Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 7 hours, 25 minutes ago on Oak Creek adopts 2015 comprehensive plan

No one forcing you to read anything. Don't like it then go away. You certainly don't have any facts or even opinions worth sharing on the issues

Today in OC while chipping ice on a sidewalk,an OC local told me that I am the one person keeping an eye on OC government and he appreciates my commentary. And I have no business relationship with him.


Scott Wedel 7 hours, 30 minutes ago on Diana Simon: Race may not be worth it

Colorado is a tough place to host a major pro race. Only time to race is summer during European pro season where there is generally much more fan interest and closer to much bigger population areas.

California's Amgen tour works because it is held during winter and lets the cycling teams to get their expenses covered for what would otherwise be preseason training. It is also between major cities so sponsors know far more people will see it. Just being mentioned on local news in major markets is worth a lot for the sponsors. It is also held when there are fewer competing sporting events so is on decent cable channels.


Scott Wedel 8 hours ago on Oak Creek adopts 2015 comprehensive plan

:"... key concerns continue to be affordable housing..."

OC's comprehensive plans are a study in economic ignorance and stupidity. The plan notes that rental units declined from 129 to 79 and is too lazy to note why or ask the simple question of why aren't houses or apts being built on vacant lots.

OC's big issue is that housing is valued at well under replacement value. So even with a minimal cost lot then there is no demand to build new houses. Also, when a house burns down that is then is demolished then a vacant lot is created.

And yet the comprehensive plan calls for reviewing any development proposal for affordable housing. What the town should be looking at is how to remove restrictions and even create incentives so that vacant buildings and vacant lots become improved occupied buildings.

The town is like a starving person being offered food and then saying "if it isn't fresh organic free range, gluten free, prepared by a two star Michelin chef then it isn't wanted". So the rest of the world says go ahead and continue to starve yourselves.


Scott Wedel 13 hours, 49 minutes ago on Supreme Court issues landmark stay in Clean Power Plan case

The tax base doesn't go to zero as the coal industry continues its decline as a business sector. They own thousands of acres connected with upgraded roads

Since Routt County is TABOR limited and mill levy is less than allowed then yes, county revenues would have zero impact.

As for Moffat County - there is no evidence that SB businesses or employment are based upon providing service to Moffat. So they can have their economic problems without hurting Routt's economy. The greatest impact of a Moffat County economic decline would probably be Craig as a more plentiful, cheaper supply of low cost housing for SB's lowest paid workers.


Scott Wedel 14 hours, 13 minutes ago on Supreme Court issues landmark stay in Clean Power Plan case


Your reading comprehension is as bad as Mark's.

I never said i didn't like the results of the Super Bowl. You misunderstand my game analysis that Denver won because they benefited from Carolina errors and that statistically Carolina's defense more dominated Denver's offense than Denver's defense dominated Carolina's offense.

Likewise, I never stated any like or dislike of this Supreme Court stay. I stated the local impact of this action is overstated because Colorado already has an ambitious state plan to reduce CO2 emissions.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 3 hours ago on Supreme Court issues landmark stay in Clean Power Plan case

Wrong county, that is for Moffat County. The hint of that are the words "Moffat County" and not "Routt County" in:

"According to Yampa Valley Data Partners, a nonprofit research organization, the top 10 taxpayers in Moffat County are all energy related ..."

Producing coal and Oil&Gas is about 2% of Routt County's assessed tax base. Residential is 23 times bigger than that according to the Routt County Assessor's office.

"Only an ideologue or idiot fails to understand the gravity of THAT.".


Scott Wedel 1 day, 6 hours ago on Supreme Court issues landmark stay in Clean Power Plan case


How many people do you think live in Oak Creek and work at the coal mine? They are greatly outnumbered by those that use Oak Creek as workforce housing for SB employment.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 7 hours ago on Moose charges hikers, man with baby on Spring Creek Trail

Moose have killed humans. In Siberia, hunters armed with muzzle-loading guns feared wounded moose far more than they feared the large brown bear. Due to the thick skin on its head and neck and its dense skull, an attacking moose could not be readily stopped with a small, round rifle ball of soft lead.

I can't say that I found any references on how a football helmet stands up to a muzzle loading rifle, but I doubt that plastic is going to do better than 1" to 1.5" thick skull bone.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 8 hours ago on Supreme Court issues landmark stay in Clean Power Plan case

The article greatly overstates the impact of the decision on Colorado. Colorado has a state plan to reduce power plant emissions by 30% from 2010 levels by 2020. Part of that plan has been decommissioning some coal plants and converting others to nat gas.

State of Colorado was a bit annoyed that the EPA's CPP set 2012 as the baseline and had some rules to encourage renewables over nat gas conversion and so Colorado didn't get credit for CO2 reductions prior to 2012 and would need to add Front Range rooftop solar.. Though, the CPP with its later deadline would be easy for Colorado to meet since Colorado's 2020 deadline is more challenging than EPA's CPP.

Colorado's Republican Attorney General joined the lawsuit without the support of Gov Hickenlooper in an effort to more score political points than change any policy affecting Colorado.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 13 hours ago on Moose charges hikers, man with baby on Spring Creek Trail

Okay, so the plan is to start shooting off leash dogs. Seems a bit harsh, but I guess we need to do something about these out of control animals.