Donna Strom 
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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

Re: “Colorado Municipal League sides with city in Strawberry Fields lawsuit

It's interesting that the city feels the need for help in defending itself against the lawsuit. Save Cheyenne has a very strong case - and the city knows it. Every state in the US which has treasured public parkland has a stake in the outcome of the Strawberry Fields case. Its outcome will have ramifications across the country and for years to come. For an excellent overview of the appellate arguments visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNBCntnzyG….

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Posted by Donna Strom on 08/03/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Appraisal process accelerated for city's Strawberry Fields 'Disposal Project'

Update:

That "eventual legal fight" is now happening!
Please support the Strawberry Fields legal fund at www.savecheyenne.org. the results of this case will reverberate across our nation in every state and every city now being besieged by private takeover of public lands.

Posted by Donna Strom on 07/12/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Spotlight on dark money in Colorado Springs city election

So, judging by the comments seen here, there are people in Colorado Springs who clearly see what is happening right under our noses. Good for us. The question then becomes, what is to be done about it? If you allow that the outcome of this April's election will either stem the council take-over tide or facilitate it, doesn't it become in a very real sense a critical election? I think it is. I have said so before.
You can bet that the folks who are supporting Fowler et all are not reading this article (past the first paragraph or two) nor are they commenting here. For my part, I'm going to try and engage in a little old-fashioned horse trading. Off my rump in front of the machine and out into the community to talk to people who may not vote unless I reach out to them. Get out there and bring in new voters. And if you can, put more dollars where they need to be as well.
This election is nothing more or less that a referendum on Philip Anschutz and his activities, goals and ambitions w/r to OUR CITY. His minions, in the personages of John Suthers and Karen Palus and Jack Damioli seriously overplayed their hand in the way they conducted the Broadmoor Land Swap throughout 2016. They offended the majority of Colorado Springs citizens! Now it our job to take advantage of that fact.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

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Posted by Donna Strom on 03/18/2017 at 2:16 PM

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