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Bair nonsense

First, this is not intended to slander anyone. It is not intended to drive good people away from endeavors to make this community a better place to live.

This is not irrelevant gossip and it certainly is not intended to insult the intelligence of your readership.



If I missed anyone, please accept a collective apology. Now, to get on with it.

Today, I completed my umpteenth trip through Glenwood Canyon. Both ways. Of course, I tried to pay particular attention to the land we have come to love and know as “Bair Ranch,” a piece of real estate more valuable than Central Park or Chicago’s Loop.



Driving westbound, there is not really a great deal to see, but on the eastward leg of the trip the sprawl is laid out conveniently for all eyes. Either the exit and signage for Bair Ranch are in the wrong place, or the Eagle County boundary marker must have been moved, because the two are a long, long way apart. From what is visible to the traveler, I cannot understand what the hoopla is all about.

Heading eastward, if one will accept the white fence as the limit of the working Bair property, there is no there, there. East of the fence the humongous rock wall comes straight down to the railroad tracks, and thence, straight down into the river. This geographical apparition continues, unbroken eastward, well past the Eagle County line, to the mouth of the canyon. There is not a single inch of developable property in sight. Eagle County, by the way, is about a half to three-quarters of a mile east of the Bair Ranch fence. If the property development that is being held over our heads is the parcels that lie on the south side of the river, and east of the mouth of the canyon (is that possibly still Bair Ranch?) then, friends and neighbors, I say, good riddance.

That hunk of land is just about the ugliest stretch in all of Colorado. It is virtually colorless with bland fields of faded yellow, dotted with splotches of gray. The river, what there is of it, is virtually invisible. Wow! A few large estates with green lawns and trees/shrubbery would be a welcome sight.



For those of you who love the sight of vast tracks of uninhabited, undeveloped land that we lovingly call Colorado, try the miles between the canyon mouth and Gypsum – there are tons of it. Better yet, get off the interstate at any road along the way and head north or south – you’ll get your fill.

This is a great state and a great community we live in, but pouring millions of our dollars into this “pig-in-a-poke” deal isn’t going to make it any better.

Where is the threat of mass estate development coming from? Trust me, you wouldn’t want to build there. The trains still run through many times a day and night. As an old (I am) advertising man, I live by a golden rule that says “never try to bull—t a bull——r.”

There is no threat here to our fair state’s open spaces. Please! Please! Someone show me, graphically and emphatically, exactly how you think millions of our taxpayers’ dollars are going to result in an improvement or even a status quo of our wilderness environment.

We have even been thought stupid enough to accept the expense of the millions, but NO ACCESS TO THE PROPERTY WE HAVE BOUGHT! We have been threatened with housing, campgrounds and other demonic results if we do not accede to this extortion. And that’s the good news.

I say, “to the barriers!” (figuratively, of course) and demand, nay, double demand, a more comprehensive, final, contractual answer to where the money is going and EXACTLY what we are going to get for it! Then, let the people decide.

Alan M. Aarons

Edwards

Plain costly

I was reading that the Eagle County sheriff would like a new turbo prop airplane.

Many years ago, I used to fly a Turbo Commander for a company based in Aspen. I seem to recall that the operating cost, not including the mortgage, was $400 per hour back then.

I also remember an incident when the fuel controller for the left engine failed while the aircraft was taxiing on the ground in Denver. Before the plane could be flown again, a new fuel controller had to be installed at a cost of $10,000. As a pilot, I have always wanted to own my own airplane, but I could not purchase one for the following reason: I could not stand in front of a toilet and casually flip ten $100 bills into it and then flush it without any hesitation. If I could, then I had enough money to own an airplane.

Somehow I don’t think Eagle County is in that position, either.

Jon Silver

Boulder

Figures, D.R.-

Well D.R., there you go again. You do have no shame! Picking on us poor conservatives again. I don’t know what you are smoking, but whatever it is it is blocking your ability to understand that conservatives, liberals and whatever all care about environmentalism. The difference is that we cons are not fanatics and have a more responsible and logical approach.

The areas that you mention in your “blab” are more privatized than the 80-plus percent of public land that is Eagle County. Protectionism for land space is much more critical for their areas.

Once again you have shown your antagonistic attitude towards this community. Let me remind you that Eagle County is Republican and did vote for “open space.”

To repeat myself, Bair Ranch is not all in Eagle County and we should let Garfield County do their thing on their side while we do the right thing on our side. Why don’t we just purchase the Eagle County part outright so that Eagle County residents, young and old, large and small can really benefit, not just look at it from afar? But, then again, that is too simple for a liberal to absorb because it is too logical.

You comment “hardcore anti-open-space folk” out of step with the party is just plain crap. There is no hardcore and it has nothing to do with the party, to which I don’t even belong. It has to do with brain-challenged liberal journalists that do not have a clue.

The contract with Bair has run out twice now and there is no deal – there might never be one. Buying the Eagle piece is a solid deal. It will give Bair more money so that they can retire in the manner that they are accustomed to and will give the PEOPLE of our county land they can enjoy. After all we do have the money and the land trust doesn’t.

The land trust people are good people. It’s just that this deal has smelled bad from the beginning, and they have not been able to recognize this. They should move on to bigger and better things, and take you with them.

As you said, “go figure.”

Arthur Kittay

Eagle

So there

Disgrace is right. Whether or not Kobe Bryant is guilty, and of what, your sheriff’s office needs to be totally cleaned out.

The T-shirt ordering is the most disgraceful and unprofessional behavior I’ve ever heard of from a law enforcement operation.

I’ve skied Vail, Beaver Creek, and the Summit County mountains a bunch, and I have to say it’s for the last time.

To think that an elected official would allow that kind of behavior from his deputies is repugnant beyond belief.

It’s inexcusable. Sheriff Hoy is personally responsible – his desk is where the buck stops.-

Don Pelley

Tucson, Ariz.


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