SAVE RED ROCK FUNDING NEEDS UPDATES:
Just recently (October 19, 2018), we won the right to be heard in court! The county and developer’s lawyers worked together to argue that we don’t have any standing, but the judge gave us the ruling that we do:
“An organization like SRR is the exact type of entity to take on a crusade such as this, and foreclosing that opportunity to them will ultimately lead to tragedies of justice, as violations of the law will go unchecked.”
The judge also said,
“while SRR did not present it as a conspiracy to violate the Open Meeting Law, the midnight hour presentation of fee payment rendered by Gypsum despite previous representations to the contrary create a genuine issue of material fact.”
It’s not the end, but it is SO NICE to be allowed to have our voices heard, your voices heard!
We’re so full of gratitude to all of you who contributed to the court costs and legal fees that we’ve had to pay so far, since we were first sued by Clark County and Gypsum back in 2017. We need more funding, but the good news is, we are almost there. This will hopefully be wrapped up by the end of this year. We’re also grateful to Judge Early for allowing our voices to be heard and to attorney Bradley Schrager and our own pro bono attorney, Justin Jones.
We have an exciting prospect for Red Rock Canyon! It is a separated, multi-use, paved path trail system that will hopefully reduce car traffic and increase safety for families, runners, bikers, hikers. It will not be built where existing hiking and climbing trails are. Those will remain dirt trails. This paved path will parallel, but not be joined to, the Red Rock Scenic Byway. See map below. Please donate whatever you can to the grant match program to build the greatest trail system ever. Donors will be recognized at the trail head. Thank you!
(See trail map concept below.)
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This path benefits car drivers on the road as well, because each Red Rock Trail user equals one less car, to minimize congestion and parking issues. This photo is from my bike ride on Saturday. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a avoid all this traffic?
When we first created Save Red Rock, the most popular public alternative was this separated path idea. We have been working on it with BLM and NDOT and now we are two million dollars into the project, partnering with key organizations and user groups, and preparing for the next step, a large grant application to move us into the design phase.
The grant requires matching funding, let’s come together as a Save Red Rock community and get this exciting trail system off the ground! We will keep a list of $100+ donors to recognize at the trail head, and all donors on the website unless you specify otherwise.
Here are some photos from a bike path in Utah. I’ve been scouting out bike paths in other states and I’m excited to do some more mapping and trail work with our amazing team here. Our treasurer, Sheila B. has prepared the grant and eagerly awaits your donations to launch this project. With your help it can happen for all of us. Let’s do it!