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Starting at 6 p.m., Sept. 1, Salida City Council will host their regular meeting covering a range of topics. The council will consider a vote to approve a letter supporting the CORE Act  (Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy); a bill that would protect public lands in Colorado.

Setting up new Smart Screen in Salida City Council Chambers. Above right, one of two audience-facing large flat screen displays. Merrell Bergin photo

The bill is supported by the majority of the Colorado congressional delegation and has passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support – twice. The CORE act will protect 400,000 acres of Colorado Public Land and add 80,000 acres for new recreation and conservative management. It includes a first-of-its-kind National Historic Landscape at Camp Hale to honor Colorado’s military legacy and the history of Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division.

Also, on the consent agenda is a letter of concern about a hunting and fishing license requirement to access state wildlife areas. In a letter written by Mayor P.T. Wood, the concern for this new regulation is discussed specifically in relation to Sands and Franz Lake.

This new regulation would require community members to purchase a hunting or fishing license in order to use walking trails and other recreation in State Wildlife Areas.

The council will also vote to approve funding for Salida Bike Fest. The Festival is set to take place Sept. 18-20. In cooperation with the Farmer’s Market, kids will decorate their bikes during the morning in Alpine Park which will be followed by a parade through town.

This is a three-day festival celebrating bicycles of all kinds. Its goals are to promote safe biking, get more people on bikes, help local cycling/trail organizations raise awareness, and have fun in Salida by celebrating bikes.

Two proclamations will also be put into effect, the first proclaiming Sept. 13 as George Blake Day. The second proclaims that September 21 to 27 is Bike to Work Week.

To preregister for the meeting, click here.