doug monger

doug monger 6 months ago on Man accused of 2000 murder considering insanity plea

Wow, this is just great, how much money do we need to waste on this loser. Convicted twice and we need to retry him again cause he can't figure out 1) if it is better for a retrial if he inadequately represents himself and then say I didn't know what I was doing, then 2) I'm crazy, even though that argument was discussed when it was relevant. The Court system while I believe in innocent until proven guilty--- this is crazy, and while he is chilling out in our jail cell, we are working our buts off paying for his room and board. I believe that we already went through the crazy argument once before, but oh well. It's only dollars!!!!

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doug monger 7 months ago on Steamboat starts over on workforce housing issue

I agree totally with Scott Ford, we're keeping an eye on the exchange. I said on the last related blog that government (at least through subsidies) is not going to solve the problem. Regarding Fred's comment to start off the blog, I personally hope that the community "Leads" the conversation. If the YVHA leads the conversation we already have lost the battle. There are numerous issues that need to be addressed. At the YVHA we hope that people come to the session WITHOUT a personal preferred solution. The community needs to agree on the problems and look at all of the alternatives and partial alternatives to reduce the problem. There is no silver bullet, and there will probably never be a place to have total success. If we have total success, the community is making it to easy on the situation. I believe that everyone should have a part in the solution and we can't ever have a total solution. Being part of the solution includes both City and County Planning and Land Use Rules, our community needs to discuss all of the issues. Not just subsidies, not govt solving the problem, and citizens need to realize that the city will grow. Commissioner Corrigan presented some numbers the other day, 2% growth on our population at 2.3 people per house means that we need to come up with over 333 additional units every year. During 2014 and 2105 we averaged 116. Ford the analyst will tell those numbers will only get worse unless we address something and a lot of things.

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doug monger 7 months, 1 week ago on Our view: City sidewalks, busy sidewalks

I guess this is a good step forward if we really think we need sidewalks on the sidestreets. I don't have a problem paying for some of our infrastructure. I guess my problem is how is the city now going to snow plow Oak Street. Presently Public Works plows the street on to the area that is going to be where the sidewalks are going to be and it is like the last area that the city removes snow from. So the property owners will be required to keep the sidewalks clear of snow while the city will be plowing snow onto the sidewalk from the street. Going to be very interesting. Seems like an opportunity for the downtown district to be done by the city as well to take over the sidewalks so we aren't pitching snow from the street onto the sidewalks and then from the sidewalk back to the street.

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doug monger 7 months, 1 week ago on Experts discuss tactics that could help prevent Howelsen Hill landslides

Being an armchair quarterback on the issue of Howelsen, and more importantly the issue of Howelsen Maintenance I couldn't agree more with the analysis that all have provided. First we have continued and increased use of the mountain in the summer which doesn't allow for down soil growth of plant coverage, this has accentuated the issue. Added moisture in the snow making is a major major issue in my mind in that there is more water being added onto an already unstable soil situation. In any potential land slide area which is caused by water, getting the water to the surface and not between the soil and bedrock is of upmost importance. If that water can get to the surface it runs off, if it can't or doesn't get to the surface it builds up a reservoir under the soil and then takes the land and water down the slope. Now that everybody has analyzed the problems the community needs to come up with solutions, diminished snowmaking, more drainage projects, and maybe limiting the use in the summer and increased short shrubby cover. The bad thing is that Howelsen is not alone in this problem our county roads and maybe some houses have numerous areas which are subject to some of the above issues. Unlike Howelsen, our road issues can be dealt with by remedial solutions that reduce further erosion and maintenance issues while not having to deal with skier utilization. For some of us with good memory's remember just a couple years back the major landslide that happened in Mesa County where a whole mountain slid and took out several lives and almost a town. That is not a threat here but mother nature counts the cards. Good Luck on it.

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doug monger 7 months, 1 week ago on Jim Clark: Housing need 'critical'

I guess as part of government, why is it up to the government to solve the problem. Typical issue we can't solve it and it is up to the government to solve this. How many times do we need to see that this Does NOt Work. Nor should it work. I still believe in personal responsibility and corporate responsibility. Let's see some of that.

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doug monger 8 months ago on CDOT reports new wildlife fencing mostly successful, but some smart deer are slipping past

We don't want to forget Davis/Bacon wages, we don't want them (whomever or whatever) to be underpaid, and we need to remember Buy America there might be some foreign lions that might want to volunteer.

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doug monger 1 year ago on Arrest made in Emerald Mountain trailhead vandalism case

Good job on the Sheriff's office Luster/Arsenault in putting the puzzle pieces together. Personally I'm amazed that if he was that DUI he didn't hurt himself when flipping the Skidsteer upside down. Maybe to far gone to feel the pain, but that upside down trick could not have been a fun ride to take. To top that off we (jail/taxpayers) are probably paying for his medical bills for the episode.

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doug monger 1 year ago on Letter to the Editor: Response to Monger

Well I do apologize for isolating out Texan's and Floridians, it could have been meant to be directed to Colorado residents as well. When we are having the conversation about having nightly rentals out in the county I want to make sure that all of us understand the concept of minimally and not maintained roads and not having nightly renters lost on a night with a three foot snowfall and wondering why the road was not plowed and getting lost on our rural road network. Yes I would surely be a lost clown in Texas and Florida, been there done that. Also sometimes my desire to lighten up things during hearings can be taken wrong or offensively. I also have plenty of self inflicted boot marks on tongue. Absolutely nothing personal. Doug Monger

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doug monger 1 year, 3 months ago on Perlman named president, COO of Steamboat Ski Area

Congrats Rob, Routt County and the Yampa Valley Airport Commission look forward to our mutually beneficial relationships. Good Luck on the Venture, and we look forward to working with you. Doug Monger

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