Ridgway passes single-use plastic bag ban

Autumn Sagal, Indigo Krois, Elani Wallin and Maizy Gordon (Photo: Telluride Daily Planet)

On December 12 the Ridgway Town Council?passed an ordinance?(pdf) banning single-use plastic bags and urging residents to curtail their use of other single-use plastics like straws, single-use food take-out containers, coffee stirrers, soda bottles, disposable water bottles, eating utensils and food packaging.

The ordinance states single-use plastics have “severe negative impacts on the environment” on both a local and global scale, that they “contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, litter, atmospheric acidification,” and cause problems with water sources and harm wildlife. Ridgway’s Town Council also passed the ordinance to help reduce the amount of waste going into the town’s landfill.

Kids did it!

Four seventh grade girls — Autumn Sagal, Indigo Krois, Elani Wallin and Maizy Gordon — undertook the effort to get the ordinance passed in 2017 after they learned about the “island” of plastic waste twice the size of Texas swirling in the Pacific Ocean, and the negative it is having ocean animals. They formed a volunteer group called “Carry On! Ridgway Reuses” to raise awareness of the environmental dangers of plastic bags and organize the effort to pass the ordinance. The girls sent letters to the editor, met with the mayor, made yarn out of plastic bags and used it to make reusable bags, set up tables to educate people about the negative environmental effects of single-use plastic bags and then they took their case directly to Council, where they got a favorable reception. Council introduced a draft ordinance in October, 2018 and passed it unanimously at the first reading. The final ordinance was formally passed on December 12 and?goes into effect on March 1, 2019.

Congratulations to the town of Ridgway and their terrific kids!

 

New form of harassment: weaponization of classified ads

Online version of the malicious Nickel ad

Utilizing a novel form of harassment, someone put a malicious classified ad in the January 3 edition of?The Nickel Classified Ads saying our house was for sale “by owner” at a lowball price, and that there will be an open house Jan 11-13. Whoever placed the ad used our numeric street address and included a verbal description of our home. They did not include a phone number in the ad.

We found out about it after a realtor came to our house with the hard copy of the ad in?The Nickel in hand and showed it to us.

We reported the malicious ad to the Daily Sentinel, who owns The Nickel. The Sentinel employee said whoever placed the ad must have created an account with them, and that they will get the identifying info on the person who placed the ad and get back to me. With some luck they will also be able to get a description of the person who placed the ad.

Beware of this new form of harassment.

Perhaps in the future, media running classified ads can prevent this kind of problem by requiring proof of ownership of a FSBO property (e.g., drivers license, a utility bill, copy of a warranty deed, verification of ownership on the Mesa County Assessor’s Lookup website, etc.) before accepting a classified ad for property that is “for sale by owner.”

Ray Scott deceives constituents by strategically omitting key info from social media post

Colorado State Senator Ray Scott tried to deceive his constituents in a recent Facebook post.

In the post, Scott pointed to a recent?Denver Post article about how Colorado’s marijuana tax revenues are being used, and used the benefit of a sharply truncated headline and added an ominously intro to create the perception that the legislature is misusing marijuana funds. About marijuana tax money, Scott wrote, “If you thought it went to schools this will enlighten you”.

Below is Scott’s actual post (forwarded to me by a friend, because Ray Scott blocks me from his Facebook page):

Atheist billboard graces entrance to Grand Junction for Christmas

WCAF’s 2018 winter billboard in Grand Junction, up now in front of Hobby Lobby on I-70 business loop (on the board facing west).

The non-profit group Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers?(WCAF) has a digital billboard up on I-70 Business Loop in front of Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A for Christmas that says “Make Christmas great again. Skip church!”

The sign is a reminder that the holiday focus should be more on kindness, humanity and ethical treatment of others than on organized religion, which has been proving problematic lately, and to a horrific degree.

Leon’s Mexican restaurant robbed

Leon’s Mexican Restaurant at 507 30 Rd. at I-70 Business Loop was robbed and vandalized sometime between closing last Wednesday night, 12/19, and Thursday morning, 12/20. The criminals broke into the restaurant, took money from the cash register, drank some of the restaurant’s vodka and other hard liquor, stole beer and vandalized the restaurant by cutting hoses on their soft drink machine and cutting the wires to the video surveillance cameras and stealing the cameras. Leon’s employees discovered the damage and theft when they arrived at work Thursday morning.

Leon’s is an unpretentious, single-location Mexican restaurant owned and operated by a hard-working local family that has been serving the community consistently great food for years. They have been at their location for many years and are known for their signature dish, their famous Creamy Chicken Enchiladas. Leon’s started as a little seven-table restaurant almost eighteen years ago. Most of their staff has been with the restaurant for many years and the family considers many of their customers friends.

If you know anything about the vandalism and theft from Leon’s, please call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department right away at 970-244-3500.

 

How Matt Soper can solve his problem (Hint: It’s not by staying silent.)

Matt Soper (right) and Yeulin Willett (left), who endorsed Soper to run for his seat in the Colorado House of Representatives

Republican Matt Soper has been oddly silent about the legal challenge to his residency requirement to serve as District 54’s House Representative in the state legislature.

Soper hasn’t responded to journalists’ questions about his residency, nor has he challenged the conclusion that he didn’t actually reside in District 54 for the required 12 months prior to the election. Reporters noted that Soper?didn’t show up for freshman orientation at the Capitol last week, and a Colorado Public Radio reporter was unable to find him at freshman orientation this week. He isn’t answering phone calls or emails, and there’s no evidence he’s moved into the 10 Hartig Drive house that he claimed was his legal residence, even after he had the occupants of the house evicted as retribution for telling the Daily Sentinel Soper didn’t live there with them.

