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Remember the "labradorian" from Up In Smoke? Guess this isn't a new problem.
Okay,Mark I stand corrected on he facilities up on Rabbit Ears pass. I appreciate your filling me in on what actually goes on there. I will contend that your comparison of facilities at the Steamboat ski area and the lack of facilities for snowmobilers elsewhere in the county is really not a valid comparison. The ski corp. is a large business,and pays hefty fees to the USFS for the privilege of running a business on Mt. Werner. It provides many jobs both directly and indirectly around the county and in Moffitt County as well. You may argue that it is not a good thing for the forest service to provide public land for a privately-run business,but that was decided many years ago,and it not likely to change. I don't think that comparing the facilities of a ski resort and the ski resort skiers to snowmobile activities makes any sense. Better to compare facilities that might be made available to backcountry skiers,who share much of the same terrain as snowmobilers. I don't know of many lodges built for the use of backcountry skiers around the county,unless you count the Blue Sky snowcat operation on Buffalo Pass,which charges a considerable amount for the services it provides for its guests. The issue of parking made available on either Rabbit Ears or Buffalo Passes has always been complicated and apparently emotional,and I don't have any answers there,but if viewed in strictly economic terms,it's easy to see why facilities like the new Four Points lodge are approved.
There is a large shed or garage structure on Rabbit Ears Pass that is used to store a snowcat and other equipment used by a commercial snowmobile tour operator to groom trails. I think that this is fine: I certainly have no objection to it. Is this building on public land? I don't know for sure,but I believe that it is. I expect that the tour operator has a permit from the forest service for this business,just like the ski corp. has for its business. I never asked the ski corp.to build us a new lodge at Four Points,and it doesn't matter what my opinion is on the matter;it's there now. Yes,I will certainly use it. Your argument is weak,Mark.
I like it, Harvey! I have many fond memories of sleeping just about anywhere I could find a spot,just so I could ski. It may have actually been easier to do back in my early ski bum days,due to a more tolerant attitude by ski town residents and their law enforcement officials. I think skiers/riders should be encouraged,not discouraged,and the cost of skiing is enough so that many of them need a little help. Kudos to you,Harvey for showing a little of the spirit that has always made this town a great place to live in.
it's only natural that you would bring snowmobiles into the discussion,Mark.
How do you know what evidence they had,or if they had any real evidence? The article says that no evidence was given. You may be right that there connections between Front Range dispensaries and organized crime,but nothing was said about that in the report. There is also a good chance that some of the mj seized came from businesses that had no such connections,but merely were in a cooperative with someone who does. I agree that the "bad actors" in this business need to be removed,but do those that are following state law have to be penalized at the same time? Perhaps the Feds will explain themselves a bit so that we know who and what they were after exactly.
I don't think the Feds can resist. Whenever they see or hear about a sizable amount of marijuana,even if it meets the requirements of state law,they will seize it. They won't care if it's a cooperative effort of several businesses trying to achieve some sort of economy of scale in their growing operations;if they think one of them is in violation of any of the points that the Feds have listed as their requirements to allow the business in the first place,they'll come in and haul it all away. There are so many intangibles and so many chances for things to go wrong,I think it's going to be amazing if the pot business ever is allowed to be successful.
I love it! May Bill and Betty live and love for many more years.
The city should find something better to do than going after jaywalkers. I really haven't heard that this issue was much of a problem,until someone decided to make an issue of it. It is asinine to walk a block,cross,and walk a block back if one's destination is right across the street. This is especially true if there is no traffic anywhere near the jaywalker as he/she is crossing the street. I agree with John Fielding,who questions how the decision to put up these signs came about;who did decide that they were needed? I would be for removing them and cease harassing tourists and locals unnecessarily. Don't create an issue before there is an actual need. Sure a driver might hit a pedestrian at some point,but that can occur whether there are jaywalking laws or not. Give people a little credit for intelligence and their ability to avoid an accident,either by crossing or driving.
Good job,Mark! You've managed to bring snowmobiles,your favorite subject,back into the discussion. Let's give that one a rest and we can do battle again next winter,shall we?
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