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Book ’em, Dano

Don Rogers

A friend of ours learned this the hard way from an earnest and frankly overly official state trooper the other day. This oh-so-serious offense apparently merited a no nonsense pull-over of a couple of clueless mountain bike riders at the end of a long and satisfying ride.

The trooper, ever mindful of state code, spotted a violation and made the traffic stop of the bicyclists along Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail.

And this fellow, not content with a mere warning, or perhaps not busy enough with the motorists that day, was taking names.

Our friend gave his, which aroused the cop’s suspicions, sounding as it did a little made up even though it is quite real.

But then, inexplicably, the other bicyclist was inspired to truly invent a name for the trooper. Of course the trooper ran it, came back and immediately slapped cuffs on the hapless – and frankly stupid – bicyclist.

In other words, this all made the big guy’s day. Riding free of the handlebars at the end of a great day on the mountain became a ticket to jail in the squad car of one humorless, by-the-book corporal in the Colorado State Patrol, yessir.

One thing, though. The eagle-eyed cop had a memory lapse and forgot to read our friend’s friend his Miranda rights.

But never mind this officer’s memory for procedure. His perspective on the beat seems to merit further patrol on a trike, both hands, of course, firmly on the handlebar.

Slate cleaned

The state Land Board last week finally did the right thing and killed a sweetheart deal for 640-acres chunks of public land above Singletree and above Homestead for Robert Brotman, who had visions of trophy homes on one patch and perhaps a trade with the Forest Service for another suitable patch of developable land.

The politicians are stepping on each other for credit, and that’s fine. The county has a second chance to keep these parcels as open space. Or the land will someday fetch a better price for the state’s schools than the near-secret Brotman compact that two sets of jurists so far have thrown the agreement out of court

Now we’ll see if Brotman is ready to test the Supreme Court on the actual merits of his case, or, more wisely, move on to other means of expanding his wealth.

We should be clear here that Brotman was not so much the problem as a Land Board in a previous permutation desperate to unload the land back in 1996 for a relative song and free of proper public notice that might have had the effect of raising the price of it. This board clears the decks – for the public’s sake this time. D.R.

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