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Husband and wife duo win Man of the Cliff, again

AVON — Sean and Kelly Hanagan were last named Man and Woman of the Cliff in 2014.

Kelly won again in 2015, and Sean has been looking for glory ever since. In that time, a tradition of the take-home trophy has been initiated for Man of the Cliff — and despite the fact that Sean’s name is on it three times, the trophy has never made its way into the Hanagan home.

On Sunday, however, Sean took the top honor in the 2019 competition to take the trophy home. And while there’s no women’s take-home trophy, Kelly joined Sean on the podium as the Woman of the Cliff for 2019.

To win both the men’s and women’s divisions, Sean and Kelly had to work their way through a large field of competitors from all over the state in competitions including ax throw, keg toss, spear throw, caber toss, pulp toss, hammer toss, archery and speed wood chop.

When asked where the trophy will go, Sean suggested the headboard of their bed. Kelly frowned at the suggestion.

“Where else are you gonna put it?” he asked.

While the couple has spent long hours practicing for the competition in years past, Kelly said this year they didn’t have as much time for preparation. Sean won in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

“We were able to draw from our experience,” Kelly said.

The Man of the Cliff competition is an annual event that started in Red Cliff in 2009, moved to Avon a few years later and is now celebrating 11 years of flannel-infused fun.

The event has generated more than $100,000 for local nonprofits. In 2019, Man of the Cliff partnered with Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, giving 100% percent of the event’s proceeds to the Avon-based nonprofit.

Roller skiing mimics Nordic skiing

You may have seen a pack of athletes cruising on the bike path not on bikes, not on foot, but on roller skis. It’s not a new fad, it’s a way to train for the upcoming Nordic ski racing season.

All summer long Daniel Weiland has been taking the Nordic ski team from Ski & Snowboard Club Vail to stretches of smooth and relatively flat terrain for training purposes.

“There’s not a ton of flat bike paths around here, but we’ve found some good places to go throughout the region,” said Weiland, who is the Nordic programs director for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.

The team trains on paths along Big Horn Road in East Vail or on the path between Avon and Edwards near Highway 6, or on the new path near Horn Ranch outside of Wolcott, CO. They have also ventured out to paths in Glenwood, Aspen and Summit County.

Roller skis are the same width as Nordic skis but are much shorter. The same bindings, boots and poles are used on the pavement. There are classic and skate roller skis. “The classic roller skis have wider wheels and a ratchet so it only goes forward in direction. The skate roller skis have narrower wheels that help mimic the lateral push movement you do while skate skiing,” Weiland said.

No one wants winter to come more than the athletes at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, but in the meantime, these athletes say roller skiing mimics the movements of the sport quite well.

Izzy Glackin is a freshman at Vail Mountain School and has been on the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Nordic team for eight years and has been roller skiing for four years. “I love roller skiing, it feels so much like the real thing, you’re just not on snow, but when I first started I was sort of scared to try it,” Glackin said. “The consequences if you fall are much greater on the path versus snow.”

Glackin’s advice if you fall? “Brace yourself.”

Roller skiing is not for the novice, Weiland says. “These kids have a keen sense of balance from all their training on snow and they handle the roller skis very well. Some can even do 180 degree turns while they are going down the path,” Weiland said.

Cole Flashner is also a freshman at Vail Mountain School and has been Nordic skiing with the team for two years and said that this is his first summer on roller skis and he’s seen improvement in his skills.

“Doing this over the summer helps because you don’t have that gap of time where you forget what you’ve already learned and you can enhance what you’ve learned last winter,” Flashner said. These athletes will be on snow soon enough, but in the meantime, if you see them on the paths give them plenty of room as they zoom on through. To see them in action, watch today’s video.

I-70 EB seeing delays in Dowd Junction as construction continues

Interstate 70 headed eastbound is facing delays on Sunday evening with slow traffic in the Dowd Junction area.

The highway is down to one lane in both directions as crews wrap up work on a more than $10 million construction project, which is expected to finish in the coming weeks.

The east bound direction is seeing the worst of it with traffic reduced to intermittent stops and speeds of 5 mph.

Interstate 70 is the only passage through Dowd Junction for cars and trucks. Over the summer in Dowd Junction, crews resurfaced the road, lengthened an on-ramp in the east bound direction at mile marker 171, and are currently in the process of installing a rockfall barrier on the side of the highway in Dowd Junction.

