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On Sunday, July 20, at approximately 1 p.m., there were dozens of people at the Bradley’s gas station. Anyone who witnessed the accident between a blue Toyota Corolla and an older model, reddish Chevy Blazer, please contact me at 947-5798. The police are having an enormous amount of trouble trying to figure this out.

Thank you for your help on this matter.

Pamela Davis

Glenwood Springs

I am writing this letter in hopes you move very cautiously concerning the proposed Hunt Ranch Subdivision in Missouri Heights that will be on the Garfield County Commissioners’ agenda Aug. 18.

Our quality of life is being eroded throughout the county through unbridled building, some call it growth, but it’s not. What’s wrong with recreational growth, spiritual growth, or environmental growth?

Let’s stop and take a deep breath. It shouldn’t be about increasing tax revenues through larger subdivisions. I will gladly pay more property taxes to keep valuable land undestroyed by concrete and asphalt. Ten years ago, I bought an existing property, not a new one, for that reason.

Please control growth.

Chief among my concerns about the proposed Hunt Ranch Subdivision are density and water. While the proposed density of one home per six acres (93 homes total) is consistent with the Garfield County Comprehensive Plan for Missouri Heights, it would be more prudent to only approve the lowest level of density in the Comprehensive Plan, 9-10 acres/home, given the following concerns.

Although the water court settlement was very favorable to our cause, future compliance is another matter entirely. The Garfield County Commissioners are not the enforcers; the state does that. We are concerned that compliance will be difficult to enforce.

Hunt Ranch’s post-construction revegetation plan is at odds with the county’s noxious weed plans. How can a homebuilder revegetate the ‘clear cut’ surrounding a new home when only allowed 500 square feet of landscaping? The difference allows for proliferation of noxious weeds throughout the subdivision and beyond.

Roberta McGowan


Recently, a friend told me an unbelievable story. It seems he was riding the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) and he and the driver happened to be the only non-Hispanics aboard. A conversation arose between my friend Tom and another guy, and Tom asked if he was in the country legally.

According to my friend’s story, the Latino answered, “I got no stinking green card,” and punched my buddy in the mouth. To Tom’s credit, he did not retaliate physically, asking only of the powder-puff pugilist, “Is that all you’ve got?”

The plot sickens when the bus driver called 9-1-1 and a Garfield County deputy arrived. The pansy-punching punk doesn’t get charged with assault or battery because none of the dozen passengers saw anything.

My friend, however, gets a ticket for “ethnic intimidation.” I guess illegal aliens are viewed by local law enforcement the way the military deals with gays: Don’t ask, don’t tell.

I think it’s wrong. I think ICE should give every illegal in this valley a free ride back to where they belong.

Bruno Kirchenwitz


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