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The inland island range from Jasper to Santa Fe — same ecosystem, same folks

The medicine for our undiagnosed economic disease might be found in wilderness, mountains, deer, cougars, handmade homes, community, friends, art. Yeah, this just might be the Way.

Is the Forest Service complicit in poor planning by a developer? It would not the first time that the snowfall in the south San Juan mountains has been ignored, with disastrous results.

Stuck in a slithering python of a traffic jam in Salt Lake City, I wondered what Brigham Young would think. I mean, when he said, “This is the place,” he surely did not mean the place for hopeless urbanization.

The main character of “No Country For Old Men” is squarely on the conservative side of the cultural war, but it’s a mistake to read this as a political novel. And a problem for the nation.

In one NRA ad, a defiant Charlton Heston carried a double barrel shotgun, unloaded, open at the breach and breaking nicely over his right shoulder. On the other hand, there’s reality on Molas Pass.

Before you get taken in and taken over by the political delusions about wilderness, go out and take a look for yourself. There are hikers and rangers who really love it out there, and they are not wackoes.

With a little help from its friends, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the last best remnant of the narrow guage. And the Chama yards are free and open to the public. Also, you can find parking.

Another four years of this and Lake Powell could be a mud puddle? Surely the Bureau of Reclamation will think of something. Right?

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