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Too good to stay a town?

Don Rogers

There might be good reasons for caution about committing way more money than than the town coffers have in a RV campground investment at the east end of town on that 6-acre old gravel pit.

But pooh-poohing the people who might camp at a new KOA on the way to Leadville, and just around the corner from Vail and Beaver Creek, betrays a certain misplaced elitism.

Let’s see if we have this right. The good people of Minturn have no use for the highfalutins of glitzy Vail, the sellouts of Avon, suburbanites of Edwards and certainly no one from the company that surely “stole” their water rights in court. And most definitely not for Ma and Pa Kettle in their $50,000-$100,000 RV rig swinging through town. Let ’em eat in Leadville.

Who cares if the town creeps ever closer to insolvency? The fire department’s gone. The police force looks headed that way, and the rest of the town government workers will soon enough follow at this rate.

Might as well disincorporate and soon if the answer to every idea to breathe fiscal life in the town really is no, no and no. While they’re at it, why not rename the place Ostrich? For the obvious reason.

Seems $2,500 might not be too much to spend on an election to see just how securely those heads are stuck in the sand along the banks of the Eagle River.

Still in need

Oops, the good voters of Eagle County – at least some of the ones who ordinarily would be inclined to donate to the Eagle Valley Land Trust – figured approving that open space tax would end the need to give to the private organization. That’s just not true. All the tax collections go to the county.

Ironically enough, the private trust worked hard to get the tax passed in November’s election. But while the group will continue to play a large role in preserving open space, along with environmentally and historically sensitive land, it does not share in the funding for the county to preserve open space. The Land Trust must continue to rely on contributions for its work.

Matchsticks

Mother Nature wants the forest around Vail and elsewhere in high country Eagle County to burn, baby. How else to explain the pine beetle epidemic working overtime to turn the asbestos forest into kindling?

We’re talking some 5,500 acres of dead or dying trees in the White River National Forest in our county, thanks to the mountain pine beetle. Wow.

Dry years gone to drought. The forest grown too thick for lack of cleansing fire. The beetles’ natural cycle. The forest is being set up. D.R.




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