Monday, April 03, 2006

Changes for Wolf Creek?

If you love Wolf Creek for what it doesn't have - a major housing development next door - you won't like this news. Federal officials have approved construction of two roads in the Rio Grand National Forest to reach a proposed development. The Village at Wolf Creek, proposed by Texas billionaire Billy Joe McCombs, would include businesses and housing for up to 10,500 people. The two roads are essential for the proposed development, and would connect it to U.S. Highway 160.

This development has been at the center of a feud that has played out for years. Opponents fear the development would harm the environment and overwhelm schools and services in Mineral County, that now has fewer than 1,000 residents. Supporters say the development would bring in jobs and revenue for local governments in a part of the state where money is scarce.

Both sides will be represented at a meeting Friday in Creede.

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