Printed letters, December 25, 2013

This letter is written on behalf of the approximately 500 local members of the Grand Valley Audubon Society. We encourage the BLM to implement the greatest possible protection to ensure the future for sage-grouse and other species relying on the same habitat.

One of our members related a story from an elderly friend who grew up in northwest Colorado. The friend had the “family job” to chase the “sage chickens” to keep them from eating her family’s poultry food. “There were so many, they darkened the sky,” she said.

That anecdote describes how much of our heritage has already been lost. No one will ever see such a sight again. For most people, the only way to see sage-grouse is to make reservations to go to a managed viewing area. The anecdote also describes how steep the decline in a single generation has been. At this rate, will the birds even be visible to our children and grandchildren?

There is also a great deal of sustainable economic benefit for preserving these species. Our chapter regularly sets up field trips to northwest Colorado to see greater sage-grouse and sharp-tailed grouse. We have hosted international visitors who have come to Colorado to see these birds, among other inhabitants of public and private lands. Several private tour companies have grouse-viewing tours.

We also know that research has shown that the genetic diversity of the grouse makes them less resilient to changes in habitat. Half-measures will not do it. The BLM should base its plan on science, knowing that adequate management for sage-grouse impacts the entire ecosystem.

NIC KORTE

President, Board of Directors

Grand Valley Audubon Society

Grand Junction

City’s LED lights cut 
substantial energy usage

I couldn’t believe the recent letter complaining about the LED lights being used downtown. Yes, some are a bit less bright, but they all save approximately 90 percent in energy used. True, a few of the large trees have smaller bulbs than they need, but overall this year’s decor is far and away the best it has ever been. 

I can imagine the time and expense for the city to do all the work and to pay for all the new lights. It is, however, worth it to see our city finally join the ranks of most cities our size that have been lifting the holiday spirits for their citizens for years with similar displays.

R.M. SHERMAN

Grand Junction

 

Nelson Mandela’s style 
is not emulated in USA

President Nelson Mandela worked for the good of his country and the people. That’s what a good, honest government should do for the good of the nation.

In the last election we were told that America was ready for new leadership. If we keep this president and his colleagues in office for the rest of the term, America will be taken down.

RAFAEL A. SALAZ

Grand Junction



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