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Commentary

Could Uber work here?

12/18/14 | By | More
Could Uber work here?

Because ranting is unhealthy (but oh so fun), I have decided my somewhat snarky and always honest opinions would be better expressed as advice. I’ve had a lot of experiences, made a lot of mistakes, and I’d love to share the lessons I think I’ve learned in a more constructive way than simply poking fun […]

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Uniting around workforce housing issues

12/18/14 | By | More
Uniting around workforce housing issues

PROUD OF TELLURIDE … I visited this home-rule town back in the mid-‘70s on one of my Rainbow walkabouts. And I happened in on a town meeting – just like they do in New England. Real democracy, I thought. It made me want to come back … I don’t think there’s been a quorum for […]

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Bird-dogging transmountain diversions

12/10/14 | By | 45 More
Bird-dogging transmountain diversions

WATER … If there’s one thing that unites the Western Slope, it’s protecting our water from transmountain diversions. The Front Range is outstripping its ability to supply water to its fast-growing urban populations. They have their eyes set on unallocated waters in the western half of the state that they could put to use, if […]

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I’ve got a Gondola grievance

12/03/14 | By | 275 More
I’ve got a  Gondola grievance

I ride the gondola a lot. A. Lot. I live in Mountain Village and work in town, thus I have had the experience not only of using our beloved G on ski days, but also as a way to commute. It sure beats the hell out of the subways in New York City, let me […]

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Still in the op-ed saddle

12/03/14 | By | 131 More
Still in the  op-ed saddle

MEDIA MERRY-GO-ROUND … When I came to town 35 years ago, I was a pre-school teacher with extensive experience and a lifetime teaching credential from U.C. Berkeley. Within months, I’d changed careers and found myself in arts administration as director of the Telluride Council on the Arts & Humanities … A 1981 house fire in […]

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | ‘Time to Move on, Time to Get Going’

11/27/14 | By | 110 More

I walked into the office of the Telluride Times-Journal in November 1990, armed with an article I had written in college about the Neville Brothers and told Marta I wanted to cover arts for the paper.

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EDITORIAL RANT | The End of an Era

11/27/14 | By | 411 More

It goes without saying the positive mark Seth and Marta have left on the entire region with The Watch is immeasurable.

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ULTIMATE RANT | Stop Being the Worst Driver Ever

11/26/14 | By | 65 More

Speed, as mentioned in this week’s rant, is not something you want an abundance of when driving around here in weatherly conditions.

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SPORTS WATCH | Is Odell Beckham’s Catch the Greatest Ever?

11/26/14 | By | More

Finally a media firestorm on the Internet that’s positive.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Saying Goodbye to a Media Eye

11/24/14 | By | 129 More

Goodtimes says thanks to Seth Cagin and Marta Tarbell for their dedicated journalistic work in the region.

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ULTIMATE RANT | Your Dog Hates You. And So Do I.

11/19/14 | By | 185 More
ULTIMATE RANT | Your Dog Hates You. And So Do I.

If you treat your dog in a way that constantly makes him bored, scared, in pain, or uncomfortable, I guarantee you that your dog hates you.

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SPORTS WATCH | For the Broncos, It All Starts With a Running Game

11/19/14 | By | More

As the Broncos rushing attack goes, so goes Peyton Manning.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Quivira Takes Us Back to the Future

11/19/14 | By | More

Not too the far left of an issue, but right in the middle of the muddle.

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REPORT FROM CAPITOL HILL |In the Majority

11/18/14 | By | More

Typically, this means less controversial laws passed and more effort put into finding common ground between the two parties.

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GUEST COMMENTARY| Support Four Corners Project Next Week at HARC, P&Z

Telluride Transfer Company principals have addressed community-voiced concerns.

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SPORTS WATCH | Colorado State University Is Colorado’s Football College Now

11/12/14 | By | 100 More

CSU is Colorado’s college football team now, and it needs to ride this wave of success as long as it can.

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ULTIMATE RANT | Let It Snow. Haters.

11/12/14 | By | 83 More

The rant of the week comes to us from Gabby Chapman, who asks the following: “Why is it so damn cold in Telluride, with no snow? But then again, who wants snow?”

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UP BEAR CREEK | Cortez Shuts Down Its Presses

11/11/14 | By | 79 More

The brouhaha over using Native-American diminutives, nicknames and slurs as mascot appellations for sports teams has reached national proportions.

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SPORTS WATCH |Are SEC Officials Losing Control of Their Own Games?

11/04/14 | By | 73 More

Are SEC Officials Losing Control of Their Own Games?

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DISPATCHES | Depraved New World

10/30/14 | By | More

Never in human history have so few owned so much and so many owned so little.

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ULTIMATE RANT | Ebola in Telluride?

10/30/14 | By | 104 More

Now, anthrax. That’s something we should really be worrying about….

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UP BEAR CREEK | The Importance Intergovernmental Help

10/28/14 | By | 54 More

Art Goodtimes thinks the IG could be the springboard for more progress on all our local issues.

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SPORTS WATCH |Lessons Learned From Knoxville, Tennessee

10/28/14 | By | More

Even Alabama fans don’t like Lane Kiffin.

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SPORTS WATCH |Royals Still Have the Energy to Turn World Series Around

10/23/14 | By | More

What we don’t need is another World Series championship won by the San Francisco Giants.

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Montrose Education Foundation Seeks Nominees for 2015 Teacher of the Year

10/22/14 | By | More

The program is modeled after the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program.

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THE ULTIMATE RANT | Has Telluride Become a Bike-Hating Town?

10/22/14 | By | 161 More

We like to think that Telluride’s newest addition to internet time-sinks is tongue-in-cheek, but sometimes we worry.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Enjoying the Energy in the West End

10/21/14 | By | More

From a new pizza place to the Harvest Dinner to the fall farmer’s market, Mr. Goodtimes likes the energy.

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DISPATCHES | ISIS Is No Mystery

10/20/14 | By | More

ISIS has ‘been “slouching toward Bethlehem to be born,” to quote Yeats, for decades.’

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Make Sure You Have Health Insurance for the New Year

Tri-County Health Network (TCHNetwork) says it’s time to make sure your health insurance is lined up for 2015.

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SPORTS WATCH | A Return of the Running Game to the N.F.L.?

10/14/14 | By | More

Both Denver and Dallas proved last weekend that the running game is not only alive and well but that it still has importance.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Yes to Telluride School Bond Measure

10/14/14 | By | 47 More

As a Bontempi, Art Goodtimes has long taken offense to Columbus Day.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Colorado Farm to School Project Comes to Town Saturday

10/09/14 | By | More

How do we get more of the food that is grown locally actually on local plates and particularly on plates within our schools?

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DISPATCHES | When It Snows, the Cable Goes

10/09/14 | By | More

And other complaints regarding you-know-who….

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SPORTS WATCH | College Football Just Got a Lot More Interesting

10/07/14 | By | More

With major upsets to top teams, week 6 changed everything.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Election Suggestions From the Green Side

10/07/14 | By | 74 More

Goodtimes’ offers his choices for the upcoming November election from his “radical middle” perspective.

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RAISING ELLE | Being the Gatekeeper of Nutritional Good Sense

10/03/14 | By | More

“That doesn’t look like applesauce,” Elle says, staring at the gurgling pot full of cooking fruit.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Transmountain Diversions Connect Us All

09/30/14 | By | More

The Colorado Water Plan does have the time and space to really delve into both sides of the transmountain diversion conversation.

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DISPATCHES | We Still Have Fall

09/30/14 | By | More

The world around us is rapidly going to hell in the proverbial handbasket, but we still have autumn.

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SPORTS WATCH | A Ryder Cup Loss, a Press Conference to Remember

09/30/14 | By | More

The whole way the U.S. team approaches the Ryder Cup needs to be reconfigured.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Back to the days of Chas. Painter

09/29/14 | By | 43 More

Riffing and ruminating on tidbits of the region’s history.

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DISPATCHES | Reading Rocks, Part II

09/25/14 | By | More

The surface of our planet is decorated with thousands of messages, clues and arcane symbols, most of them charged with meaning.

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EDITORIAL RANT | Farewell to a True Community Journalist

09/24/14 | By | 548 More
EDITORIAL RANT | Farewell to a True Community Journalist

Next week, Woody will pack up his cameras, lenses and faded Duke T-shirts and heads to Ashville, N.C., to work for the ‘Citizen-Times.’

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SPORTS WATCH | Jameis Winston Was Focus of Game Even With Suspension

09/24/14 | By | More

This game shouldn’t have been about Winston and instead it was all about Winston.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Sitting at the Feet of the Master

09/22/14 | By | 61 More

Goodtimes felt feel like he was ‘floating on a magic carpet poetry cloud.’

