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Public hearings, Over The River permit, to be held next week

Public hearings for the Over The River permit from Fremont County will be held next week. Christo needs your help and time is running out!

Christo is providing free Over The River t-shirts and stickers to get participants ready for next week’s public hearings. Get yours by joining Christo in Cañon City on Feb. 1st, visiting Salida FOR coordinator Elizabeth Ritchie at Café Dawn in Salida this weekend or coming early to the Cotopaxi hearing on Feb. 2nd (details below).

You can help Christo make this temporary work of art a reality!

1.  Write to Fremont County and urge them to approve the Over The River Temporary Use Permit. All supportive comments are helpful — especially those from Fremont County residents — so please include your name, address, city and state.

By Mail: Fremont County Planning and Zoning Department
615 Macon Avenue, Room 210, Cañon City, CO 81212

Or Email: [email protected] and cc: [email protected]

2.  Attend a public hearing. Christo is returning to Colorado to participate in these critical public hearings. Verbal and written comments will be considered and it is critically important that Over The River supporters attend to voice their enthusiasm!

February 1: Public Hearing at the Fremont County Administration Building
9am to 12pm and 1:30pm to 3:30pm
615 Macon Avenue, Cañon City

February 2: Public Hearing at the Cotopaxi School
5pm to 8:30pm
345 County Road 12, Cotopaxi

3.  Pick up your free OTR t-shirt and stickers before joining Christo at one of the public hearings.

February 1, 8am: Pre-hearing Supporter Rally with Christo at the Fremont Center for the Arts (FCA). The FCA will be open all day to distribute t-shirts, stickers and public hearing info. 505 Macon Avenue, Cañon City

February 2, 4:45pm: Free OTR t-shirts and stickers will be available outside the main doors of the Cotopaxi School.

January 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2 – 4pm: Free OTR T-shirts and stickers will be distributed at Café Dawn, at the corner of G and 1st Streets in Salida.

Comment ideas. Public comments will influence the County’s decision on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Over The River and supporters should submit comments in their own words. To help you get started, the OTR team developed this sample comment and made other specific key points available online:

Dear Fremont County,

I support Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Over The River and urge Fremont County to approve the Temporary Use Permit for this once in a lifetime project. The extensive Bureau of Land Management (BLM) analysis indicates that Over The River will have significant economic and cultural benefits for Fremont County with only minimal, temporary impacts.

The Over The River application incorporates more than 100 mitigation measures already identified in the BLM’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This comprehensive mitigation plan would be applied to all of the work in Fremont County [the county permit] and I am confident it avoids or minimizes potential impacts related to the project. Fremont and Chaffee counties worked closely with the BLM, as cooperating agencies, to develop the extensive set of EIS solutions for Over The River.

Address, City, State

Christo and the OTR team greatly appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the public hearings in Cañon City and Cotopaxi. We are counting on your continued enthusiastic support!


Elizabeth Ritchie
FOR Area Coordinator, Salida

Terri Madigan
FOR Area Coordinator, Cañon City