Brief by Ed Quillen
Colorado politics – May 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine
And from the editors…
Right after he took office in 1975, Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm promised to “drive a silver stake” through a proposed metro-area highway.
He didn’t manage to kill the project, but he may have the solution. In Colorado, nothing dies.
In the San Luis Valley, ranchers taxed themselves to finance years of expensive litigation to stop American Water Development, Inc., from depleting the aquifer. Just months after their victory celebration, another water-export proposal appears.
For more than a year, area residents went to hearings about the Colorado Air National Guard’s Military Operations Areas. Many made it clear they didn’t need jet noise –that it represented a “takings” of a sort. Guess what’s back?
And even if Colorado Springs has just put Elephant Rock Dam low on its priority list, does anybody really belive it will stay there? Where is Lamm’s silver stake?