EDITORíS DESK: Planning our calendars

       In this column today, we will help all our earnest, community-minded readers plan their calendars.
       Of course you don't want to miss the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), when it brings its show back to town Wednesday, May 10. They will once again talk up a large project and tout traffic numbers that theoretically prove it. If you have any doubts at all about their plans, now is the time to step forward and let it be known. Don't think for a second that it's a slam-dunk just because it's the big, bad state highway department and this is what they want. Not a single local politician has endorsed their ideas, and now the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) has put together a task force that is pushing hard for a neighborhood solution (using as a starting point the plan that appeared first in these pages - ahem!).
       In any case, if you go to the CDOT meeting May 10, that means you also won't want to miss the OWN meeting May 11. It will address the highway issue, as well as those regarding special-events impacts on neighborhoods and where block grant money should pay for sidewalks.
       What else could we be doing? How about the City Council meeting May 9, where a discussion is scheduled on the proposed 50 percent increase for the parking meters (including those in Old Colorado City). Or, if you're feeling educational, maybe you could traipse over to Howbert Elementary and try to bottle the school's third-grade teachers' methods in leading their students to the highest CSAP scores in District 11 this year.
       But maybe these are all too serious. There is one more thing going on... the Jefferson Galactic Stargate Big Concert (or close to that). What I know for sure is, they're playing May 6. Maybe I'll see you there.

- K.J.