Donna Strom 
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Re: “UPDATE: Sheriff's Office blocks reporter, Indy responds via attorney

Thank you Pam!! Colorado Springs is very lucky to have you here.

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Posted by Donna Strom on 12/15/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

In this article Councilman Don Knight is quoted as follows:

Knight now says that action, while it might call into question the open space's true value, isn't enough to scotch the deal. "Council does not have the right to go back in and reopen this," he says.

I wonder if Mr. Knight knows that in addition to revelations of misconduct coming directly from the Broadmoor which are revealed in this article, the following is also true:

One of the written requirements of the resolution which was approved by city council on May 24th of 2016 (The Broadmoor Land Exchange) was completely trashed by both the Broadmoor and the Palmer Land Trust in the course of executing the (also required) conservation easement on Strawberry Fields. The resolution clearly states that the building envelope (that is the area to be commercialized by the hotel and barred to the public) as defined in the resolution itself NOT BE CHANGED. In fact, not only was the building envelope changed, but in the last few weeks markers and surveyors' ground pins have newly appeared which clearly define the boundaries of that altered building envelope. This is in direct defiance of the resolution voted upon and passed by city council.

The stranglehold which the Broadmoor Hotel and Philip Anschutz have upon the leadership of Colorado Springs is intolerable. Regardless of the outcome of the Strawberry Fields court case, I believe that it is time for City Council and the citizens of Colorado Springs to come together in a concerted effort to disentangle our city from what has become an unhealthy and wholly detrimental relationship. While once it may have been so, the Broadmoor is no longer a good neighbor.

I urge each and every one of you to contact your city council person today. Tell him/her that in light of the now proven corruption which underlies the Broadmoor Land Swap, you wish them to take all firm and decisive actions available to them as soon as possible. This is imperative if council hopes to regain the trust of the betrayed citizenry of Colorado Springs.

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Posted by Donna Strom on 11/29/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Stratton Open Space isn't like it used to be

There are better, far more natural and proven more effective ways to achieve fire mitigation. This job was heavy handed, excessive, and by Dennis Wills' own words ....."went a little too far".
The arguments made against controlled burns which I have personally been handed by parks personnel - forgive me please - don't hold water.

Posted by Donna Strom on 11/28/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Utilities needs land for Williams Creek Reservoir

Perhaps you could contact the Indy and give them an interview so that they might provide their readers with "the rest of the story"?

Posted by Donna Strom on 09/17/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Strawberry Fields planning continues, so does lawsuit

"Only 8.5 acres", as if it were trivial. That's like saying that the filet mignon is a trivial part of the cow.
How many times must it be said? That 8.5 acres is the only level acreage in the entire parcel, and exceptional in it's views and atmosphere. Of course Mr. Anschutz wants that piece for the exclusionary use of his guests! The rest - by comparison steep and not particularly inviting - he'll generously bestow upon the public (which already owned it). And he'll gladly accept kudos and kowtowing for giving us back our own land. It boggles the mind.

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Posted by Donna Strom on 09/13/2017 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Strawberry Hill Master Plan among many public meetings ahead

The transfer of one-third of historic North Cheyenne Canon Park from the City to the Broadmoor is not a "done deal" as is widely believed. The title to Strawberry Fields now held by the hotel is legally clouded by ongoing litigation. In wise and proper recognition of that fact, the hotel has not yet begun tampering with this pristine area in order to put in place a commercial operation. I wonder if it is ethical to proceed with a privately-funded master plan based on the Broadmoor's ownership of Strawberry Fields, when that ownership is in question. The currently-underway master planning of North Cheyenne Canon Park, long-overdue, rightly should have been done before the land swap was even considered. In truth, Strawberry Fields never should have been put on the table in the first place. Had it been properly master planned as a pristine and highly-prized part of North Cheyenne Canon Park, the debacle which is the Broadmoor Land Swap would never have happened. The NES meeting tonight gives the citizens of Colorado Springs an opportunity to show their support for the land .... if not the Broadmoor Hotel's effort to commandeer and destroy the legacy for which we revere General William Jackson Palmer. Had the right to vote on the swap not been denied by Mayor Suthers, Strawberry Fields would at this moment be undergoing proper master planning as part of North Cheyenne Canon Park. How much better would that have been!! Ninety-five percent of the folks who have been attending the NES meetings were strongly opposed to the Broadmoor Land Swap. If you count yourself among them, I urge you to come tonight and show your support for the land and the people who are fighting to preserve it. We can do by our presence , what we were not permitted to do by our votes.

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Posted by Donna Strom on 09/12/2017 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs City Council issues annual report

Just to clarify, the city council you see here is not the city council which voted 6-3 in favor of the Broadmoor Land Swap.
If *this* council was voting on that issue today, the result would very likely be "entirely otherwise." Colorado Springs would not be using taxpayer dollars to fight yet another in a seemingly unending string of lawsuits against the city, and the crystal clear wishes of the citizens would have been honored rather than trashed.

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Posted by Donna Strom on 08/05/2017 at 2:39 PM

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