Posts Categorized: Letters

Browns Canyon expedition to help veterans

Programs like this matter more than you might imagine. According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs the suicide rate among veterans is 22 per day and countless others struggle with the effects of post traumatic stress disorder, lives upset by multiple deployments, financial difficulties and delayed benefits. Veterans have a long history of helping our own and this program is a good example of vets helping vets.

Voters should re-elect Potts

Commissioner Potts is not an ideologue. He understands that his duty is to serve the entire community, not just those who might vote for him.

Colorado’s ethical statutes exist for a reason

Yerkey, Baker, Hanlon and MacDonald should consider very carefully what they seem about to do, the trouble and discord to which they expose the city in their “behind the scenes” secrecy and enthusiasm for the NRCDC, and the further potential financial liabilities they may impose upon the city by rash and illegal action.

Creative Summit, now Artwalk!

Thank you to staff for an amazing production of the Summit, it came together well. But the job isn’t over.

LiveWell thanks community for HM4K fundraiser

Thanks to the generous support of our community including Amicas, Boathouse Cantina, Moonlight Pizza and Café Dawn, our spring dine out event raised $3,388! These funds will be used to assist with preparation and assembling of healthy meals, free of charge to kids in Chaffee County.

Free grant coaching for historic preservation

Love a historic property? Need a grant to help preserve it? Join Outreach Specialists from the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) for a Community Roundtable on Thursday, June 5 at 10 a.m. at the Coaldale Community Building.

Friday Enrichment – that’s a wrap!

The elementary school will be let out a day earlier than the rest of the District due to the Longfellow construction. To fill this gap, Salida Recreation, in partnership with CSU Extension Office, 4H, Salida School Garden, Boys and Girls Club, and Amicas Pizza, will be offering a two-day pre-summer camp on Thursday, May 29th and Friday, May 30th.

Mayor extends CCI thanks

Salida has proven to be a great host and site for conferences and events of this size. I am optimistic to see more of these types of events here in Salida in the future.

Clarification of “criminal investigation” vote

I strongly agree with all who say that citizens should not be intimidated when pursuing their first amendment right to petition government for redress of grievances. But it is also important that no citizen be allowed to try to intimidate duly elected officials in the performance of their sworn duty.

The Rocketman delivers for the Creative Summit

As is always his drive in art and attention in creativity, Jimmy Descant, Salida’s Rocketman, has plenty ideas and projects hatched for the Colorado Creative Industries Districts Summit arriving at the SteamPlant and City on May 1-2.

Proposed zoning code changes would remove longstanding citizens’ rights

If you have a non-conforming dwelling structure (one that violates existing setbacks but is allowed to continue) of any type, changes to Footnote 3 of Table 16-D of the new proposed Chapter 16 will take away your longstanding, valuable rights and privileges to rebuild it on its existing footprint.

Creative summit merits attention

It is now 3 weeks till Salida, Colorado’s first designated Creative District, will host the 3rd annual Creative Summit.

Preserving the Arkansas River

The 102-mile stretch from Leadville to Parkdale is easily Colorado’s longest Gold Medal water, and likely one of North America’s top five in terms of contiguous miles. On average, it supports some of the state’s biggest trout and largest stock, at over 170 pounds per acre.

Salida Budget Accountability

I believe the 2011 budget was the last budget produced by the City of Salida that met the GASB standards. Our city officials have now spent $20,000 fighting to defend their right not to publish a budget that meets GASB standards. The Colorado Legislature and the National Governmental Standards Board (GASG) hold the it is essential to the proper functioning of a representative democracy that governing bodies produce clear and detailed budgets, including clear and detailed accounting of prior years. [...]