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Re: “Stratton Open Space fire mitigation delayed after residents object to extreme treatment

Mitigation through selective thinning is an important tool in managing our public lands. The problem I see is that these public agencies that handle the process sometimes cut too deep. Rather than giving the forest a nice selective "trim," and perhaps thinking they might not get a chance (or the dollars) to thin again for another 25-50 years, they sometimes end up giving the forest more of a "buzz cut."

What I see in the slideshow pics looks fairly good. However, I cannot imagine what they were thinking in planning to thin such a lush riparian spring area (in that last 8 acres or so). Thinning across the landscape should not be universal. North slopes, for example, are expected to be more naturally lush. And while montane pine forests often saw natural underbrush clearing ground fires and are better candidates for manual selective thinning today, the subalpine spruce / fir forest instead experiences "stand replacing" fire events every 200-400 years, and thinning in the subalpine should be limited. Unfortunately sometimes this ends up not being the case.

In this case, kudos to the city for pulling back on thinning the Stratton Springs border. That appears to be the right call. There is balance to be found. We can both care for and protect the beauty of our public lands.

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Posted by Zen on 05/24/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “More than three years after Waldo, our overgrown forests still threaten the city

This is all BS. If they are stupid enough to remove trees from hill and mountain sides, they deserve the mudslides that are going to come. People are going to die. A lot of those trees need fire to propagate too. Don't be idiots. Leave the trees alone. On a side note. If you move to an area that is prone to fires, you're stupid and deserve to die. Just like the morons who move on to a flood plain. Try using some common sense. Nature works in the correct way, and human involvement usually ends in screwing things up. Leave it all alone.

Posted by Mike Meadow on 05/23/2017 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Downtown dive to reopen with new identity tonight

I love to visit there.

Posted by custom playingcard on 05/23/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “District 11 will ask voters again for a tax increase in November

Based on the size of the recent back door tax increase, a.k.a. El Paso County's increased property tax assessment, this group should have 8% more funding next year without doing anything.

Posted by CSIndyReader on 05/23/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Reader: A civics lesson courtesy of American politics

You forgot 2.5: Bill is sneaked in to must-pass legislation as a rider.

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Posted by jy3 on 05/23/2017 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Trifecta bares it all onstage

I'm sorry but these women aren't queer. They are married and straight and a poor choice for the Independent to display them as a representative as a LGBTQ burlesque performer.

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Posted by aquastar99 on 05/22/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

I have been saying for years that a continuous light rail from the Springs to Denver, even Ft. Collins, would be huge. Think of concerts, events, games, connecting to UnionStation, also with a connection to the airport. More jobs, less I25 congestion. It'd be great for University students to commute to Denver, too.

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Posted by rosi on 05/22/2017 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Reader: Free speech is for everyone except Christians

Yes Clearly seeing it With the freedom comes responsibility. You cant yell fire in crowded room. It hurts others. Also you should not talk about your religion and expect respect if your not willing to here others and afford them the same respect. Freedom of speech is granted to all of us not just those that claim to be Christian for there own benefit.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 05/22/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

Gee wiz. "like solving obesity with a bigger set of pants". We need to stop the backwards thinking of the well-intentioned older generation which refuses to consider the innovations of the newer age. Wasting millions of dollars on an infrastructure which is already outdated- bad, bad idea, but the norm for COS. How about a common sense idea like a light-rail? How about actually moving towards an awesome solution to the problem? How about recognizing Denver and the region as one of the fastest growing areas of the country, and moving to address the issue like a modern city would? Gee wiz the leadership and influence of this area are simply as backwards as can be.

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Posted by KyleJS on 05/22/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Nearly $73,000 in dark money flows into Colorado Springs city election

we spend billions on elections for what, could be used better.

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Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “The resurrection of Midnight Oil

I wish INSX would get going

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Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “13 authoritarian jokes on America

#2 protesting Trump isn't a crime starting fires and breaking windows is.

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Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Development defectors

if they never built another house in colorado i would be happy.

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Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “When dad is a pedophile

This guy is one sick puppy, I would say its a good idea to supervise him.

Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “District 11 will ask voters again for a tax increase in November

they just raised my property tax, maybe you can use that?

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Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “13 authoritarian jokes on America

Every day the Media makes up a new story about Trump and Russia. Will you sore losers ever get over the rejection?

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Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Story Coffee barista/roaster Eliza Lovett recovering after roasting accident

ouch!!! get well soon!

Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 05/22/2017 at 1:42 AM

Re: “Morris Dees on the legacy of his Southern Poverty Law Center

wow you must really hate them to make all that crap up. on that page you promote the KKK and called them pro-christian groups with family values???? what in the nine hells is wrong with you? i can see why you have no profile . and yes racist crimes have gone up under the trump admin....is it his fault? not directly but he did contribute.

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 05/22/2017 at 1:40 AM

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

Hmmm - she lied to voters on the PPRTA ballot issue about it sun setting and that it would require NO paid staff. If anyone really looked at the PPRTA they have hidden how they over estimate the cost of a project so it will always come in under budget and then move the excess funds to the next project. She tricked voters into removing term limits so that our ballots now need to list that voting no means yes. She turned her back when Maketa gave her a complaint. I've got no idea why Ralph thinks she should be allowed in a position to lie to the public again.

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Posted by TruB on 05/21/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Reader: Free speech is for everyone except Christians

There's really no such thing as free speech. What you say and where you choose to say it can cost you plenty.

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Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 05/21/2017 at 4:32 PM

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