Cheers and jeers |

Cheers and jeers

Cheers: To the four Summit County ski areas for vowing to cooperate in marketing and attracting people to the county this winter. Copper Mountain Chief Operating Officer Dave Barry sounded downright political when he said “It will take a bipartisan effort to bring them here … “

Bipartisan? He meant between Vail Resorts – owner of Keystone, Breckenridge and partially Arapahoe Basin – and Intrawest – owner of Copper. These two compete head-to-head for skiers every winter day, but they realize that, on the national and worldwide scale, they are on the same team. By competing as an entity, they will hold more sway in the industry as a whole.

Summit County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jack Taylor was thrilled with the spirit of cooperation and quickly offered his services as a facilitator in the process. It will be interesting to check in in a couple months to see what kind of progress is made.

Cheers: To the town of Dillon for acting quickly and decisively to secure the Rotary Club’s barbecue event after the Rotary parted company with traditional host, Frisco.

It’s nice to see local leaders work together to keep this event – which has become a staple of Summit County summers – in the area. And while Dillon’s Main Street, which is effectively Lake Dillon Drive, may not be as quaint or picturesque as Frisco’s, it’s width and lakefront location will make for a fantastic venue for a barbecue weekend – even if it is not the official “Colorado Championship.”

Meanwhile, Frisco officials are optimistic about continuing their barbecue challenge, moved to June per Town Council vote on Tuesday.

These two events can compliment each other, meaning more red meat for us!

Jeers: To the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) policy adopted last month not to review all development sites for potential impact on wildlife in Summit County. The county’s master plan of guidelines for growth and development says the wildlife biologists from DOW should review all sites. On the sites that DOW does choose to review, a regional manager, not the local DOW biologist most familiar with Summit County, will comment on development proposals. This is a relaxation of environmental regulations that strips some protection away from state and county land.

Cheers: To Carly Wier and the Summit Recycling Project for sticking to their guns and fighting the U.S. Postal Service on the recycling issue. Summit Recycling was in an untenable position in recent weeks after the Postal Service first evicted the bulk mail recycling bins from local post offices, then reinstated them on a limited basis.

The limited number of bins did not meet the demand of junk mail, and Summit Recycling was required to empty them every day, which it did not have the manpower to do.

Continued pressure and negotiation from Summit Recycling Executive Director Wier culminated Wednesday with the postal service relenting and allowing an amount of bins commensurate with the prodigious amount of junk mail that comes through post offices each day. Also, the pick-up schedule is back to something that Summit Recycling can realistically accomplish.

Way to stand strong for a cause you believe in!

Cheers: To the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for gathering everyone with a stake in the future of Interstate 70 last Tuesday and sitting back and listening to what people had to say. This “listening forum,” as it was called, wasn’t about solutions, it was about checking in with the politicians and planners in the region and seeing where everyone stood on the issue. After Colorado voters decided in 2001 not to fund a study of a potential monorail, the issue of how to alleviate congestion on the stretch of highway from Golden to Glenwood was placed on the back burner.

Tuesday’s meeting, which lasted a half-marathon 13 hours, was CDOT’s initial effort to slowly bring the question back to a head. Good for them for doing it thoughtfully and deliberately, because consensus on the appropriate alternative for the road will take years to achieve.

Opinions published in this space are formulated by members of the Summit Daily News editorial board: Michael Bennett, Jim Pokrandt, Jason Starr, Rachel Toth, Reid Williams, Kim Nicoletti and Martha Lunsky. If readers want to submit a “Cheer” or “Jeer,” send them in under the same rules as letters to the editor.

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