EDITOR’S DESK: Space – a Westside frontier

       That's perky news about the Space Foundation staying in town, getting all that support from the area's Movers and Shakers and preparing to relocate in May to a building three times bigger. In these continuing hard times, with so many businesses hanging on by their fingernails (I've heard of a "jobless recovery," but is it also possible to have a recovery without any actual recovering?), it's rare for anything positive to come out of the private sector.
       The best part is that we locals will benefit as well. True, the foundation will be moving from the older Westside, which it's called home for about nine years, but the fact is that its current building on South 14th Street was never set up as a place for people to stop by. Other than the odd artifact here and there and some memorabilia attached to walls, there really wasn't/isn't room for much of anything except offices for 50-some people to get their work done. But the new facility is envisioned to have a museum, a space technology hall of fame and a bonafide, been-to-space-and-back rocket outside the main entrance! One can also imagine expanded education possibilities, cutting-edge presentations and meet-and-greet opportunities with the likes of astronauts, scientists or entrepreneurs exploring space tourism... all of which should give a lift to the Garden of the Gods corridor, which has been economically, well... grounded for some time.
      
       Following up on an issue that was noted in last week's column, it was nice (though not quite "perky") to attend the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) board meeting Jan. 12 and hear a seeming consensus that the word "public" should only apply when the public has actually been informed. Kudos to Sallie Clark, County Commissioner/Westsider/new PPACG board chair, for taking that issue head on.

- K.J.