Friday Letters: Slow Down on Back to School Day, Thanks to Summit Canyon, West Glenwood Development, CMC Vaccinations, and Eagle Facts
Take a minute, plan ahead
The start of the school year is Monday August 16. Students and teachers will arrive at the school on foot and by car.
With the additional drivers expected on the road that day, some driving for the first time, we can make everyone’s journeys safe and hassle-free. Just schedule extra time for your daily driving and stay focused on the task at hand.
Thank you to everyone who makes this investment in our communities.
Steering committee Take a minute / Slow down in town
Thank you business
We would like to thank the staff at Summit Canyon for going out of their way to help us. They have always been very friendly and supportive to my wife and myself. They have been a great support to our Lions Club and a great resource to our community for all these years.
Their helpfulness and attitude, like the River Blend Coffee Shop and many other downtown businesses, has been the reason we’ve loved living in Glenwood for 54 years.
Save West Glenwood
I totally agree with what John Korrie and Laurie Raymond had to say in (August 6) Post Independent – this area is quickly turning into a disaster!
I have lived here before for years; moved in 1987, mainly because we were afraid that we would never be able to afford to buy a house here. After years of yearning to return, we finally packed our bags and bought a house in New Castle in 2019.
I have family here and I was sick of missing them! I knew the demographics of the area had changed, that Glenwood Springs had grown (along with the towns in the valley), but the core area still felt right at home. In the last two years alone, I have seen changes that do not bode well for the future of our region: too many people, too many vehicles, too little water, increased drought and all the little ones. nice places that a worker could hire to work in this area are now Airbnbs for tourists.
Fortunately, I am retired and could afford to buy a modest house – otherwise we would never have been able to pay the rents in this area! It’s my humble opinion that the developers are ruining this Aspen Valley in Rifle – one area can only support a limited number of people and ours has now reached a tipping point.
Let tourists come and visit, enjoy the beautiful scenery and then come home instead of buying everything! Do I sound selfish? Sorry, I go to Aspen or Redstone, enjoy my day, then return to my humble abode without thinking that I need to own a place in the valley. (City Council), please save West Glenwood from ruin!
CMC should require vaccinations
As the new school year approaches and the number of COVID cases increases locally and around the world, inconsistent policies among higher education institutions, particularly Colorado Mountain College, are alarming.
Students, staff and faculty need to be assured that each campus is doing everything possible to ensure that the Delta variant does not circulate on their campus as well as in our communities. The mountain communities where CMC campuses are located attract students from across the country as well as locals.
I hope the CMC will adopt the same policy as other institutions in our state, such as CC, CSU, DU, Fort Lewis, and the University of Colorado. The policy requiring all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated before the first day of class is science-based and helps protect all people from disease. CMC should do everything possible to keep their teachers, staff, and students (and families) healthy throughout the school year. This policy would also benefit our local communities.
We are all doing our part and it would be proactive for CMC to demand vaccinations and be part of the solution and not contribute to the “unvaccinated pandemic”.
Some facts about eagles
The August 2 editorial regarding the removal of the current bald eagle buffer zone in Aspen Glen, due to a proposal by developers to build a new cluster of houses, got many of its facts but omitted some some critical.
The editorial omitted the well-documented fact that eagles have continued to feed and roost in the area of their old nest since they abandoned it, as it is their preferred fishing spot due to the curve of the river and, more importantly, because there is nowhere else to go due to the development along the river.
More importantly, the editorial did not discuss that the Bald Eagle and Bald Eagle Protection Act prohibits the “harvest” (defined in law to include disturbance) of bald eagles. white, including their feeding and resting sites. The law could not be clearer that the proposed expansion and removal of the buffer zone would be illegal and would certainly be challenged in court.