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Letters to the Editor: Municipal elections and environmental health


Tanya Shattuck for town council

Tanya Shattuck has our vote for Silverthorne Town Council. As a long-term resident of Summit County, and Silverthorne specifically, she “gets” what makes Silverthorne unique in this resort community. Her experience as a small business owner, county government employee, private sector employee, and her years on the Silverthorne Planning Commission will lend a unique and insightful perspective to the town council.

In the years we’ve known Tanya, she has demonstrated a passion for our community. As an avid outdoorsperson, she’s been dedicated to protecting and growing the green space and recreational opportunities in Silverthorne. She listens, processes and asks the thoughtful questions necessary to keep Silverthorne moving in the right direction, with smart and intentional growth. And as someone currently in the workforce, she understands the concerns of the residents of our community.

We appreciate the opportunity to offer our support to Tanya Shattuck.

Jen & Tim Stachelski



Burley deserves your support

With elections for Frisco Town Council approaching quickly, it is my honor and pleasure to support Jessie Burley. Jessie has contributed countless hours to support our community through her involvement at High Country Conservation Center (HC3) and a variety of local events and organizations. She always acts with integrity, passion and thoughtfulness — traits that are useful during town council deliberations. She has a commitment to the environment and promotes creative solutions to resource conservation. Jessie’s leadership and thoughtfulness will be evident in working with other council members and in applying decision-making for the town of Frisco.

I have personally known Jessie now for 2 years and I know that Jessie is not only passionate about helping our environment, but she is also passionate about our community. She has a heart of gold and has incredible drive and our community would be positively impacted with Jessie on our city council.

Thank you for your consideration of Jessie Burley for Frisco Town Council.

Lauren Hitchell


Vote Burley for town council

Jessie Burley is a bright spot on this year’s ballot and worthy of your vote on April 5. She is an unflappable champion of the environment, team builder and consummate professional who effects real, effective change across the state. I’ve had the great pleasure of working side-by-side with Burley on the Colorado Association for Recycling Board of Directors for the last two years. I have watched her build successes out of apparently doomed projects, facilitate workable partnerships with all types of stakeholder groups and develop creative solutions to thorny resource conservation issues. Burley is a joy to work beside and an inspiration to follow. The town of Frisco would be well-served by her energy, passion, and commitment.

Laurie Batchelder Adams



A way to protect our water

World Water Day (March 22) got me thinking: After so many water crises across the country (think West Virginia, Michigan and even here in Colorado), it is important now more than ever to safeguard our clean water. We depend on water for us to drink, water our livestock, and to provide clean habitat for wildlife.

Thankfully, the Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act would provide important protection for key watersheds, helping to safeguard pristine drinking-water supplies for local communities and cities on the west slope. It would also preserve local streams and blue-ribbon trout fishing opportunities that draw people near and far. Finally, it would conserve heathy wildlife habitat by limiting road building, new mines and other development that would degrade watershed values.

Protecting our water sources is something that everyone can get behind. Republican Scott Tipton and Democrat Michael Bennet joined forces to designate wilderness to protect Durango’s water supply through the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act, which passed in 2014. And people of all political stripes and backgrounds support the Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act.

With Congress in session less than 110 days this year, I hope they are able to pass the Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act. We need to ensure that we have clean water for generations to come.

Ryan Bailey


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