What is that New I-70 Antenna?

by Clayton Moore and HAM Radio Operator K0LWC

Dateline: I-70 Eastbound – St. Patrick’s Day – Just west of Dowd Junction and the Vail Exits.

Just a standard I-70 overhead road sign and associated WebCam…HOWEVER there is a newly installed Antenna…for CDOT/Panasonic’s new V2X prototype system.clip_image002

This is a CDOT/Panasonic Prototype System vehicle-to-everything V2X technology. Purportedly for Traffic Safety reasons. This new radio system is designed for 2-Way communication between Vehicle and CDOT broadcast safety notifications. In the future…likely use for driverless vehicle’s if/when that ever comes to pass on our Interstate roads.

To learn more about this Prototype (Click On) the CDOT News graphic below.

Special Thanks to young Ham Radio Operator Matt – K0LWC who was the first to “ID” this new Radio system!

Matt “hangs out” on BrandMeister TalkGroup 3171 – NoCO DMR, Loveland-Ft. Collins, Colorado 73s N0ECT

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Happy Lake Powell Day!

Dateline:  Thursday, March 14th 2019 – some celebrate this as “Pi Day” – you know [ 3.14159…]

ECT believes this year – it should be called “Happy Lake Powell Day”.

If you look closely at the photo from December 9th you can see folks have been happily skiing directly under this Vail Ski Resort signage…The clearance was about 5 feet at that time.

Now a little over 3 months – you cannot possible ski under the same sign.

(keep scrolling down – click on the photo to enlarge it)

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With the exception of a few inches of snow from the night before…the snow under this trail sign is packed in very tight.

If Spring 2019 ever arrives…and the Spring Runoff flows – Gore Creek, into Eagle River, into the Colorado River – then into Lake Powell and possibly Lake Meade courtesy of the Glen Canyon Dam.  You guess is as good as the ECT’s – how much will Lake Powell rise with this years Spring Runoff.

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Political Chicanery – Eagle County Style

Political Chicanery in Eagle County, Colorado?  Yes!  And your Tax Dollars are paying for it!image

The Eagle County Board of County Commissioners – paid (with your Tax Dollars) online survey company “VentureData.com”.  Eagle County Voters were selected at random (email) to complete the online survey – each potential respondent given their own Password to access the Survey.   Now comes their new Tax survey question… Their Deliberate Deception?  The new Tax Question has (4) multiple choice answers. Yet NONE of the (4) Answers – allowed you to choose “NO” or “ZERO” new Taxes!  (Click on Below to enlarge it)

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Now their Deception gets worse…the FACT is…you can’t “go on to the next survey question” UNTIL – you agree to answer the (above) question! (Click Here)

Now…for The Big Lie!

Their online survey has been Gerrymandered…such that ALL completed Surveys will have answered “yes” to some level of Tax Increase, per above.  This FACT will allow the Board of County Commissioners to State…”100% of our Survey respondents have agreed to (on average) a $xx.?? Dollar Tax Increase for “Transportation Improvements in Eagle County”. BIAS?  What about the voices of individuals – who prefer “NO” Tax Increase?

Unanswered Commissioner questions remain here at the ECT (at the time of this writing)

Did our elected Board of County Commissioners – read/review and approve the survey questions?  As written?  Was County Staff involved?  To what extent, if any?

The ECT will assert – this kind of Political Chicanery is the result of “one party rule” here in Eagle County and (OBTW) at the Colorado Statehouse as well….where this past week our Statehouse placed a new Bill on the Governors desk – handing your Presidential (Colorado Electoral Votes – 9) to whoever wins the majority votes in a Presidential Election (Click Here).  Simply put – “one party rule” translates politically to “no checks and balances”…and here in Eagle County and Colorado (at large) you can see and experience the results of that fact.

 

Below – a few more screen shots from their online “survey”. CLICK ON THEM to enlarge and read.

-Clayton Moore

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Happy News – we can all agree on! Yeah!

Finally – It’s not always easy looking for some Eagle County, Colorado “Happy News” these days…especially if you live in the Town of Avon…

Here’s how to check this News out…

Likely, if you drive Eastbound (I-70) out of Eagle…you may have noticed the newly extended Paved Eagle County Bike Trail out the right side of your passenger window.  The County’s (ECO Trails) Paved Bike Path (years long) Goal is to connect the top of Vail Pass…to the entrance to the Glenwood Canyon just west of Dotsero – along I-70.