Mazzuca: The misleading statistics of economic inequality

Former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once quipped; “There are three types of lies; lies, damned lies and statistics.” 

And no one can manipulate statistical information better than the media that loves comparing “the rich” and “the poor.” But those comparisons are seldom what they appear to be because the government statistics they use are simply snapshots taken at a given point in time, a situation that fails to reveal how “the rich” and “the poor” are in many cases the same people at different stages of their lives.

During a recent broadcast of MSNBC Live, Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle did a story about wealth inequality in America. The liberal canard was transparent as the cable hosts self-righteously described how the wealth of the upper 1% of Americans had increased by $16.8 trillion during the last 30 years while the bottom 50% saw a $900 billion decrease. 

If one accepted those figures at face value, one might conclude there’s a problem with our system.  But the cable hosts conveniently omitted the fact that Americans in the lower echelons of income and net worth do not stay there because we live in a dynamic society where people move within economic brackets, and the upper and bottom quintiles don’t comprise the same people from year to year.

Velshi and Ruhle are educated people and surely understand when referring to people in particular income brackets as “the rich” or “the poor” they are implicitly assuming these are enduring conditions and the residents in these brackets remain the same from one year to the next when nothing could be further from the truth.

As the American Enterprise Institute points out, we live in a society where the vast majority of people move from one set of economic circumstances to better ones and few Americans remain in the same quintiles over time.  Lest we forget, the founders of Microsoft, Google and Apple didn’t start off as billionaires; each of these iconic corporations began in a garage, and through diligence and innovation, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and their fellow hi-tech entrepreneurs moved up through the economic quintiles.  

During my working years, I took part in a study conducted by the University of Michigan illustrating that very point. The study followed the economic fortunes of a given set of working Americans over a 20-year period and revealed that 29% of the people initially in the bottom 20% rose to the top 20% during the study period, while just 5% remained in the bottom 20% throughout the study. 

But it’s this second statistic that’s so revealing, to wit: high school algebra teaches us that 5% of 20% is 1%, which means that as an economic matter, only 1% of the people in the study never moved out of the bottom quintile. 

Another misleading yet “accurate” statistic occurs when using household income as a barometer of income inequality. By definition, we know the number of households in each of the five quintiles must be identical (if that weren’t’ the case it wouldn’t be a quintile).

However, according to 2017 data from the United States Census Bureau, nearly 40 million more Americans were living in the top quintile of households than the bottom quintile; and even more telling, four times as many people were working in that quintile than in the bottom quintile, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the average household income was far greater in top quintile than in the bottom quintile.  

While the aforementioned illustrations bear out Disraeli’s oft-repeated quip about statistics, the truly troubling aspect of this matter is the common theme, i.e., each distortion is designed to create the illusion that there’s a problem when in reality none exists. And of course, by extension, the remedy to this “problem” is always the same — more government intervention in the economy.

Yes, income inequality does exist in America — some of it self-inflicted, some not. And to address this matter we must keep in mind the great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus; history has proven repeatedly that the only way to raise the standard of living for people on a mass scale is with an economic system that creates wealth, not one that simply redistributes it.

Quote of the day:  “When looking at the biggest study of the American dream, the No. 1 correlate for upward mobility is having two parents in a home.”— Stephen Marche

Butch Mazzuca, of Edwards, writes biweekly for the Vail Daily. Follow him on his blog at butchmazzuca.com.

Vail Chamber & Business Association: What’s the prime rate and why is it important?

You may have heard that recently the Federal Reserve lowered the Wall Street Journal prime rate to 5%, which is the second decrease to this index in 2019.  This news generated a lot of buzz about rates across the nation, and with that buzz comes some misinformation that mortgage rates and the prime rate are closely connected.

What is the prime rate and why is it important? The prime rate is a short-term rate index and is commonly used for car loans, credit cards, lines of credit and some short-term adjustable-rate mortgages. At a high level, the prime rate is set based on the feel and projected direction of the economy and is tied to the Federal Reserve funds rate. As the funds rate moves up, the prime rate goes with it and vice versa. You’ll typically see the prime rate priced between 2 and 4 percent above the Fed funds rate. 

