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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.

9 likes, 6 dislikes
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.

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

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:11 AM

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

I don't think they really know why the previous measures were defeated, thus this campaign isn't likely to end any differently. It makes me wonder how much research they did with the voter base. Nevertheless I won't be voting for any tax increase that contains unnecessary spending. A one-time bond issue for SPECIFIC building renovations is supportable, but a permanent mill levy increase for more feel good social programs is something else altogether.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 05/21/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

very well written article! the poor poor persecuted religious freaks... these holier-than-thou fools want their tax exemption and also the ability to snub their self-righteous noses at the rest of us intelligent and patriotic tax payers

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Posted by happyfew on 05/18/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

I'm sure Jim Daly appreciates the easing of the Johnson Amendment as much as he appreciates the $2.3 M Focus on the Family received from the Koch Bros for their political arm. (Denver Post). So does this mean that Focus on the Family (a business) has the spiritual welfare and needs of the Koch Bros. come before the needs of their flock? Do all followers of Focus on the Family support the voter suppression laws that are advocated by the American Legislative Exchange Council (a Koch funded political group)? Does Focus on the Family support voter surpressuon through its political arm? Do you think Focus on the Family really believes in the teachings of Christ when they are a mouthpiece for the Koch Bros.? When Jim Daly advocates for a candidate or piece of legistion in the halls of government or ballot issue, is he avocating for this flock or the Koch Bros.? Will Focus on the Family allow opposition to their position (KB) to be spoken at the same time? How does a front group for the Koch Bros. qualify for tax exempt status? Questions that need to be answered.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 05/17/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

What if it is your ex husband who was only allowed to come over to babysit his child occasionally since he does not have a home of his own suitable for a child to visit at while the custodial parent/legal tenant is at work? One day he just refuses to leave. Police are called, he lies tells them he lives in the house,does not have belongings,keys,or any right to be in the house other than to visit his child. He even kicked in the front door to get inside when the door was locked. Also tells police that he was shoved out the door,now the legal tenant who pays all the bills is arrested,a protective order is placed against her and is legally banned to go back to her home, forced to live in her car with their child. Called donestic violence shelter and is refuses help since she is considered to be the "abuser".

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Posted by jnifrc on 05/14/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

There is a homeless person leaving there trash and sleeping in my guest house can I change the locks and lock the gate. He/she was not invited to live there. Do I have to call the police or can I just lock the gate and change locks?

Posted by April2517 on 05/13/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

Any time religion has mixed into laws governing a civilization, we have seen the eventual destruction of the rights of the individual that was proportionately equal to the power gathered by the clergy. That is why the men who wrote the Constitution were so leery of allowing religion any power into the government while they knew that the government itself must stay out of religious affairs. Read the works and letters of the Founding Fathers to understand what they intended, not what David Barton or some other religious leader tells you they said.

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Posted by Arval Becker on 05/12/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

So much for Separation of Church and State. Does that mean people will be forced to switch Churches if they don't like the political candidate that their minister says they should? No one goes to Church to hear politics. That should be the one place that remains neutral. I'd get up and walk out if the head of some Church tried to tell me who to vote for!

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Posted by mbomcar on 05/11/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

How to stop the developers from creating a system (such as the DDA) to benefit themselves and then milking that system? The City Council has the power to say No to the developers. Is educating the City Council the answer? Is that doable when the Council doesn't listen to the citizens, because, supposedly, the citizens are not experts (as opposed to the City govt bureaucrats who are experts) and the citizens don't know (probably because much of the process is kept secret) or understand what's involved in the very complex and complicated economic development proposal under consideration. And, ultimately, it is the Council, which has been elected by the citizens to decide on these matters, supposedly for the benefit of the citizens, who are empowered to make the decisions which benefit, not surprisingly, the developer. So . . . how to keep the foxes out of the henhouse?

And thanks to Miller for his excellent and knowledgeable analysis and commentary.

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Posted by curious on 05/11/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Well, this is exactly the scenario that was probably hoped for by the owner. You see, a first lowball tax bill followed by a subsequently much higher tax bill results in a higher "tax increment." This property, by vote of a compliant City Council, was included in the "Downtown Development Authority" (DDA)--even though not geographically contiguous. Few understood what their vote really meant (at least I hope they didn't). The DDA is a special district in which 100% of the City property tax increases collected do not make their way to City coffers, but instead to DDA coffers.

So the increases paid in property tax go to fund special priorities of the DDA. The decision as to exactly what special priorities get funded rest with the DDA board. Coincidentally, the owner of the hospital serves as a DDA Board member. The DDA recently announced a $1 million donation to another "priority" of the hospital owner, the City for Champions Museum.

For most residents, when you pay higher taxes, they go to the City to never be seen again. In this case, even though the owner will see higher taxes, there is a high likelihood the increased taxes will end up coming right back into a project he backs within the DDA.

Must be nice.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 05/11/2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

Actually, School Teacher 2014, as long as you're talking about reading things correctly, you may want to go back and first read what Ms. Walker is quoted as saying, and then read the actual letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists to which she is referring. She does not claim that 1A establishes the wall of separation, only that the founding fathers were explicit in their intent to create that wall for the benefit of both the religious community AND the government that is representative of all of the American people. It would appear your righteous indignation is misplaced.

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Posted by Je Ng on 05/10/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Olympic museum to break ground

Why Colorado Springs will always be in Denver's shadow: Outdated decision makers that would waste $75M on a turd (i.e. Olympic Museum). The city already wasted half of that total ($35M) keeping the Olympic admin offices local (I hear children from across this nation begging their parents for a trip to the Olympic administrative offices)! Can we clear out the old money think tank and liven this town up?!

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Police pick up the pace on response times

Stop letting the developers run rampant. Not only can't the road infrastructure in this town keep up, neither can the CSPD hiring processes (especially since hitting 1 cone during driving training disqualifies you from the academy).

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Really like how they purchased it for 50k, then donated a million to avoid the taxes. If the Independent wouldn't have pointed it out it would have gone unchecked.

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Deducting the cost of cleanup before a cleanup ever occurs is a scam waiting to happen. If you want to use a clean-up incentive as a means to expedite reclamation of urban renewal sites it should be done ex post facto.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by LivesLocally on 05/10/2017 at 12:24 PM

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