Letter to the editor: Vote to allow Salida to join CMC district
Colorado Mountain College has campuses in Aspen, Breckenridge, Dillon, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Edwards, Leadville and Steamboat Springs for a reason: They feed talented people into the $62 billion Colorado recreation economy (see the 2019 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan). Now Salida wants in. Vote yes on 7A on your ballot to make this happen.
The 2019 plan also says that outdoor recreation in Colorado generated 511,000 jobs. Guess what? CMC programs train ski patrollers and ski area technicians, chefs and restaurant managers, natural resource managers, medical technicians and paramedics, environmental scientists, fire scientists, avalanche experts, and list goes on and on.
Do you want to protect clean air and water, and federal, state and local parks; build more trails; keep rivers flowing freely; and protect ranches with conservation easements instead of promoting industries that do not incentivize preserving nature for future generations? If your answer is yes, vote yes on 7A.
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