I recently learned that the Forest Service will be holding a public site visit for the proposed Village at Wolf Creek at 10 a.m. today in the Wolf Creek parking lot. Red McCombs has resurrected his Village at Wolf Creek proposal and plans to issue a draft environmental impact statement in the coming months.
The Village at Wolf Creek team is back, and I hope the community will muster greater levels of energy and reason as forces against this recurring crazy idea. Times are tough and the promise of new jobs is enticing. I urge all of us to think long and hard about the types of jobs and overall social and economic impacts a development for 10,000 people would bring to our communities (the 2010 U.S. Census counted 1,727 residents of Pagosa Springs and 386 residents of South Fork).
Born and raised in western Colorado, I watched my own hometown ski area, Powderhorn, be purchased and sold many times over (it was auctioned off again this summer). With each new owner came promises of new amenities, accommodations and an improved experience. Each of these ventures ultimately failed. I believe we will see the same results or worse at Wolf Creek, all in the name of progress. As citizens and residents I urge you to muster the energy once again to come out in strong opposition to the proposed development at Wolf Creek Village and to get involved in the decision-making process.