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Randy Armijo

Commission: both

Zip: 80455

Submittted: July 24, 2021

Comment:

Simply Hogwash

wade biggs

Commission: legislative

Zip: 80129

Submittted: July 24, 2021

Comment:

I live at Wind Crest Retirement Center in Highlands Ranch. Our community straddles the HighLine Canal. The preliminary district map would split our community between Districts 22 and 33. That makes no sense. We should as a community all be in one district. Being split would cause confusion among our residents and make a mess of having representives visiting our campus and duplicate the efforts of our very active Democrat and Republican committees. Please keep Wind Crest in one district. Thank you.

Shannon Lukens

Commission: legislative

Zip: 80487

Submittted: July 24, 2021

Comment:

My name is Shannon Lukens and I am the News Director for seven radio stations across Routt County and Moffat County. Five newscasts focus on Steamboat and Routt County. Two newscasts focus on the Craig community, and also Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties. My newscasts air 49 times a day on these seven stations. Both newscasts focus on these communities, which are very wonderful, but very different. Moffat County is primarily a ranching and agriculture community, which I see each summer at the Moffat County Fair. From the 2017 Census of Agriculture, Moffat County has 462 farms for 953,100 acres. The Livestock inventory for the end of 2017 was 93,557 head of livestock for 13,283 residents. The livestock includes a lot of cattle, sheep, lamb, goats, horses, and a few turkeys. Routt County’s people population is 25,638. The number of livestock in Routt County is 43,562. That’s less than half of Moffat County’s. What Routt County has is two ski areas. Howelsen Hill was founded in 1914 and is the longest continuously operating ski area in North America. Steamboat Resort fired up its lifts in January of 1963. The ranching community of Steamboat was soon going to turn into a world-class ski resort. The Arnold’s Dairy Farm is now the Meadows Parking Lot where everyone parks for skiing, and the Arnold barn is on Mt. Werner Road. Steamboat Springs has a huge tourism base. I’m also on the Steamboat Springs Chamber Marketing Committee, and it is very easy to market Steamboat to people all over the world, for our ski mountain, our bike trails, our hiking trails, and hot springs pools. Steamboat has 98 Olympic athletes who have called Routt County home. Another huge difference in the communities is housing. There isn’t enough employee housing or affordable housing in Steamboat Springs for the work force, just like Eagle County. Through May 31 per Land title: • Average cost of a single-family home in Routt County $1,616,102 • In Moffat County, (from the Craig Assoc. of Realtors) the average cost of a single-family home is $257,656. • The difference in home price for the two communities is $1,358,446 for a single-family home. • Average cost of a condo or townhome in Routt County is $739,758 • The average cost of condo or townhome in Moffat County is $94,938. The communities are hugely different. Just because we are neighbors doesn’t make us the same. Routt County needs to be with like-minded communities that have heavy tourism, like Vail, which would be Eagle County. Issues for a ski area community is also climate change, in addition to affordable housing. Communities of interest need to be together. This way, the right representative can accurately represent their constituents in the state legislature. Please, continue to incorporate Routt County into a district with Eagle County, like it is now, since these two counties are communities of interest. Thank you.

Ave Marie Stone

Commission: both

Zip: 80004

Submittted: July 24, 2021

Comment:

As a resident of Arvada, I am dismayed to learn of the redistricting plan to sever my city from its close neighbors in Jefferson County: Golden, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Edgewater and Westminster. These cities are not just linked by geographic proximity; we share our school district, library system, transportation services, water resources, legal system, recreation and open space, and much more. Our city leaders also work cooperatively together on regional issues. All of this makes us a community of shared interests - a relationship that Arvada does not at all share with cities to the east like Brighton, Ft. Lupton, Firestone, or Platteville. Please keep Arvada and Jefferson County intact as a voting district, so that we may vote with a unified voice on our shared interests. This will keep our communities stronger and more connected.

jennifer McPeek

Commission: both

Zip: 80477

Submittted: July 24, 2021

Comment:

Routt county is more than an elite ski area. Please keep the western slope whole. thank you

Erika Archer

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80481

Submittted: July 24, 2021

Comment:

I am writing to make it know that I strongly oppose the proposed redistricting. I don't usually write public comments, but in this case, I feel it is warranted. Western Boulder county has very different priorities and methods of approach to the issues we deal with. Yes, we are all part of the larger Colorado mountain community, but we align much more strongly with the views on the eastern slope, and don't feel that a western slope congressperson can adequately represent our voice over here on this side of the Divide.

Wade Riniker

Commission: both

Zip: 80487

Submittted: July 24, 2021

Comment:

I’m a resident of Steamboat and representing my family of four and many of my friends and neighbors who are not here tonight. I would like to request that any redrawing of political boundaries recognize that Routt county and many if not all of those counties in the western slope are rural in nature comprised of many smaller towns and communities. I think it would be a mistake to include western slope counties with highly populous counties located on the front range. The combining of rural counties and densely populated counties would represent a definite conflict of interests and lifestyles between two different communities of interest that would likely ensure one is not represented fairly.

Stephanie abramovici

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80455

Submittted: July 24, 2021

Comment:

The preliminary congressional map proposes taking the western part of Boulder County and lumping it with the western slope congressional district on the other side of the continental divide. This would be a huge mistake. Our school district is Boulder County, indeed our districted high school is Boulder High School. To combine our town in Boulder County with western slope concerns makes me feel like my interests will not be represented. Additionally, my families representation will be completely cut off from the rest of our school district and home schools and be completely inconvenient for any representatives to both visiting. While we live in the mountains in the town of Jamestown, CO, we are a mere 12 miles from the city of Boulder and have absolutely no interest in the things that affect the western slope such as tourism and ski areas as they are hours and hours removed from our town. It would be the equivalent of putting the city of Boulder alongside Pueblo.

Karen Artell

Commission: legislative

Zip: 80526

Submittted: July 24, 2021

Comment:

I request that the GOP redistricting map, illustrated here https://davesredistricting.org/maps#viewmap::3bcda5e2-90b0-423a-88d9-39281912ab73 and attached, be rejected by the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission. I live in Fort Collins. I’m concerned that the GOP map cuts State House representation for CSU off from most of the rest of Fort Collins. CSU is an integral part of Fort Collins. Why isolate the university and the students and faculty who live near the university from the rest of Fort Collins? Isolating the CSU community detracts from fair and effective representation for the CSU community and Fort Collins as a whole. Also, a natural border for State House representation along College Avenue makes sense. Those on the west side of Collage Ave. live in mostly suburban areas and are in close proximity to the foothills west of Fort Collins. The residents of the area are concerned with environmental issues and protecting the open spaces that lead into the foothills. All of Fort Collins west of College Ave should be included in one house district and the area east of College Ave should be included in one house district. Thank you for your consideration.

Pamela Pleasant-Foster

Commission: both

Zip: 81625

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

As a 79 year native and resident of Craig, I ask that you do not divide the Western slope on the Congressional map. Our cultures are diverse , as well as our industries, from the I-25 corridor. We do not desire to be in competition with the metro areas, we would just request equal representation in Washington and on the hill in Denver. Thank you for serving on the Commission. It is not an easy task. Regards, Pamela Pleasant-Foster 657 Taylor Street Craig, CO 81625

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