It was a couple summers ago and there I was watching the Fourth of July parade in downtown Steamboat Springs. Apparently, it was an election year, as Doug Monger and his horse came trotting by trying to look electable. At one point, as Doug smiled and waved to the crowd, his horse relieved himself on the street. If only I had known how prophetic that incident would be.
Fast forward to Tuesday. There’s Doug Monger along with the two other Routt County commissioners, waiting for the public comments to stop so they can approve Ed McArthur’s gravel pit to be located in the middle of the South Valley.
He and Nancy Stahoviak are lecturing — at times scolding — the public for having the audacity to think that preserving the valley landscape in a resort-economy town is more important than having a nifty supply of gravel. Doug, expressing his own brand of mystifying logic, is telling the crowd that he can see all kinds of ugly stuff from his place out by the airport. So why are we complaining? Share and share alike, I guess. Diane Mitsch Bush, apparently intimidated by the other two, goes along with the deal.
I don’t know when these guys come up for re-election. However, one thing is certain. Each will be campaigning on how well they’ve served the interests of the citizens of Routt County and preserved the values and the economy of Steamboat Springs. I suggest you listen carefully to what they have to say.