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I share the opinion that the winter carnival is a world class event, and, I bring family and friends each year to it. However this year I ran into something strange and wanted to voice my feeling about it.
As we attempted to enter the night ceremony at Howelson, we were stopped by someone selling "buttons" and were told we had to have one before we could enter. As I looked around I saw many entering without one and when I questioned this I was told by this individual that we each had to have one or we could not enter, he was physically blocking us from entering unless we paid. I will admit this is the first time I have gone to the hill for the ceremony, normally I enjoy it from a different vantage point but decided it would be cool to be up close and personal, especially with the Big Bang at the end. I am not sure if this practice of demanding entry fee to this event is proper, and if it is, my bad...but it gets more deceptive from here. Anyway, I asked how much they were and he told me that they were $10 each, having a group of four I was not going to pay $40 for something I could see from the parking lot for free. Frustrated we began to retreat to a different location to watch the show, but were bummed we could not get up close. After a moment of reflection, I decided to approach a different button saleswoman to validate the demand I was receiving further up the path. This very nice lady and her daughter happily told me they were just taking a donation and that there were no "button police" checking everyone. Amazed at this new development I related my earlier story to her and she again reiterated that it was a donation, however much I decided to give would get me the coveted button. At the urging of the children to be up close, I made a modest donation, which she happily thanked me for and gave us our four apparently required buttons with no further hassle. Testing this button-for-entry requirement I pocketed mine and found I could move freely about without hassle of not having a button, I made it a point to walk directly in front of the man who demanded I have one earlier, he looked right at me and said nothing about my missing yet concealed button.
I guess what I am getting at is that many people are happy to donate, and eventually I happily did. However I cannot help to feel that this individual, thinking I was a tourist, was scamming me for money, which given the event and the cause, was more than wrong if it is the case. It makes me wonder how many others he took advantage of and how much of the money he collected actually made it to the charity it was to go to. Again, I have no problem donating money for a good cause, however don't lie to me or scam me to get it, I'm not that dumb.
At any rate, the show was truly grand and I enjoyed it with my button tucked tightly in my pocket, and,
I won't let this influence me from future attendance, I would never miss this show.
How much you want to bet they won't see that guy again.
I think before submitting a letter to the editor, those doing so should read up on that is really going on.
First, and foremost, pot has always been in Steamboat, it's just legal now, just needed to get that fact right out on the table.
There are not 9 "pot shops" opening up, it has been regulated to three and they will not open at the same time. The other licenses are for growing operations and such.
People cannot smoke it in public, meaning not on the gondola, not in ski time square and not at the bus stops. Even though people stand out on the street in front of a restaurant to smoke cigarettes (which I thought was against Colorado law), and which are more harmful than the pot smoke, you can't do that either. Also, you cannot do it in most hotels and the surrounding grounds of them. So no worries, the kiddies can swim in the pool without the "potheads" smoking on the side of the pool.
With all of that, it does happen anyway, even before legalization people smoked on the gondola, however, If you see a violation, report it, it's that simple. The only thing that has changed is that it is legal, a formality, a signature on a piece of paper, the exposure to it won't. Like I said, it has always been here.
I live west of Steamboat and I have a teenage daughter. I have always, and will always, bring her and her friends to Steamboat to play, eat and have fun, I have never been threatened by something that has always been there and neither should you.
Just thought those in Houston might be interested in the real story.
I am really confused on this one.
The guy lied to his co-workers...went home and got a weapon instead of going home to care for a "sick son"...waited, stalked if you will the parking lot until the victim came out...plunged the knife deep enough it probably lacerated his heart...stabbed him repeatedly after the initial plunge and then broke the knife off as he stabbed him a final time. The piece de resistance was the kick to the head and the knife being brandished at his wife. Am I wrong here, is this not cold blooded, thoughtless murder? He had threatened to kill this guy several times before, according to the press articles, and had tapped into her phone, e-mail and texts without her consent. This sounds like he had this planned all along and the excuse of an affair is not a reason to kill another. The dolts who think you can take a life because your wife/husband are screwing around need to come to their senses and figure out where they went wrong for that to happen in the first place. I am not a lawyer so I don't understand law, but one thing is for sure, I am glad I was not on that jury. I think he got off easy, way to easy for that matter, would not have had my vote for anything less than 1st degree murder/slaughter.
Just my opinion..
This is the very reason we drove to DIA recently to fly to LA. I saved $600 for three people by flying out of DIA rather than YVRA. My airfare from DIA to LAX was only $185 per person, $200 per person to get from here to DIA, not much sense in that. I would love to fly out of Hayden so I only had a 20 mile drive to get home, I am not however going to pay the exorbitant rate to do so. Grand Junction is also much, much cheaper than YVRA and closer than DIA, however the overall round trip airfare was much less at DIA, just like he article states. I suspect we will always be driving to DIA or Junction to fly, YVRA will never have low enough prices to entice anyone local...I hope I am wrong, but I am guessing not.
Wow. Cops sure do take a lot of dumb calls....8:43, 9:22 and 3:13 are a little out there.
I agree Bryan. My condolences to the family.
Not understanding your inquiry. This record is from June, the accident was last Thursday. What's your point?
Wow, my record from C-470 to Craig is 2;30, and I thought I was moving. You and i could drive together, without nails in the dash:)
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