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I have been following the Village at Crystal River for several years and attended many meetings.

I did not received a ballot to vote even though my property is in the 81623 ZIP code, because it is outside the town limits. It appears that the town of Carbondale wants to have influence on how I develop my property – outside the town limits – but does not want me to be able to vote on the VCR project.

I have heard comments saying VCR is not right for Carbondale. The property is zoned commercial. Commercial as shown in the town regulations includes markets.

The comment, “We don’t need a new City Market,” has been stated by several from the group against the VCR project. Has anyone asked City Market? Yes, the developer did, and City Market believes they need a new store to compete with Whole Foods.

What are the chances that once Whole Foods opens, City Market can’t compete with their existing store and they close? Maybe the question that needs to be asked is, do we want a new City Market or no City Market? A company would not spend money to build a new store unless they believe it is necessary.

I stopped at the new City Market in Grand Junction yesterday for gas. The price was $2.89 a gallon. With my City Market card discount, I paid $2.59 a gallon. That savings makes the PIF look pretty small.

We are all paying a PIF or tax now and it doesn’t matter where you shop. At least the PIF at the new City Market would pay for infrastructure improvements in Carbondale rather than infrastructure in Glenwood Springs or El Jebel when you shop there and pay tax and fees to them.

If I were allowed to vote, I would vote to approve the VCR project. The property is not going to be a frisbee park or greenhouses. It is commercial – and there many other commercial uses much worse than a market. Read the town regulations showing what could go on the property and you will then understand a market is a pretty good option.

Rockwood Shepard


President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline permit, yes.

He denied TransCanada the right to pipe the world’s dirtiest oil past Midwestern refineries, through a major source of drinking water, and ship it overseas from the tax-free refineries in the Foreign Trade Zone.

And he turned down the chance to create 20 permanent jobs, according to State Department estimates. Count ’em.

The 5,000 to 6,000 temporary construction jobs aren’t to be sneezed at, but the tens or hundreds of thousands of jobs touted by pipeline proponents have been deliberately, and ludicrously, overstated by supporters. They’re basing their claim on a flawed jobs analysis that even TransCanada has rejected. The industry-sponsored study included new jobs for “dancers and choreographers,” if that’s what you want to call them.

The company has a history of faulty pipelines. The chances of this one failing and leaking into the drinking water basin for the Great Plains is very high.

Western Canadian crude supplies over 12 percent of oil refined in the United States and 45 percent of the oil processed in Midwestern refineries. An increase to Canadian crude prices from building Keystone XL would have a substantial impact on oil prices, particularly in the Midwest, and the Midwest refineries will shed jobs.

So we get less Canadian oil in America and the oil we do get will cost more. We’d be shooting ourselves in the foot to allow the pipeline from an economic standpoint, let alone an environmental one.

I say bravo to President Obama for standing up to Big Oil.

Fiona Lloyd


The vote on the the Village at Crystal River seems to have become less of a debate about what people want for Carbondale and more about who we can believe. Some very misleading statements from the developer have made me cautious about believing his promises.

The developer has told us that the VCR will bring us the “most sustainable full-service grocery store in the state.” The fact is, there are no sustainable “full-service” grocery stores in the state. A study commissioned by the town itself concludes that the current plan is not likely to create a building which is very energy efficient at all.

The developer told us he provided the town with revised sales tax generation figures to reflect the slow economy. The fact is, neither town staff nor a reporter for the Post Independent have been able to find a report or memo with revised figures. All they can find are comments in the meeting minutes regarding lower numbers for the amount shoppers will pay through the PIF – a change that makes the development look even rosier to many consumers. Thinking about lower numbers for sales tax generation does not paint such a rosy picture.

The developer has told us that VCR will be a boost for our downtown and locally owned businesses. Actually, the developer’s revised numbers predict a significant drain from current businesses. For example, he predicts the chain restaurant will generate $1.25 million, and a full 50 percent will be from current businesses. That’s $625,000 a year sucked out of our current restaurants. How is that helping them?

The developer is now “envisioning” all sorts of possibilities for the flex zone. To envision something is not the same as creating it. No other business besides a City Market has shown any interest or made any commitment to build at the VCR. In this economy, it is pure speculation to insinuate otherwise.

Please examine the developer’s promises very carefully and join me in voting “no” on VCR.

Debbie Bruell


Imagine the screech of tire chains on crisp new snow as you hit top speeds on the new Williams luge run located on Garfield Creek Road. Feel the heart-pounding rush of adrenaline as you slide your tanker truck/sled backwards down a gas well location driveway. Hear the crisp snap of oakbrush branches as they streamline your vehicle by removing your rearview mirrors, and other extraneous parts, that only slow your vehicle. Finally, feel the short burst of additional speed as you shoot across the slick county road and plow into the oakbrush.

Interested? Race time is 8 a.m. on Garfield Creek on Tuesday mornings. For the past two weeks, tanker trucks have raced this exciting luge run as they attempted to get to the Williams gas well location on a hillside. These guys may have accidentally discovered the next great winter sport.

It might be better to move the practice run to an area without school bus traffic and other members of the public cluttering up the roads.

Come on guys, these future Olympians need to be able to focus on the speed, not dodging civilians. The sheriff’s department and the highway patrol are on board, helping to get annoying locals out the way of these athletes. Can we get the fire department up there to spray some water on the run?

If we don’t support our racers, Williams will probably do something boring to ruin the fun. I just hope they don’t resort to hiring one of the hundreds of out-of-work locals, who own snow plows, to destroy the luge run. Sand? No way! How about a water truck instead?

Just kidding. Please keep our truckers and the locals safe.

Amy Fetterhoff

New Castle

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