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You might be a realist if...

I read Steve Mandell's typical "Restore the balance" contribution to the DP today. I thought I'd post a link that does a good job of explaining how thinking conservatives vote. Hint: it's not for Adam Frisch. He is not plan 'b' after Coram's primary loss.  Ignore the platitudes and condescension.  Don't let anybody tell you you're a "low-information voter" or an "extremist" just because you vote for Lauren Boebert. A lot of us don't like her style, we pine for a different GOP candidate- one with more gravitas, but we also understand the reality of how our government works.  

Rosen: A reminder why party trumps person – Complete Colorado – Page Two

Dave liked 3 months ago
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Highway 50 progress: rejoice!

Hello, Montrose and beyond!

From time to time, I take a trip down U.S. 50 (my mother lives at a point beyond it and apparently enjoys seeing me). So, I am familiar with Little Blue Creek Canyon, and I've got to tell you that the progress I see there has been amazing. I have always been fortunate to be able to time my trips when the highway is open, except for once, when I easily hit the queue in time.

But of course, not everyone is in the same circumstance. People who live in the area need that stretch of 50 to access their subdivisions. The truckers who transport so much of what we need use the highway. Agriculture. More.

And yet, the highway badly needed safety improvements at Little Blue. So there was a balance to strike.

Where this is all leading to is this: Progress!

As my colleague Josue Perez reports, blasting is nearly complete.

That means a wider road for better, smoother navigation by those very trucks whose drivers transport the things we need, and for tractors and other larger vehicles. You can read all about the other improvements and timelines in the story linked above, which also features photos that Staff Writer Cassie Knust took during a recent visit to the project.

Until the project is completed, continue with good patience and be mindful of the people working on the project. One death, that of contract worker Ricardo Batista last year, is more than enough. Mr.... (More)

Katharhynn liked 3 months ago
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City approves fireworks permit, issues proclamation

I wrote about what happened during Tuesday's city council meeting this week. A few key points: 

  • City council approved a fireworks permit, one of two steps necessary for the annual fireworks show to take place. Pending a last-minute decision to nix the event due to weather concerns, the show is a go on July 4. 
  • The city issued an immigrant proclamation at the start of the meeting. John Arenas, a librarian with the Montrose Regional Library, spoke to the importance of the proclamation, which I highlighted. 
  • City Engineer Scott Murphy made it a point to note the changes made to the phasing for the Waterfall Canyon development. It addresses concerns citizens expressed to the city. 

Are there any developments or trends you think the city should discuss in a future meeting? Let me know by posting in the comments down below. I'll let you know what I have heard or what the latest is on each subject. 

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Turf Replacement Program https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb22-1151

Has the Turf Replacement Program become Law in the State of Colorado?

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