We have had three different groups in my almost 84 years that have used their powers to get something or someone out of business in the North Fork Valley. The fourth is on the horizon.
The third are the people that don't want drilling here because of polluting the air and water. I can never remember seeing or smelling fouled air in my life. They don't like drilling even though it has brought millions into Delta County and several organizations. We have some above average county commissioners here in the valley but the radicals didn't get their way so sue the commissioners.
The second group were the anti-mines people who wanted all the mines closed in the valley. They almost got their way. They got all of Delta County's mines shut down but Gunnison County is still taking in money from the coal mines in their county.
The first were the tree huggers who shut down a booming logging industry that was thinning the forests and taking out dying and dead trees. Thinning helps prevent large forest fires but that group didn't care.
The fourth group that is collecting signatures on the Eastern Slope to bring 1,000 wolves into our state. The trouble is, the wolves will all be coming to the Western Slope. Wolves run in packs and if they see a dog, he is an enemy and he is dead. They kill big game, sheep, cows and horses just for the fun of it. They are dangerous to hikers and bikers and anything else in their paths. They got so thick in Idaho and Wyoming they are hiring hunters to cut the numbers. If the Eastern Slope gets enough signatures, we won't need to be counted and will have no say to the matter.
John A. Hotchkiss