Printed letters, September 12, 2012

The staff at the Mesa County Fairgrounds is excited to be presenting to the community a new draft business analysis of the fairgrounds operations. This evening we are hosting an open house to share with the public this analysis of several different options that are being considered for future development of the fairgrounds property.

To clear up any confusion, this meeting is not scheduled to discuss horse racing or gaming. Staff and leaders at Mesa County are certainly aware of the possibility of statewide legislation that may be proposed next year, which might impact Mesa County Fairgrounds.

County staff will continue to closely watch any future state legislation that might involve the fairgrounds, and we will be proactive in any discussions that may arise next year.

For now, our focus is on the results of the new market study and on discussing development options that are most likely to be successful in our area.

We hope people will come learn more about the business analysis and what the recommendations are for moving forward.

We invite community members to be a part of this discussion, and to help define our local vision for the fairgrounds campus. Please join us tonight between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Community Building, 2785 Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa.

If you can’t be there tonight, we expect to schedule more public meetings this fall, if the community decides to proceed with the next stage of this master planning process for the fairgrounds.

Please feel free to call the fairgrounds office if you have any questions or would like to get involved: 255-7107.

JO CAROLE HAXEL, Manager

Mesa County Fairgrounds

Grand Junction

Help teachers, coaches 
by volunteering for youth

I am writing to encourage and spotlight the need for volunteer help in all aspects of our children’s lives. Year after year, volunteer spots are left open in our classrooms and in our children’s extra-curricular activities.

Teachers and coaches, who devote countless hours to better our children, face shortages of time and money, but are there rain or shine for our children hour after hour and day after day. If every family gave even one hour each month to help, the results would be immeasurable.

Find solutions and ways to help. Get with another parent to split duties for a volunteer position. If you do not wish to help in the classroom, help the PTA.

We encourage our children to try new things but resist learning something new ourselves. Attend a referee clinic to ref your child’s game or learn to keep team stats. Offer to teach one art heritage class in a school. The district provides the information and materials. It just needs someone to share them with students.

To those who do volunteer, thank you. I know you are weary of hearing that someone cannot help because they are “just too busy.”

Teachers and coaches will appreciate your assistance, and you will be teaching your children a vital life lesson — the importance of volunteering.

MOLLIE LAMAR

Grand Junction

 

Voters expected full funding 
for our local museum

Thank you to The Daily Sentinel for the recent article about the Museum of Western Colorado. As long-time residents of the Grand Valley, we were here in 1974 and supported the ballot question that directed county commissioners to fund the museum up to one mill. There was no question in our minds that we were asking the commissioners to fund the museum at a full mill. It was not meant to be discretionary.

It is our hope that the commissioners will continue to uphold the voters’ wishes and support the museum. It is an asset to our community that we cannot afford to lose.

JOHN and RAYNE MCLENNAN

Grand Junction



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