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Dear Editor,

As a resident in attendance of the recent meeting to consider proposing rule changes for oil and gas activities in Colorado, I was pleased to share in this important opportunity, which gained front-page attention in several papers from Aspen to Grand Junction.

Although a bold endeavor, citizens should realize that, for property within a “federal lease unit” (of which there are over 1million statewide “case acres” as of February), many such proposals, including spacing regulations, may be exempted under a 1920 federal law.

Discovery of a lease, via title work, as suggested by Mrs. McPherson, may not be a reliably singular source of disclosure, since such leases fluctuate, do not require the approval of or notice to the land owner (unless, also the mineral owner), and may not be recorded in the county of or at the time of purchase.

The Bureau of Land Management is the federal/state jurisdictional agency which manages federal lease units. When drilling occurs on BLM lands, certain restrictive regulations apply; however, BLM may not apply those same standards where private property, contained in such a unit, is involved.

Land owners, mineral owners, mortgage, title and insurance companies are all affected by this critical and complex issue, which may eventually find resolution at the federal level.

For more information, and a list of on-line resources, you may wish to visit http://www.citizenresourceoilandgas.home-stead.com


Lisa Bracken


Dear Editor,

This is a call for more public art in Carbondale.

I imagine that many of you who witnessed the recent metal sculpture of the whimsical-looking bear and the fish by sculptor Mike Linds, which was all too briefly exhibited, were as much in awe as I was.

Wasn’t that a scintillating experience? Wouldn’t you like to see more eclectic experiences like that here in Carbondale?

The Carbondale Public Arts Commission is very driven to see more art in public places and public buildings also. This is a call for all artists to please consider exhibiting your artwork in downtown Carbondale starting this summer (call now!).

For more information about this sculpture or mural or mobile exhibition opportunity, please contact either Jay Leavitt (963-3995), Steve Kentz (963-2911) or Chris Chacos (963-3850). Thank you!

Let’s visualize art in Carbondale!

“The purpose of art itself is to stimulate the appreciation of life and to intensify the joy of living!”

Art – it’s a good thing!

Enthusiastically submitted by,

Frank Norwood

Chris Chacos

Carbondale Public Arts Commission

Dear Editor,

As I awoke this past Saturday, and adjourned to my back porch in Carbondale to ingest the basic food groups that sustain me (i.e. caffeine, nicotine and sugar), I was treated to a sight that reaffirmed my conviction that we are a wonderfully screwed-up species!

The men from Kiva had bivouacked on the fringes of Sopris Park to fast and inform the rest of us of the need to alter our mass consumption, or surely dire consequences were imminent.

As I stand contemplating the ramifications of there not being enough of my favorite substances to last at least the rest of my life, they were surrounded by the ever-industrious Recreation Department staff, cordoned off with soon-to-be-disposed-of, oil-based fluorescent tape, and taunted by the distribution of thousands of plastic eggs filled with genetically altered sugar sources!

The irony of it made me smile, then smirk, then laugh uncontrollably, until my now kick-started lungs spasmed to life – planned juxtaposition or coincidental chaos? I don’t really need to know.

Even in the face of massive global shortages, the play goes on. If for no other reason than to delight, and not frighten the children. As if the mental image of an Army of oversize rabbits spewing forth billions of tasty treats from unknown orifices is not alarming enough.

Trudging the road to a happy destiny,

Tom E. Pillow


Dear Editor,

After attending the Carbondale trustees candidate forum last Wednesday, it was clear that Mark Whalen is the only candidate with any positive ideas on how to revive the town’s economy. Ed Cortez and Patrick Griffin just don’t seem to get it.

They said that the town is not in serious financial difficulty. Are they kidding? Or just out of touch with fiscal reality? Cortez and Griffin say that it’s fine to keep spending the town’s rainy-day funds and special recreation tax dollars to address the massive and growing town deficit.

They must not believe the town manager’s five-year projection that the town will be short up to $700,000 each year by 2006; they call this a short-term problem!

These guys are willing to spend down the town’s reserves hoping for a better economy “someday.” Maybe they don’t realize the town manager’s projected budget was based on a robust economy with increased sales tax revenues, which means that the problem could actually be much worse than we realize.

Our sales tax receipts are down and businesses are closing right and left. We need leaders who will be more fiscally responsible to our needs.

The only candidate who appeared to understand the magnitude of our financial dilemma, and who has the ability and vision to address it head on, is Mark Whalen.

I urge you to vote for Mark Whalen for trustee on Tuesday, April 29.

Toni Cerise


Dear Editor,

I recently attended Carbondale’s candidates’ forum for town trustees and am concerned about several of the candidates’ interpretation of the recreation sales tax. The ordinance states, “Whereas the citizens of Carbondale have overwhelmingly voiced their concerns about the need for additional parks and recreational facilities and programs.”

The Valley Journal, on March 28, 1996, summarized, “The council drafted the ballot with the intent of using the money only for land acquisition and developing parks and recreation facilities and `programs.'”

According to council members, “programs” was defined as maintenance, not to subsidize ongoing recreation department programs in order to free up general funds.

Also the March 14, 1996, the Valley Journal spelled out in an article what the voters had in mind at the time: three soccer fields, three softball fields, four tennis courts, two basketball courts, an inline skating rink, a playground and a 22,000-square-foot gym.

At the time the town was planning for a future population of 6,000 to 7,000 people. We are almost there now.

The Carbondale citizens clearly voted for new programs and facilities. Only Mark Whalen understood that the recreational sales tax should not be used to maintain existing programs.


Jennifer Lamont


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