It was great to have so many of the old Seventies crowd back in town for the Reunion (thanks to Salli, Susie, Jim and Terry). So much of what happened in the Seventies shaped what Telluride and San Miguel County are today, starting, of course, with Joe Zoline taking a huge risk, buying land he’d never seen for a ski resort– the kind of gutsy leap of faith that led to one of North America’s premier ski areas served by a one-of-a-kind free gondola system. Plus, I think seizing political power was central to the vision. The Slate changed the face of the community. Along came the passage of a home rule charter, master planning, a controlled growth ethic, historical preservation, affordable housing, open space initiatives.
People also brought their passions to town, and out of that grew a summer season of festivals: film, bluegrass, jazz, mountainfilm, chamber music, mushroom, and more. Who can imagine Telluride without a Free Box – that community recycling magnet that made it possible for folks to share with each other. Or our commercial-free radio station, KOTO – which continues to tie the region together.
When I came at the end of the Seventies, I fell in love – not just with the mountains, which are spectacular, but with that Seventies dream of an open, inclusive, egalitarian mountain community, progressive and devoted to preserving and protecting. It’s what led me to run for office. It’s why I want to continue in office. To keep that vision alive.
– Art Goodtimes, Incumbent Candidate for District 3 Commissioner