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What would Jesus build?

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Dear Editor:This past year, longtime sheep rancher/Pitco employee Jack Gredig sold his ranch in Emma to the Grace Church.Emma is well known for its rural nature and ranch community. Checking in with the Pitkin County planning department, I was amazed at the church’s vision for this pastoral land. Their long-range proposal includes 15,000 square feet of buildings and parking lots. Included in this urban plan are, of course, an 8,000-square-foot church, a 1,200-square-foot creekside wedding chapel (church not big enough?), 2,800 square feet of classrooms, a 2,000-square-foot residence and maintenance facility and parking for all! This proposal seems to be the best-kept secret in Emma.In addition to the paving and concreting over of this historic ranch, that will also include two access roads to the property. Are you ready for another traffic light on 82? How else are we going to get on and off the highway? Maybe a roundabout would work.The Grace Church may have a large flock in their congregation, but they are certainly not shepherds of this land. Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes. There is a meeting on June 23 at 2 p.m. in Aspen at the BOCC room or write/e-mail the BOCC as well as the town of Basalt prior to this date.George NewmanEmma

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