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Have a Knife Day and See You Spoon

Plastic forks while cheap and convenient, are not a good solution for the Telluride Schools cafeteria.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Draft Water Plan Sections Available for Comment

Draft basin plans were submitted to the CWCB in July and are due to be finalized in April.

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DISPATCHES | Reading the Riddles in the Rocks

09/16/14 | By | More

An abstract geometrical petroglyph has been discovered in a cave in southern Spain that dates back to when our ancestors were still Neanderthals.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Gary Hickcox: A Legacy of Conservation Leadership

09/16/14 | By | 73 More

A 60s California surfer, Gary Hickcox began his life in Telluride in 1975 as a young, inspired fifth-grade teacher.

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SPORTS WATCH | In Seattle, a Denver Win Is All About the Defense

09/16/14 | By | More

The Broncos face an uphill battle this weekend in Seattle and two half of good football isn’t going to be enough.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | GMUG National Forest Celebrates Wilderness 50th

GUEST COMMENTARY | GMUG National Forest Celebrates Wilderness 50th

The GMUG has a rich history of wilderness stewardship with over 10 congressionally designated wilderness areas covering about 20 percent of our 3 million acre forest.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Colorado’s New Poet Laureate

09/16/14 | By | 69 More

Poet Art Goodtimes on ‘everyman’s’ poet Joe Hutchinson.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | More on the KOTO Wars

09/11/14 | By | 173 More

Unless the “end-game” of current management is underwriting, events must be a major part of the KOTO game plan.

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DISPATCHES | Corporations and the Nation State

09/10/14 | By | More

Drill for oil on the Arctic Sea floor and drown the entire global industrial system?

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SPORTS WATCH | Ray Rice, TMZ Sports and the End of Roger Goodell

09/09/14 | By | More

Somehow, I think this whole fiasco is going to lead to the end of Goodell’s tenure as N.F.L. Commissioner.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Gary Snyder to Read in Gunnison Sept. 19

09/09/14 | By | 93 More

Goodtimes can’t recommend enough getting this chance to hear Old Man Snyder read lyric incantations from the Sierra Nevadas.

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RAISING ELLE | The Perils of Perfectionism

09/06/14 | By | More

This “game plan” wasn’t helping prepare my daughter for the rigors of learning at all.

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Dispatches|The Fading Promise, Part Two

09/03/14 | By | 80 More
Dispatches|The Fading Promise, Part Two

Schultheis on the future: “Be afraid; be very, very afraid. Or, better, be angry, be very,very angry.”

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SPORTS WATCH | Broncos Road to Redemption Begins Sunday

09/02/14 | By | More

This season is all about winning another Lombardi Trophy for Mr. B.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Greenspan Challenges May for Commissioner

09/02/14 | By | 126 More

It’s always good when the electorate is given choices during elections.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | On Location in Western Colorado

08/30/14 | By | 146 More

Anyone who lives or visits our area knows that John Wayne’s True Grit was made here. But that’s just the beginning….

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SPORTS WATCH | Road to Eight-Team College Football Playoff System Starts Now

08/26/14 | By | 49 More

There will be some hurt feelings and it will eventually lead to an eight-team college football playoff system in the future.

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DISPATCHES | The Fading Promise of Tomorrow

08/26/14 | By | 42 More

Slouching towards Bethlehem…

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UP BEAR CREEK | Zoey Benally to Perform Sept. 2

08/26/14 | By | 44 More

Thoughts on Shroomfest, Aloha Medicinals and bicycles on Hwy. 145.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Ouray Residents Urged to Protect Healthy Trees, Destroy Dead Ones

08/23/14 | By | 84 More

These dead trees are not only unsightly and a significant fire hazard, they cause an extreme risk to any property they might fall on.

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LOCAL PERSPECTIVE | KOTO’s Painful Identity Crisis

08/21/14 | By | 304 More

Telluride’s community radio station is being torn apart by an emotional debate about its very purpose.

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SPORTS WATCH | Johnny ‘College Football’ Manziel’s Uphill Battle With the Browns

08/21/14 | By | More

Manziel gave plenty of reasons why he wasn’t drafted in the top 10 of the 2014 N.F.L. Draft but rather, at number 22.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Electricity…Where Do We Go From Here?

We can continue to reduce our consumption locally by meeting our electric needs more efficiently.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Dire Water Predicament Spurs Cooperation, Compromise

While it is easy to measure how much water is in reservoirs, it is much less clear how much groundwater remains in the region’s aquifers.

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UP BEAR CREEK | What’s a Carbon Ranch?

08/18/14 | By | 63 More

Goodtimes discovers a new way to get a drivers license and it doesn’t involve the slow DMV.

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DISPATCHES | The United States of Ferguson

08/18/14 | By | More

In many similar cases poverty, not color, is the villain. Ever watch that nauseating television series Cops?

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Learn About Your Forest at Aug. 19 Workshop

We are not necessarily immune to the shocking increase in mortality hitting our forests.

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DISPATCHES|Rally Around the Flag

08/14/14 | By | More

Is Schultheis the only American repulsed by those television ads using our veterans to sell?

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SPORTS WATCH | When Just Another Night at the Track Turns Tragic

08/13/14 | By | 49 More

Did he throttle his car to give Ward a scare? Or did he throttle the car simply to begin a turn?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Sunday’s the Mushroom Parade

08/12/14 | By | 43 More

Welcome to the zaniest, wackiest, if also entirely serious 33rd (or maybe the 34th) Telluride Mushroom Festival.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Gunnison Basin Contributes to State Water Plan Debate

None of the eight natural basins has discovered a big pool of unused water to resolve the metropolitan gap.

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RAISING ELLE | Maybe Our Kids Are Over-Stimulated Because Their Parents Are

08/06/14 | By | More

You don’t have to be a scientist to understand that meaningful engagement with your children is good for their development.

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SPORTS WATCH | A Look Back at the Good Ol’ Days for the Rockies

08/06/14 | By | More

Thank you MLB.com At Bat app. You’ve helped me remember how much hope and positive feeling I had for this year’s Rockies, only to be let down yet again.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Marmot Hitchhikes to Olathe

GUEST COMMENTARY | Marmot Hitchhikes to Olathe

The marmot climbed up into the vehicle, probably into the engine compartment, and made a long hot trip of over 70 miles.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Scalia’s Conservative Spin Charms Defense Attorneys

08/04/14 | By | More

Goodtimes hopes that text is never king.

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KOTO | ‘Perhaps It Is Time to Focus on Radio Programming’

08/01/14 | By | 46 More
KOTO | ‘Perhaps It Is Time to Focus on Radio Programming’

‘Ms. Lamberson concludes with the point that professional change has been brought to KOTO by the ED, citing compliance issues with regulatory agencies and broadcasting companies, which I applaud.’

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GUEST COMMENTARY | KOTO Made the Right Decision

Former KOTO Executive Director Beth Lamberson Warren says Ride organizers did not get “authorization by the artists, their management and in some cases whoever holds their publishing rights,” making it impossible for KOTO to live broadcast the festival.

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SPORTS WATCH | Goodell’s Lack of Strong Leadership Grounds for Firing

07/30/14 | By | More

The current perception of the N.F.L. is the reality. And the reality in the N.F.L. right now is that it doesn’t seem to care much if its players hit women.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Reality Check on Regional Recycling (Part II)

Personally committing to recycle all possible products is a very important step, but recycling is an energy-intensive process.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Sound Financial Thinking

07/28/14 | By | More

“I feel compelled to defend KOTO’s decision to not broadcast The Ride Festival,” writes KOTO stalwart Suzanne Cheavens, a veteran of more than 20 KOTO Live Broadcasts,.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Visiting Dolores’s Chinese Mtns

07/28/14 | By | More

Hanging with Rio Coyotl and Gregorio, the next talking gourds and meeting Scott Armentrout.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | What’s Going on at KOTO Community Radio?

KOTO has suffered through a period of division and discord. It’s time to get back on track and return to being the glue that helps hold this community together.

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SPORTS WATCH | Gunny Gorge Fishing Is Better Than Ever

07/22/14 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Gunny Gorge Fishing Is Better Than Ever

Don’t let anyone tell you that the Gunnison Gorge’s fishing was ruined by the high water flows.

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Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser’s State of the Town Address

Fraser highlights Telluride’s progress over the past six months.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Have You Read Your Piketty Yet?

07/21/14 | By | More

Inherited wealth is outpacing growth in the economy and its one of the nation’s biggest issues.

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SPORTS WATCH | LeBron’s Decision Is Heartwarming…For Now.

