Printed letters, June 25, 2014

Gov. John Hickenlooper is wrong in asking Western Slope Colorado River Basin water users to come up with a plan to divert more water to the Eastern Slope when basin reservoirs remain so low. This could endanger our water rights.

The basin consists of seven states in the U.S. and Mexico. The water is allocated to each state and Mexico in acre-feet to be used as desired by the Colorado River Basin Water Authority. Currently, Colorado diverts over 600,000 acre-feet of basin water to the Eastern Slope through tunnels under the Continental Divide.

The debate now is whether or not western Colorado should divert more water when the levels are so low in Lower Basin reservoirs.

In the past several years, the average annual flow of the basin has been around 14 million acre-feet. If Mexico and the seven states could reach an agreement to assess every basin water user in or out of the basin $1 per acre-foot, this would generate an average of $14 million per year.

The revenues could be used several different ways to improve on the existing agricultural methods of irrigation. If all the agricultural irrigation in the basin and diversions were to change to the most efficient irrigation systems, water usage by agriculture, the largest water user, would be cut by 25 percent. The revenues could be used to study and implement wind and solar systems to generate electricity in coastal areas to desalinate seawater.

According to a recent study by the Bureau of Reclamation, the Colorado River Basin will have to increase water flow from 14 million acre-feet to 50 million acre-feet by the year 2050 to meet the growing demand for water.

Every basin water user needs to keep in mind that we are all in this together and together we can reach future water demands.



Driver charmed by DMV’s
efficient, courteous service

James Hassell’s letter (June 18) was a vitriolic diatribe against the Department of Motor Vehicles.

I, too, am over 66 and have just returned from a trip to the DMV to renew my license. I had a whole different experience than Hassell did.

As you enter the office, a sign says that they are short-staffed so waiting times may be longer (groan).

After you take a number, the clerk sitting at the entrance checks to see that you have everything you will need to facilitate your business there. Only four clerks were working when I arrived, and I was number 133. Number 89 had just been called.  One hour later I was walking out the door with my new driver’s license.

As I was leaving, I remarked to the clerk at the entrance how efficient and charming the DMV employees were. “I don’t have a thing to whine about!” I said. The clerk replied, “Well, we can’t have any satisfied customers here, so I’m not going to open the door for you.”

Efficient, charming and with a sense of humor. I felt I had won the lotto. Oops, no. The lotto office was next door.

Hassell should opt for patience instead of vitriol.


Grand Junction

Spurs deserve recognition
for sterling sportsmanship

Congrats to the San Antonio Spurs on their recent NBA championship. Most refreshing was the manner in which they conducted themselves, showing respect for their opponents, staying humble about their accomplishment and sacrificing monetary gain and personal glory for the sake of the team.

They were truly a breath of fresh air in this age of chest-thumping, bicep-flexing, banshee-screaming, me-first prima donnas who make so many professional sports unwatchable.

Thanks to the Spurs for showing us the correct way to compete. Let’s hope all of our young athletes took note.


Grand Junction


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