While the prime rate is a good index to pay attention to as a consumer it is not the best index for fixed mortgage rates.  Mortgage rates can be indirectly influenced by the prime rate but simply put, fixed mortgage rates are not directly tied to the prime rate.  This is because fixed mortgage rates are priced based on longer-term yields and indexes. 

U.S. Treasury bonds, notes and bills are a better indicator of fixed-rate mortgage prices than the prime rate because they are long-term investments. There are other factors that play into mortgage pricing like demand and the real estate market, but if you are looking for indexes to better track the trend of fixed mortgage rates, look to the 10-year treasury and 30-year bond markets or call your local banker.

Stay involved and stay informed. If you are not already receiving the Vail Chamber and Business Association’s weekly newsletter, email us at info@vailchamber.org to start receiving it. If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber and Business Association and what we have to offer to businesses in and that do business in Vail, call 970-477-0075 or email info@vailchamber.org.

Matt Gruesbeck is the assistant vice president of First Bank – Eagle County and a member of the Vail Chamber & Business Association board of directors.

Norton: Finding the value in our values

If you have never taken the time to identify or define what your values are, or what your belief system is, don’t sweat it because you are not alone. As a matter of fact, most people just assume they know what their values are, they know what belief system they follow to make decisions in life and in business.

Recently I found myself going through this exercise again with a few people who I coach, and a company I work with. We talked about what their mission was, we discussed and strategized on their vision, and when it came to values, well, they either struggled a little bit or came up with the most common values that almost everyone starts out with; honesty, integrity, continuous learning, engagement, open communication, etc.

Here is why they struggle or come up with those common values — they get the order wrong. What happens most times is that individuals and organizations typically start out with trying to define their mission, vision, and values. And it’s usually attempted in that order. Maybe they begin with a mission statement or a vision statement. And once they have completed those, then they try and come up with the values that best represent them or their company, or the values they hope to be recognized by as a person or organization.

My suggestion is always to reverse the order. If we know what we value most at work and in life, we can begin to place a value on that. And once we truly know what it is that we value, and the foundation of our belief system, we can then create the vision for how we can live out those values personally and professionally. And now that we know the values that drive us, and what we see as our vision and opportunities ahead of us, we can now determine our mission and how we can be the best person we can possibly be, providing the best service to others we can possibly provide, and be better positioned to live out our mission and purpose.

It starts with valuing our values. What currency do we place on our values? Where are we willing to compromise on our beliefs? If we are not rooted in our values, how can we even attempt a mission, mission statement, or vision for our lives or for our company? Will we compromise our values for money? Will we discount our belief system to work at a company where we know our values are not aligned? Will we concede on what fundamentally drives our company in order to hire someone who is not a fit culturally or aligned with our values? Too often, we all, or at least most of us, make this mistake.

Why does this happen? Why do we make this mistake? Because we assume that we know what our values are. I mean, doesn’t everyone? Of course, we think we do. And maybe we even think that we ourselves live and work by the virtues we respect the most. But until we take the time to write them down, identify them, define them, understand them, and commit to them, we can never place the proper value on what it is that we value most and what we will not give up or compromise.

One of my very favorite quotes when it comes to personal and professional values comes from Roy Disney, “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”

So how about you? Have you gone beyond just assuming you know and live by a certain belief system, and have identified and understand what you value and why? Are you confident that your belief system is driving your vision and mission? I really would love to hear your value, vision, and mission story at gotonorton@gmail.com and when we can place the right value on what we value most, it really will be a better than good week.

Michael Norton is the Chief Revenue Officer for Eventus Solutions Group, a strategic consultant, business, and personal coach, and motivational speaker. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

Vail’s Red Sandstone Elementary honors Foley brothers by naming its gym Foley Fieldhouse

VAIL — Kevin and Dennis Foley may be the Vail Valley’s most experienced gym rats, so it’s proper that their favorite gym bears the family name.

Red Sandstone Elementary School’s gym is now Foley Fieldhouse. Principal Marcie Laidman and staffer Quincy McAdam unveiled the new name Friday with an impromptu celebration to honor the Foley brothers for 28 years running Red Sandstone’s youth basketball program.

“It’s been a labor of love,” Kevin said.

 “It’s been a great ride. We love it,” Dennis said.

‘Give yourself a hug’

The Foleys might have shown up Friday if they knew they were going to be honored, or they might not. McAdam wasn’t taking chances. She called the brothers to Red Sandstone at 2:15 p.m. Friday for what she said was a “basketball meeting.” She knew they’d be there for anything hoop- or kid-related.

