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Drought talk a joke so far

Don Rogers

No one did without much of anything this summer, for all the hollering. Did anyone put less water on their lawn? Take any shorter of a shower? Do away with the hot tub? Drop a brick in the toilet tank and flush every third or fourth visit?

Only Vail showed signs of actually cutting back on the use of water. The mid-valley’s response to the warning shouts was fully laughable – residents there only used more water on those precious lawns.

Yes, we’ll harp: There’s no drought until there’s real pain, until someone really does go without.

When the restaurants still bring water to the table unbidden, there’s no drought. Not really. Who are these jokers fooling?

Funny, how the first mention of this “five years of drought” only began this summer. Not a whisper last summer, or the summer before that. Some experts tell us this is the worst in 500 years. If so, we sure don’t have a whole lot to worry about, do we?

Is this a drought of water in Colorado – or a glut of people?

The Front Range seems to be hurting more, where the population is every bit as wasteful per capita as the Wolcott to Wildridge nexus. Eagle doesn’t seem to have a problem providing water to its residents at all right now. Nor does Gypsum. We’ll see if that holds as their populations rise toward that projection of 12,000 in each town.

Yes, Dillon Lake is bottoming out, as the call comes for its Denver-bound water for the first time in this amount. That’s what the lake is for, after all.

But up here in Eagle County, the hand-wringing seems more a so-far comical mix of Chicken Little and Wimpy. Wimpy for the water authorities whose “measures” to reduce the use of water proved worse than doing nothing at all, if that’s possible. Chicken Little, for their staffs warning of dire consequences that haven’t as yet arrived.

If this dry spell continues next year, the water folks had better come up with something more effective than the sad joke of this summer.

Hate to see what happens when we really do have a drought.

Parad-ise or -ox?

Housing prices dipping ever so slightly. Relative deals on skiiing as the great price war with Intrawest continues. Jobs everywhere – here, take two, for the pay of one. Well, you can’t have everything. Can you?

The privations are difficult. We read the statistics. Pay is low, housing costs high, even obscenely so. That under 1 percent rental vacancy market is great for the property owners and tough on the worker bees. Welcome to the resort community, bub. But if it’s so bad, why are we growing so fast?


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