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Too much building!

Katharine Russell

I don’t know Mr. Brotman, but I do know the parcels of land, in particular the 680 acres above my community of Singletree. Except for the occasional hikers, photographers, and hunters in the fall, the piece in question, which is surrounded by pristine public lands, is home to countless species of animals, birds, and plants that live, calve, nest, winter range, graze, and flower without the pressure and constant disturbance of humans.

If this parcel were to be developed (with all the infrastructure required) it would not only disturb, alter and destroy the habitat of plants and animals within the 680 acres, but also would affect hundreds of acres of prime wildlife habitat that is shrinking at an alarming rate as the insatiable appetite of the mega rich consumes more and more.

Recently I was back east visiting family and friends. An interesting article appeared in my small coastal town’s paper, The Standard Times, dated March 26. In essence, it stated “the residents in an overwhelming majority (91 percent) agreed that land should be set aside for conversation and open space … Also, most respondents believe that the ideal population for Dartmouth in 2020 is at or just slightly higher to its current population …” Why has Dartmouth taken such radical steps? Because the residents suddenly realized the land they loved and areas which provided open spaces, rich habitat for hundreds of plant and animal species, and recreation for hundreds was all but gone!

Is this same fate to be our legacy? Have we learned nothing? I realize Colorado, the whole West for that matter, is growing at an unprecedented rate. More and more people look westward for breathing room and a better quality of life as the East Coast is bursting out of its seams with shopping malls and housing developments.

I moved here for some of those same reasons. However, I’m becoming increasingly uneasy as I witness yet another mountain side being ripped apart for development or read in the Vail Daily that it’s been approved for the wildlife officers to shoot bears if they wander into the new mountain communities.

There must be another way to provide reasonable homes for the masses coming to our beautiful state other than building more paved roads for housing in the pristine habitat that humans and wildlife alike enjoy.

Katharine Russell

Singletree

1,000 Stars

We had a wonderful celebration of reading on the evening of April 9 at Eagle Valley Elementary School. The Night of 1,000 Stars was a joint effort of the Eagle Valley Library District, Eagle Branch and Eagle Valley Elementary School libraries. Students and their families enjoyed guest readers, a parent presentation, refreshments and books.

Author and illustrator Arthur Dorros spoke to parents about “Our Family’s Stories” and read to all of those in attendance. Mr. Dorro’s visit was funded by the EVE PTO and his accommodations were furnished by Johnson Management Company.

We would especially like to thank the EVE PTO, who financially sponsored this event; parents who brought their children to the celebration; our community readers; and Johnson Management Company. Each student in attendance received a book and refreshments were provided. The following community members took time out of their busy schedules to read to our students: Roxie Deane, DeeDee Emmer, Pastor Keith Hudiburgh, Ted James, Jules Kramer, Mary Ann Lebo, Bonnie Pottorff, Nancy Powell, Pastor Winsor Stough, Carri Tedstrom, Carol Thalman, Keith Thompson and Diana Wilson.

Robyn Bryant


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