I'm very much opposed to this. Bear Creek Park is one of the most popular and well used parks in the city. To mess it up with horse manure and rutted trails for the benefit of the Broadmoor would be a travesty.
Does anyone honestly believe that if this private business endeavor were proposed by some regular citizen or local private business that they would be allowed to do this without the normal long-and-drawn-out environmental impact assessments, endangered species studies, public input sessions, meetings, county votes and approvals, etc.? No. It's the Broadmoor and don't we all know just how special and privileged they are? Well we should -- since they already "sealed the deal" for unlimited use of a county park in DECEMBER. The supposed public input meeting that occurred last week is a joke and conducted after the fact of an already sealed deal.
What a complete waste of (our) money. In the short term, Drake could have been retrofitted to run on natural gas, cleaning our air and completely eliminating the need for these over-priced and untested Neumann scrubbers. Now CSU will cease to even consider decommissioning Drake, since they are spending so much money on this aging dinosaur. Shameful!
CSU and Pico can believe what they want but the free market speaks the truth. No company or country has stepped forward to embrace the Neumann technology. Ratepayers are stuck with a Rube Goldberg of epic proportions.
This is insanity. The destruction of trails, manure, flies and potential accidents with hikers is waaaayyy beyond anything useful that might come of this. How many people would ride to Jones Park in a summer vs. how many would hike? No contest. Also, how many can afford the price to ride?
The trail degradation and manure would end up in the stream after rain and choke off the remaining DNA pure strain of Greenback Trout. The manure would add pollutants to the stream water causing bloom and other noxious elements in the water to kill off fish. Don't love this park to death and ruin what we cherish in it.
The Bear Creek Friends Group has never endorsed the stables using the park. The use agreement was not in the master plan approved in Dec 2014 or via public process.
Garden of the Gods trails that are open to horses are disgusting in the summer, and that's where the operators are required to remove the manure, not just "scatter" it. Do we really want this to happen to Bear Creek Park, Section 16/Palmer-Redrock loop, and Bear Creek trail? Also, the Palmer-Redrock loop trail gets heavy mountain bike use - conflicts are inevitable. Finally, despite claims to the contrary horses do significant damage to trails, and the "short sections" John mentions are the parts of Bear Creek trail where large amounts of sediment are washing into the creek and degrading the habitat for the threatened greenback cutthroat trout. Is the Broadmoor going to go through the NEPA process before they start doing potentially damaging commercial operations in the trout habitat, and do they expect the Forest Service to just step aside and allow it?
Why does the Broadmoor have to come down into the community and take over our public park for their horses? There are so few places where the public can go and enjoy the peace and quiet of the natural outdoors. This plan is not "keeping the lot as open space," as neighbor Sandra Matthews says. It will be privately owned and developed. The only reason that she is such an "enthusiastic supporter" is because her property adjoins the stable land and that is her preference. But Residential Zoning better upholds the property values of the community, and really, what rational person would want a smelly, noisy commercial horse stable operation right underneath them? Commercial operations do not fit in residential areas, and this one in particular would "saddle" the community and the park next door with activities that have lots of impact and cause lots of disruption.
It was the previous president who flushed our country down the tubes, and Republicans have been busy doing everything possible to prevent the nation's recovery.
Good luck to them. Bear Creek Park would be a short segment of the trail rides. Trails are self-sustaining up to 11% incline, so the only damage from steel hooves would be a few short sections from my memory, and then only after heavy rains. Horses can break the top seal that is so important to trail maintenance but it usually happens on the steep grades. Lots of people would love to be able to get back to see Jones Park, and picnic on Kineo Mountain up there if we only could. I will sign up as soon as they open.
of course the dreaded "L" word is already coming out. we can't have anyone associated with that word here in teabaggerville. the geezers around here want the teabaggers running the show... and lots of potholes... and under maintained parks... and understaffed police department... and lots of stormwater issues... as long as a teabagger is running the show they are happy.
what a great happy village we have here in teabaggerville. we need an anti "devil weed" mayor who will lose millions of dollars because he still believes all the BS propaganda that any intelligent person knows is losing tons of money for our city. who is going to vote a tax increase when we are throwing that money away... certainly not a teabagger!
