is no need for additional outreach as put forth by a Board member. The recent approved windfall has now prompted the Board to double their P.R. funding to $15,000 and an additional $100,000 for consulting. There is no misperception by the public, as stated by a Board member. This frivolous spending to sell us on this pursuit using our money is, in my view, a complete contradiction of the above mentioned mandate.

Since there is no oversight for the Board’s actions, I would encourage the public to get involved. There will not be an opportunity to vote on any future expenditures. Any indoor facility regardless whether funded by donations, dues, fees etc. will require staff, salaries, maintenance — I see another tax increase request in the future.

Uwe Bobrow
Carbondale

Tuesday letters: SEAL pardon, gravel pit

A slap in the face to those who served honorably

As a military wife for 30 years, I met many service members who served our country honorably. My husband and younger son served in combat with the U.S. Marines.

War is “hell,” but those who are sent into battle know that there are rules that they must follow. When the military members do not follow the rules (for example, kill unarmed civilians/noncombatants), they will have to deal with the military justice system, which was established by the U.S. Congress.

When the current Commander-in-Chief goes against the findings of the military justice system and pardons those who broke the rules, it is a “slap in the face” to all who have served and continue to serve honorably.

Nancy Hess

Glenwood Springs

Let Glenwood take care of itself

Why would someone (Randy Litwiller) from Crawford care about Glenwood Springs being partially destroyed because of a mine expansion? Let me ask you this Randy: How would you like to move to Traver Trail and have all those trucks going past your house? Just stay in Crawford and let Glenwood take care of itself. NIMBY, right???

Dawn Robison

Silt

Monday letters: food banks, Thanksgiving

Food banks need turkeys

Re: the lack of food available at the food banks for thanksgiving. 

I know of many in the community that can’t afford turkeys, and I’ve called food banks from Aspen to Rifle, and no one has any turkeys. 

LIFT-UP now just concentrates on a Christmas gift, which is nice, but it’s a long time until Christmas for hungry families. 

If people in the community could purchase an extra turkey and take it to a local food bank it would be a little thing that could be a big blessing to a hungry family. I know turkeys are on sale but people living on limited income many times spend their money on groceries at the first of the month and can’t afford the minimum purchase required to get the low price. 

Would appreciate if the community would know of need and Thanksgiving isn’t too late. 

A church in Rifle was giving out food baskets but got so many requests they have had to turn people down.

Nancy Bernard

Glenwood Springs

A time to be thankful

Thanksgiving.

A time to be thankful for all of the blessings we have received. Fortune, health, friends, and family.

As we sit down for our Thanksgiving meal, we will be thankful for:

The farmers that grew our food.

The truck drivers that distributed our food.

The grocers that make food available in our towns.

The craftsmen and craftswomen that made our tables we dine at.

The builders that constructed the houses that shelter us from the wind.

The public and private servants that supply our houses with clean water and power.

The teachers that taught all of the above community members to do their jobs with skill and dignity.

This year, please be generous with your gratitude. The community members we all depend on deserve our gratitude and heartfelt thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving, and peace to you all.

David Matheson

Glenwood Springs

Saturday Letters: Quarry and climate crisis

War chest against business

Statewide headlines have been made by the Glenwood mayor voicing opposition to the expansion of the limestone quarry north of town. In fact, the mayor proposes one million plus dollars to fight any expansion, and the very operation of the quarry, stating we (Glenwood Springs) are not a mining community and the quarry would have nothing but a negative impact on the area.

Truth is Glenwood Springs grew up as a mining town. Several old mines are located in all directions around the town. I’m sure everyone has seen the mine located on the way to Sunlight Ski area and the coke ovens next to the airport. There are countless examples of the rich mining history up and down the valley surrounding Glenwood.

OK, that is the past and this is the valley now and the mayor may tell all that he is looking toward the future. That being said, is it right to build a war chest to fight business the mayor and a select few with their own agenda deem is not in the interest of the area? If this effort proves successful who’s to say the “war chest” won’t be maintained to address other unacceptable businesses? A mayor, council, or city leader who is deeply entrenched in the climate change agenda may use these funds to drive out all local car dealers claiming the greenhouse gas emissions from the cars they sell is not in the best interest of the valley.

Part of what makes our country so unique and cherished is the ability for any of us to create and operate a business based on a multitude of factors with the chance of being successful. What gives city leaders the right to determine which businesses are acceptable and which are not?
As for this particular business I would tell all that mining, with the exception of the nuclear power industry, is the most heavily regulated industry in the country. I would submit regulations covering water discharge from the hot springs pool are non-existent when compared to those of the mine property.

If the mayor and others really want to accomplish something, they should consider working with the mining operations to mitigate their concerns as opposed to the all or nothing approach. If Glenwood Springs can replace the Colorado River bridge, then surely a method to deal with increases in truck traffic would be simple. What is the real priority, allowing business deemed acceptable by a select few to operate, or look for workable solutions giving all equal opportunity?

Randy Litwiller
Crawford

Move away from fossil fuels is economic suicide

Barb Coddington says the sky is falling and we need to do some drastic stuff to save us from climate change (“We’re out of time for small, moderate steps in climate crisis,” Post Independent, Nov. 21).

OK

But after we quit burning all coal and oil and gas, who’ll convince the rest of the world to follow us in committing economic suicide?

