What Readers Said This Week About Local Stories, May 6-12 – Durango Herald

People weigh in on the property of Mason Center, “Bridge to Nowhere” and fishermen’s conservation efforts

Each week we highlight some of the most insightful, emotional and intelligent comments that have been shared on Facebook in response to the Stories in Durango Herald.

This week, readers focused on the potential uses of the Mason Center property, the closure of “Bridge to Nowhere” and why hunting groups are leading wildlife conservation efforts.

We enjoy readers’ input and reactions to local stories: people can participate via our Facebook page, at the bottom of local news stories on our website www.durangoherald.com or by writing a letter to the editor.

Here are some of the comments that popped up this week:

Story: Durango explores possible uses for the Mason Center property on East Third Ave.
The lawn was planted last year in Mason Center Park after a building was demolished. Durango City Council discussed removing the rest of the gymnasium to expand the parks or pursue other uses of the 2-acre lot near East Third Avenue and 12th Street. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)

“This block has been a school or garden space since Durango was founded. It was and still is a neighborhood space. The removal of Mason School and the money spent on meat made this a gem of a city. Yes, affordable housing is needed, but not at the cost of losing green space in this location “. – Diane Cassidy

“Fence it and make a dog park that is not above uranium residues that are toxic to people and pets. The current dog park is about to collapse anyway, let’s have a nice shady lawn.” – Nick Ryan

“How about just a lower park with some amenities like the tennis courts that are now. Maybe restrooms? That is. It is well used just as it is.” – Jim Sims

“While I enjoy the park space, it was not in good conscience to (actually) object to affordable housing.” – Nathan Rebel

Story: The ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ in Durango will be closed for one year
Drivers pass under the Grandview Junction, part of which has been dubbed the “Bridge to Nowhere”. (Durango Herald file)

“But how will Courage and Muriel get home?” – Joe McCormick

Story: Why hunting groups are leading the charge for wildlife conservation in southwest Colorado
Hunting defense groups, such as the Colorado Bowhunters Association, the Turkish National Wildlife Federation, and newer groups such as Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, lead responsibility for wildlife conservation in southwest Colorado. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

“Part of the declining elk population is the evolution mixed with the constant boom of mountain bikers, hikers and motorcyclists (who usually ride illegally on the trails) along with our hunting seasons starting on September 1 and running through December with hunting in late winter. These are exposed Poor elk eavesdropping for 6 months out of the year.They can’t get away because all these hunters are messing with them and then in the summer they can’t even enjoy the mountains due to other populations causing havoc.One of the reasons hunting in the reserve is like hunting in a barrel: Nobody attacks them There even a few people hunting come out but that’s hardly any pressure there.At least to be precise, the elk numbers may not be high there either but there are some elk and some good animals.The number of calves is now down in the survival rate 30% when it was over 50%. The state is handing over the tags to anyone and everyone who ignores our elk numbers and only cares about money. The state should never have moved the Dow Jones under the parks, the worst decision ever release. I say get rid of fishing together for at least 2-3 years, and then cut back on fishing like fishermen from New Mexico and Arizona for another 5 years. In conclusion, hunters and outdoor hunters have paid a large part of the bill when it comes to conservation and trying to maintain a healthy population of animals through licenses, habitat stamps, ammunition, guns, etc. Perhaps it is time to start charging everyone who wants to use our public lands home character? But then again, we should have Dow officers every square mile riding new trucks.” — Josh Cole

“While I agree that the number of people who ride bicycles and RVs in the mountains is completely out of control, limiting in-state hunting for hunters is not the best solution. We probably don’t give out many out-of-state hunting licenses. Some of us are still looking for A source of food to feed our families all year round.The fishermen in Arizona and New Mexico have a hard time getting a mark there so they come to Colorado with the Texas and Oklahoma fishermen.I also agree that putting the Dow Jones under the parks and logging was completely irresponsible. I wish there were More Dow officers in the woods because some hunters are not very ethical, especially state hunters. They drive their UTVs and ATVs everywhere even if there’s no trace.” – Jorge Freeman

“Georgie Freeman I agree with you, but I think the hunting season should be after estrus and before the deer rut in November. Let the animals live romance in peace for a few years. Point limitations for both species, and no more than out of state. However, we know that won’t Happens because the state makes a lot of money.While AZ and NM mark yes but look at the quality of the animals they have too.Now for the “drag” areas it’s out of control because you need so many preference points that you will die before you get a chance To paint. It’s all a shame.” – Josh Cole

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