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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

On April 3, 2009, Santiago, a full-grown male llama was attacked and critically injured by what I believe to be young male mountain lion which was recently forced from his home territory. The veterinarians attending to Santiago believe the wounds are consistent with a lion attack.

The Division of Wildlife has taken the position that if a mountain lion had attacked, Santiago would be dead and therefore my efforts should be concentrated in tracking down the pack of dogs responsible for the attack.

The position of the Division of Wildlife is dishonest and self-serving. There are no packs of dogs roaming the area south of Silt, and there are certainly no packs of dogs hunting in the stealth of darkness. I have contacted many of my neighbors and they concur we do not have a roaming dog problem, but rather a mountain lion encroachment problem the Division of Wildlife prefers not to address.

Santiago continues to struggle for his life. Let us hope as a community this is the only tragedy resulting from the disingenuous comments and decisions promoted by the Division of Wildlife.

Stephen R. Schubert

Silt

Wow. Think about getting an allowance once every six years. My parents used to say “Don’t spend it all at one place!” Doing the right thing with an allowance for six years would be a challenge indeed.

In 2009, Congress and the Obama Administration will face the expiration of the current six-year, national transportation program. They will have a choice to adopt a new agenda, or continue on the current path of spending billions of taxpayer dollars with little accountability for meeting critical national priorities. This time around, your input is requested to help our country’s leadership craft a bill which will be in alignment with our need for energy security, a clean transportation system, improved safety and health for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

As you might expect, our leaders pay more attention to areas with a larger population base, so we must make every effort to make our rural voices heard. You have an opportunity to do just that at 3:30 p.m. next Wednesday, April 15, at the Glenwood Springs City Council Chambers.

State, county and city elected officials will attend this town hall meeting, which will give you a chance to hear about the issues and provide your input about our transportation challenges and opportunities.

Be there. Make your voice heard.

Larry Heinrichs

Glenwood Springs

I nearly collapsed with overwhelming pain when reading about Kevin Long’s loss. I immediately thought I would be willing to contribute $10 and most likely more and if 600 others would be so compelled, then… And how timely a moment this would be, at Easter, the ultimate remembrance of renewal, to demonstrate our collective compassion toward a family who have had misfortune visit them. Please let me know how I may take the first step.

Mark Rinehart

Silt


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