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Dear Editor,In May of last year I approached fellow-artist Mary Noone with an idea to create a show to honor Wulfsohn Ranch, the property which was slated to become the Glenwood Meadows shopping center. We contacted many Roaring Fork Valley artists, hoping for good participation and interesting, unusual works. The show, “Vanishing Point: Wulfsohn Ranch: An Artists’ Tribute,” has lived up to our expectations, with varied works by 28 artists, sparking much interest and discussion. We thank Main Street Gallery in Glenwood Springs for displaying these works. We also arranged to have a portion of sales proceeds donated to the Aspen Valley Land Trust. My contribution to the exhibit, a series of souvenir cups, is a progressive art piece representative of what occurred with the Wulfsohn Ranch property. Last week I posted a “PUBLIC NOTICE” stating that all UNSOLD cups will be rendered into shards (i.e. demolished). This symbolic act will occur on Saturday, Jan. 29, the final day of the exhibit, at 4:45 p.m.Less than 10 years ago we had a chance to save the Wulfsohn Ranch property from development (the negotiated purchase price was a paltry $2 million); voters defeated the measure which would have allocated the funds. It is too late for what will soon become the Glenwood Meadows, but it is my hope we can work with the Aspen Valley Land Trust in the future to save the last few remaining ranch properties in the valley.Please take time to view this important show; please support our mission.Annette Roberts-GrayGlenwood SpringsComments on plateauDear Editor,What happened to the cedars of Lebanon? They’re almost gone.What happened to the Aral Sea? It’s over half gone.If your grandchildren someday need to ask, “What happened to the Roan Plateau?” can you explain why they can no longer enjoy hiking through sagebrush, pinions, and aspen, hunt abundant game, fish in unpolluted streams, or bike or ride on designated road to view natural wonders of canyons, waterfalls and a unique biological diversity as you used to do? Or can we preserve and manage our forests, water, wildlife and minerals so the answer isn’t also “gone?”Yes, we need to develop our natural resources, but we must do so wisely. Any plan to develop oil or gas reserves on public lands should consider the wishes and concerns of the public – especially the local citizens and businesses whose quality of life and economic well-being are affected by it. Responsible developers of any plan must consider the long-term environmental and economic consequences of actions that might be taken to meet short-term political goals.The public continues to express its support for the preservation and management of the natural landscape atop the Roan Plateau for public uses other than for oil and gas drilling, which could continue with best management practices at the base. Please consider the environmental legacy you will leave for future generations and give your support for the community alternative as a middle ground solution for energy development on the Roan Plateau.Sylvia WendrowCarbondale
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