EDITORíS DESK: Camp Creek rising... to cityís front burner?

       Times of the year on the Westside tend to have their own personalities, or so we've come to think in our decade of publishing this newspaper. Usually mid-summer is fairly quiet. Sure, we have events here and there and occasional road or construction projects, but for the most part people seem to take it easy in the summer heat, with activity levels also reduced by various key individuals leaving town on vacation.
       This year, though, things have been a bit more active. Not as much as it must be up in Black Forest - poor, fire-torn area - but it's undeniable that part of our less-relaxed state of mind over here is due to our own nasty Waldo Canyon conflagration just a year ago that torched the upstream vegetation. Hence, the apprehension every time black clouds move in overhead, and I don't think I'm alone in checking the creeks to see how much they're rising after even the briefest of showers. The upside is that the city appears to have finally put a major upgrade for the Camp Creek drainage ditch on its front burner. I remember Scott Hente making that project his number-one priority when he ran for City Council in 2005. Well, guess who is no longer in office because of term limitations? Hopefully, Pleasant Valley residents will be encouraged by Stormwater Engineering Manager Tim Mitros' announcement that a meeting will be held early in the study process to gather upgrade thoughts from citizens. It's amazing sometimes what good ideas can come from people who actually live in the places where the city is planning projects...
       I know that a few people on the OWN board are dubious about the relatively new Innovations in Aging Collaborative, but my impression is that the group is working hard to learn about the Westside and to get a sense of what people here want. In the daily battle to retain our area's uniqueness (hello, Kum & Go), it's like having another column of troops show up...
       Looking forward to the July 28 Fiddles, Vittles & Vino at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. It's been fun seeing that event grow over nine years...
       And here's a toast (they'd like that) to the 100th birthday of the raucous Town of Ramona.

- K.J.