Prior to the recent closure of U.S. Highway 34 between Loveland, CO. and Estes Park, CO., to allow for reconstruction of the road which was damaged in the 2013 flood, valid concern was expressed about how the closure of almost a year would impact the economies of the communities that depend on the highway.
To date no single elected official from the City of Loveland, the Town of Estes Park, or other communities has come forward to show support for these communities in this trying time. (It is a lack of action which has not gone unnoticed by taxpayers and voters alike.)
Fortunately for those who live in these communities few depend on government when assistance is needed – as was demonstrated in the days following the flood: Before the Governor of the State of Colorado, John Hickenlooper and other elected officials hurried to the area for a self-serving photo op, many were already working to recover, and have continued to do so since.
Regardless, now is the time for Coloradans to come to the support of other Coloradans, specifically those who live in the communities affected by the closure of U.S. Highway 34.
Although direct access to Cedar Cove, Drake, Glen Haven, and Estes Park is not available to those who do not live in these communities it is still possible to access the area by way of U.S. Highway 36, through Lyons, CO. During the closure of U.S. Highway 36 Coloradans who live in other parts of the state are encouraged to visit these communities and frequent businesses located in each.
During this time I encourage business owners in Estes Park, Glen Haven, Drake, Pinewood Springs, Lyons, and Masonville to let me know about your business and I will mention them here, at no charge. I will also continue to mention businesses throughout the State of Colorado as I have been doing.
I also request the following: When a Coloradan visits a Coloradan business show your Colorado driver’s license, and get to know your fellow Coloradans. (If the business owner in question should choose to offer a discount to their fellow Coloradan – so much the better.)