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Recently, Sangre de Cristo Electric Association announced a new rate structure in the January 2022 issue of Colorado Country Life and in a Public Notice in the Dec. 30, 2021 issue of The Chaffee County Times as well as on SDCEA’s website. Normally, this would be a ho-hum event eliciting, at most, some grumbling from folks who object to any rate increase for their electricity.

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I connected via zoom to the regularly scheduled Board of County Commissioners meeting on Jan. 4. I was there to hear our commissioners’ responses to questions posed by a concerned citizen as to why the public has heard nothing about planning for sustainability in the county.

Speaking as one of the original members of the Chaffee County (alternative) High School board of directors, I want to clarify the origin and purpose of CCHS.   

CCHS began as a joint project between Buena Vista and Salida School districts circa 1991. Our objective was to give teenage kids who didn’t fit into the regular high school regimen a second chance at earning a standard high school diploma.  

If you ask me what my pronouns are, I will tell you they/them/theirs. If you don’t, you’ll probably just use he/him/his because you have been taught that it’s okay to assume that certain characteristics are strictly male. Being referred to with gender neutral pronouns feels good and affirming to me and is no more controversial or political than someone who is female using she/her/hers.

EDITOR’S NOTE: While two candidates for school board are mentioned, I interpret this letter to be about the school survey and not specific to the election, therefore it is not constrained by our 250-word election letter limit. DS

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The town of Buena Vista administration and board of trustees would like to thank the staff, individuals, church groups, and organizations that volunteered and donated their time, energy and resources cleaning up the grounds and gravesites at the Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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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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The town of Buena Vista administration and board of trustees would like to thank the staff, individuals, church groups, and organizations that volunteered and donated their time, energy and resources cleaning up the grounds and gravesites at the Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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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…

We hear it daily from the hierarchy of federal, state and local governments, medical establishment, and mainstream press: Safe. Effective. Only idiots do not take the shot. Months ago contrary data was hard to find. Despite best efforts to tell a one-sided story, the other side leaked out.

It has been evident the past several years that Chaffee County has been experiencing explosive growth in visitor days to the Upper Arkansas Valley alongside a growing unrest and concern for increasing adverse environmental impacts and the diminishing quality of recreation experience.

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.

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.

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.