LP006:Fracking making citizens angry, and State Senator morphs into a flying toaster

On this weeks Longmont Politics, we started with fracking and how some people were unhappy with the 7-0 vote by city council to NOT extend the moratorium.  Recently retired City Manager Gordon Pedrow has become more vocal since retiring and citizens are letting everyone know how they feel about him.  Times-Call letters in response to other letters.  And finally, the bizarre YouTube sensation that claims Colorado State Senator Brandon Shaffer is a flying toaster and recently took on Godzilla in a fight to the death.

Colorado Peak Politics:  Brandon Shaffer has a YouTube problem
Colorado Peak Politics: BRANDON SHAFFER VS GODZILLA: Latest Installment Of Viral Video Series Appears Online

Longmont Examiner: Longmont Family launches radio station

Join Chris Rodriguez and his guests as they talk about the topics of the day. While the show will lean towards Longmont, Colorado with emphasis on politics, there’s no limit to where the show might go and may apply to your hometown. Leave a voicemail which we may use on-air at (720)924-1080

For more information check out our website LightningRodRadio.Net

LP005:Airport Master Plan, RTD shafts Longmont, and Brandon Shaffer proves his unfitness to serve

On tonights show we talked about the Vance Brand Airport Master Plan passing with a unanimous vote from city council, and some of the ridiculous statements by the airport detractors. RTD has just about completed the shafting of Longmont, and State Senator Brandon Shaffer once again proves he’s not up to the task of being an elected official, or candidate, apparently.

Join Chris Rodriguez and his guests as they talk about the topics of the day. While the show will lean towards Longmont, Colorado with emphasis on politics, there’s no limit to where the show might go and may apply to your hometown. Leave a voicemail which we may use on-air at (720)924-1080

For more information check out our website LightningRodRadio.Net

3/25/12 Times Call Opinion: “Approve Longmont Airport Master Plan”

(As printed in the March 25, 2012 Times Call Opinion page)

In the March 13 Times-Call, it was reported “Airport officials have said a longer runway would let Vance Brand serve more of its aircraft more of the time. At Longmont’s elevation, a hot summer day can make it difficult for some planes to take off when fully loaded.”

I’d like to add, despite what I hear repeatedly from NIMBYs, the runway extension isn’t just for billionaire jets. Continue reading…

Longmont Main Street Radio 12/12/11

Main Street Radio on the Radio Colorado Network (KRCN 1060AM) LIVE from Longmont, Colorado on December 12, 2011. Featuring Tom Chenault, Kiki Wallace, former Mayor Bryan Baum, and blogger/activist Chris Rodriguez.

Highlights include: skydiving noise complaints, Vance Brand Airport Master Plan, the new city council, and advisory board and commission appointments.  This last issue became heated and a few controversial and surprising comments were shared on-air.

Councilmember Hansen lies about how he chooses board appointments

At a candidate forum organized by the St. Vrain Valley Latino Coalition on October 20th, the topic of board appointments came up. In a Times Call article, Scott Rochat wrote that “according to the 2010 census, about 25 percent of Longmont’s population is Hispanic. But few of those Hispanics serve on the city’s boards and committees.” 

Ward 1 Councilman Brian Hansen replied to that issue and said that whenever other qualifications were equal, he always voted for a minority appointment.”

That is not true Councilmember Hansen. Continue reading…

Airport Noise Complaint Visual Map

The recent update to LongmontAirport.Com‘s Noise Complaint Log‘s doesn’t do it justice.  Below is a visual representation of the noise complaints for 2010 and 2011.

That’s a clickable Google Map, RED equals 100+ complaints, YELLOW equals 10-99 complaints, and BLUE equals less than 10 complaints (single complaints are not included).  You may notice most of the complaints are outside Longmont (in GREEN shading) city limits (42 to be exact, 12 are within city limits).

Continue reading…