No Vacilating with Vaccinations

Covid is a year old now. The treatment regime was: shutdown, mask up and social distance until the vaccines arrived. Rollout was perhaps a little tardy, but the old US of A is leading the field. At first we were all at sea— nowhere to book and no vaccines in evidence. Well last week this […]

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Serving Civilly

Many of us recall the days of loyal, traditional governmental service. My mother worked as a civil servant for a decade: ceaselessly, loyally, reliably, and relentlessly. Now here we are in the 21st Century in Boulder County. We citizens own the land, pay taxes to provide for the acquisition thereof and are then restricted from […]

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Beware: Workers Ahead

Rather: work is ahead. February is all but past and soon farmers will be coming out of the proverbial woodwork—burning ditches, fertilizing, and spraying, as necessary. But will there be water? The heaviest snowfall month is ahead but the mountains are looking bare from below. Sitting on water rights is of no use if there […]

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Caught with our Pants Down

I speak for myself and Texas here, but both parties were ill prepared for the Artic blast we have just experienced. In my case it was on account of pure slothfulness that had a pipe freeze, but fortunately we caught it before anything burst. Our sympathies go out to other souls who were less fortunate. […]

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Valuation of Rural Properties

First-time rural-property buyers are often unaware of the complexities that determine a property’s value. There are three basic methods. The Broker Opinion. This is an opinion of value under current market conditions developed by the broker using all the tools available, not least being experience in the field.  It is not intended for lending purposes. […]

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After the Storm

Mid January already and while the weather storms have been passing us by and leaving us dry, the political equivalent has dumped on us.  Rural activity in the real estate market stalled around the time of the vote counting shenanigans but true to form, people bounce back quickly.  Buyers are like bees in a honey […]

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Planning For The Future

Some things are inevitable. One is that human population pressure on the planet is inexorable and we are feeling it along the front range. Some authorities are beginning to adjust to the circumstances, but a notable exception is Boulder County where the regulations are constantly being revised without any input from the taxpayers. While we […]

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Iterating Language

It used to be that use of the male gender would encompass both feminine and neuter genders. That is no longer acceptable practice and it has triggered some interesting quirks. Consider the sentence: if you see someone without a mask, call him or her out. This is correct language but a mouthful. What has crept […]

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Going over the top

A recent article by Greg Lowell in the Redstone Review highlights the continuous carnage on our  local  highways. Deer seem to take the brunt of it but every time the elk herd crosses Highway 36 between Lyons and Nelson Road, they run a deadly gauntlet reminiscent of going over the top on the western front […]

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