EDITORíS DESK: Time to thaw out West Elementary

       OK, I know that the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) is meant for big-deal projects, like the upcoming Fillmore corridor realignment and (if voters approve a continuation of the RTA's 1-cent sales tax this fall) the extension of Centennial Boulevard. But geez Louise, can no funding source be found to fix the "glacier" that greets students and everyone else crossing 20th Street outside the entrance to West Elementary? This thought occurred to me as I watched the tragic-comic sight of Principal Terry Martinez swinging a pick at several inches of ice and heard his frank recounting of having to deal with this situation ever since the school started in 2009...
       It was fun to see the new ore cart-themed "news condo" installed at 26th and Colorado. The Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District deserves praise for persistence on this project. What's particularly interesting is that, unlike city government, which selected a bland, out-of-a-catalog, cookie-cutter design for its news condos downtown several years ago, the Maintenance District sought an original design that would mesh with the historic theme of Old Colorado City in general and a gold-mining theme in particular. Of course, the very idea that the district would hire an artist to make a box with an ore-cart design caused a flutter in the city code book, which is why it's taken so long for the plan to get approved and the first condo to finally make an appearance...
       Speaking of the Fillmore corridor, the meeting Jan. 10 will likely be the last chance for public input before the project goes to final design phase (and then construction later this year). For those who've never been to the Citizens Service Center off Garden of the Gods Road, there's a covered parking garage and easy access from there to the building. No glaciers, as far as I know.

- K.J.