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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HITCH RACK RANCH QUARRY SCAR WOULD BE VISIBLE
FROM AREAS THROUGHOUT THE PIKES PEAK REGION

Transit Mix’s proposed Hitch Rack Ranch Quarry in southern El Paso County — which goes in
front of the state’s Mine Land Reclamation Board (MLRB) this week — would leave a scar
visible from numerous points throughout the region, directly refuting claims by Transit Mix that
the scar would be almost invisible. The study, conducted by Zach Perdue of ELEV8 and
released by the Highway 115 Citizens Advisory Committee, includes photographs and videos
that show the quarry’s visibility from various points in the region.

“Transit Mix has made public statements that the quarry would be “practically invisible.” That’s
pure fiction,” said Kris McCowen, chair of the committee. “This study shows that the scar would
be visible to drivers on Highway 115, I-25, and as far away as Mesa Ridge High School and the
Airport. Once again, Transit Mix is being deceptive when presenting the quarry project to
citizens and elected officials.”

“The study looked at the elevations in the project area, along with sight lines, and it’s irrefutable
that the scar would be visible from several areas in the region,” said Kristan Rigdon, Vice Chair
of the committee. “A better question might be ‘how could it not be visible? The quarry will be
approximately twice as large as Pikeview Quarry and the stripped granite wall will be 620 feet
high. That’s more than twice as tall as the Wells Fargo tower in downtown Colorado Springs.”
Perdue is a GIS and modeling consultant and has more than 15 years of experience performing
complex geospatial, statistical and visualization analyses, and web-based application
development for both public and private sector clients.

Opponents of the project note several reasons why the proposed site for the quarry is bad, but
one of the biggest issues is creating yet another scar in the foothills. The region already has
three scars, including the massive scar at Pikeview Quarry and the Black Canyon Quarry.

“Another scar is not in the best interest of the region,” added McCowen. “You’d think we would
have learned something from Transit Mix’s Pikeview Quarry debacle. It’s a hideous scar with
major landslide issues and, according to the current mining permit, Pikeview should already be
in reclamation. Why would we want to repeat that?”

The formal MLRB hearing for the Hitch Rack Ranch Quarry permit request will be Wednesday
and Thursday, April 25 and 26, at the Hotel Elegante’ Conference & Event Center in Colorado
Springs. The hearing starts at 9:00 a.m. each day. The hotel is located at 2886 S. Circle Dr.

Contact:
Kristan Rigdon, 719-499-4700
Or, Kyle Blakely, 719-439-4890
kyle@blakelycompany.com

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