No one seems to be able to find Matt Soper, much less get a comment out of him about his predicament.

So does his radio silence indicate guilt?

Probably.

kinh nghiệm chơi bài trực tuyếnEdwards formally challenges Soper’s residency and legality of his election to HD-54 seat

Republican Matt Soper had the Carreon family evicted from the 10 Hartig Drive house where he claimed he had lived for 12 months prior to the election, after the actual residents of the house told the Daily Sentinel that Soper never live in the house with them.

Former Palisade Town Trustee Dave Edwards?filed a formal petition (pdf)?yesterday with Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and the state legislature officially disputing the legality of Matt Soper holding the Colorado House District 54 seat.

District 54 comprises the western portion of? Delta County and much of Mesa County outside the boundaries of the City of Grand Junction.?

Edward raised enough money to formally serve the petition directly to Soper and fund the bond that the Colorado Revised Statutes require be posted in such disputes.? The bond money is apparently to help prevent frivolous challenges to election results.

In this case, the challenge is far from frivolous and could end Soper’s political career.

Matt Soper’s legitimacy as Colorado House District 54 Representative is challenged

Dave Edwards

Former Palisade town trustee Dave Edwards is seeking to formally challenge the legitimacy of Matt Soper being seated as a Representative for Colorado House District 54.

Palisade is in House District 54.

Soper, a Republican, was elected to the HD-54 seat in November, but the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel ran a series of articles before the election that charged that the residence Soper had listed on his official Candidate Affidavit was not his true residence. If it wasn’t, Soper may not have met the legal residency requirements to run in District 54.?

To qualify for a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, a candidate must have lived in the district for 12 months prior to the date of the election.

In his?kinh nghiệm chơi bài trực tuyếnJanuary 8, 2018 Candidate Affidavit,?Soper claimed his physical address was 10 Hartig Drive in Delta, an older three bedroom house owned by his mother, Betty Ann Soper. But the house had been rented to the Carreon family since August of 2016, an elderly disabled couple and their two adult sons, one of whom is also disabled. While attempting to verify Soper’s residence, a?Daily Sentinel?reporter went to the house and asked Omar Carreon, 33, if Matt Soper also lived at their house. Omar told the reporter Soper did not live with them, but that his mail, including his ballot, came to the house.?

The only other address Soper has ever given as a voting residence is in Orchard City, in House District 61.?

When Matt Soper found out Omar had told the Daily Sentinel he didn’t live at the 10 Hartig Drive house, Soper had the Carreon family evicted from the 10 Hartig Drive house in retribution.

What’s Up With That Pervasive, “Too Much Big Government” Theme?

An example of pictorial anti-government propaganda. Corporations have applied the anti-big-government theme for decades to avoid government regulation.

This column was originally published August 26, 2012. It was revised on 12-30-2016 and again on 11-26-2018 to include some new graphics. It’s explains how Americans came to hate our own government, and is still as true as ever.

We hear it everywhere, all the time, like a mantra.

Candidates, TV pundits and political?ads tell us we have “too much big government!” Candidates portray virtually any attempt to regulate or tax any industry as a government intrusion into our lives. Candidates are always for?“less government.”

What’s up with this pervasive, anti-government theme? How?and why did so many self-professed “patriotic,” flag-waving, red-blooded Americans start hating their own government?

“Government intrusion”?is a powerful propaganda theme that has been around for a long time, and it’s an argument big businesses often use to subtly manipulate public opinion. As with so many other corporate-derived propaganda tools, the anti-government theme originated largely with the tobacco industry, which has relied on it for decades to get its way in public policy.

Limited time to submit complaints about Republican Matt Soper’s allegedly fraudulent address

Map of Colorado House District 54, which is all the light colored area. It includes most of Mesa County outside of the City Grand Junction and the western portion of the City of Delta.

Constituents in House District 54 have just 10 days after the election — this Friday, 11/16 — to submit complaints to the Colorado Secretary of State about whether Republican HD-54 candidate Matt Soper committed voter fraud and/or election fraud by listing his residential address as a house in which he didn’t live. Soper used an address at 10 Hartig Street in Delta for purposes of voting and qualifying to run for office in HD-54, even though he didn’t actually live at the address. Soper actually lived with his girlfriend on Clearview Drive in Delta, but told the Sentinel the 10 Hartig house was his home “in his mind.” Soper started listing the house as his residence in November of 2017, since a candidate must have resided in the District for 12 months in order to qualify to run for office in that district. The house actually belongs to Soper’s mother, who was renting it out to another family.
The Daily Sentinel kinh nghiệm chơi bài trực tuyếnreported extensively on Soper’s address controversy in multiple articles leading up to the election.? After the articles were published, Soper quickly?evicted the tenants who lived at the address where he had claimed to live?so he could move into the house at the last minute. Three of the tenants are disabled, according to the Sentinel. Despite the controversy, Soper won the election.
HD 54 comprises everywhere on the above map that isn’t the green-colored center around the City of Grand Junction. If you live in HD 54 and want to submit a complaint about possible election and/or voter fraud by Mr. Soper, you’d better hurry. Following is a link to information on how to submit a complaint to the Colorado Secretary of State: