Mayor

Mayor’s New Year’s Article

Happy New Year to everyone of Salida’s citizens and friends.  2010 was surely a wild ride with many months of reduced revenue and a sudden turn around to where we will actually added to the City’s unrestricted reserves.  However, a larger question looms.  How will  federal, state and county deficits effect our small municipality?  The […]

Mayor’s Thanksgiving Thoughts

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.   It is the perfect moment to give thanks for the incredible possibilities the world offers us.  For myself, it is a time to focus on appreciating the good things life in this country affords me and to re -commit to improving the life of those less […]

Election Season

My wife and I have done a fair bit of travel in Colorado over the past month.  Turning on the television in the hotel reminded me of the benefits our family derives from not having a television in the house.  It also reinforced the absurdity of our election process. Juxtaposed with the viewing of election […]

Be an informed voter

Fall remains my favorite time of year.  The beauty that is Chaffee County grabs the eye and the heart as the light makes its seasonal change.   Fall is also the season for elections.  Locally the most important issue on the ballot is 3A.  3A asks voters in the Salida R 32 J School District to approve a bond […]

Mutual Respect Needed

Column by Mayor Rose- It is not amusing that it takes children or young adults to point out our folly. In a Mountain Mail article titled “BLM hears comments on OTR” a Salida High School student, Mariah Mendicino, said she was “Saddened by lack of respect she has witnessed between supporters … more »

Never Take Counsel of your Fears

General Stonewall Jackson said, “Never take counsel of your fears” (From, “On Strategy, A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War” by Colonel Harry G. Summers). We live in “the home of the brave and the land of the free” Yet, it seems to me, the instillation of fear is the aim … more »

Mayor Rose’s Commentary on Recent Budget Cuts

The financial blow up has resulted in two years of budget cuts. At this time the cuts total about $700,000. Financial forecasters lead many of us in the city to conclude revenue will continue to decline and there might be a need to cut the 2010 budget further.

Touber Building Grand Opening

The Grand Opening of The Touber Building and the signing, by Poncha Springs and Salida, of the Sewer Services Agreement are examples of challenging issues brought to a positive place through collaboration and cooperation.

Avalanches and Being Mayor

As an elected official I rarely hear from the public. This is especially true in the early formative stages of policy creation.

New White Water Park features and Hot Water Line Updates

If you have been near the F St. bridge over the past two days you should have noticed the improvements to the river park is underway. This is a continuation of a project started in 2000 largely driven by the energy of Mike Harvey with the support of many private and public groups. … more »