Longmont piling up legal fees defending fracking lawsuits

As Fort Collins awaits similar fracking lawsuit, Longmont racks up $69,000 in legal fees

Longmont faces two lawsuits related to its oil and gas restrictions

The Coloradoan
May 2, 2013

If you’re wondering what it might cost Fort Collins to defend itself in court if it is sued for banning fracking, the answer is a quickly moving target.

The only other city in Colorado to ban fracking and restrict energy development within city limits is Longmont, which has spent nearly $69,000 in legal fees through March 31 defending itself against two lawsuits challenging the city’s oil and gas regulations. Continue reading

Hickenlooper: Longmont lawsuit was last resort

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“Our ultimate responsibility is to protect people, not property rights,” says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)

The Denver Post:   04/17/2013

By John Hickenlooper

Through many years of operating brewpubs, I took pride in never going to court. It’s not that lawyers aren’t deserving of love, it’s just that we prefer to get things done without having to resort to the courts.

That was our philosophy in business and through nearly two terms as a mayor of Denver. It’s still our view in the governor’s office.

That’s why we didn’t take filing legal action against Longmont lightly. Continue reading

Longmont Airport complaints go “Hitlerian”

This is just too good not to share:

Before anyone asks, no, I didn’t create this video – although I think it’s brilliant.  I like the fact it’s personalized for Longmont, even with a phone call to “Tim”, our airport manager.  Now, if they would have put Hitler in overalls or made him a female…

Want to be on Longmont City Council? 2013 Edition

Right after the 2009 Longmont elections, I wrote a post about the then upcoming 2011 local elections.  Well, we are less than one year away from the 2013 Longmont City Council elections.

As usual, there will be four positions up for reelection, including:
Mayor Dennis Coombs
At-Large/Mayor Pro-Tem Gabe Santos
At-Large Councilmember Alex Sammoury
Ward 2 Councilmember Katie Witt Continue reading

So Long, Longmont

The title of this post is actually a title of a book by the recently deceased Longmont resident D. Ernie Greenly.  Back when I got started (with Wrongmont) we had some interesting back-and-forth conversations, but we never got together for that beer he wanted to buy me.  When I use that term, I’m not leaving Longmont, yet, but Longmont is leaving many of us. Continue reading