Having recently visited the site of the Little Fishes project, seen the plats and visited with the Malouffs regarding their intentions, aspirations and dreams, in my opinion, Little Fishes makes a whale of a lot of sense.
To my knowledge, there never has been a "greener" project submitted to the county commissioners and county Planning Commission for approval. Little Fishes is not a 20-year gravel pit as is being touted around the area. There will be no crushed product produced on site. The Malouffs are not "greedy developers" – another popular term.
There will be dirt and rock excavated, some of which will be removed from the site. I certainly would hope the Malouffs would sell this product to justify the expense incurred in building this wildlife habitat for fish, fowl, deer, elk and small critters. And yes, it would be great if they could make a few bucks. Are not we all entitled to earn a living – even by working?
There is a large gravel operation with product being crushed approximately one mile north of this site, which still will be crushing gravel much longer than four years.
The Malouffs, along with Deanna’s father, Bruce Fassett, are life-long La Plata County farm-ranch folks and, as all of us rural people know, one cannot make a living simply by having a family farm or ranch. One must have other sources of income, such as receiving gas royalties, producing and selling hay, having a storage business on site – who would do this? – or another business, such as teaching school, taking a job in town, etc.
Little Fishes is an ecologically and environmentally friendly project that in four short years will create a virtual utopia for all to enjoy. Please support the Malouffs in their beautiful dream.
Rowean Crader, Southfork Ranch