Bruno Kirchenwitz,
Rifle

Friday letters: Climate, rabbits, construction industry, and quarry

We’re out of time for small, moderate steps in climate crisis

It’s wonderful to have Emily Golden speak out about the climate crisis. Some of us who have been writing letters for close to a decade are grateful for fresh voices. Emily understands that it is beyond simple personal choices, those that cost no money, at this point. Because fossil fuels are such a basic part of the economy, we must have enlightened government intervention. If even modified capitalism is to become a system that we stick with, it must be regulated; otherwise it’s current growth model consumes all the resources we need to live such as clean air and water; well modeled by the RMR plans that now threaten Glenwood Springs. This is not to mention the corporate gobbling of capital and wealth that creates such a desperate struggle for the majority of the world.

I am at odds with Emily when she states she does not intend to depress you or scare you or imply we’re doomed. We need to be depressed and scared and face the facts of a sickness we have. Our current lifestyle is well compared to cancer, which untreated, kills its host. We must face the chemotherapy of lifestyle change. It will be painful and disrupt our lives, but creates a chance of preventing our children a worse pain.

I will venture to suggest to you whom to vote for in 2020. They must have the climate crisis as their top priority. We are out of time for small, moderate steps. The Democrat’s Senate primary in this state is a perfect example. We must not replace the atrocious Cory Gardner with a candidate sympathetic to oil and gas. We can easily elect a Democrat, but the fate of air and water quality, especially on the eastern slope, may rest on sympathy to regulations on this industry. We must face uncomfortable facts and vote for life, or start thinking of the story we will tell the grandchildren about what we have or have not done to save our ecosystem as it crumbles around us. It is that dramatic.

Barb Coddington
Glenwood Springs

The Sopris Avenue ‘Feed Lot’

Community. Common unity. We humans gather together in groups for many reasons. We have common interests and beliefs. We then make rules, regulations and laws to preserve these standards. That is part of living in a community.

The Post Independent article of Nov. 13 (“Rabbit restriction in Carbondale farmer’s crosshairs”) on Matt Kennedy prompted me to write. Mr. Kennedy has been in violation of the laws and standards of Carbondale for years. He was finally cited on his disregard of the laws in July and flagrantly continues to do so to the present. The cute, cuddly bunnies on the cover of the Post Independent are bred, fed and slaughtered. The smell from his “feed lot” can be overwhelming at times. The conditions are barren — just dirt and mud with minimal shelter. Rabbits get loose and run all over the neighborhood. Several rabbits have been found dead in nearby yards.

I have had a large garden on Sopris Avenue for more than 30 years. I raise most of the food for my family and give the rest away to friends, neighbors and the community. I have never had a complaint filed against me and have not disobeyed any community standards or laws.

Russell Criswell,
Carbondale

Difficult for construction industry to support Trump

Concerning Jerome Dayton’s letter on November 19, asking if Trump is a good businessman, there is an additional reason for the accumulation of his wealth. He often stiffed contractors and subcontractors who did work on his projects and refused to pay them. If you are in the construction industry, it would be difficult to support a person like that.

Gerry Terwilliger
Basalt

Quarry needs rail access to make a profit

According to a map provided by the Colorado Railroad Museum, Colorado has had in excess of 90 different railroads. The fact that there are now only a few is at least partially a testament to the difficulty of running a railroad profitably through these mountains. Certainly, if you have a choice on how to send your freight, you’ll bypass this state entirely, as they originally did when building the transcontinental railroad. You’d probably go through Wyoming instead, where the highest elevation on the entire route is a touch over 8,000 feet and open enough that you can run on double track the whole way.

This is most likely why just about the only trains you see running through Glenwood are coal trains coming out of the North Fork of the Gunnison and Amtrak. Coal, however, is dying. With over 500 power generators shut down since 2010 including, most recently, the Nucla and Navajo plants, both of which had direct access to coal. So it’s anybody’s guess when the margins aren’t going to be large enough any more to make North Fork coal economically feasible. When that happens, and it could be very soon, the trains will very likely stop running through our town.

That’s a scary thought for our tourist industry, but it also has significant implications on the mine question. The limestone from that mine will likely be used as gravel. As such it’s probably literally cheaper than dirt, which is to say its profit margins are likely even skinnier than coal’s. One has to assume it’ll only make economic sense for them to work that quarry if they have rail access, but they almost certainly can’t afford to pay the UP enough to keep the line open themselves. This may be part of the reasoning behind their current push.

Going all-in on their lease right now seems like a win-win for them. They either get out as much as they can before the train goes away and the value of their holding essentially goes to zero, or they scare us enough that we buy them out or facilitate a swap. Just something to consider as we work out our game plan.

Brad Hancock,
Glenwood Springs

Rail line could directly access quarry

In 1956 when the present owners of the Glenwood Hot Springs made their purchase from Frank Kistler, Kistler said as a closing note, “as long as you have naturally heated water, you can’t go wrong”, or something to that effect. All Glenwood Hot Springs executives have heeded that maxim. The naturally heated spring water is the life blood of Glenwood’s tourist industry. Who would want to mess that up? It’s hard enough to second guess a leak in a roof much less the origin of a hot spring.

Assuming that the water wouldn’t be disturbed, would 300 truck loads a day be conducive to the tourist industry? What about the scar it would leave on the mountain? A smaller, but more evident scar exists adjacent to town… long abandoned since the ’50s.

So, what would be the impact and result of this newly proposed mining expansion over a thousand feet above town?

It would be less evident than the abandoned quarry. But, what would it do to the landscape?

Two things could happen. A rail line could be cut directly beneath the proposed quarry and ore could be loaded down a shaft and transported directly by rail. When the mining was exhausted, the quarry could be terraced for housing development. The shaft would be safe access to town… kind of a quid quo pro.

This is all assuming the spring waters weren’t effected.

Fred Stewart,
Grand Junction