The Cambridge

English Dictionary defines “Perspective” as: 1. a particular way of

considering something: 2. to think about a situation or problem in a wise

and reasonable way: 3. to compare ...

That is exactly what I recently did when I had the opportunity to take a rafting trip on the Gunnison River. I was accompanied by Chris Miller with the Fort Uncompahgre Interpretive Center and Daniel Roman of Western Slope SUP (proprietor of the rafting company). The “perspective” of Delta and the surrounding area as seen from the river is eye opening, peaceful, relaxing and very educational. The experience was truly enhanced by havng Miller along. She is definitely an authority when it comes to our area, its history and the significance of the Gunnison, Rubidoux and Uncompahgre rivers.

We all know that we live in a very special place with abundant amenities surrounding us. Like many of you, I have looked at our rivers and thought of the unlimited opportunities available to our citizens and the tourism market.

I will admit that I have not had an interest in “rafting,” particularly white or rough water. What I learned that day is that there is another category of rafting. I call it “leisurely.” It’s an activity that can definitely change your perspective. And the best part is that it’s available right in the middle of Delta County. I can’t wait to check out some of the other spectacular scenery, canyons and adventures that the Gunnison River presents.

I am constantly looking at the numerous opportunities available through tourism that will generate revenue for our community(ies). I understand that everyone may not be excited to capitalize on tourism, but I am not an advocate of higher taxes to maintain and improve the city services that we all rely upon every day. I have previously talked about the significance of sales taxes as our primary source of revenue. Every dollar that is generated through tourism has an immediate impact to our local economy and helps to diminish our residents financial burden to maintain city services.

I am also keenly aware of the need for relatively low-cost rec- reational activities that our residents can be a part of. Prudent use of our river involving private entrepreneurs like Roman can be a win for everyone. It’s also an excellent way to see another part of Delta that you may not realize exists. I didn’t, but I do now.

Ron Austin

Mayor - Delta

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