Cheers and Jeers |

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the town of Frisco for adding legal overnight parking on Seventh Avenue and in other lots near the town’s bar and restaurant core. The hope is that the move will cut down on drunken driving.

Now, bar-goers and diners will not be able to use the excuse that they had no where to put their cars overnight, so they were forced to drive home.

There is, of course, no excuse for driving drunk.

In addition to the Seventh Street spaces, cars can park overnight at the west end of Main Street in the trailhead parking lot near Interstate 70 and in the lot at Fourth and Granite behind the Colorado West building.

Jeers: To gas prices passing the $2 mark. Yes, it has reached $2 for premium grades at some Summit County stations.

The rise in the price of gas is something most individuals don’t budget for. It’s one of those things that chips away at one’s bank roll undetected.

But some local businesses, those that rely on travel – and there are plenty in Summit County – are extremely affected by gas price hikes. These prices force a reworking of monthly budgets, and sadly, there is no relief in sight.

Cheers: To the Board of Summit County Commissioners for its foresight in considering an early fire ban for Summit County.

A ban in March or April would be the earliest in recent memory. These are indeed unique times. The current drought has no precedent in the memories of any of our government officials.

This summer figures to be as bad as or worse than the summer of 2002, when wildfires devastated parts of Colorado, and fire bans and water restrictions were a way of life.

The commissioners learned from that year and are preparing for the worst in 2004.

Cheers: To Summit County and the town governments of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne for quickly turning the countywide vote in favor of a smoking ban into legislation.

The process was speedy and effective and the resulting legislation reflects the will of the people.

With Silverthorne becoming the last of the five entities to pass the law Wednesday, there will now be a uniform ban on smoking in public places across Summit County.

The vote was in November, and the ban is set to go into effect June 1. Not a bad turnaround.

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