EDITORíS DESK: Letís park in this space

       Commendations appear to be in order for Jim Wear, the new organizer of the annual Territory Days festival in Old Colorado City. He has shown creativity and neighborhood concern in trying to put a dent in the event's perennial parking problem and, on the whole, seems to be crafting another T-Days (the 35th annual, May 29-31) worth remembering. Also to his credit, Wear speaks well of his predecessor, Lynda Dunne, who in her 18 years had built Territory Days from a small neighborhood shindig into a wonderful marketing tool for the business people of the event-sponsoring Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA). For that matter, Lynda has handled her situation with dignity, despite leaving the job under difficult circumstances last fall when she and the OCCA no longer saw eye-to-eye.
       Also in regard to Territory Days, the Historic District Merchants' "Discovery Junction" sounds like a great addition. Founded to celebrate Colorado City history, Territory Days has gotten more commercial (some might say too much) over time, so it's good when elements can be brought in to remind people of where it all started from.
       Switching subjects, I hope you will consider attending the meeting May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Westside Community Center on potential Police/Fire service cuts. There was an inkling of what might be happening when Fire Battalion Chief Steve Dubay talked to the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) in March about the difficulty of meeting citizen expectations in the face of decreasing manpower and increasing service demands. Those of you who voted against 2C, your ideas are needed too. This is not a meeting to bash that vote, but to attempt to find solutions within the current reality. Unfortunately, they appear to be every bit as elusive as answers to Territory Days parking.

- K.J.