07/16/14 | By | More

A lot can happen over the next two years.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Trying to Limit Needless Regulations

07/15/14 | By | More

Truth be told, Goodtimes heard support for new regs in the East End and only opposition in the West End.

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SPORTS WATCH | Will Sleeping Beauty’s $10 Million Lawsuit Work?

07/09/14 | By | More

I doubt Rector will see a full $10 million out of this but you never know in this country.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Pondering the Complexities of Marriage

07/07/14 | By | More

Old memories and future ones – family get-togethers are great for that …

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RAISING ELLE | Being Present in the Moments That Make Up My Life

07/02/14 | By | More

I’m the epitome of today’s working parent: Master Multi-Tasker.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Stalking the Wild Carnotite

07/02/14 | By | More

While I’m personally opposed to America’s pursuit of nuclear power, as is the Green Party I belong to, I’m also a realist.

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SPORTS WATCH | Next Time, U.S. Needs to Come Out and Be the Aggressor

07/02/14 | By | More

Now it’s time the U.S. team takes another step forward and remove that underdog stigma from its program.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Reality Check on Regional Recycling

06/29/14 | By | More

Ever wonder where your recycling goes?

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LOCAL PERSPECTIVE | (Nothing but) Condos

06/27/14 | By | More

One of the interesting things about bad land use decisions is that, after they go into effect, nobody can see what isn’t there.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Ute Elder to Speak at Library on June 27

06/25/14 | By | More

The apology has been a long time coming. About 133 years to be exact.

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SPORTS WATCH | Tough Tie Against Portugal Will Keep U.S. Focused

06/25/14 | By | More

Yes, the Portugal tie sucked, but in the long run, it will help the U.S. keep their focus.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Ridgway Dam Now Producing Clean Power

The power generated by Ridgway Dam will vary seasonally, with peak generation coinciding with large summer releases of water to downstream irrigators.

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EDITORIAL RANT | Montrose County’s Public Relations Problem

06/23/14 | By | More

I am not saying they’ve done anything illegal but they certainly haven’t done things that help keep public discontent off their back.

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LOCAL PERSPECTIVE | Why Fox News at the Montrose Airport?

06/20/14 | By | More

I wonder if the airport administration or the county, which owns the airport, wants to offend me.

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SPORTS WATCH | Unsexy, Team-First Basketball a Championship Formula

06/17/14 | By | More

Duncan, unlike LeBron, is not the Spurs’ one-man-show and that’s why they are so good.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Quick Picking and High Peaks

06/17/14 | By | More

Welcome festival-goers. This is one of Telluride’s biggest weekends of the year.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Deep Pockets Downriver?

The Bureau of Reclamation is required to attempt to meet these flows as stated by the Record of Decision, however there are no consequences for not meeting them.

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UP BEAR CREEK | No California Dreaming for Now

06/14/14 | By | More

A blown gasket puts end end to plans to drive to San Francisco.

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SPORTS WATCH | No Need to Cheapen Triple Crown With Rule Changes

06/13/14 | By | More

What makes the Triple Crown so special is that it’s nearly impossible to win.

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RAISING ELLE | Still in Love, After 65 Years

06/06/14 | By | More

Martinique Davis and her daughters visits her grandparents, just before their 65th wedding anniversary.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Lost in the Tubercentric Soil

06/06/14 | By | More

Instead of several pounds of potato varieties, Wright’s Mesa spuds man Art Goodtimes is going to stick with his Survival Red.

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SPORTS WATCH | June a Make or Break Month for the Slumping Rockies

06/05/14 | By | More

It’s time for Walt Weiss to turn this team around, or he should find another place to go.

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LOCAL PERSPECTIVE | When Bad Zoning Happens to Good Towns

06/04/14 | By | More

If we don’t move in a reasonable direction, and instead call the developers’ bluff once again, the vulgar term may not be strong enough to describe what happens next.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | ‘Goodbye to All That’

05/31/14 | By | More

After nearly four decades of living in San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose counties, Peter and Ellen Shelton are moving to Oregon.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Great Movies and Great Rainfall – Spring at Its Best

05/30/14 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Great Movies and Great  Rainfall – Spring at Its Best

The theme for Mountainfilm this year was a call to action.

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SPORTS WATCH | It’s Time for Redskins to Find a New Name Already

05/29/14 | By | More

Believe me, the change must come at some point. Why not now?

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FROM THE LINKS | Getting to Know Your Shape

05/29/14 | By | More

Most golfers should develop a consistent shot pattern.

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LOCAL PERSPECTIVE | Breaking the Rules

05/27/14 | By | More

How did this purportedly progressive town, progressive at least in its own mind, end up so profoundly conservative in its actions?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Cruising Into Summer With Telluride Mountainfilm 2014

05/23/14 | By | More

Stop by the Mason’s Hall over Timberline Ace Hardware on Main Street, where Art Goodtimes is emceeing for Mountainfilm.

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SPORTS WATCH | A Breath of Fresh Air Coming in Belmont Stakes

05/22/14 | By | More

California Chrome will become the next Triple Crown winner, and it will all happen because of a strip across his nose.

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SPORTS WATCH | Firing Successful Head Coaches Is Simply Stupid

05/19/14 | By | More

Joe Lacob’s decision to fire Mark Jackson over personality differences is stupid. He will realize the error of his ways. The fans and the players already know it.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Territory Ahead

05/15/14 | By | More

Ellen and I just returned from a month in Bend, Oregon, a month spent tearing the insides out of a downtown 1950s bungalow, and sleeping in the guest room at daughter Cloe’s place. She and her husband, Adam, and the two grandkids are the big reasons we’re moving to Bend. They’re all for it. They’re […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY | A Case Against Waivers

05/14/14 | By | More

Former Telluride Mayor Amy Levek says, “Variety in design – shape, size, how a building looks or fits on a lot – is good planning. It makes a place more interesting.”

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UP BEAR CREEK | WEBA Hosts First Meeting in Norwood

05/08/14 | By | More

Any cyclists out there are encouraged to attend an organizing meeting on Tuesday, May 13, at the Gordon Glockson building in Norwood.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Save the White Fir, Douglas Fir, by Acting Now

05/08/14 | By | More

Action time has arrived for those who want to try and save our White Fir and Douglas Fir trees from the beetle invasion.

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FROM THE LINKS | Focus More on Speed Than Line

05/07/14 | By | More

“Stay below the hole!” is a phrase often associated with almost every golf course we all play.

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SPORTS WATCH | Despite Their History, Can Rox Continue to Win?

05/07/14 | By | More

The Rockies are off to a great start, which generally means a disappointing season. Can Colorado buck their own losing trend?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Turning Back the Clock on Dolores River Protections?

05/02/14 | By | More

The Commission is holding worksessions to see if they can find a compromise that the Montezuma Commissioners will agree to.

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RAISING ELLE | When Both Parents Work, Whose Job Is More Important?

05/02/14 | By | More

A coworker’s wife and I were recently discussing the challenges of having both a career and a family…

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SPORTS WATCH | Silver Does What’s Right, Drops Hammer on Sterling

05/01/14 | By | More

If the Clippers could somehow win an N.B.A. championship and hold that trophy while Sterling looks on from whatever cave he is in, that seems like it would be another dose of sweet justice as well.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | ‘Hard-Fought, Difficult and Not Universally Popular’ Action Afoot in Ridgway Schools

We sincerely wish Ms. Gomez, Mr. Hobbs, and Mr. Williams continued success in whatever new endeavors they choose to pursue.

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SPORTS WATCH | Bills Fans Need to Be Careful What They Ask For

04/28/14 | By | More

If keeping the Bills in Buffalo meant a Trump makeover, would it be worth it?

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Water Returns to the Colorado River Delta

For the first time in many years, the Colorado River is flowing through its historic delta to the sea as a result of an intentional release by water managers.

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FROM THE LINKS | A Classic Book to Use

04/25/14 | By | More

My favorite book written about golf is Ben Hogan’s Five Fundamentals – The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Off-Season Thrills and Trills

04/25/14 | By | More

Towards the end of her life, Dolores LaChapelle began to dislike the word “deep;” no doubt she’d picked up on a dissonant connotation as the New Age High Church version of “wow.”

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Water Management in Colorado

District 58 Rep. Don Coram writes, “As Colorado’s population steadily increases, effective water management practices only increase in importance.”

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UP BEAR CREEK | Traveling Kids, Cellared Wines, 9 Lives, Report From the Andes

04/21/14 | By | More

It’s a bit lonely at Cloud Acre, as my boy has taken advantage of a generous invitation to visit Hawaii during his spring break.

