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The Vacation Rental Impact (news analysis and commentary) on page 19 of the September 23 edition of The Chaffee County Times alleges that, despite extensive documentation indicating short-term rentals negatively affect the availability of affordable workforce housing in recreation-based comm…

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Even though the state law does not require a driver to turn on his or her headlights at dawn as the sun is rising or at dusk as the sun sets over our lovely mountains; I always turn on my headlights so I can be seen by other drivers.

Congratulations to Chaffee County for completing its Recreation Plan. The plan represents many months of inclusive collaborative effort, and will help balance the extreme growth of recreational use with the preservation of quality recreational experiences and the protection of natural resources.

Let’s face it. We are all aging. While it might not be as apparent for adults in their 20s and 30s, for someone who just turned 40, I can attest that there comes a time when becoming older is felt both physically and mentally.

Over the years that Lori Mitchell has served as Chaffee County Clerk, I have been continually impressed by her and her staff’s professionalism, efficiency and integrity in all areas that they are responsible for, including elections.

I have decided to withdraw my letter of intent to become trustee one more time. I love this town very much and do not like what you have turned it into and cannot hide those feelings to become one of the minority to try to change it in just 2 years.

As many of you know, I am a local business owner and employer in our community (of 10+ years), a former nurse and a mother.

Several years ago, I made the decision to step forward and dedicate my time and energies to serve the community when I ran for and was elected to Buena Vista board of trustees. 

In last week’s local news it was reported that the Chaffee County board of county commissioners passed a resolution to regulate the exercise of constitutionally protected speech and expression: “The resolution designates four county-controlled locations where public assemblies are allowed.

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As many of you know, I am a local business owner and employer in our community (of 10+ years), a former nurse and a mother.

Several years ago, I made the decision to step forward and dedicate my time and energies to serve the community when I ran for and was elected to Buena Vista board of trustees. 

In last week’s local news it was reported that the Chaffee County board of county commissioners passed a resolution to regulate the exercise of constitutionally protected speech and expression: “The resolution designates four county-controlled locations where public assemblies are allowed.

The article “IT Questions Remain” raised a variety of questions surrounding the surveillance video for the 2020 election in Chaffee County. Questions asked, but not answered.

Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell must answer these questions in order to maintain the confidence of the Chaffee County voters. The Chaffee County Commissioners must provide these answers if the Clerk cannot. This is a serious issue, and requires a serious response.

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I am deeply concerned about the statements recently made by Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County Public Health director regarding our children.

Clearly her comments were biased in favor of the popular political narrative and lacked objective and informed information.

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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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.