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Holliday selection to GOCO board is good timing

Congratulations to Summit County manager Ron Holliday on his pending appointment to the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) governing board.GOCO is the recipient of half the proceeds generated by the Colorado Lottery, up to $35 million – a figure adjusted annually for inflation. In fiscal year 2001-02, GOCO had $46.5 million to give away.Holliday’s selection by Gov. Bill Owens for the 15-member panel comes at an opportune time. Summit County Open Space is seeking help with the Cow Camp open space purchase in the Lower Blue, and both the county and the town of Breckenridge Open Space program are trying to figure out how to pay for the pending $9 million B&B Mines open space purchase in the Golden Horseshoe area of the Upper Blue.These needs come as the Board of County Commissioners has put political pressure on GOCO to do a better job in allocating funds to Summit County. County commissioners believe Summit County has been penalized because voters decided to tax themselves for open space acquisition, so state help isn’t quite as needed.Holliday knows well what’s at stake locally, but he is saying the right things for now.”When one assumes a responsibility like this, you do it from a statewide view,” he said.Up to this point, we would have thought a statewide view would have benefitted Summit County, “Colorado’s Playground.” Thousands of Front Rangers visit easily accessible Summit County to find open space, ski trails, bicycle trails, dirt bike trails and four-wheeling trails.Cow Camp would qualify as pure open space preservation, with allowance for traditional grazing. The B&B is 1,800 acres of everything else, with links to the National Forest. B&B should qualify for a GOCO Legacy Grant, the big daddy of GOCO grants.

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