EDITOR’S DESK: On to our fourth year

       Howdy, folks. Here we go with our fourth year of the Westside Pioneer. And I would be utterly remiss if I didn't couple that statement with a big “Thank You” to all of you out there who have come to make up the solid readership and advertising base that allows us to keep this experiment in journalism bubbling. We'll do our very best to continue providing you with a newspaper that's full of news, not itself...
       So what do you think about the St. Patrick's Day Parade leaving the Westside? We'd love to receive letters on that subject, and we'll print as many as we can (300 words or less, please). For my own part, if there was a Westside flag and I was flying it, I'd have already lowered it to half-mast. For 23 years, the O'Donnells did such a professional, yet unpretentious job on the event that its occurrence was as much a natural part of spring on the Westside as the first bud on a bush. For the O'Donnells' sake, I hope the parade will do well downtown. but I don't think it can ever be the same. In the meantime, does anybody have any ideas about a replacement event on the Westside?...
       Looking ahead, I think 2007 could be a pivotal year for our part of the world. The historic overlay effort could at least bring design guidelines to limit the "anything goes" construction approach that has steadily diminished the Westside's historic look and feel over the years. The Highway 24 planning effort is likely to to move closer to finality, for better or worse. Old Colorado City is going to face new challenges, with more and more uninvolved building owners and greater competition for the consumer dollar. Gold Hill Mesa is going to start looking more like a major subdivision, with its new residents starting to have a voice in what happens.
       Finally, the new year has brought an Emergicare to the Westside. Just in time too. I think I hurt myself stamping my foot after hearing the news about the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

- K.J.