As a dog owner and a contributor to the acquisition of the Valley Floor I am very interested in the on going debate whether dogs should be allowed on the valley floor or not. As with most problems, there is a solution somewhere that can be worked out. I fully agree with those that complain of excessive dog waste along the river trail and Bear Creek trail. As a diligent pooper-scooper of my dog’s waste, it is upsetting to have some lazy owners ruin it for the rest of us.
One of my non-dog-loving friends suggested that each dog owner must register their dog by weight, and pay a deposit based on that weight. They could retrieve that deposit each year by bringing in a proportional amount of dog poop to a waste station. This may seem extreme but I think some sort of incentive to the dog owners is needed, either by monetary deposit or fines for noncompliance, or both. This is a problem that can be solved.
Telluride is a dog-friendly town and for the most part I think it works. Bad dogs don’t seem to last long here. That part is easy. We must be willing to seek out a solution so good dogs and good dog owners don’t get punished for the bad behavior of others. Almost everywhere I walk with my dog in the town of Telluride we encounter cigarette butts, broken glass, beer and pop cans and general litter. These seem to come from humans my dog reminds me. He does not want to ban humans from the Valley Floor, though.
– Peter Chapman and Painter
TASP’s Horizons Ski Camp a ‘Fantastic Success’
On behalf of the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program, I would like to thank the entire Telluride and Mountain Village community for their support of our recent Expand Your Horizons! Ski Camp. The camp was a fantastic success as TASP hosted a group of physically disabled participants, including wounded veterans from around the country, to meet in Telluride for an action packed week of bump skiing, race training, and experiencing some of Black Iron Bowl’s more extreme hike-to terrain. TASP is grateful for outpouring of support from the community in welcoming our camp participants. TASP would also like to thank everyone who attended the film premier Blindsight at the Nugget Theater on February 4 as well as those who attended the Jeff Evans community presentation at the Conference Center on February 5. With your help, over $1,800 was raised for TASP!
Our Expand Your Horizons ski camp would not have been possible without the generous help from the Telluride Mountain Village Owner’s Association, Telluride Ski and Golf Company, Telluride Sports, Wilkinson Public Library, Schilling Studio Gallery, Nugget Theater, Telluride Conference Center, Bootdoctor’s, Telluride Daily Planet, Plum TV, Mountain Lodge, the Peaks Hotel, among other wonderful businesses, and of course all of our dedicated TASP instructors, volunteers, and staff. Thank you!!
– Sylvie Fadrhonc, TASP Special Projects Manager