Communities rarely exist like Utopias without dissention, and Alamosa has suffered through differences of opinion from time to time. Democracy tends to get messy.
This time it started when the school district began to divest itself of old public school buildings. Evans and Boyd Schools found plum-pickers, and then Polston was torn down, leaving an enticing piece of open public land, with some water rights attached too.
The Polston property became a bone of contention because one faction wanted a community garden there whereas a local businessman wanted to develop a park for RVs at that location. To my knowledge, the sale by the school board to the developer was legal, although it appeared to involve some fast footwork, and the other offer lacked access to enough money.
The Valley Courier is being flooded with letters to the editor about this issue to air the opinions of their writers. As the issue now stands, a former judge in Colorado’s Ninth Judicial District will be settling the sound and the fury, unless, that is, the legal dispute goes even farther, heaven forbid.
It could be argued that I should mind my own business since I live 30 miles away. I do, however, patronize many businesses and services in Alamosa, I lived there at one time, and I have friends there with opinions on both sides of the issue, so I share the interest of all involved.
For the complete article see the 08-27-2013 issue.
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