Letters from our readers.
Posted by Keri Brown on March 4, 2014
The city of Salida has had the opportunity since February 2013 to become a solar city placing renewable energy systems on pumping stations and buildings. I have watched this process from the beginning.
Posted by Billy Carlisle on February 27, 2014
The firm of Karp Neu and Hanlon PC is syphoning money out of Salida’s economy and spiriting it back to Glenwood Springs.
Posted by Linda Taylor on January 31, 2014
A letter in response to the City of Salida’s H. street construction master plan.
Save Our Healthy Trees Rally at noon Saturday, February 1st. Gather at the corner of H and Tenth Streets.
Anyone who loves the parkway trees (not just H Street residents). This affects the entire town!
Bring signs and placards demonstrating your support for saving the healthy parkway trees, your friends, and positive loving energy for our trees.
The city council has voted to go forward with the repair of H Street. Included [...]
Posted by The City of Salida on January 31, 2014
To the residents of Salida from the city.
The City of Salida’s Public Works Department has postponed work on H Street for the removal of marked trees within the parkways on H Street from 3rd to 10th Street. Several members of the City Council made the request to postpone removal until after their meeting on February 4th. The work consists of removing 15 trees.
Due to the current flexibility in the Public Works Crew’s schedule and in order to not have to [...]
Posted by Jeff Auxier on January 29, 2014
On January 28th, The Mountain Mail reported on page 16 that I suggested dwelling units be limited to 25 feet in height at the January 27 Planning Commission meeting. That is not exactly what I said. There was a fair bit of technical discussion last night, so confusion is understandable.
The new and old Salida zoning codes contemplate that single family dwellings up to 35 feet tall might be built on commercial lots already containing commercial structures. Thirty five feet seems [...]
Posted by Susan Tweit on January 20, 2014
I am writing to comment on the storm-water drainage plan associated with the rebuilding of H Street. I attended the Public Meeting January 9th about the H Street Project because I was concerned about comments from Public Works Director Bob Salmi that the storm-water drainage from H Street would be routed into “that ditch by Safeway.”
Posted by Jimmy Descant on January 15, 2014
New information on ‘Drones Down,” from Alison Brown.
These are good links addressing the ongoing discussion on privacy and the rules issued by the FAA to date to assure privacy is protected when using UAVs. http://1.usa.gov/1apBY4o
And this link has a good summary of the existing privacy legislation that is already in place that applies to drones, as well as a discussion on recent additional legislation (Federal and State) being worked for UAV operations. http://bit.ly/LfqWsS
You can read the original letter from Jimmy Descant below. [...]
Posted by Citizen Team on December 3, 2013
I was surprised to read, in Elise Backinger’s November 21 letter to the Mountain Mail, that there are no theater or drama classes offered at Salida High School.
Salida, a designated Colorado Creative District, is home to a cacophony of visual and performing artists — presumably creating creative children. It is also home to a high school that doesn’t offer theater arts classes as part of their curriculum.
It’s almost embarrassing.
Salida High School has band class, chorus class, and art class. But no [...]
Posted by Paul Jensen and Larry Kier on November 7, 2013
Paul Jensen and Larry Kier advocate for the transfer of Chaffee County Emergency Medical Services operations to the Salida Hospital District/Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center.
Posted by Don Stephens on November 5, 2013
It has been an honor and privilege to be Mayor of Salida, and I am proud to have held the job. So thank you!
Posted by Jeff Auxier on November 4, 2013
The city has scheduled approval of the 2014 budget for Tuesday, November 5. Council will take comments and objections, yet the approval resolution is already written and approval seems pre-ordained.
Posted by Citizen Team on October 24, 2013
On behalf of Guidestone’s Staff and Board of Directors, we would like to extend a resounding thank you to everyone in the community who participated in our 7th Annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival, held again this year at the Hutchinson Ranch. It was a wonderful weekend of festivities and we are grateful to all the attendees, volunteers, sponsors and partners that helped make the weekend a success!
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Posted by Citizen Team on October 21, 2013
I recently brought suit against the city to compel compliance with the Local Government Budget Law. The suit follows prior written requests for compliance. The City has not properly detailed budgeted General Fund expenditures of $4.5 million in 2012, $4.8 million in 2013, and $5.08 million in 2014. Nor have they provided required year over year comparisons.
Posted by Citizen Team on October 9, 2013
I’ve heard and seen recent statements from the Citizens for Accountable Government (CAG) group that the current city council is running up debt at an alarming rate. They correctly state that debt has risen from $7 million to $17 million in just a few years. That sounds ominous when it is not put into context.
Posted by Citizen Team on October 4, 2013
The tragic deaths of five family members recently showed once again the extraordinary ability of this community to come together in service to our citizens. There are so many who are owed our gratitude, and I know I’ll overlook someone, but here’s my list:
Our amazing dispatchers and patrol deputies whose calm in the midst of chaos always astounds me; Undersheriff John Spezze, whose masterful leadership and resourcefulness as incident commander always impresses us; Brittany Goodwin, the sheriff’s victim advocate [...]
Posted by Elizabeth Ritchie on October 4, 2013
Empower. Embrace. Promote.
Let’s empower and support citizens to guide our future
and promote projects like developing affordable housing,
planning for a recreation district, connecting with new
businesses to create more jobs, supporting plans
for preserving open space, convincing regional
colleges to build a campus in Salida and
supporting the hospital district to develop
an urgent care clinic.
Let’s keep moving forward and vote for candidates
who embrace a positive, progressive and
collaborative approach to our future.
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Posted by Bob Gnaegy on October 3, 2013
With the current closure of First Street for repairs, it’s evident that our downtown is a much more pleasant place to walk, shop & dine without the semi trucks thundering through the heart of the historic district.
Posted by Citizen Team on October 1, 2013
Enclosed please find the State of Colorado Financial Management Manual from the Department of Local Affairs.
Posted by Citizen Team on September 26, 2013
The Public Hearing regarding regulation of marijuana operations in Chaffee County will not be on my schedule. I do however have opinions that I wish to share with you regarding final regulations. I am not an activist for or against marijuana use, but have plenty of exposure to both sides of the argument and hope you will consider this matter carefully.
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Posted by Citizen Team on September 17, 2013
As a resident of Salida from 1996 to 2001, I enjoyed Salida for it’s proximity to the ski area, Arkansas River and so many beautiful 14’ers. After living in Denver for 10 years, getting married and starting a family, we moved back here in 2011…
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