— An observatory — the Whistler Observatory — opens near the airport, and will be a unprecedented local resource for residents and tourists alike to use when turning their gazes towards the wonders of the heavens.
— The county commissioners take a step forward by requiring notification of residents further away than previously required, from 100 feet to 500 feet, for certain proposed developments. But they took a step backwards by reducing the opportunity for public comment on proposed developments (why are they afraid of community input?). They also demonstrated needless concern about solar farms by requiring greater setbacks from roads and by requiring additional fencing (solar farms are a great reminder of the possibilities for a bright energy future, and are among the least unsightly things to be seen along the roads of Carbon County). Finally, the commissioners reduced light regulation, an unwise move at a time of increasing light pollution in Carbon County. Especially with more and more people crowding into Carbon County, and in a time of increasingly obvious man-caused climate change, now is a time for the commissioners to look forward, not backwards.
— Red Lodge saw a record December high of 63 degrees on December 6. Unfortunately, unusually low snow levels persist, with no relief in sight.
— The Carbon County Republican Women group, an extremist and far-right organization pushing a Christo-fascist agenda, published another wacky diatribe. Considering their name, one wonders why they want to control other women so much? And anytime someone mentions Marxism to refer to politics in the United States you know they’re off their rocker a bit. Perhaps they should spend less time trying to control other people’s lives and more time learning about the teachings of Jesus (or just learning about the Bible, which they probably don’t know the history of).
Bullock, Miller, Plowman, Blain