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SPORTS WATCH | Who Knew Roy Could Turn the Avs Around So Fast?

04/17/14 | By | More

Yes, playoff hockey is back in Colorado, and there’s plenty to look forward to here in Avalanche country as the National Hockey League playoffs get underway this week.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Water Plan Process Gets Scrutiny in Gunnison County

04/17/14 | By | More

The next meeting of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable takes place Monday, June 2, at 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose, and precedes a “State of the River” informational event.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Gunnison Basin Plan Focuses on Value of Agricultural Water

04/16/14 | By | More

Current efforts to develop a Colorado Water Plan have been largely driven by a large projected gap between urban water needs and developed supplies, but Gunnison Basin water planners focus on the gap between agricultural needs and developed supplies.

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SPORTS WATCH | How Long Will Dodgers Have Patience With Puig?

04/14/14 | By | More

The young Cuban phenomenon is turning out to be a real wild card of a player for Los Angeles.

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FROM THE LINKS | On the Golf Course, Try Hitting at 80 Percent

04/10/14 | By | More

When was the last time you hit a bad golf shot and said to yourself, “I tried to kill it!”

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UP BEAR CREEK | A Look at the Fruita Model of Combined Library/Rec Center

04/10/14 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | A Look at the Fruita Model of Combined Library/Rec Center

Drove past the Paonia Reservoir other day and was shocked at how dry it was.

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RAISING ELLE | Simple Tasks at My Father’s Bed and Breakfast

04/09/14 | By | More

“Some of the apple should stick out just a little,” he said, treating the slippery slices with care. I rolled another, making sure to follow his instructions.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | A Look Back at Old-School Irrigation Efficiency

04/08/14 | By | More

Remembering a time when the efficient ongoing use of the agricultural water rights ensured that those rights would not be abandoned.

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SPORTS WATCH | The Players Play and the N.C.A.A. Makes the Money

04/07/14 | By | More

The players want their cut of the action. The education isn’t enough. I can’t say I blame the players. I would want my cut too. The N.C.A.A.’s game is up.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Back From a Visit to the Roaring Fork

04/07/14 | By | More

Introducing Jason Holder, a clever young top-down, bottom-up poet…

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LOCAL PERSPECTIVE | Rules Are Rules, Except When…

04/03/14 | By | More

Four Corners braves the conundrum of Telluride zoning rules.

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UP BEAR CREEK | April I the Start to National Poetry Month

03/31/14 | By | More

It’s National Poetry Month; celebrate it with Jack Mueller, currently of Log Hill Village but one-time denizen of North Beach, and the beat SF poetry scene.

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SPORTS WATCH | March Madness: A Time to Be a Basketball Expert

03/28/14 | By | More

There’s nothing better than meticulously filling out a bracket and then having it, for the most part, work in your favor.

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RISK AVERSE | Get High, Get a DUI?

03/27/14 | By | More
RISK AVERSE | Get High, Get a DUI?

Colorado won’t judge you, nor will it take your opinion of just how great your driving abilities are when you’re stoned.

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TIPS FROM THE PROS | Skiing With Your Kids

03/26/14 | By | More

Over-terraining your kids can happen in every level of skiing. Here a few tips that might help you make the right decision.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | The Positive Impact of Volunteerism

In the last minute of STS9’s Peaceblaster album, an unidentified young woman’s speech is featured, in which she states, “There is only hope through action. No one changed the world by sitting on their couch wishing that someone would do something…stop hoping for action and be action.” This simple, almost random excerpt interjected at the […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Karen Chamberlain Poetry Fest March 28-30

03/24/14 | By | More

Valerie Haugen and Lon Winston’s Thunder River Theatre of Carbondale will be hosting the fourth annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival honoring the memory of a revered Roaring Fork poet and friend of Telluride.

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SPORTS WATCH | Can Phil Jackson Work His Zen Magic in New York?

03/20/14 | By | More

I could care less about the New York Knicks but I will be completely infatuated in seeing if Phil can work his magic on yet another elite NBA team.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Timor Spears and Mammograms

03/17/14 | By | More

From trans fats to mammograms, why do we still believe in “science”?

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TIPS FROM THE PROS | Don’t Be Square

03/17/14 | By | More

Most skiers end their turns out of balance, in the “backseat,” bracing against the outside ski.

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SPORTS WATCH | So Long, Champ, You Always Lived Up to Your Name

03/13/14 | By | More

I, for one, completely understand the decision but at the same time think it’s a shame Bailey couldn’t play just one more season in Denver.

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SPORTS WATCH | What to Expect From the Perfect Host in Colorado

03/12/14 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | What to Expect From the Perfect Host in Colorado

Are open displays of weed and weed paraphernalia now a part of our hosting norm here in Colorado?

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RAISING ELLE | Parenting Brings Memories Good and Bad to the Fore

03/12/14 | By | More

Martinique Davis wonders, of a troubling time in childhood, “if it’s fair for me to continue to keep these snapshots of my existence hidden from my children?”

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SKI TIPS | Skiing Outside the Box

03/10/14 | By | More

What separates the advanced skier from the expert skier?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Robyn Hunt’s First Book

02/16/14 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Robyn Hunt’s First Book

The Shape of Caught Water (Red Mountain Press, Santa Fe, 2013) may be a first book, but it’s not the product of youthful practice.

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SPORTS WATCH | Breaking Barriers, Michael Sam Now the Focus of 2014 N.F.L Draft

02/14/14 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Breaking Barriers, Michael Sam Now the Focus of 2014 N.F.L Draft

Michael Sam was brave to come out. What team is going to be brave enough to select Sam in the 2014 draft?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Honoring an Unsung Hero

02/08/14 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Honoring an Unsung Hero

We sometimes forget to thank folks like Gary Moore– our snowplow drivers, deputies, firefighters and emergency first responders, so, let me say it – gratitude to Gary and all our region’s unsung heroes and heroines.

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SPORTS WATCH | Fox ‘Angervision’ Caused Denver’s Super Bowl Loss

02/06/14 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Fox ‘Angervision’ Caused Denver’s Super Bowl Loss

It was awkward to go from the pregame conversation to questions about Benghazi then back to the field for more pregame football conversation.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Paonia Poets come for Talking Gourds

02/02/14 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Paonia Poets come for Talking Gourds

Kudos to the Rico Hotel for providing cannabis-friendly rooms.

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SPORTS WATCH | Could Marijuana Come to the N.F.L.’s Rescue?

01/30/14 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Could Marijuana Come to the N.F.L.’s Rescue?

Is it just a coincidence that both football teams playing in the Super Bowl hail come from towns that have legalized the use of recreational marijuana? Maybe it’s time for the N.F.L. to endorse marijuana use for injured players.

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UP BEAR CREEK | In Memory of Frick Burden

01/27/14 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | In Memory of Frick Burden

Purchases of All-Faith Bracelets made by Tibetan refugees in Dharmasala will be split between the Tibetans who made the yak bone “conscious” jewelry and a fund in memory of Frick Burden.

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SPORTS WATCH | Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl Going to Be Ugly Following Preseason Matchup

01/23/14 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl Going to Be Ugly Following Preseason Matchup

Make no mistake about it, this Super Bowl is going to be nasty and it’s the Denver Broncos who will be leading the charge.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Keeping an Eye on the Feds

01/19/14 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Keeping an Eye on the Feds

The Federal Government is changing its rules on flood insurance.

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SPORTS WATCH | Kiffin Hire Marks Beginning of End for Crimson Tide

01/16/14 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH |  Kiffin Hire Marks Beginning of End for Crimson Tide

The Kiffin experiment failed in U.S.C. and I believe it’s going to fail at Alabama, even if it is under the auspices of one Nick Saban.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Hot Pot. Sage Feds? And Some Bon Mots.

01/13/14 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Hot Pot. Sage Feds? And Some Bon Mots.

Thoughts on pot spoofs, the first day of marijuana sales and hyphens.

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SPORTS WATCH | Nuggets’ Experiment With Coach Shaw Isn’t Working

01/12/14 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Nuggets’ Experiment With Coach Shaw Isn’t Working

Denver was an up-and-coming team just one season ago. Now, it seems like a team in need of rebuilding from the ground up.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Fine-tuning a New World Calendar

01/02/14 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Fine-tuning a New World Calendar

Forget 2014. My new calendar date for this year is 15014 NW (New World calendar).

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UP BEAR CREEK | Some Benefited From Federal Shutdown

12/29/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Some Benefited From  Federal Shutdown

From what we heard in the media, the government shutdown was the bane of the tourist industry. Collectively, millions were lost, right?

