Printed Letters: March 14, 2014

Journal of Western Slope only published by Mesa State

I was most interested in your recent article on the upcoming new publication by the Museum of Western Colorado. Such a publication is much-needed and has been for some time.

That said, I would like to make a small correction in the report. Twice I have seen this same error repeated in your paper. I would like to correct the record.

The museum did not at any time play a role in the publication of the Journal of the Western Slope. This was a publication of Mesa State College edited by students and supervised by Professor Paul Reddin. Though writers who were not students also contributed articles, most were done by history students as part of their coursework.

When the decision was made to discontinue the publication due to lack of institutional support, Reddin attempted to get the museum to participate in the production of the publication —  to no avail.

The museum did make two earlier attempts to publish a historical journal of some sort; both were short-lived. I am hopeful that this time they will be successful. I hope, too, there will be space from time to time to publish seriously researched articles like those that appeared in the Journal of the Western Slope.

DON MacKENDRICK
Emeritus Professor of History
Mesa State College (now CMU)
Grand Junction


Delicate Arch parking issue raises red flag for monument

The story about parking at the Delicate Arch in Utah’s Arches National Park should be a matter of concern regarding the future of the Colorado National Monument.  If it has not been done as part of the effort to upgrade the monument to a national park, a study of the monument’s carrying capacity should be made to determine if a similar problem might arise at the existing view sites. 

The only logical answer to the Delicate Arch problem is to expand the parking, as all visitors  have the right to park, hike and view the arch. The same is true with the view sites on the monument. If adequate parking is unavailable, visitors will not be able to enjoy all the monument has to offer and will be less than fully satisfied with their visit. 

The study should identify the needs of the monument for the next 20 years based on projections of anticipated visitor numbers.  This should translate into projected increases in infrastructure needs, including parking, and their projected costs.  If the monument is nearing capacity on peak days, then any consideration to make it a park should include the relevant costs to accommodate the anticipated facility increases and not just the costs to change the name on signs and brochures.

Is there adequate space available to expand parking at each of the view sites that will not adversely impact the natural values and create unsafe conditions for pedestrian traffic?  Under the current economic conditions and limited funding that the Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other agencies are experiencing, now may not be the time to make the monument a national park.

If and when it should become a national park, the legislation to make the change should include adequate funding to make the necessary upgrades prior to a formal dedication.

RON BELL
Delta


Coroners near Mesa County
 support incumbent colleague

We, the local Coroner’s Offices surrounding and near Mesa County, are writing to express our strong support for the re-election of Dr. Dean Havlik to the office of Mesa County coroner.

Dr. Havlik is seeking re-election to the office for which he has served in a highly respectable and professional manner for the past seven years. He is an experienced and well-trained forensic pathologist that has been involved with thousands of death investigations over the years.

Besides the medical expertise in pathology, Havlik’s communicative and administrative skills have gained him the respect of the coroner’s offices throughout Colorado. He maintains a high quality staff that is eager to help whenever it is needed by our own staff. A member of the Colorado Coroner’s Association, Havlik is dependable and considered a team player.

As counties geographically isolated from resources available to larger metropolitan counties, we must form mutually beneficial partnerships with communities in close proximity. As an example, in the event of a multiple casualty incident, our efforts must effectively and efficiently work together to respond and recover. Our offices’ relationship with Havlik is such that we feel we can call on each other for assistance when needed.

We feel it important to endorse Havlik for reelection as Mesa County coroner.

MICHAEL BENZINGER, MD
Montrose County Deputy Coroner

Kevin Lucy
Delta County Coroner

Chalmer Swain
Delta Deputy County Coroner

Frank Vader
Gunnison County Coroner

Colleen Hollenbeck
Ouray County Coroner

Emil Sante
San Miguel County Coroner

Restaurant’s support of 
Shriners Hospital appreciated

I would like to thank the crew and customers of the Grand Junction International House of Pancakes for all they did for Shriners Hospital.

Steve Thomas
Montrose


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