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World-class Humane Society

Don Rogers

Congratulations to the Eagle Valley Humane Society, celebrating 30 years of service. From two women, Inga Prime and Joanne Swift, who happened to meet in a grocery store parking lot in 1974 and discovered they both loved animals enough to start a rescue shelter, the society has evolved into a model for the entire country.Between its no-kill policy to a program encouraging jail inmates to help walk abandoned dogs, and everything else the society does, that “world-class” moniker actually applies here.Wrong worryFor those worrying about that current “glut” of affordable housing units and rental vacancy rates, well, don’t.It will pass all too quickly. Before long, Eagle County will again reign as the tightest rental market in Colorado. The less than 1 percent vacancy rate, swollen to 11 percent in May, will shrink like this year’s snowpack as High Country growth picks up as it has this year.The far bigger worry is the growth pressure that has state demographers counting on Eagle County population to reach toward 90,000 from the current 45,000 or so souls who now call this paradise home. The population doubled between 1990 and 2000.How to deal with that? Gates and locks at each end of I-70 won’t work, this being a place where land owners have certain rights to sell out and all. Smart growth is a nice phrase. Not that it’s ever been accomplished, really. Make development tough and you have Boulder, where mere mortals cannot afford to live. Not that it’s much better in conservative-leaning Eagle County, of course. Water, the lack of it, looks like the limiting factor.