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SPORTS WATCH | Colorado’s College Football Favorite: CU Out, CSU In?

12/26/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Colorado’s College Football Favorite: CU Out, CSU In?

Could the Colorado State University Rams become Colorado’s college football team? If the Rams continue in the direction they are headed, maybe so.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Naming Our Peaks

12/22/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Naming Our Peaks

You gotta love Jeff Burch’s new self-published soft-cover coffee-table gem, The Peaks of Telluride (available at Between the Covers).

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SPORTS WATCH | Make No Mistake, Mike Shanahan Can Still Coach

12/19/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Make No Mistake, Mike Shanahan Can Still Coach

I still believe Shanahan is one of the best offensive coaching minds in the N.F.L. At the same time, he seems spiteful. He has a chip on his shoulder.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Elaine Fischer Is Held in Our Hearts

12/16/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Elaine Fischer Is Held in Our Hearts

We hold Elaine Fischer in our hearts as she battles a challenging illness.

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SPORTS WATCH | Please, Say Peyton Can’t Win in the Cold Again

12/12/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Please, Say Peyton Can’t Win in the Cold Again

We are at a point in the season where if the Broncos are in a cold game, it almost invites Peyton to silence his critics.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Could Fungal Yeast Kill the World’s Most Invasive Species?

12/07/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Could Fungal Yeast  Kill the World’s Most  Invasive Species?

Could mushrooms turn against us? And a traditional tea ceremony in New Mexico…

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SPORTS WATCH | Nick Saban’s Value Dropped With Iron Bowl Loss

12/05/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Nick Saban’s Value Dropped With Iron Bowl Loss

If you ask me, Saban isn’t worth top-dollar, like people think he is. I wonder if the University of Alabama athletics department is questioning his pay scale now, as well.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Giving Thanks And Being Sad

12/01/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Giving Thanks And Being Sad

While we give thanks for many opportunities Americans receive, it’s hard to ignore the assassinations that continue with drone attacks.

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SPORTS WATCH | Two Turning Points That Led to the Broncos Disaster

11/28/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Two Turning Points That Led to the Broncos Disaster

Sunday night’s loss left such a bad taste in Denver’s mouth, I like the Broncos chances in a rematch in the playoffs.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Conferencing With Quivira

11/23/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Conferencing With Quivira

“Keep an eye out for Courtney White when he comes to Telluride. I think we will have a lot of information to share.”

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SPORTS WATCH | Coach O Is Now the Big Name U.S.C. Needs at Its Helm

11/21/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Coach O Is Now the Big Name U.S.C. Needs at Its Helm

As Coach O has now proven at U.S.C., if you give a lineman a cookie, he’ll block for you.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Honoring Ed Quillen & Attending the Quivira Coalition meet in Albuquerque

11/16/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Honoring Ed Quillen & Attending the Quivira Coalition meet in Albuquerque

‘I’m honored to have been invited to be a reader of one of Ed Quillen’s columns at a memorial.’

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SPORTS WATCH | Incognito/Martin Scandal Blown Out of Proportion

11/14/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Incognito/Martin Scandal Blown Out of Proportion

In the end, we will find that Martin was simply done with football and that’s the story. Now I owe a Boston fan a bottle of single malt.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Working Through the On/Off Season

11/09/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Working Through the On/Off Season

Remembering Lynn Hoyt.

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SPORTS WATCH | Glad I Was on the River During the Fall Classic

11/07/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Glad I Was on the River During the Fall Classic

Jarvis is glad he was out of touch during “a painful World Series.”

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SPORTS WATCH I Still Can’t Understand the George Karl Firing

10/28/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH I Still Can’t Understand the George Karl Firing

I’m still not over the George Karl firing and it still doesn’t make sense to me.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Courtney White to Speak Tues., Oct. 28

10/24/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Courtney White to Speak Tues., Oct. 28

CARBON RANCH … BALLOT MEASURES … GET ME OUT OF JAIL … DRONES …

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SPORTS WATCH | N.F.L. Continues to Expand Its Money-Making Empire

10/19/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | N.F.L. Continues to Expand Its Money-Making Empire

From more games in London to mandatory “Hard Knocks” the N.F.L. keeps giving us what we want, whether we know it or not.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Sheep Mtn. Alliance Turns 25

10/19/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Sheep Mtn. Alliance Turns 25

SMA turns 25 – although, ironically, Sheep Mountain isn’t in San Miguel County, or even the San Miguel River watershed.

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LOCAL PERSPECTIVE | Should Local Voters Try to Regulate Fuels That Make Us Sick?

10/12/13 | By | More

Society has the right to regulate dangerous substances. But do sugar and carbon qualify? And can it be done locally?

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UP BEAR CREEK | An Appropriate Timeline for A North American Calendar

10/12/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | An Appropriate Timeline for A North American Calendar

The Gregorian calendar of the European tradition, derived from the Graeco-Roman Julian calendar, seems totally Old World and irrelevant to any clear biologically based system of dating.

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SPORTS WATCH | Shutdown Violates our Eighth Amendment Rights

10/10/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Shutdown Violates our Eighth Amendment Rights

We live in sad times.

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SPORTS WATCH | Thank You, Todd, for 17 Wonderful Years of Memories

10/05/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Thank You, Todd, for 17 Wonderful Years of Memories

I’d say a Denver Broncos Super Bowl XLVIII championship ring with a No. 17 studded in diamonds would be just about the right payback for all Todd Helton has done.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Death Stalked Poets Last Month

10/03/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Death Stalked Poets Last Month

Revered Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor was among the victims in last weekend’s shootings in Kenya.

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SPORTS WATCH | Good or Bad, the Undefeated Conversation Is Underway

09/28/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Good or Bad, the Undefeated Conversation Is Underway

Generally, just three weeks into a season is way, way too early to start talking of an undefeated season. In Denver, however, it’s hard not to dream about it.

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UP BEAR CREEK | America’s Dirty Secrets

09/26/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | America’s Dirty Secrets

Goodtimes writes, “I believe Bradley Manning is such an individual, and I think history will vindicate Manning’s actions. As it will the actions of Edward Snowden.”

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UP BEAR CREEK | Walter Echo-Hawk Slated for Keynote

09/21/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Walter Echo-Hawk Slated for Keynote

Headwaters 24 keynote speaker will be Native-American Rights Attorney Walter Echo-Hawk.

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SPORTS WATCH | As a Football Coach, Lane Kiffin Is a Fraud

09/14/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | As a Football Coach, Lane Kiffin Is a Fraud

I would say Lane Kiffin plays a good football coach but he’s no real football coach.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Tag-teaming With Peter Shelton

09/12/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Tag-teaming With Peter Shelton

A fond farewell to compatriot Peter Shelton, who turned in final View to the West weekly column last week.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Thank You, Dear Readers

09/10/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Thank You, Dear Readers

After 27 years, the columnist is moving on.

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SPORTS WATCH | With Football, the Demand Outweighs Health Effects

09/08/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | With Football, the Demand Outweighs Health Effects

Where does the game of football go now, after last week’s N.F.L. settlement?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Film Is the Poetry of the Age

09/02/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Film Is the Poetry of the Age

Spuds trump FilmFest.

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SPORTS WATCH | Ryan’s Decision to Play Sanchez May Just Be Brilliant

08/31/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Ryan’s Decision to Play Sanchez May Just Be Brilliant

It may be time for Gino Smith, despite his youthfulness, to take the leadership role of the Jets and lead them to greatness.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Old Ridgway Bijou

08/28/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Old Ridgway Bijou

As the 40th Telluride Film Festival nears, memories of its early days.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Slam! Bam! Thank You, Ma’am

08/26/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Slam! Bam! Thank You, Ma’am

Do not miss Telluride Theatre’s dazzling ‘Cult of Dionysus.’

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SPORTS WATCH | A-Roid Needs to Put a Sock in It for His Own Good

08/24/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | A-Roid Needs to Put a Sock in It for His Own Good

Monday’s Today Show debacle between host Matt Lauer and A-Rod’s attorney was TV gold.

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DISPATCHES | The Press Strikes Again

08/22/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Press Strikes Again

No wonder the American press is taking a pass on the real story in Egypt, which is our nation’s collusion with the fanatical murderous cult of Wahabbism, and the wealthy Saudis who fund it.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Shroomers in the San Juans

08/19/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Shroomers in the San Juans

Welcome, fungophiles, to what started out as a conference on wild mushrooms and has now evolved into a full-on festival.

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SPORTS WATCH | Preseason NFL Football Is a Pointless Rip-off

08/17/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Preseason NFL Football Is a Pointless Rip-off

For the fans, NFL preseason football is a rip-off in the highest degree imaginable.

