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Re: “Reader: Incline traffic is out of control on Barr Trail

Have patience; the north return trail is still on the radar. Parking is a bigger problem right now, as is doing repairs to the upper third next year. These things always take longer than everybody thinks they should. The north return trail will require Forest Service approval and an environmental assessment, so don't get too antsy.

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Posted by jrbd on 06/23/2017 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Broadmoor wants city land

This is a good deal for both sides (although your article fails to mention why, reflecting a clear anti-Broadmoor bias). Colorado Springs gets twice the acreage as the Broadmoor, including the private part of the Incline, a big chunk of lower Barr Trail, Muscoco Mountain and Daniels Pass, and the above-mentioned parcel next to Bear Creek Park. The public also gets trail easements for the tiny bit of Barr Trail remaining on private property, Hully Gully, and the possible future Chamberlain Trail (through the Strawberry Fields area). Which matters more: the lightly-travelled Strawberry Fields (which I'd guess most readers couldn't even find on a map), or Barr Trail and the Incline?

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Posted by jrbd on 01/15/2016 at 2:10 PM

Re: “This just in: left-lane driver offended

Everyone thinks traffic problems are somebody else's fault.

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Posted by jrbd on 04/23/2015 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Rein check

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?

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Posted by jrbd on 03/12/2015 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Marijuana 'incidents' on the rise at Manitou Springs High School

When I was a senior in high school in 1975, I would guess that I "related something about marijuana" at least 14 times per month. This is a seriously stupid statistic, as it probably just reflects the increased awareness by the STAFF about marijuana usage.

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Posted by jrbd on 10/25/2014 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Maggie's Farm does $2 million in marijuana sales in Manitou Springs

Manitou doesn't get all of the tax; 2.9% goes to the state, 1.23% to the county, etc. I'm sure somebody out there knows the exact rates for the extra marijuana tax (which probably goes to the state only) - I haven't been able to find it online.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by jrbd on 10/13/2014 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Against a downtown city stadium? Sign here

How about rebuilding the Pikes Peak summit house? For some reason that never entered the consciousness of Bach and his developer buddies, probably because they couldn't see a way to personally profit from it.

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Posted by jrbd on 10/11/2014 at 9:13 AM

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