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06
Nov

Rough over roads

Dear Editor,

Mon
06
Nov

Grateful for support

Dear Editor,
We are grateful for all the time, energy, donations and gifts this community has given in memory of our mom, Joan Fedel.
Thank you,

Fedel, Larson and James families

Mon
06
Nov

A redundant river runs though it

Joe from New Jersey, one of our many subscribers who doesn't live here, comes here often and thinks about our area even more often, renewed his subscription this week.
He said to "tell Ouray hello."
I think he means in the general sense, the one that translates to, sure, there are beautiful parts of New Jersey, but then there's Ouray.

Mon
06
Nov

A Sixth Extinction—fair warning or fake news?

A new National Academy of Sciences study concludes the planet is facing a real threat of “biological annihilation.” The scientists who carried out the research call the decimation of the world’s large mam- mals a “global epidemic” and say the rate of decline is accelerating.
Up to 50 percent of all individual ani- mals have been lost in recent decades. Two-fifths of the 177 mammal species sur- veyed lost more than 80 percent of their range or geographic distribution between 1900 and 2016.
The release of this study coincides with news that the world’s population has reached an all-time high of 7.6 billion. In Asia, the world’s most populous continent, three-fourths of the mammal species sur- veyed have lost 80 percent of their range in the last century or so.
The fact that animal and human popu- lations are moving in opposite directions is unsettling but not surprising.

Mon
06
Nov

A glowing tribute

Dear Editor,
You did it again, BIG TIME!
Your article on Joan Fedel was truly a tribute to a wonderful lady. I am sure that her family is glowing. You described her
as if you had been in town FOREVER! Great job,
Carolyne Kelly

Ouray

Mon
06
Nov

Kosmikophobia, or your ticker?

I was told this week a big, fat, hairy rumor. Maybe rumor is too harsh. Let's call it a belief — that there have been grizzly sightings up on Owl Creek Pass.
Not grizzled, as in older vacationers with silvery beards. We're talking the 600-lb. variety of ursus arctos horribilis, brown bear, Kodiak bear. You get the idea. Something that requires a lot of berries...and a few more vacationers...than our beloved black bear.
I immediately said Sasquatch had a bet- ter chance of being spotted up there than a grizzly, but I was looked at like I'm some sort of transplant with an accent.
For the record, I'm not a transplant, but I do have a slight accent.
I referred again to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, clawing at the issue to find out if they are hiding this whole covert grizzly operation from the public, just as one of their sister government agencies is keeping the facts of UFOs from us.

Mon
06
Nov

Filling “the holes in our hearts” with memorable experiences instead of “stuff”

One must take inspiration and relief where I find it these days. For me it’s mostly outdoors in nature, my antidote to “The Sultan” and “Sheeple” who continue to invent new ways to disappoint. I was recently heartened by an essay, “The Hole in our Hearts,” by fellow blogger and wonderer, Juliet—a millennial half my age with an “old soul” beyond her years.
The essay begins with a tone-setting quote from Thoreau, “...for my greatest skill has been to want but little.” Gosh, almost sounds un-American today, enough to have “Wall Streeters” sitting on the windowsills in their “Ivory Palaces.”
I was burning a little midnight oil the night after consuming Juliet’s thought provoking essay—nose buried in Krakauer's "Eiger Dreams, Ventures Among Men and Mountains,"—trying to read myself through a bout of insomnia brought on by the CBS Evening News. I

Mon
06
Nov

Taxes in support of partisanship

Dear Editor,
The email chain provided by CCAT does in fact list (County Commissioner) Ben Tisdel as having pledged 'about $2,000' to the organization (CCAT), it also contains some rather bizarre emails, and statements by Ben. I suppose we could ask Ben to think back, and possibly correct the record regarding the pledge, but I'm not really interested in that aspect of his poli- tics, and I'm not looking to embarrass him further. I would much rather take the opportunity to dial the rhetoric down a lit- tle.
Ben is obviously free to conduct his politics locally, regionally and otherwise, that's of no concern to me whatsoever. I also don't think that he should feel embar- rassed when it is suggested that he partici- pates in controversial political, or social groups. I'm absolutely fine with his pas- sion, and his enthusiasm.

Mon
06
Nov

Fuzzy-headed gibberish

Dear Editor,
Kudos to the Board of County Commissioners for indefinitely tabling con- sideration of a resolution to honor and uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Accord (although deduct kudos for pur- portedly taking an hour to so decide). Our President is moving our nation in a differ- ent direction and federalism works best when everybody down the line gets the memo. But if anyone has actually read the Paris Accord (putting aside that it allows any nation to withdraw from it after three years and it’s already going on two years old), there is a perfectly legitimate reason to ignore it – it’s chock full of fuzzy-head- ed gibberish. Case in point, Section 5 of Article 7, the precise provision that informs us how to “honor” and “uphold” the Accord’s “adaptation goal” when the Ice Park prematurely closes because it gets too hot too soon, which reads as follows:

Mon
07
Aug
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Time to pack up…and go home

Summer is most assuredly in full swing. The heat around here has been a little much for me. I don’t know what you do to cool off...there are many options, I know.
Around here there is the Ouray Pool (in its new beauty) or the state park with the lake. Both are great ideas. For me and mine, we “head for the mountains”; more directly, we head for the cabin on the ranch at the base of the San Juan Mountain range. It is easily 15 degrees cooler, secluded and out of phone range (for the most part). I have visions of Nana and Appa (names the grandkids have given us) sitting on the wood porch with a trusty rifle setting comfortably at our side and two perfectly behaved cattle dogs laying at our feet. The scene in my head is classic and very Norman Rockwell like. A blissful thought, indeed. I have made my decision...we are going to the cabin to cool off. All that I have to do is “pack up.”

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