Email letters, April 4, 2013

New city councilors must keep campaign promises

Wow, a near 100 percent change in City Council members. The most damaging thing to the voted-out folks was I suspect their spending such as refilling the coffers of the university—which really ticked off people.

And the use of outside consultants for just about everything in our little burg is truly wasteful, as are some of the social projects as the Avalon. So, if our city management and planners need these outside “consultants” all the time to tell our city what, where and when to do something, then let’s get the current planning employees off the city payroll so the outside consultants can do that work.

The new council group campaigned on stopping that and other foolish spending. We’ll see. But it is up to us taxpayers to see that the new crew keeps its promises. In this environment, we need to do just that.

JIM SHULTS
Grand Junction

Does governor want Colorado to be like New York City?

What a hoot! These are such as them two break into a strong man’s home and lead silly women astray filled with diverse lusts.

The New York Times—hmmm…. New York is the one state that most gun makers and anybody with common sense would avoid. Wasn’t it New York state that busted a veteran for ammo magazines that had no ammo in them—just to send a message? Now the New York Times is publishing this crap?

I would travel to any of the states they name and be safer than anybody in New York. And the new Colorado brand is Hick wants us to be New York City? Or San Francisco or Washington D.C.

Ain’t it funny how all three of those places flame like Sodom?

ROBERT J. BURKHOLDER
Fruita

Chamber of Commerce misguided in endorsing BLM plan

Diane Schwenke, chamber president, might want to get the facts before endorsing the new regional BLM director. The new management plan will have drastic impacts on our local businesses. Please refer to Appendix M in the Plan and you will find the following for the BLM’s Preferred Alternative “B”:

• 2,102 miles of roads closed; to cars, trucks, camping, fishing, and OHV use. (60-65 percent closure rate)

• 57 percent of OHV intensive use areas will be closed, popular with our youth. They will be reduced from 12,500 acres to 5,400 acres. The BLM is willing to let the kids ride on

5,400 acres of the 1.2 million they manage. How generous.

The new BLM director is on board with this draft management plan and directed the five public open houses recently in the area. Of the five open-houses, three different presentations were given, and the public was not allowed to ask questions during the group presentations. I was nearly thrown out for attempting to do so.

The entrances of the open houses were heavy guarded with 8-9 armed officers. Three different sets of closure maps were used during the Grand Junction, Gateway and Fruita open houses. The fact sheets handed out were changed after the Grand Junction open house, based on lack of disclosure and clarity concerning road.

The chamber needs to be backing its local businesses, not the unelected federal agency attempting to close down public lands across the West.

BRANDON SIEGFRIED
Grand Junction

BLM works for citizens, so citizens should voice concerns

I believe as concerned citizen we should be able to decide what will happen on road closures on BLM and forest land. The public owns the lands and pays BLM for management, so BLM works for us. The Western Slope depends on revenues from the recreation of these public right-of-ways throughout the state counties.

We have Colorado revised statute 43-2-101 (3) & 43-2-201 C.R.S. & federal law RS2477, which was grandfathered in 1976.

C.R.S. 43-2-201 public highways are defined as all roads over the public domain section 43-2-201 (1) (e) C.R.S. 1984

If our state, county and city officials will use these laws, we should be able to keep existing right-of-ways open to all generations to enjoy. We as citizens need to be involved with this.

Go out and use your GPS and save your tracks. Video your trip and get as much shots of where road construction is evident. If there is a cut where a cat went through, get it on video. That’s evidence of construction. We need this to keep these right-of-ways open.

The history is also evident in the BLM manual:

1. If the history of the road is unknown or in questionable, its existence in a condition suitable for public use is evidence of construction sufficient to cause a grant under R.S.2477 BLM 2801 (B) (1) (a)

2. The state in which the road is located must have a procedure to confirm a R.S.2477 right-of-way as a public highway. In Colorado, this confirmation is provided in 43-2-201 (e) C.R.S.

3. The maintenance and alteration of RS 2477 right-of-ways: where a pre1974 right-of-way required relocation or where any action is commenced to change a public road the RS 2477 right-of-way should be terminated and the new FLPMA right-of-way issued. BLM 2801

We are hoping that you as responsible citizens will get involved in this. Go out and ride. Make sure you wear your appropriate gear to be safe and obey all laws. I hope you as concerned citizens will do this we only have until June to get your input.

Remember our state needs the revenue, so these right-of-ways need to remain open, for all the public to enjoy. Otherwise, we could lose up to 86 percent of our right-of-ways in all states.

JODY GREEN
Grand Junction



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