The brothers show up to help around the school. Sometimes it’s basketball. Sometimes it’s just to push kids on swings.

Kevin was positively resplendent Friday in his bright red Red Sandstone Elementary School T-shirt, emblazoned with RSES: Respect Success Excel Solve.

“Give yourself a big hug when you walk in here. You’re lucky to be part of the best school in the world,” Kevin told dozens of Red Sandstone students and staffers.

In the teacher’s lounge afterward, Kevin cut the basketball-court shaped cake from the three-point line.

Treat to McQueeney to Foley

Nearly three decades ago, Tom Treat, who ran the youth program at the school Vail elementary school, convinced Dennis Foley to help out. Dennis didn’t take much convincing. Neither did Kevin when Dennis went to work on him to help the following year. Henry McQueeney took over from Treat. Then Dennis took over from McQueeney when McQueeney was assigned to a school downvalley. The program has been in the hands of the Foleys ever since.

The season runs January through March. Kids learn the stuff they’re supposed to learn from youth sports: sportsmanship, teamwork, a little discipline, how to prepare for success, how to contend with failure, some physical fitness, that losing a game will not end your world, but winning is better. And basketball … lots and lots of basketball.

Over the decades, Vail has produced several notable athletes. Many passed through this program.

“People in their 30s come up to us, smile and say, ‘You were my basketball coach,’” Kevin said.

Victory march

When the season is done in March, the top two teams proudly walk Vail’s I-70 overpass pedestrian bridge and head into Lionshead to celebrate at Bart & Yeti’s. Dennis has been the owner there for 37 years.

Last year was an anxious time in local basketball land for the Red Sandstone program players. Their school was being rebuilt and the students were at Camp Minturn on the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy site. All kinds of kids stopped Dennis and Kevin to grill them about basketball.

“Are we playing basketball?” the kids asked anxiously.

“We’ll always play basketball,” came the Foleys reply.

Homelessness in the Vail Valley looks different compared to Front Range cities

EAGLE COUNTY — Justin Fillmore and his dog Parker had no shelter from the storm when the snow arrived Thursday.

The homeless man and canine were hanging out outside a local gas station. Fillmore wasn’t waving a sign asking for money, and when asked, he said he hopes to find work locally. He came to Colorado from Washington to try something new and he recently arrived in Eagle County after spending some time in Colorado Springs.

Fillmore said his current situation doesn’t tell his whole story. He noted that just because you see a rich person, it doesn’t mean that person will always be rich. Homelessness is like that, he said.

He also talked about how much he loves his dog.

Down on their luck

We don’t see a lot of people like Fillmore in Eagle County. When we talk about homelessness here, and combatting it, it’s a different discussion than what is taking place in Denver and other major cities along the Front Range.

But a lack of vagrants doesn’t mean that there aren’t homeless people in this valley. For the most part, they are employed residents who can’t find a place to rent and end up patching together temporary solutions to get by as they negotiate the difficult local housing scene. That’s a very different situation from the chronic homelessness issue in major metropolitan areas where people make a life on the streets.

Each year, the Colorado Balance of State Continuum of Care conducts a point in time study of the homeless population in Colorado’s non-metro and rural counties. During even-numbered years, the CoC conducts a sheltered PIT count. During odd-numbered years, the CoC conducts both a sheltered and unsheltered PIT count.

According to the 2017 survey, the most recent year for an unsheltered count, Eagle County had just two instances of chronic homelessness among respondents of the survey. Those two instances represented 28.6% of the respondents of the survey in the county. The date for the point-in-time count was the night of Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

In the 2018 survey, which only conducted a sheltered PIT count, Eagle County had zero instances of chronic homelessness among respondents — although it should be noted that Eagle County has no dedicated, full-time homeless shelters.

Statewide, the data from the 2017 survey showed a 12% increase from the last sheltered and unsheltered count in 2015. In each year’s survey, it’s always noted that the point-in-time count provides only a snapshot of homelessness on a single night in January, and that due to the transient nature of the homeless population and the large geographic area of the survey, it is extremely difficult to capture all homeless individuals.