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DISPATCHES | ‘Greedy Gun Manufacturers’ Are the Problem

08/15/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | ‘Greedy Gun Manufacturers’ Are the Problem

Schultheis addresses the letter complaining about Colorado’s gun control stance in the Aug. 1 edition of The Watch.

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UP BEAR CREEK | CP&W Says No to Alpine Rangers

08/12/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | CP&W Says No to Alpine Rangers

Why won’t the Colorado Parks & Wildlife department fund the joint Ouray-Telluride Alpine Ranger program (or the Hinsdale-Ouray-Hinsdale Alpine Loop Ranger)?

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SPORTS WATCH | On an Almost Empty Tank, A-Rod Faces His Future

08/10/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | On an Almost Empty Tank, A-Rod Faces His Future

The A-Rod fiasco: You can’t dream a script that’s better.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Need for Speed

08/08/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Need for Speed

Remembering the speed skiing championships on Velocity Peak outside Silverton in the early 1980s.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Historian Howard Greager Dies

08/05/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Historian Howard Greager Dies

San Miguel County lost its best storyteller and cowboy historian with the passing of Howard Greager.

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SPORTS WATCH | What’s There Not to Like About Johnny Football?

08/03/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | What’s There Not to Like About Johnny Football?

Manziel could go home every night at 5 p.m. to study tape, do pushups and eat all his vegetables. Or he could go get rowdy in New Orleans for a night. I prefer the guy who spent the night in New Orleans.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Ballad of Bailey

08/01/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Ballad of Bailey

Purchased new in 1977, a deep-blue Jeep pickup grows paler (and rustier) by the season.

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UP BEAR CREEK | From Drought to Monsoon

07/29/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | From Drought to Monsoon

It takes a community to surf the ups and downs of life in the rural West.

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SPORTS WATCH | Miller the Latest in Broncos Offseason Blunders

07/27/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Miller the Latest in Broncos Offseason Blunders

The 2012/2014 National Football League season can’t come any sooner for those of us in Bronco Country.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Sporting Life

07/25/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Sporting Life

So-called action sports evolved in tandem with the decline of empire and the revolutions of the 20th century.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Taking a Step Back for a Bit

07/22/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Taking a Step Back for a Bit

Losing an intimate necessitates taking a step back.

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SPORTS WATCH | Will Baseball Ape NASCAR, or Go Zero Tolerance?

07/20/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Will Baseball Ape NASCAR, or Go Zero Tolerance?

Selig should decide if baseball should be a clean sport where cheating is never tolerated or if it is going to be a sport like NASCAR, where if you aren’t caught cheating, then you really aren’t trying.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Tales of the Monsoon

07/18/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST |  Tales of the Monsoon

When monsoon season arrives at last, the result is not always temperate.

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UP BEAR CREEK | A Tiger Mosquito Sighting at Cloud Acre?

07/15/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | A Tiger Mosquito Sighting at Cloud Acre?

Goodtimes saw a a striped mosquito on my forearm while working in the Cloud Acre spud patch several weeks ago.

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SPORTS WATCH | Lakers’ Future Darkens With Howard’s Departure

07/14/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Lakers’ Future Darkens With Howard’s Departure

The center made a quick and deliberate decision this time, indicating what he sees as a bleak future for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Into the Mystic

07/12/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Into the Mystic

The death of solo hiker Randy Udall touches more than family.

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DISPATCHES | The Saddest July Fifth I Can Remember

07/11/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Saddest July Fifth I Can Remember

In the past 12 years, we have seen our freedoms tossed away like so much garbage because of a single terrorist attack by a tiny group of deranged psychopaths.

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SPORTS WATCH | Giving Us the Piece of Puig We So Richly Deserve

07/05/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Giving Us the Piece of Puig We So Richly Deserve

I want to watch Dodger games on a regular basis now just because of Puig and I am not alone here.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Cowboy And the Mountain Biker

07/05/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Cowboy And the Mountain Biker

An incident along the South Canal illustrates a cultural divide.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Riding the Reading Bandwagon

07/05/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Riding the Reading Bandwagon

Here are a few books that have captivated columnist Art Goodtimes recently.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | An American Abroad, Part Drei

06/29/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | An American Abroad, Part Drei

Homesickness doesn’t erase the foreignness of a foreign exchange.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Celebrating a Kind Woman

06/25/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Celebrating a Kind Woman

Remembering Mary Faery Thursday, June 27, at Two Candles, 7 p.m.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Reconsidering Electroshock?

06/24/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Reconsidering Electroshock?

A University of Oxford study suggests mini-electroshocks to the brain, delivered painlessly to the forehead of some 25 students, improved their math skills.

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SPORTS WATCH | Colorado Rockies So Far a Pleasant Surprise

06/21/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Colorado Rockies So Far a Pleasant Surprise

Here we won more than 70 games into the season, and the Colorado Rockies couldn’t be more of a pleasant surprise, at least for now.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | An American Abroad, Part Zwei

06/20/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | An American Abroad, Part Zwei

Rattlesnake-venom, the Vietnam war, and Peter, Paul and Mary all played a role in the author’s first experience overseas.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | An American Abroad

06/15/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | An American Abroad

Perspective is hard to come by when you are a 16-year-old exchange student.

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SPORTS WATCH | The Nuggets Will Regret Firing Coach George Karl

06/15/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | The Nuggets Will Regret Firing Coach George Karl

The implosion of the Denver Nuggets organization is well underway following the firing of coach George Karl last week.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Weddings of All Sorts Being Celebrated

06/10/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Weddings of All Sorts Being Celebrated

Weddings, Cloud Acre spuds and the upcoming Rainbow gathering.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Words of Wisdom From the Young

06/10/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK |  Words of Wisdom From the Young

Columnist Art Goodtimes offers thanks to the Telluride graduating class of 2013 for the insights they provided in their senior essays.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Fight on Everest

06/08/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Fight on Everest

On the 50th anniversary of the first successful American team on Mount Everest, did Mountainfilm’s special guests talk about “the fight?”

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SPORTS WATCH | Heat-Spurs Matchup Should Be a Finals Worth Watching

06/06/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Heat-Spurs Matchup Should Be a Finals Worth Watching

The Finals matchup between the old (Spurs) and kind of young (Heat) looks to be a gem.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Dogs Of Nucla

06/02/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Dogs Of Nucla

Twenty-one years ago, Nucla tried to bust out of its economic doldrums with a competitive prairie dog shoot.

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UP BEAR CREEK | A Wedding in Port Townsend

06/02/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | A Wedding in Port Townsend

Pre-wedding porter testing with the Rosenthals…

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SPORTS WATCH | With Its Roy Hire, the Avalanche Are Relevant Again

06/02/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | With Its Roy Hire, the Avalanche Are Relevant Again

With the hiring of Patrick Roy as head coach, I think I’ll jump on that bandwagon right now.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Mountainfilm Brings the Right Stuff to Telluride

05/26/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Mountainfilm Brings the Right Stuff to Telluride

A hearty “Excelsior!” to all filmgoers, as I will miss this year’s festivities.

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SPORTS WATCH | Instant Replay in Baseball Is the Beginning of the End

05/25/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Instant Replay in Baseball Is the Beginning of the End

I say let’s learn from all those Terminator movies we have been forced to sit through all these years and keep instant replay out of Major League Baseball, for now.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | In the Beginning . . .

05/23/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | In the Beginning . . .

As Mountainfilm in Telluride celebrates its 35th anniversary, the author recalls moments from the early years.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Springtime in the Rockies

05/19/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Springtime in the Rockies

It’s mud season but it doesn’t mean things are slow. Thoughts on water, cannabis, a supposed war against the West End and drone strikes.

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SPORTS WATCH | A Wimpy Villain Now, But Derrick Rose Will Rise Again

05/18/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | A Wimpy Villain Now, But Derrick Rose Will Rise Again

Despite participating in practice and pregame shoot-arounds, Chicago’s star guard Derrick Rose continues to sit; it’s the main reason the Bulls probably aren’t going to go to the third round of the playoffs.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Grand Old Game

05/16/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Grand Old Game

Montrose hosted round one of the state baseball tournament and came through with two wins to advance to the quarterfinals.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Telluride Sinks Joint RTA

05/13/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Telluride Sinks Joint RTA

Fear of future gondola financing has led the town council members to bury their heads in the sand. It’s a shame.

