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Mayor denounces Ride the Rockies and Channel 4

Brief by Central Staff

Salida Politics – August 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

Salida got a few minutes of fame on a Denver newscast, and the mayor wasn’t happy about it.

The annual cross-state bicycle tour, “Ride the Rockies,” stopped in town on June 18. KCNC-TV of Denver is one of the tour’s sponsors, and during the tour, the station airs an “Eye on Colorado” segment each evening from that night’s stop.

Salida’s story was about kids loitering along F Street, the anger they provoke among some residents, and the city government’s passage of numerous ordinances — not exactly a glowing, positive puff piece about some mountain paradise.

Mayor Nancy Sanger accused KCNC (Channel 4) of “grossly unfair, slanted, biased reporting” that ignored positive developments in Salida — such as local youngsters making a presentation at the Denver Summit of Eight, and a summer recreation program for youths at the high-school fieldhouse.

She concluded that she will do her “best in the future to make sure that Ride the Rockies and KCNC never come through again.”

We suspect they’ll both be back, though.