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Thanks for help with weed pull
The Community Weed Awareness Campaign would like to thank all of the hard-working volunteers who made “Wake-Up and Weed” such a success. Volunteers who are willing to spend a lovely Saturday morning pulling weeds are truly special. We’d like to acknowledge the large contingent of volunteers from Wild Rose Church and the support of the Evergreen Nature Center.
Special thanks also go to all of the people who have weeded their plots around Evergreen Lake during the summer. Weed work is never done, but thanks to enthusiastic and dedicated community members, the lake is looking good.
The publicity provided by the Canyon Courier helped bring folks out, so thank you to the Courier staff. We hope everyone appreciates the importance of a good local newspaper.
September is a good time for weed control, so get out there and pull some weeds!
Cathy Shelton
Weed Awareness Campaign

Bikes and motor vehicles must both obey laws
I would like to remind the bike riders on Squaw Pass Road that it is clearly marked “Keep Right” and “Ride Single File,” and the speed limit is 30 mph, both uphill and downhill. On several occasions, I have seen downhill bike riders pedaling furiously, then cross the double solid yellow line to cut the corner on a blind curve. And when you stop along the way, don’t lollygag on the pavement; get off the road.
I would like to remind the vehicle drivers that the speed limit on Squaw Pass Road is 30 mph. And just because you can cross the double solid yellow line to pass a bike rider does NOT mean that you can do so on a blind curve. You are still required to be able to see far enough ahead to ensure that you can pass safely.
Last weekend, while I was going down to town, I twice had to drive into the ditch to avoid cars that were passing bike riders on blind curves. I am angry about that because it can tear up my tires and front end. Some of you drivers cut the corners on blind curves when there are no bike riders present, because you are going too fast. Think about what you are doing. Do you really want to collect a loaded septic tank pumper on your hood, or sideswipe a propane tanker? They are less nimble than I am.
Henry Bell

Guardrail needed above Stagecoach Park
On Thursday, Sept. 16, we were at Stagecoach Park in Evergreen. There were roughly 75 children playing lacrosse on the fields, families watching, kids on the playground and others on the baseball field.
A truck traveling along Highway 74 lost control and literally FLEW off the road and ran into the backstop of the baseball diamond. It then did some acrobatics and landed on the benches next to the baseball field.
Through a miracle, no one other than the driver was hurt, but it could have been catastrophic. Had there been a baseball game going on or had the truck left the road 50 feet south and fallen onto the lacrosse fields or 50 feet north and landed in the playground, there would have been many injuries and probably fatalities.
I know that budgets are tight, but why is there no guardrail along that stretch of Highway 74 where it runs above and directly next to a very popular park?
I think this needs to be addressed immediately. I will be writing a letter to Jeffco and encourage others to do so as well. Maybe if they realize that we care, they will find budget.
Please join me in sending letters to:
Larry Benshoof, Road & Bridge Administration, 21403 Golden Gate Canyon Road, Golden, CO 80403. Or, send an electronic message on this page: http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/road/road_T129_R10.htm.
Thank you for your time to help keep the kids safe!
Mindy K. Bieging

Editor’s note: A guardrail was erected above the park this week.

Renewable energy events planned
For those foothills residents interested in what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint and help put the planet on a more sustainable energy pathway, the following two events should be of great interest.
Sept. 25 and 26: annual Solar & Green Homes Tour hosted by the Colorado Renewable Energy Society. Visit homes employing solar energy systems in the Denver/Boulder area, talk with owners and contractors, and learn how solar energy can work for you. Details at http://www.cres-energy.org/events/tour/.
Oct. 10: Foothills Energy Forum at Evergreen High from noon to 5 p.m. The forum will provide a wide range of speakers and panelists addressing the carbon footprint from the perspectives of lifestyle, faith initiatives, and transportation and home energy options. Calculate your carbon footprint and learn how to reduce it cost-effectively. There are more reasons than just saving the planet to investigate the energy source that powers it.
In addition to the programs, a variety of experts and local businesses will exhibit their products and services, and you may even get to inspect the new all-electric Nissan Leaf automobile. Sponsored by Evergreen350, the EHS Green Team, EAS+Y and others in concert with more than 2,500 (and growing) international events supporting a healthy climate. This event is free and open to the public, especially those with doubts and fears. Updates at http://www.350.org/foothills-energy-forum.
Greg Scott

Time to end our dependence on OPEC
While running for office, President Obama promised that, if elected, he would get us off OPEC oil within 10 years.
Two years are gone, and we still don’t have a plan. In fact, there is some evidence that we’re going in the wrong direction. In July 2010, we imported 388 million barrels of oil. That’s the single largest import month since Obama was inaugurated.
The NAT GAS Act will create jobs, clean up the environment and improve our national security by providing tax incentives to organizations that operate fleets of vehicles that are fueled with imported oil to be replaced with vehicles that run on domestic natural gas.
Election Day will soon be here. Those who are running for office — be it open seats, incumbents or challengers — need to take a look at this legislation and make promising to reduce our need for OPEC oil a central part of their campaigns.
John Schiel
Jefferson County