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SPORTS WATCH | George Karl Can Coach the Nuggets as Long as He Wants

05/11/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | George Karl Can Coach the Nuggets as Long as He Wants

As far as I am concerned, we Denver fans should be lucky enough to have Karl come back next year to coach this team.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Before Civil Unions, A Gay Takeover

05/08/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Before Civil Unions, A Gay Takeover

In tiny Alpine County, Calif., gays once attempted a political takeover.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Windshield Visions

05/06/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Windshield Visions

Sometimes road visions stick in the mind as tenaciously as the family at the end of the drive.

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UP BEAR CREEK | SF Magical Mystery Tour II

05/04/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | SF Magical Mystery Tour II

A poem by Lito Tejada-Flores poem remembering Jim Davidson…

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SPORTS WATCH | Red Wings, Raiders, Dodgers and Now, the Warriors

05/02/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Red Wings, Raiders, Dodgers and Now, the Warriors

After watching the first five games of this first-round playoff series between the Nuggets and the Warriors, I have found a hatred for Golden State I never knew I had.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Doing the Nostalgia Thing

04/29/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Doing the Nostalgia Thing

This week, Goodtimes writes of his recent visit to San Francisco: “I had the good fortune to come of age in the most vibrant city in America during its counter-cultural apex.”

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The House That Hubris Built

04/27/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The House That Hubris Built

The visual impact of “the house on the hill,” as it has come to be called here in Ouray County, would be difficult to overstate. It juts out over the valley of the Uncompahgre like a codpiece.

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SPORTS WATCH | Will Dwight Howard Ever Become Dwight Howard Again?

04/25/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Will Dwight Howard Ever Become Dwight Howard Again?

Basically the Lakers got their asses handed to them by the Spurs 91-79 because Dwight Howard couldn’t be the post up big man he’s supposed to be.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Back Where I Started From

04/21/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Back Where I Started From

A reader writes in, in defense of the Catholic Church.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Drought Happens

04/20/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Drought Happens

Colorado’s drought is in its second consecutive year, and the prognosis is not good.

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SPORTS WATCH | In Boston: The Stories That Will Be Retold

04/17/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | In Boston: The Stories That Will Be Retold

It’s a grim reality that all-too-often these days we must witness the worst aspects human nature in order to see the best.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | April Showers Bring…Déjà vu

04/15/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | April Showers Bring…Déjà vu

A big spring snowstorm right after the ski area closes? It’s par for the course.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Aaron Abeyta: Western Slope Poet Laureate

04/15/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Aaron Abeyta: Western Slope Poet Laureate

Aaron Abeyta Named Western Slope Poet Laureate in Carbondale Festival

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SPORTS WATCH | Where Did All the Miami Heat Goons Come From?

04/13/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Where Did All the Miami Heat Goons Come From?

The New York Knicks, sadly, are our only hope for keeping the Heat from reaching the NBA Finals.

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SPORTS WATCH | Where Did All the Miami Heat Goons Come From?

04/11/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Where Did All the Miami Heat Goons Come From?

I am not proud to say this, but somebody has to: I am wholeheartedly hoping Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks can continue their impressive winning streak as the NBA’s regular season comes to a close. Before I get into this, let’s get something straight. The Denver Nuggets are still my team. They are […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Reg Saner and Aaron Abeyta honored at Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival

04/08/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Reg Saner and Aaron Abeyta honored at Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival

Colorado, Denver, the Pike’s Peak Region, San Miguel County – many regions and jurisdictions have begun honoring poets by naming them to the honorary position of poet laureate.

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SPORTS WATCH | Dismal Rockies Outlook Gives Cause for Hope

04/06/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Dismal Rockies Outlook Gives Cause for Hope

There’s no hope of the Rockies being any good this year, which gives me hope.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Hot Buttered Corn Snow

04/04/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Hot Buttered Corn Snow

Easter Sunday corn snow creates a youthful resurgence.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Western Slope’s Poetry Fest Cometh

03/31/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Western Slope’s Poetry Fest Cometh

Thunder River Theatre’s Valerie Haugen has organized a poetry festival in Karen Chamberlain’s name, and elicited help from a lot of poets familiar to San Miguel County, including yours truly.

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SPORTS WATCH | Is Love the Key to Tiger Woods’ Golf Game?

03/30/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Is Love the Key to Tiger Woods’ Golf Game?

I am no expert in love, astrological signs or celebrity dating, but I smell trouble on the horizon for Vonn and Woods.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | All That Jazz

03/27/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | All That Jazz

Aficionados had been griping for years about the lack of jazz in Ouray County; now they’ve got it, and it swings.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Telluride Theatre Draws Big Crowds to the Palm

03/25/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Telluride Theatre Draws Big Crowds to the Palm

It’s funny. Spring comes early to Wright’s Mesa, even before the equinox. But it’s an ephemeral spring. Muddy for sure, but just as likely to turn snow white blizzard the next week, or day …

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Le Raid Blanc, Troisième Stage

03/23/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Le Raid Blanc, Troisième Stage

In this final installment of the Raid Blanc series, the team from Smugglers’ Notch does battle, sort of, with the boys from Piau Engaly.

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SPORTS WATCH | Who Needs Other Sports When We Have NFL Free Agency?

03/21/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Who Needs Other Sports When We Have NFL Free Agency?

The heightened drama of NFL free agency, with Elvis Dumervil and Wes Welker, will lead to even more year-round coverage of pro football.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Maturing as a Resort

03/18/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Maturing as a Resort

Goodtimes writes: “I continue to mull the surprising information from Michael Martelon that our summer tourism market now exceeds our winter ski season. That’s a significant change.”

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SPORTS WATCH | Nuclear Armageddon, or Are We Going to the Dogs?

03/16/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Nuclear Armageddon, or Are We Going to the Dogs?

Dogs have become the focal point of everything we do, every waking hour of every single day.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Le Raid Blanc, Part 2

03/14/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Le Raid Blanc, Part 2

For the author, the deuxième Raid Blanc got off to a shaky start.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Supporting Native Grasses and Forbs

03/11/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Supporting Native Grasses and Forbs

Wes Perrin, who deserves a big thank you from this entire region of Southwestern Colorado, is truly one of our alternative energy pioneers in Colorado.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Le Raid Blanc: Old School Rando

03/09/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Le Raid Blanc: Old School Rando

In which the author remembers an early mountaineering race across the Alps.

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SPORTS WATCH | Nuggets Are Most Exciting Show in Basketball Right Now

03/07/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Nuggets Are Most Exciting Show in Basketball Right Now

Coach George Karl’s way of winning with what is the third-youngest team in the National Basketball Association is to make a track meet out of the game, but maybe a track meet is not a good enough analogy. It’s probably more like a marathon sprint.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Catching Up on Our Neighbors Southwest of the Wilsons

03/03/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Catching Up on Our Neighbors Southwest of the Wilsons

Reading the Dove Creek Press…

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SPORTS WATCH | Great Racing Finally on Display at Daytona 500

02/28/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Great Racing Finally on Display at Daytona 500

It was a Great American Race that finally lived up to its name.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | New Kids on the Block, Part 2

02/28/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | New Kids on the Block, Part 2

This particular clash between the New West and the Old ended without real resolution.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Regional Recycling at a Critical Juncture

02/25/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Regional Recycling at a Critical Juncture

In these days of budget woes, SMARTS Park ‘an essential public service’

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SPORTS WATCH | Wrestling Must Remain in the Summer Olympic Games

02/23/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Wrestling Must Remain in the Summer Olympic Games

Cutting wrestling from the Olympics is a stupid, stupid idea.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | New Kids On the Block

02/21/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | New Kids On the Block

The Old West and the New collided on South Cora Street three decades ago.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Taking a Winter Poetry Jaunt

02/18/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Taking a Winter Poetry Jaunt

Goodtimes will relinquish his title of Poet Laureate of the Western Slope when a new Laureate is named at the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival in Carbondale.

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DISPATCHES | 300 Yards From Home

02/16/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | 300 Yards From Home

Skiing?  It was out of the question; on his last attempt, three winters ago, he had fallen into a tree well beside the trail and found that he couldn’t get up, no matter how hard he tried.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Slow Lifts, The Upside

02/14/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Slow Lifts, The Upside

You meet the most amazing people on chairlift rides, especially long, slow doubles.

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SPORTS WATCH | No All Stars? Fine. I Still Like the Nuggets Chances.

02/14/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | No All Stars? Fine. I Still Like the Nuggets Chances.

For now, Denver needs to win on the road the rest of the season and then use their youthful legs to carry them through some tough opponents in the playoffs.

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DISPATCHES | We Are Racing Toward Extinction

02/11/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | We Are Racing Toward Extinction

Ours has to be the most irresponsible, reprehensible, irrational generation to ever populate the earth. 

