EDITOR’S DESK: Celebrating in Old Colorado City

       It was a special day in Old Colorado City. The news spread like wildfire Sept. 4 about Kum & Go's decision to abandon its store/station plan next to the historic shopping district. Genuine happiness was in the air. People were calling each other up (probably texting too) - “Have you heard about it yet?” Random people were even calling us up, to make sure we knew, so we could print it in our newspaper and spread the glad tidings even more.
       And obviously we've done so.
       But I don't really want to "spike the football" on this. It had to be a difficult call for both Kum & Go and Goodwill. The former had spent untold thousands on preliminary plans for the site - and has a history of not giving up on locations it likes - and Goodwill's in a need-to-sell situation, thanks to expansion plans elsewhere. So if the project opponents are right that their efforts tipped the scales, some hint of acrimony might have been expected. But such was not the case. True, no real reason is given for backing out - only the vague hope by Kum & Go that Goodwill will find "a buyer who is a better fit." And Goodwill's comments strike the same mild tone. In fact, reading between the lines, it almost seems that a local deal - more suited to making the 2300 block a "gateway" to the historic district - is already in the works and Kum & Go is stepping aside to let it happen. We'll see on that, of course. But it's fun to anticipate the possibility, and I know that some of our local leaders are already talking with potential investors...
       If you're a codger, or close to becoming one, you might want to check out Page 5 of this edition. We've previously written about the Innovations in Aging Collaborative and its hopes of being an advocate for local elderly, especially those who want to keep living independently. Filling out the Page 5 questionnaire could help in that regard...
       For the record, we gave it some thought before deciding this issue to feature the book we wrote as a family. Since starting the Pioneer 10 years ago, we've tried to keep our personal lives separate as much as possible. But we also can't help seeing the direction the world is going and how hard it can be to keep a family tight these days. How does a children's novel help that situation? I don't know. I guess you'll have to buy it to find out. Ho-ho.

- K.J.