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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I encourage the Forest Service to throw the maximum penalty at the paragliding scofflaw Dick Jackson. Since Mr. Jackson has been a longtime resident of the valley and holds a commercial guiding permit on Forest Service lands, he should have been aware that paragliding is a prohibited activity.

I also find it interesting that the director of the Wilderness Workshop, Mr. Sloan Shoemaker, had no comment on this event. Had Mr. Jackson been on a snowmobile or mountain bike, I’m sure that Mr. Shoemaker would have been hollering at the top of his lungs about how the Hidden Gems is needed to protect us from the incompatible forest uses. I find Shoemaker’s duplicity downright dishonest.

Needless to say, this is just another example of why adding more wilderness takes away from us ordinary citizens and why the Hidden Gems campaign is an ill-conceived idea.

Jim Henderson


To all the gas drilling opponents in Garfield County, you’re winning the war. Today I counted seven for lease signs on buildings in the Rifle Business Park. Way to go, you’re moving all the jobs out of state, I just hope you don’t lose your job and be forced to relocate for employment, or will you just feed on the government bosom and let the rest of us pay?

Trent Kite


The Aspen Skiing Co. must be so embarrassed. By charging only $99 per lift ticket, we fall short of Vail at $108. I urge the SkiCo to immediately raise tickets to $150 and show Vail who’s boss.

Carl Heck


Mountain bikers, along with hikers, horseback riders and wildlife, are about to get a very big gift with the acquisition of the Droste Mountain Park open space. Pitkin County has entered into a contract to purchase from the Droste family 841 acres, which encompasses most of the ridgeline that divides the Owl Creek and Brush Creek Valleys. The acquisition will tie together thousands of acres of open space lands, creating a mountain park encompassing more than 1,300 acres, and allowing a new rim trail connecting Aspen to Snowmass. To view a video with additional information on this exciting project, visit http://www.rfmba. org/droste.

But the $15 million project still faces a financial hill climb. Ten percent of the cost is not covered by public financing and public donations are necessary to close the gap, even after the deal closes. The Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA) is asking mountain bikers up and down the Roaring Fork valley to pitch in. Consider your donation as a down payment on a future of flowing single-track connections between Aspen and Snowmass.

To sweeten the deal RFMBA is offering logo schwag to mountain bikers for their donations to the cause. To qualify, send a copy of your donation receipt along with any sizing information to one of the contact options at RFMBA will give away the following thank you presents for Droste donors (only one per person): a water bottle to the first 20 people who donate $50; socks to the first 10 who donate $100; or a shirt to the first 10 people who donate more than $250.

Riders can make their donation through the Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT). You can donate online at or by mail to AVLT/Droste, 320 Main St. Suite 204, Carbondale, CO 81623. Mark “Droste” on your checks.

We look forward to seeing you out on the Droste Mountain Park.


RFMBA board

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