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On Thursday, Gov. Jared Polis announced the end of Colorado’s health emergency related to the coronavirus pandemic. Tuesday, some 50,000-plus gathered at Coors Field for major league baseball’s All-Star Game.

Acting as the Chaffee County Board of Health, county commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday, with Greg Felt, Keith Baker and Rusty Granzella voting in favor to continue through Aug. 31, the county’s current maximum of 5,000 at outdoor events.

Chaffee County commissioners expressed their displeasure last week at a meeting to discuss proposed music event permit applications at the Meadows near Buena Vista.

Drawing commissioners’ ire was learning that Live Nation, producers of the Seven Peaks festival scheduled for Labor Day, had already exceeded the county limit for outdoor events, selling 6,000 tickets, where current county regulations set a 5,000-person crowd limit.

Gentrification is the process of affluent people moving into an area and paying a higher than normal prices for goods, services, and real estate.  Thanks to their relentless  upscaling of real estate, they eventually price home ownership out of reach for the average wage earner.  

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I found the dispute over the Chaffee County election video confusing, so I filed an information request with Chaffee County asking for the 2020 election surveillance video. According to the April 28 response I received from County Attorney Davis, the video is not available for viewing.

In Gunnison and Chaffee counties, each new season brings us glaring reminders of the changing climate.

Whether it’s record-sized wildfires, less snowpack, decreasing stream flows or altered growing seasons – we see human-caused changes to the climate happening, and they’re happening fast. 

Just as he did as a pro kayaker, Jed Selby is back paddling out of a giant hole. His audacious proposal to drastically increase the number of events at the Meadows was met with massive public push back. Ninety citizens logged into an April Zoom meeting, ready to voice their opinion before Selby retracted.

My husband and I moved to Buena Vista almost 5-1/2 years ago from an area in Pennsylvania with a population of over 840,000.

Reading a recent word salad with a plethora of accusations and inuendoes ranging from last year’s election to voting issues, one has to wonder why there were zero facts to back up the statements in the letter.

A recent economic report commissioned by the Seven Peaks Music Festival reported that Chaffee County and Buena Vista sales tax revenues grew in 2020 over the year prior despite the fact that the festival and other major community events were not held last year, cancelled because of the coron…

Throughout the past year, all of us have been faced with a variety of challenges that have been difficult to deal with whether on a personal or societal level.

For many of us, our reactions to these challenges have been less than ideal; anger, blaming, guilt, frustration, and denial, to name a few.

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Throughout the past year, all of us have been faced with a variety of challenges that have been difficult to deal with whether on a personal or societal level.

For many of us, our reactions to these challenges have been less than ideal; anger, blaming, guilt, frustration, and denial, to name a few.

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The Meadows application is dead on arrival to the citizens of Chaffee County. Jed Selby is proposing to increase use of the Meadows concert venue by over 400 percent.

I encourage all concerned citizens to share their opinion with the Chaffee County commissioners through written comments or oral comments at the Planning Commission hearing on April 6 or the commissioners meeting on April 20. Go to chaffeecounty.org for more information and Zoom links.

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I celebrated Colorado’s Meat Out Day March 20 by cooking meat outside. What a great idea, Gov. Polis.

The old grill was fired up with ancient western sage wood in the smoker box, by ancient I mean the wood was very old.

While I appreciate the thorough explanation on the reasons for the continued inclusion of the police blotter in the CCT, I have always felt this was unnecessarily invasive.

Over the last few weeks the Capitol has been quiet. During the pause from debating and passing bills, I spent time listening to constituents and the other folks from around Colorado who have reached out to me to share their thoughts, stories, and concerns.

What has changed since I built my last project? I am very likely to crumble under the weight of the planning and zoning department’s authoritarian grip.

We live in a very beautiful river valley where we mostly dig in sand with a heavy dose of river rock.


In regards to the letter Karen Dils wrote regarding the election materials being taken down, I totally agree. The election is over and President Biden is our president whether we personally like it or not. I also agree that issues need to be discussed in a civil matter and to find common ground.

We are a divided country, but I hope we all can agree on one thing. It’s not good for our nation, our communities, or our families to be immersed in anger, judgement and hate.

I hope that influential people in all walks of life will actively seek to re-unite us; but I also think that, if healing is to take place, it will have to come from the ground up, a sort of grass-roots movement.

Last week’s inauguration showed our democracy still in tact. Votes were cast, counted, often re-counted, and certified in multiple ways.

There were winners and losers like in all elections. With the call to go forward and start healing some divisions, perhaps some of us can do our small part.

Three days after moving to Chaffee County years ago, I met with Wendell Pryor. I remember he had about 20 people on a list – in his head, of course – ones he said I had to meet. “But start with the best one,” he said, “Charlie Forster.”

Last Saturday morning Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment moved Chaffee County from Orange to Yellow on the statewide COVID-19 Dial. This was not due to a fundamental improvement in our public health metrics but rather was reflective of the agency “changing the markers on the field.”

This letter is in response to last week’s letter-to-the-editor signed by Keith Baker and other local Democratic leaders.

The accusations they made and the language they used was divisive and they need to apologize. Rather than follow Mr. Biden’s advice to heal the nation and calm the rhetoric, they chose to ramp-up the divide.

State by state certification of the results of the national election – 50 independent certifications – conclusively disproved Mr. Trump’s assertions that he, and not Mr. Biden, had won the election.

Members of the public need to understand the truth. The Democratic candidate won the presidency in a free and fair election.

There was no voter fraud that affected the outcome of the election. More than 60 lawsuits in courtrooms where there are serious penalties for prevarications confirm that.

What President Trump did in his speech to a crowd of supporters Jan. 6 was to encourage them to march to the Capitol to put pressure on Republican senators and representatives and Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

The choice to wear or not wear a mask in public is a critical choice, one that carries the potential for severe, even deadly, consequences for all of us that come into contact with you.

The anarchist thugs who stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, disrupting proceedings of Congress, are no different than the anarchist thugs who burned buildings in Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle and other cities this summer.

Here’s an exercise every Coloradan might want to engage in to get a sense of the impact of covid-19 in our state: Count to 1000. Then do that 18 more times.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the regional cooperative that Sangre de Cristo Electric Association and 21 other electric coops in Colorado belong to, released their Energy Resource Plan in December. Tri-State is working to update their outdated and broken business model, with the aim of becoming more competitive with other utilities in the state.

As we leave a uniquely difficult year behind us and look with guarded hope toward 2021, it is reasonable to temper one’s expectations.

The rollercoaster ride is not over yet; 2021 will surely have its twists and turns as well.


Like many local residents, when Friends of Browns Canyon first learned that the Colorado Midland and Pacific Railway had leased Union Pacific’s local rail line, we were excited at the prospect of trains returning to the valley. After all, CMP promised to “assess the interest” of local communities “for commuter passenger rail services.”

Last week at the Capitol, I joined my colleagues to pass legislation that will bring relief to the families and small businesses in Colorado that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.