Never understood why Miller stepped down from Council to run for mayor. He has given the pro-development types a quorum on the Council and he has not done anything significant in his run for mayoral office.
He had the best showing in the recent debate - as he at least stated a position and has a plan - but has less support than the ethically-challenged Lathen.
Unfortunately this town tends to vote solely based on the number of yard signs they see, thus his candidacy is doomed.
I don't care who wins the Mayor's seat as long as he/she is Republican! We can't afford any more elected Democrats especially if they lead toward the Liberal side! We have an extremist radical Liberal catastrophe by the name Obama as our President ( I hate to use the word President and Obama in the same sentence ) elected twice who is running our country right down the proverbial tubes because we continue to loose more and more educated voters each decade! We have enough nut cases in Ft. Collins who need to be ran out of state right back to California, and I don't want to see Colorado Springs become another Ft. Collins!
Always vote against the money.
Key words in the article: "For a few hours". Having lived here for over 3 decades I've sometimes been frustrated, slightly overtaxed, during an "event", or sequence of "events", but remember that the tourist income keeps my local $ taxes in check. Manitou is a tourist town, if you can't handle that, live somewhere else. In fact, most business owners don't live in town. The plus side of living near where the action is, is not having to drive, but getting to pick and choose what events to walk down to join, or just watch and hear from the porch.
Mardi Gras was in the middle of winter this year. It was awesome.
I respectfully disagree. I own a business in downtown Manitou and love the events. I always have a good sales day and have many new faces walking in my store that may never have if it wasn't for the event, Regarding the "party parades" I say bring it on! It is all about balance to me. I appreciated and enjoyed Manifest as much as I did Mardi Gras. I owned a business in OCC for 7 years before moving it to Manitou and felt the same about their events. I would welcome an event every month of the year.
These special interest, survey taking, fake group doing recalls, sold you the strong mayor idea need to go!
Did the single business owner interviewed call in what he wants to be news? There is a collective "huh?" going around Manitou over this one.
John Suthers resume highlights I snagged out of wiki:
University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated magna cum laud with a degree in government in 1974
graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1977
deputy and chief deputy district attorney in Colorado Springs
headed the Economic Crime Division of the district attorney’s office and co-authored a book on consumer fraud and white-collar crime.
litigation partner in the Colorado Springs law firm of Sparks Dix, P.C
elected district attorney of the Fourth Judicial District
president of the Colorado District Attorneys Counci
ran for Attorney General in 1998 and lost by 3%
appointed executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections by Governor managed a department of 6,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $500 million
appointed by President George W. Bush as United States Attorney for the District of Colorado
serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver School of Law and as a scholar in residence at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
has held several bar association leadership positions, including president of the El Paso County Bar Association and senior vice president of the Colorado Bar Association.
served as Colorado Commissioner on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws from 1993 to 1997.
courted in 2008 and 2010 to run for the U.S. Senate
strong advocate against drug abuse
authored six books
and now this guy has set his sights on becoming mayor of Colorado Springs...??? I would suppose if someone could get something done this might be the guy. It would be nice to see the immature soap opera finally end and all the "maybe we can be another city" earthship idealists silenced. All the BS in city government right now could fill every pothole... and maybe they can stop blaming Doug Bruce for everything (you know, that guy that did not like taxation without representation but you did).
I will let someone else post Mary Lou Makepeace' resume whom I assume the Indy! will favor. This riveting factual article was quite informative about absolutely nothing. The Indy staff of investigative reporters are squarely on top of the colored circle thing which helps decide how many percents it takes to make a round thing. And if your name does not fit in your slice then you know you are a loser.
Thanks to Mayor Bach many people do not have to get out of bed in the morning and go to work for the city. He says, "Look I am going to fire me too!" The man that saved our parks from burning down by enacting a cigarette ban. Pure genius. He will probably go to work for the Olympic Committee. Or not.
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