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The drift of mosquito
(Editors' note: The following letter was originally
sent to the Animas Mosquito Control District board of
Dear Animas Mosquito Control
I live across from the
nursing home on Junction Street, about two blocks from the
city-county line. About a week or more ago, AMC sprayed just across
on the county side, which I verified. Yet I received a huge amount
of drift, very easily detected by the odor and the foggy-looking
night, though I did not see or hear a truck spraying. As my windows
were open, I ended up with a house full of the stuff and was very,
very upset, to say the least.
As air moves down the
valley every evening like clockwork, this problem will occur again.
I've lived in this house for eight years and know that each evening
I will get smoke from all chimneys to my north, up valley, and now
pesticides also. I have seen trees being sprayed during the day
where the drift of pesticides was huge, though there was no breeze
at all, so I know I will get pesticide drift again, from both
county and city spraying.
I'd like to know why I
can't be notified by a phone call or e-mail, or by checking a web
site. I called and talked to someone at AMC and was told that I
could not be notified if the spraying was in the county and I lived
in the city. Unfortunately the spray does not know to stop at the
county line. I was under the impression that only a few people had
registered complaints against spraying, so I can't imagine there
would be many people to call when spraying is scheduled.
Nevertheless, since someone like myself does not want to discover
that they are suddenly being sprayed, and it is too late to run for
cover and close up the house, I feel that all efforts should be
made to inform one of spraying.
Please rectify this
situation and let me know by what manner I can be forewarned, so
that I can protect my organic garden, myself and my
Sincerely, Jan Holt
Stories of Storyville
Lovely editors,For several years,
Storyville was for many Durangoans what Cafe de Flore was for
Hemingway and Fitzgerald in the 1920s, what Vesuvio was for Kerouac
and Ginsberg in the 1950s, what St. Elmo's Fire was for Rob Lowe
and Demi Moore in the 1980s.Namely, it was a public gathering
place where comrades would discuss lofty visions of the future and
the regrets of an escaped yesteryear. That and Storyville was a
really cool place to get all hopped up on the beer and the whiskey
and jump around like an idiot.
The music lovers among
us were fortunate, in a town Durango's size, to have a
place in which to enjoy live acts that most often strayed in style
from the local norm. Dave Thibedeau was not afraid to book a little
known (but stellar) touring act on a weeknight, often to see that
band play for just me and a handful of others.
But Dave and Storyville
trooped along, and on the way hosted some of the best shows I have
seen.Who can forget Hank III, BR549 or any of The Gourds' trips
to town? Who, no matter how hard they try, can forget Michael
It was an awesome run,
and I can't imagine my tenure in Durango without Storyville.So
here's to you, Dave, thanks for busting your hump to bring us all
that great food, booze and music. But mostly, thanks for the
Mike Sheahan, Eugene, Ore.
A slam on abstinence
With regards to your
article by Todd Thompson in the Aug. 19 edition, I find it hard to
take him seriously when he can't even get the proper name of the
organization he is so eager to "slam."It is not difficult at all
to see the name of the organization, Durango Life Foundation, it is
right in the photo of the baby bottle in big letters. Todd used the
wrong name four different times in his article.
Also, just to be "fair
and balanced," how many times has Todd actually visited Durango
Life Foundation in person to interview the executive director, or
toured the facility to see exactly what it is offering the public
free of charge? Has Todd Thompson actually viewed any the
educational materials Durango Life Foundation has
OK Todd, tell the people
of Durango just how informed you really are regarding the services
of Durango Life Foundation and what the abstinence program really
teaches! It is ALL about education!
Peggy Shoemaker, Durango
Vote no' on snob zoning
Dear Editors,The proponents of the
Responsible Growth Initiative are asking you to cast a vote for
"snob zoning." They're sugar-coating their initiative hoping to
lure you into their trap. Their arguments may sound like apple pie
and ice cream, but, when you study the issues as responsible voters
do, you'll find their initiative is pure poison to our community
and certainly not "responsible!"
With the median home
price now tipping $300,000 and a severe shortage of decent housing
in the lower price range, the snobs want to kill any new
development, which will drive up the cost of housing. That means
minorities, retirees, young people and low income families will be
among those deprived of living where they grew up or where they
choose to live. Can our teachers, police, firefighters, social
workers, afford higher home prices? Can they afford these prices?
Even rental prices are spiralling! The proponents say, "it's not
Check their website
(www.animasvalley.org) and see how they attack new housing
developments in the city, such as the 71-unit Parkside Terrace
Townhome subdivision, which (1) was priced in the $180,000 to
$240,000 price range (well below the current median price), and (2)
utilized existing city infrastructure. Lest we forget, Parkside
Terrace replaced a broken-down trailer park that was an eye-sore to
the community and the scene of a tragic, life-consuming fire just
prior to redevelopment.
When asked about
potential "sprawl" into the county (where infrastructure is
lacking) if this initiative passes, the proponents again say, "it's
not our problem!" How can you be a "friend" of the Animas Valley
with this attitude?
Durango is by choice an
"inclusive" community. By effectively killing new development and
restricting housing supply, the proponents hope to make Durango an
"exclusive" community. These initiatives haven't worked elsewhere
in Colorado, and it won't work here. We need to solve the housing
problem here, not make it worse...
Call it what it is: Snob
Zoning! Please vote against the Intelligent Growth