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Still time to comment on CDOT’s I-70 plan
People of Clear Creek County: Wake up! If you did not attend one of the I-70 meetings and you did not register your comments with them, you still have a little time to comment. If you want to comment to CDOT,  please do so ASAP. The absolute deadline is Nov. 8. Their website information is: http://www.colradodot.info/projects/i-70mountaincorridor/Locations.
There is a section giving places where you can view their plans and a section telling you how you can comment to them about their plans.
Be sure to include your name and contact information on your comments page.
Sharon Rosema
Owner, Silver Valley Ranch
West of Silver Plume

Community Garden will provide
locally grown produce

The Oct. 27 article regarding the farmers market and its local perception confirmed the available niche for Scraps-to-Soil.
Having participated in nearly every week’s market this summer, we witnessed firsthand the disparity between vendors selling produce and those selling merchandise similar to that offered in the shops in Idaho Springs. 
We agree with the general opinion that a farmers market should ideally provide a greater supply of fresh, local produce.
It is not difficult to recognize the lack  of easily accessible, healthy, affordable, locally grown fruits and vegetables to Idaho Springs residents. Scraps-to-Soil has developed a cycle of programs that resolves this disconnect.
Traditional agriculture is unrealistic in the mountainous region in which we live. The nearest farmers are driving into Idaho Springs from either Eastern Colorado or the Western Slope.
Due to the distance from these agricultural hubs, the essence of locally produced food becomes diminished.
Adding to that, the associated costs of traveling such a distance to Idaho Springs adds to the complexity of the issue. 
Through Scraps-to-Soil’s programs, the community will be its own supplier of the healthy, natural grown, herbicide- and pesticide-free fruits and vegetables that the farmers market needs.  
The Community Garden will provide 24 rentable plots of 50-square-foot gardens, plus an expanded Scraps-to-Soil garden, guaranteeing that our presence will be much greater next summer.
Not only will the issue of available produce be resolved, but the profits will go directly into the pockets of the local residents who cultivated it.
Cameron Marlin

CDOT’s I-70 plan will have
negative impact

The citizens of Clear Creek County have until Monday, Nov. 8, to provide input about CDOT’s $20 billion “Preferred Alternative” for the I-70 mountain corridor.
Since those who live west of the Twin Tunnels will be more negatively impacted than anyone else in the corridor, they should definitely take advantage of the opportunity to respond, regardless of their position on the matter.
For my part, I’ve been trying to help these citizens avoid a road-widening project that will forever destroy the quality of life of what I sometimes refer to as The Land Between the Tunnels.
As such, I’ve been advocating for an elevated fixed-guideway that upscale buses would use as a conduit to bypass traffic in the most heavily congested areas. This guideway could be built in a manner that would not require significantly altering the existing footprint of I-70 and would be sensitive to the valid concerns of CCC residents. It would also be sensitive to the pocketbooks of the taxpayers who are concerned about the enormous costs of a high-speed rail/monorail system.
Unfortunately, I’ve been opposed by a handful of outspoken spokespeople who seem to think that debt doesn’t matter and continue to support the idea of an incredibly expensive high-speed transit system for the mountain corridor, relying on rather questionable long-term projections of traffic to promote their cause without having a clue as to how it will be paid for.
If Clear Creek County residents want to risk their future by putting all their eggs in one basket and support a high-speed rail/monorail system, that’s their business, but have they considered what the alternative solution will be when it can’t get financed?
Ken Katt