Angel Fire’s revised thinning ordinance fails to survive second reading

By Gabriel Weinstein Assistant editor

ANGEL FIRE—Angel Fire Village Council unanimously voted to defeat the village’s revised thinning ordinance during its second reading Tuesday (Sept. 9).

“We were focusing on the wrong thing,” said Councilor Brinn Colenda, who made the motion to defeat the reading. “We were focusing on the ordinance as opposed to the program.”

The ordinance now heads back to the Wildfire Protection Committee.

Colenda said a general consensus has emerged that the village needs to have some form of wildfire protection program since the ordinance’s first reading in July.

Many residents have voiced concerns and opposition to elements of the ordinance since the first reading. The Wildfire Protection Committee recommended council defeat the second reading during its Aug. 13 meeting.