While the survey shows that chronic homelessness is low in Eagle County, there are vagrants in this valley. Sometimes they are people whose resources simply ran out when they hit Eagle County. Sometimes they are people who have fallen victim to circumstances that have left them without lodging, transportation or even food. Sometimes they are battling behavioral health issues. And, sometimes, they are people who are engaging in a money-making proposition.

Whether they are residents or transients, there is help here for people who are down on their luck.

“Our original motto is we help who comes to our door,” said Dan Smith of Vail Valley Salvation Army. “We repair a lot of vehicles, we provide a lot of temporary housing. We provide a lot of food and we buy a lot of gas for people.”

“It’s always amazing to me how many people travel across the country with just the amount of resources they need, with no excess at all,” said Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger. These people end up stuck in Vail if a car breaks down or they miss their bus.

“When we have someone who needs to get somewhere who doesn’t have any money, we work with the Salvation Army to get them a voucher and them on the Greyhound bus to where they going,” Henninger said.

That’s the philosophy in Eagle as well.

“We do have a very giving community,” said Eagle Police Chief Joey Staufer. “Normally when we are dispatched to a call, it’s someone who is broken down and our officers make their best efforts, after a discussion with the people. We have been able to help those people out, probably at a success rate of nine out of ever 10 individuals.”

Law enforcement personnel said it is unusual that someone who is truly broken down and stuck in the valley will end up spending hours at the Interstate 70 interchange, waving a sign and asking for help from strangers.

Smith noted that sometimes helping people in need is more nuanced than simply handing over groceries or fuel, or especially, cash.

The help they need

“In my experience, if you don’t ask for help, the help offered is useless,” Smith said. “If people don’t say that, everyone involved is wasting their time. Some people aren’t looking for help, but for a handout.”

Local social media often outs vagrants who situate themselves at a location, carrying a sign asking for money. Facebook postings will warn residents that the person was doing the same thing previously in a different local community.

“It’s common knowledge when you get into a metro area you will continually see the same individuals, on the same corners, throughout the year,” said Staufer. “We don’t see that frequently in Eagle, but we do see that happen.”

“There are definitely people who abuse the system. We don’t have a good solution for that,” Henninger said.

Henninger said helping vagrants move along is the most practical assistance that the Vail Police can offer. He noted there are no homeless shelters in the valley, and during the winter, it’s dangerous for people who don’t have protection from the weather. That said, Henninger is also aware that giving someone a bus ticket to Denver or Grand Junction is just pushing the issue to another jurisdiction.

“I have gotten phone calls from other police departments asking why are we sending them our problems. Actually, we try not to do that,” he said.

Henninger said his officers check to make sure there are no outstanding arrest warrants or other issues before they send a homeless person away on the bus. But if someone is determined to stay in the area and they aren’t breaking the law, the cops cannot force the individual to leave.

“As long as they aren’t on private property and as long as they aren’t impacting any roads or services, there is nothing more than we can do,” Staufer said. “Most frequently, when we do find transients on private property, it’s because we get a call from the owner asking us to move them along. Some of those contacts do end up with an arrest, most often on an outstanding warrant.”

Henninger and Staufer said that each vagrant case is different. Sometimes officers can help and sometimes people don’t want the help that is offered. But in general terms, both agreed with the advice of Facebook posters — be careful about the help you offer.

“I discourage people from giving money to panhandlers. If you feel guilty about that, you should give money to the Salvation Army,” Henninger said.

Vail Daily photographer Chris Dillman contributed to this story.

Bears still around Aspen and hungry

While temperatures are dropping and snow is on the ground, city of Aspen as well as state officials warned residents this week that bears haven’t gone into hibernation yet and not to become complacent.

Hyperphagia — or “fat bear season” — is this time of year when bears get “the instinctive ‘feeding frenzy’ to pack on the pounds before winter hibernation,” according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Rebecca Ferrell.

“Bear activity in Aspen is still at a record high and expected to climb as bears are in hyperphagia,” according to a Friday news release from the city of Aspen.

So far this year, the Aspen Police Department has received reports of 48 home intrusions by bears and 680 total bear calls, according to the city. In September, city police received nine bear home intrusion reports and 175 total bear-related calls, according to Kendall Jahnke, APD’s records manager.

Ten Aspen businesses and buildings — mainly in the downtown core — were cited by the city in September for unsecured trash or other bear-related citations, according to Jahnke. Two restaurants have been cited so far in October.

