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A ploy in the valley
With no warning, the planning hearing to be held last Thursday,
Feb. 20, was canceled, even though many of us had gone to great
lengths to attend. The purported reason was that the designer
of the catastrophic River Trails Ranch boondoggle was too ill
to explain the Berkeley-bred project. Developers frequently
use this last minute cancellation tactic when opposition is
mounting. (Current poll is nearly 4:1 against it.)
What is despicable is that the city planners apparently bought
into the ploy. It seems they have already made up their minds
to recommend this ill-conceived and incongruous project and
only intended to present the developer’s “dog and
pony show” to attempt to pacify those of us who oppose
putting a population the size of Bayfield in the pristine Animas
The proposed modification of CR250 is not feasible and would
present not only a traffic hazard but a safety hazard since
it would be the only exit from the proposed human ant farm.
Since “flagpole” annexation has lost its appeal,
now they must resort to “tadpole” annexation, finding
congruity only in the middle of a river bed. River Trails Ranch
is not needed and will bankrupt Durango with its demands for
infrastructure, fire and police protection, and water.
Speak out to stop this environmental abortion. It is our world
and our future! Do not let it be destroyed by greed and lack
– John Nelson
Down with feminist thought police
I just read Dave Stephenson’s piece “Another Look
at Jugs.” I couldn’t agree more. He’s right!
The original complaint to which he is responding against the “Jugs
and Hardtails” name and Three Rivers Brewery is itself
silly PC ranting trying to tell us how to see and think and
what to feel.
The writer of that piece needs to lighten up, have a laugh
... get a life! I don’t own a bike, but I’ve always
kind of enjoyed Jugs and Hardtails’ double entendre nonetheless.
Same for Three Rivers Brewery. It is a fine bar, great place
to socialize. I don’t need to be lectured how to PC “SEE” the
world. I can figure it out on my own, thanks anyway. Thanks
to the Telegraph for allowing another voice to be heard and
not leaving our brains out for the Feminist Thought Police
to try and pickle.
– Jim Fuge
Battling bark beetles
Moving here fearing disaster from the Y2K bug, I’m now a student of Mother
Nature’s conditions for saving my healthy pinon trees from ravaging
beetles. Spending weeks researching action items, I generated a flyer available
at the county building and planning departments and extension office. I recently
learned that the ponderosa pines now have their own rapacious bug. The lightning
rod for my attention is that dead ponderosa pines and dead pi`F1on tree needles
expand fire areas and are flash-points for explosive fast-burning fires.
I’m learning that what’s best for land management in high desert
country differs extensively from measures I’ve taken back East and in
California. So whether or not any of us have pi`F1ons and/or ponderosas, fire
dangers affecting most of us are geometrically increased. This calls for doing
mitigation or being a “vehicle on the information highway” for
others. Since beetles take flight when day-time temperatures are at a sustained
50 to 60 degrees, time is of the essence.
The County Extension Office is producing an event, “Bark Beetle Management
Strategies,” for those who think there is no way to save healthy trees
and those who don’t know what to do. It will take place Saturday, March
8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the La Plata County Fairgrounds and will include
a panel of experts. Before I interviewed some of them, I was absolutely opposed
to using any chemicals and wasting firewood by open-area burnings. That has
changed. For information, contact Kevin Mallow 247-2308 or Kent Grant 247-5250.
– Susan Franzheim
Happy to see the Toh-Atin Indian
I recently read the letter from Shelly Perlmutter and must disagree with his
request to remove the Toh-Atin Gallery sign. I have local Native American blood
streaming through my veins and find no insult in this sign on W. Ninth Street.
In fact, it is nice to see it after many years of obscurity. Perlmutter obviously
has little knowledge of Durango history and that this sign was the Chief Diner
logo, a former local landmark where hungry locals would gather 24 hours a day
on North Main during the 1970s/80s. The sign also has the nostalgic “Route
66” tourist appearance that was prevalent in the 1950s, an almost cheesy
look but worth remembering, especially to those who didn’t get to see
sights like this during that era. I suppose that if Perlmutter still has a
problem with the sign, he could set up an offer to buy the Toh-Atin indian
and gallery and replicate it to a “politically correct” lifeless,
sterile void that replicates the town/area he grew up in. Sure glad I don’t
live in that town!