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Beyond Minturn

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The Ginn Co. wants to build 1,700 units on Battle Mountain and Bolts Lake. That will be a shock, considering that the tiny town of Minturn – of which this development is now a part – today numbers 1,000 people. This ski and golf community would be larger than Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch combined, although entirely private.Minturn is on the cusp of changing dramatically and irrevocably from the historic rail and mining burgh it is today. The town also is impoverished, at least by Eagle County standards, so it’s no surprise that many in town embrace the idea of the giant development. Ginn has a right to develop those mostly gorgeous 5,000 acres, whether we like it or not. And the company has shown real effort in trying to address the town’s needs, as well as clean up and cover remaining toxins at Bolts Lake and Gilman, build a fabulous bike path toward Tennessee Pass and not only help Minturn with its infrastructural needs, but provide more than enough revenue to address a growing traffic problem that’s coming with or without the development.Our own displeasure with the loss of wild space and Minturn’s eclectic and small-town feel looks puny and perhaps small-minded by comparison.Such has been the case with many a prophet, not that we claim the position. It’s just that, well, once done, this thing cannot be undone. Minturn will have to live with the consequences, good and bad. And not just Minturn, but the entire upvalley community. This matters to all of us.So we all ask that Minturn leaders ask many questions and demand much of the Ginn Co., for everyone’s sake. We ask that they welcome appropriate help with studies and input from Eagle County. Minturn controls this project, we know, we know. That doesn’t mean town leaders cannot listen, though. The time for turf protection is not now.


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