EDITORíS DESK: Fillmore and Cimarron... can it be?

       So it's finally happening... construction dollars for the last two Westside-impact interchanges left from the region's original I-25 project in the late 1950s. Instead of demolishing the Fillmore and Cimarron spans when the work is done, the state ought to preserve them as museum pieces. They are that ancient, by modern transportation standards, with their unnecessary stoplights and strange (or short) ramp configurations. But it's the money that leaves me in awe. Funding for those bridges has been like a will-o'-the-wisp for literally decades. Everyone knew they were outdated, but somehow the money always seemed to wind up in Denver.
       I would like to share this part of my brain-cell meanderings: Knowing that the State Transporta-tion Commission still has to make its final vote on the funding Oct. 17, I actually considered holding this story - fearing that the news might be too good to be true and something could still go awry. But I decided to go ahead with it based on the certainty of area officials - and especially after three representatives of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) unconditionally laid out the projects and their schedules at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Mesa Springs Community Association. I know the people up there (some of them still mad about the Centennial extension behind their neighborhood). Ergo, if you're a transportation official, you do not want to give them bad information...
       Differing opinions, as might be imagined, on the Pinery at the Hill. And that late restaurant request understandably did not diminish some neighbors' cynicism. Still, it's hard to see that project being anything but good for Bijou Hill. With the Pinery's unabashedly lavish construction and upbeat local ownership, the contrast is stunning after years of vandalism, thievery and tales too disgusting to tell. From winos to weddings. Right on...
       In conclusion, pulling out our telescope to see what's happening in Washington with the federal spending debate, we find memorial sites being closed, but what's this? No shutdown on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's $445 million in Uncle Sugar funding. Well, by gosh, the Westside Pioneer is part of the media. Maybe if we buddied up to the president we could get some money too. Hey Barack, you know we think you're doing a great job... Dang it. So hard to keep a straight face.

- K.J.