Hits & Misses: Houston Gardens, Ed Phillipsen and Angel Rios – Colorado News

Hits & Misses: Houston Gardens, Ed Phillipsen and Angel Rios – Colorado News

Houston Gardens may be one of the best secrets in Greeley. The West Greeley Conservation District hopes to change that.

The conservation district is Houston’s latest owner of the community garden and nature walk off 23rd Avenue and 4th Street. It is hosting a free community appreciation bash and barbecue from 4-8 p.m. today, and one of the intents is to let people know the garden is there for people to enjoy.

The district hopes to use the garden as a way to educate residents about the role native plants and agriculture play in our community. But it’s also a nice place to go.

We understand why some of you would want to keep it a secret. It’s a peaceful, nice place to walk. But we’d also like to see a good turnout tonight. This is a place that no longer deserves its secretive status.

Like many others in Greeley, we were saddened this week by the death of Ed Phillipsen, a former Greeley City Councilman, after a long battle with lung cancer.

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He served eight years on the council, and just lost out in a bid for mayor of the city in the 2008 election. But we’ll remember him most for his support of diversity, the Latino culture and north Greeley. Phillipsen was a bit of a rogue on council, not always agreeing with the traditional thinking, and not always a get-along, go-along type of councilman.

But we saw that as a good thing. When he did disagree, he did it in a respectful way with calm, reasonable communication — something that is severely lacking in the examples we see in Washington, D.C.

A former helicopter pilot in Vietnam — earning a Bronze Star for his courage — Phillipsen also helped push social programs such as…

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