Last year, there was a better food source in the mountains and APD responded to just 170 calls. But in 2017 when there was a late freeze, Aspen police responded to 913 bear calls from spring to fall. In 2016, police responded to 204 bear calls.

Bears need more than 20,000 calories a day, which translates to 20 chicken sandwiches, 10 large orders of fries, 10 soft drinks and 10 milkshakes every day for months, CPW officials said this past week.

“It’s no wonder, then, that bears often look for an easy meal in human trash, bird feeders and other unnatural attractants,” said a CPW news release.

Officials continue to urge residents to secure their trash and recyclables for the coming weeks before winter.

Colorado Media Project: Colorado journalism needs public support

There was a time, not so long ago, when the two of us were foes in a “newspaper war.”

We thought that the winner would be in a position to thrive as the sole surviving major newspaper in the Denver metropolitan area.

Were we ever wrong.

John’s Rocky Mountain News died 10 years ago.

Greg’s Denver Post lives on, with about 70 journalists in a newsroom that once had 275.

The journalism world in Colorado — and nationally — has been turned upside down in ways we never anticipated.

As a result, instead of going head to head every day, the two of us are putting our heads together working on the Colorado Media Project, a concerted effort to sound the alarm about the decline of journalism and how we might build a brighter, more sustainable future.

Today, the project is releasing a report we think deserves the attention of anyone who cares about the state’s future.

It starts with a premise we both share: that quality journalism is essential to our democracy, and that without it, the state and country risk not having vibrant, engaged and informed communities.

The report sounds many alarms. Since 2010, the number of reporters or correspondents working in all media in Colorado has plummeted from roughly 1,000 to fewer than 600, a trend that shows no sign of abating, even while the state’s population is booming.

Since 2004, the state has lost 21 newspapers — almost one out of every five. And there’s good reason to think more will suffer the same fate. Television and radio news staffs have declined as well. There is lots of blame to go around from declining advertising revenues, changing news consumption habits, a premium on profits and questionable responses to the emerging digital landscape.

But our goal is not to be defensive or to depress you. Trust us, though. Things are bad enough that it’s fair to ask: In the years to come, how are Coloradans going to learn about and understand the rapidly-changing cities and state we live in, know who is using their power for good or ill and who’s being hurt or helped by the decisions of our elected officials?

At one time, we believed that competition was the key to the kind of reporting that answers those questions. After all, it was competition that pressured us to dig up original stories and invest in new coverage areas when we were competing newspaper editors.

Today, we realize collaboration may be even more important than competition.

We want to offer solutions about how the public interest can continue to be served. It is a moment for experimentation and creativity.

That is why we believe it’s critical that Coloradans now seriously consider the project’s fundamental recommendation that public support — yes, the use of tax dollars — be one of the steps the state takes to help sustain and develop local public-service journalism.

We accept that even raising the specter of public support, which is already being tried in Canada and New Jersey, is controversial.

But there’s one thing we think the people of Colorado can’t afford to accept: Doing nothing.

If Coloradans want a healthy democracy, journalism is going to need help.

We believe Colorado should explore joining the 35 other states that provide state funding to support independent public media. In Colorado, the money could also support new and existing ventures committed to public affairs journalism.  

There are lots of ways the state could do this, as our report points out. One would be to levy the state’s sales tax on advertising directed at Coloradans on global tech platforms like Google, Facebook and Amazon. The state already charges sales tax on some services, why not on digital ads?

Another would be to give local communities the power to raise revenues to meet their information needs, just the way the Denver metro area has done for the arts with its Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. 

The report contains a number of other proposals that we hope galvanize more people to become involved, to take action to address a crisis that threatens the very fabric of our communities. We hope concerned Coloradans will generate new ideas or better versions of the ones put forth in the report. 

One thing that is clear from research for this project: Advertising and subscriptions alone will not be enough to support the kind of media we think this state deserves, the way they once supported the Rocky and still support the Post.

We wish things were different. We kind of enjoyed being competitors. And never really wanted it to end.

But end it has. Whatever the future holds, we believe journalism must survive to illuminate the state’s trials and triumphs, to reveal who we are and help us see who we can be. To do nothing is too high a price to pay.

John Temple was the editor of the Rocky Mountain News from 1998 to 2009. Greg Moore was the editor of The Denver Post from 2002 to 2016. Today they are members of the Public Policy Working Group of the Colorado Media Project.