Colorado Editorials

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: Progress can’t beat tradition in Palisade

Author: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Editorial Board - July 16, 2018 - Updated: July 16, 2018

Mesa County commissioners must be relieved that they don’t have to decide the fate of a 120-foot wireless tower in Palisade’s fruit and wine country. No matter how they may have voted, someone was going to be unhappy.

Growing opposition to the tower led East Orchard Mesa winemaker Theresa High of Colterris Winery to withdraw from a proposal to situate an Adaptive Communications tower on her family’s land.

As the Sentinel’s Amy Hamilton reported Saturday, the tower was intended to boost spotty internet service in Palisade and for residents of East Orchard Mesa. High indicated she was willing to allow the project to move forward on her property as an act of neighborliness. But after the project received approval from the Mesa County Planning Commission, it ran into a buzzsaw of opposition that included town trustees and Palisade’s chamber of commerce.

Contrast that with the situation in Glade Park, where residents continually ask the county if a communications company can locate a tower in their proximity to improve internet and cell coverage.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Editorial Board