In the last 34 years I’ve been an opinion columnist, an assistant city editor, statehouse reporter, business writer. I’ve covered courts and cops; did the environment beat for eight years.
Now I’m going to answer your questions.
Ask away — whether it’s about a bit of history, some benign curiosity or why some level of government is doing, or not doing, something. It doesn’t have to be a topic that is critically important, or it might be something that is important to quite a few people.
But the idea is that if it’s important enough for you to ask, I’ll try to find out. Some answers may come easily, some may take some digging.
People call the newspaper all the time with questions. I’ve sort of just become the clearinghouse.
Like everyone else, there’s more to me than just my current job. During my college years I worked in a restaurant, hauled trash, logged on the Flathead Reservation in Montana and fought forest fires in Montana and Idaho.
I am a husband and father. Our kids went through public school in Colorado Springs.
I like climbing 14ers and hiking Grand Canyon. I’m familiar with many wilderness areas, as well as golf courses.
On and off the journalism job, I’ve been around Colorado quite a bit.
What are those huge scars on the foothills?
How come Airport Road doesn’t go to the airport?
Why will some portions of the Waldo Canyon burn area come back on their own while other parts will struggle to come back at all?
Why do we have so many school districts?
How did Rocky Ford and Grand Junction get their names?
How is it that we could build the magnificent highway project on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon but can’t seem to build an arterial that can take traffic from east to west in Colorado Springs?
So bring it on.
There is bound to be something you think is curious, or even crazy. Let me try to find the answer.
A couple of caveats, though: I don’t promise to answer every question. More than one person might have the same question and it’s conceivable some queries might be intentionally frivolous or cynical. And this isn’t intended to be a vehicle for those who might want to settle scores.
At the bottom of this column is my contact information. Can’t wait to hear from you.
Listen to Barry Noreen on KRDO NewsRadio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM at 6:35 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Contact him at 719-636-0363 or firstname.lastname@example.org