Friday, March 30, 2012

Leave bike path unplowed

I have been a Blaine County resident for more than 23 years. I want to commend our town and area for all of the recreational opportunities that exist here. The Blaine County Recreation District is an important factor in that. Importantly, this county is a place where people work together to make this a wonderful place to live.

This past week we had an event happen that shouldn't have happened. The district made a decision to plow the bike path through Ketchum just days before we were hit with this latest snowstorm. They began plowing on March 12, which is a full two weeks earlier than last year. This area has been promoting itself as a home for Nordic skiing, and is attempting to entice the U.S. Nordic Team to train here.

What was unusual is that when I called to complain to Eric Rector, director of trails and facilities, about why were they plowing so early, especially since the snow was very deep, and there was a forecast winter storm warning, he responded in a very dismissing way and minimized the potential of snow coming. I asked him why they were destroying the snow on the bike path before a forecast snowstorm? It did not make sense to ruin the bike path for the use of skiers at such an early date. It was only the middle of March. Eric went so far as to tell me that we would not get more than 2 inches of snow out of this event.

Now, look at how much snow we received. The Recreation District is here for the people and guests of this valley. It is a wonderful organization. It should have people in charge who are sensitive to the people of this valley and realize that we are still in winter!

Bob Dreyer


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