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The County is hard at work (now – yeah! in February) to make that continuing plan a reality.  Just a bit west of Wolcott along the Eagle River a new Bike Bridge has been installed this  Valentines Day week – February 2019!  It’s official name is the “ECO Trails – Horn Ranch Pedestrian Bridge”.  You can see it now installed across the Eagle River driving on I-70 – eastbound just before Wolcott.

Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry reports to the ECT that – special thanks are due to Wolcott residences Dave and Sue Mott – who allowed the storage of the new Steel Bridge on their land – until the Construction Crews working the project were ready.  The months earlier purchase and storage of the new Steel Bridge – helped prevent any price inflation due to Steel Tariff fears…Construction Crews also reportedly happy with the work (now/February) at an otherwise slow construction time of year…Taxpayers get a break…Construction crews have some work…and local Bikers, Walkers, Runners, Hikers and Strollers…all have something to look forward to this Spring.   Happy News indeed!

-CM

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Last Night’s Lunar Eclipse vs. Monday Morning’s – Moonset

Have you ever tried to photograph something through a Steamed up Bathroom Window?

Well..that’s what it was like trying to Photograph last nights Lunar Eclipse…through Eagle County’s semi-cloudy sky.

But take heart – the next morning – the Moon set in the Western Sky – about 7AM/the next day – was much more impressive.

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However at SunRise the next Morning – Monday, January 21st – the Moon set in the Western Sky was much easier to photograph

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Perfectly Framed, HUH?

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Mark Kogan on Avon’s Hahnewald Barn – Fiscal Fiasco

Mark’s (unedited letter) below.

ECT:  Mark however, doesn’t explain his support of an Avon incumbent candidate (election Nov. 2018).  This incumbent was on Avon’s Council during the multi-million dollar Avon Town Hall financial mess – preceded of course by the other multi-million dollar disaster – the Avon Music Stage.

-below by Mark Kogan 

As an Avon resident and taxpayer that has twice helped protect the Town Council from financial folly, I am once again stunned at the Town’s complete lack of regard for fiscal responsibility in its continuing consideration of the Hahnewald barn.

Mark-KoganBefore addressing the Town Council’s current madness, I want to review prior advice I have given. When the Council wanted to pay over $4 million for the Skier building, I met with its representatives to tell them they were overpaying and I was rebuffed. Not one to give up, I wrote articles for the Vail Daily and helped to marshal support for cancelling the Town’s purchase contract.  One year later the Town purchased the building for less than $2 million.  When the Town wanted to grant a $500,000 subsidy to Sun & Ski, I again met with Council representatives and was told Sun & Ski would not come to Avon without a subsidy.  I ignored this naïve view, and appeared before the Council and lobbied against this subsidy.  The Town Council finally did vote down the subsidy and Sun & Ski signed its lease in Avon the very next day without the subsidy.
So here we are again – the Town is considering spending almost $400,000 of taxpayer money to move the Hahnewald barn with no clear budget or plan for its repurpose. Estimates of this repurposing are upwards of $6 million.  Let me say that again – upwards of $6 million. This is taxpayer money that Avon resident worked extremely hard to earn.  It is money paid to the Town from the egregious real estate transfer tax. And it is about to be flushed down the proverbial drain because of a romantic attachment to a barn that has had zero significance to the Town of Avon’s history, beyond being used as a storage facility by the Nottingham family.  In thinking about this potential $6 million project cost, the Town fails to recognize the value of the land upon which the barn would sit.  Were the Town to sell the land under the old Town Hall, or ground lease it to for a commercial project such as a hotel or conference center, it could realize millions of dollars in such a transaction.  Let’s say that this land is potentially worth $2-3 million.  In that case, the Barn would actually cost the Town $8-9 million because of the lost opportunity with a potential land sale/ground lease.
Think about what the Town could do with $8-9 million. Affordable housing, redeveloping the Town Hall and fire station, tax breaks to citizens, reinvesting in projects that actually lead to the enhancement of Avon businesses and increase in residents’ quality of life.  If this were a commercial project being developed by a private citizen, a $6-8 million investment would be expected to generate $400-600,000/year in income.  Instead, we hear that the barn would look nice on a postcard.
If anyone wants to know why citizens nationwide are disaffected with government, they need not look further than Avon, Colorado where our Town Council loves nothing more than to spend taxpayer dollars on frivolous projects in a ready, fire, aim approach, to wit – relocate the barn and then figure it out.  As an Avon resident, I ask my fellow citizens – “What are you going to do when the Town Council runs out of your precious tax dollars it is wasting?”

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