Posts By: Merrell Bergin

What did YOU eat today?

Let me guess: much of it was already prepared in factory kitchens hundreds of miles away and the main ingredients were corn or soy products (or both). Am I right? According to the USDA, 93% of corn, 94% of soybeans and 95% of cotton contain patented genetically engineered genes as well as 95% of sugar beets and canola according to industry reports. In addition, varieties of genetically engineered papayas, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, alfalfa and sweet corn have been approved [...]

Celebrate Indie Cinema in Salida this month

Did you know that Storyville Cinema, downtown on 1st S Street is featuring indie films this month?  Though-provoking and NEWLY RELEASED titles are now being shown AND in crisp digital format.

We’re talking films critically acclaimed and just now appearing in East Coast cinemas lucky enough to get some of the limited screenings available for these movies.  Included among others this month are three that have just been reviewed in the New Yorker: “Robin Wright at The Congress“, “The Trip to Italy” and [...]

You have a right to know about GMO in your food

Make your voice heard! Sign the “Right to Know – Label GMO Foods” petition here in Chaffee County. Visit the Salida Farmer’s Market any Saturday or contact Judy Wagner at 719-221-9396 to add your name. Show that the citizens of Chaffee County do care!

You have a right to know what is in our food and what we are feeding our families. With mainstream news coverage and legislation in Congress highlighting the issue of genetically engineered foods nationwide, Genetically Modified Organism [...]

3 Board members sought for HRRMC

The Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) has 3 openings for its Board of Directors. Self-Nomination/Acceptance forms are available now and must be submitted by February 28th, 2014. Contact Juanita Ward at 719-530-2231 for forms and more information.

In 2012, 1,114 voters chose 2 new directors from a hotly contested field of 8 candidates. Term limits voters imposed last May (and one seat that will be vacating) have opened up the running this year. Marilyn Bouldin and Charles J. [...]

Time to get out of your comfort zone

Only 3 days remain to vote and the future of Salida is at hand. Maybe you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, “tuning out” all the newspaper letters, the yard signs and advertisements. Just taking care of day to day matters. Well, it will all come to pass in just 4 days, whether you get in the game or not.  This is a mail in election and you need to act NOW.

The stakes are high and turnout has been curiously low [...]

Commissioners consider measure that could impact 33% of Salida operating revenue

On Tuesday, July 16th at 9:00 AM in the Commissioners Meeting Room 104 Crestone Ave. in Salida, the Chaffee County Commissioners will consider placing an issue on the November ballot at the request of the Chaffee County Republican Central Committee.

Efforts to obtain the actual proposal from the County have been unsuccessful, although it has been discussed that the proposed measure would include eliminating the sales tax revenue that municipalities received from Chaffee County. Bob Christiansen, County Director of General Administration [...]

Hospital Board Term Limits election 2 weeks away. Startling facts and an easy way to vote, IF you act now.

Vote Smart – Vote Now

The mail-in ballot application deadline looms in 8 days – less than 50 voters had applied last week out of 18,000 people who live in the Hospital District.  Yet how many will find the time to vote in person on Tuesday May 7th?  This may not seem to matter as much as county, state or federal elections, but stands to set a huge precedent making accountable governance harder for years to come.

Some facts that may [...]

Thankful to be living in Salida

Quality of life is in the eye of the beholder. From a second floor window near First and F, with a view to S Mountain, things are looking good to me.

The sky is deep blue with a trace of snow on the hills and Monarch got 6” last night. Downtown where I live, it’s quiet as people enjoy family and a special meal. There’s a lot to be thankful for, not the least of which is waking up every day [...]

Hospital District Election Ballot Deadline is 5 days away – what’s the big deal this year?

May 1st is the deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot for the Salida Hospital District Election where new Directors will be chosen.  In 2012 there are 8 candidates running for 2 open seats.  What’s the big deal this year?  Certainly health care reform, rising costs and reduced provider reimbursements are on everyone’s mind.  There has long been an air of mystery about the Salida Hospital District - how property taxes collected fund the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center  (HRRMC) and how [...]