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UP BEAR CREEK | Poetry Ascendant After Imbolc

02/10/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Poetry Ascendant After Imbolc

I’m delighted to take a poetry tour with my friend and rising national poetry star from Grand Junction, Wendy Videlock.

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SPORTS WATCH | Who or What Pulled the Plug on the Super BowI?

02/08/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Who or What Pulled the Plug on the Super BowI?

Can you imagine what we would be talking about this week, if the 49ers had been able to come back and win the game? Believe me, there would be an investigation.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Fork in the Road

02/08/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Fork in the Road

The 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion sparked some difficult memories from the author’s past.

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UP BEAR CREEK | With Obama in His Second Term, It’s Time to Talk About Drones

02/04/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | With Obama in His Second Term, It’s Time to Talk About Drones

Getting conscious of my energy use and working to reduce it, I’ve been able in three years to cut my energy guzzling by more than half. Imagine the carbon footprint savings we’d have if everyone in the county could start getting energy conscious?

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VIEW TO THE WEST | X(Rated) Games

02/02/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | X(Rated) Games

Whether it’s true or not, the Winter XGames always put on a show.

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SPORTS WATCH | Innocent or Guilty, Ray Lewis Should Tone it Down

01/31/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Innocent or Guilty, Ray Lewis Should Tone it Down

It’s beginning to look too much like an act, which is something Ray Lewis supporters should worry about.

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DISPATCHES | Notes From the Underground

01/31/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Notes From the Underground

Exploring Canyonlands, where the pictographs and petroglyphs the Anasazis left behind on the cliffs only added to the feeling one was trespassing on alien territory.

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UP BEAR CREEK | On the Trail of the Trogloraptor

01/28/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | On the Trail of the Trogloraptor

After 30 years living in Norwood on a property with many old outbuildings and in a house with many resident spiders, I’ve come to an arrangement of sorts.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Death in Colona

01/26/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Death in Colona

In which the author watches a wounded doe during the coldest days of the winter.

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SPORTS WATCH | Either Te’o Is Guilty or Really Gullible – Or Both?

01/24/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Either Te’o Is Guilty or Really Gullible – Or Both?

It’s hard to believe he’s innocent in this. All of the stories told, I think Te’o and his entire family are behind it.

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DISPATCHES | Futbol Boots Football, Long-Term

01/22/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Futbol Boots Football, Long-Term

RG3 is just one example of the star NFL players who have been knocked out of the playoff games by injuries, or are gimping around at half their usual effectiveness; ironically, the athletes have gotten too big and too fast for limbs, joints and brains to bear.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Common Sense in the High Country

01/21/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Common Sense in the High Country

‘Dancing on the Brink of the World’

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Winter Storm Gandolf

01/19/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Winter Storm Gandolf

Blizzard driving: not recommended.

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SPORTS WATCH | A First Class Ticket to Bronco Disappointment

01/17/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | A First Class Ticket to Bronco Disappointment

For me, the orange depression goes a little deeper, for you see I may have had something to do with this Broncos loss.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Welcome to the Year 26013

01/12/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Welcome to the Year 26013

I’m marrying the Christian end-numbers to a rounded-off precessional cycle of 26,000 years in crafting a new Goodtimes Calendar (GC) … Voila! Thus, my new year, 26013 (GC)

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UP BEAR CREEK | Welcome to the Year 26013

01/12/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Welcome to the Year 26013

I’m marrying the Christian end-numbers to a rounded-off precessional cycle of 26,000 years in crafting a new Goodtimes Calendar (GC) … Voila! Thus, my new year, 26013 (GC)

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DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Record When It Comes to Afghanistan

01/12/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Record When It Comes to Afghanistan

The picture of Afghanistan Americans have gotten from the press is false through and through. 

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DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Record When It Comes to Afghanistan

01/12/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Record When It Comes to Afghanistan

The picture of Afghanistan Americans have gotten from the press is false through and through. 

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SPORTS WATCH | RG III Proves He’s Hungry For the Super Bowl

01/11/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | RG III Proves He’s Hungry  For the Super Bowl

RG III’s teammates know he’s putting the team first and I think his toughness will make for an even tighter-knit bunch of football players on that Redskins football team next year.

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SPORTS WATCH | RG III Proves He’s Hungry For the Super Bowl

01/11/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | RG III Proves He’s Hungry  For the Super Bowl

RG III’s teammates know he’s putting the team first and I think his toughness will make for an even tighter-knit bunch of football players on that Redskins football team next year.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | One Hundred Names For Snow

01/10/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | One Hundred Names For Snow

The Eskimos may have 100 words for snow, but we have almost that many to describe snow on cars.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | One Hundred Names For Snow

01/10/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | One Hundred Names For Snow

The Eskimos may have 100 words for snow, but we have almost that many to describe snow on cars.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Welcome to the Year 26013

01/10/13 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Welcome to the Year 26013

TWEAKED … Mea culpa. Mea culpa … I’m so obsessed with calendars that I’ve leapt ahead of my research, scattergun as it’s been. Truth be told, the Izapan (Mayan) Long Count Calendar’s Great Cycle wasn’t 26,000 years … What researcher John Major Jenkins believes is that the Long Count calendar was invented in Izapa’s mix […]

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SPORTS WATCH | After Sunday’s Win, Colts Make Playoff Picture More Interesting

01/03/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | After Sunday’s Win, Colts Make Playoff Picture More Interesting

You can look at all kinds of stats to judge a team, but when a team rallies around a coach recovering from leukemia, it’s immeasurable. And that’s why the Colts may now be the team to beat in the playoffs.

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SPORTS WATCH | After Sunday’s Win, Colts Make Playoff Picture More Interesting

01/03/13 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | After Sunday’s Win, Colts Make Playoff Picture More Interesting

You can look at all kinds of stats to judge a team, but when a team rallies around a coach recovering from leukemia, it’s immeasurable. And that’s why the Colts may now be the team to beat in the playoffs.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A World Of Pain And Magic

01/03/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A World Of Pain And Magic

Yesterday, Dec. 29, was my sister Polly’s birthday. She would have been 62.Today, an article in the Sunday New York Times took me back to 1972 and a year I spent in New York, during the time Polly was a dancer with the incomparable New York City Ballet.The Times piece was about a Swiss photographer, […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A World Of Pain And Magic

01/03/13 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A World Of Pain And Magic

Yesterday, Dec. 29, was my sister Polly’s birthday. She would have been 62.Today, an article in the Sunday New York Times took me back to 1972 and a year I spent in New York, during the time Polly was a dancer with the incomparable New York City Ballet.The Times piece was about a Swiss photographer, […]

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DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Afghanistan Record

01/03/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Afghanistan Record

I have no political  ax to grind in Afghanistan, beyond a deep and abiding affection for the country and its people. I have visited there 31 times since 1972,  making me the only journalist who saw the country before the Soviet invasion in 1979 and continued to travel there during the mujahedin insurgency, the internecine […]

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DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Afghanistan Record

01/03/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Afghanistan Record

I have no political  ax to grind in Afghanistan, beyond a deep and abiding affection for the country and its people. I have visited there 31 times since 1972,  making me the only journalist who saw the country before the Soviet invasion in 1979 and continued to travel there during the mujahedin insurgency, the internecine […]

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UP BEARCREEK | Tweaking the Calendar

01/03/13 | By | More
UP BEARCREEK | Tweaking the Calendar

I’m proposing we change our calendars from 2013 to 26013.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Holding On and Letting Go: Resolutions 2013

12/31/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Holding On and Letting Go: Resolutions 2013

These New Year’s resolutions run the gamut from banishing bitterness to borrowing from a 17-year-old.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Holding On and Letting Go: Resolutions 2013

12/31/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Holding On and Letting Go: Resolutions 2013

These New Year’s resolutions run the gamut from banishing bitterness to borrowing from a 17-year-old.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Poetry Club Jan. 8 at Arroyo

12/30/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Poetry Club Jan. 8 at Arroyo

Remember that Telluride Institute’s Ideas Festival – Reinventing Politics? Art Goodtimes does.

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DISPATCHES | Making the Next Year Better Than the Last

12/29/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Making the Next Year Better Than the Last

Schultheis’ New Year’s resolutions would solve overpopulation, end racism and, for God’s sake, recycle!

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DISPATCHES | Making the Next Year Better Than the Last

12/29/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Making the Next Year Better Than the Last

Schultheis’ New Year’s resolutions would solve overpopulation, end racism and, for God’s sake, recycle!

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SPORTS WATCH | Tim Tebow Deserves Better Than Fat Rex’s Circus

12/28/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Tim Tebow Deserves Better Than Fat Rex’s Circus

The Jets are the biggest disappointment of the league right now and ownership should wipe the team clean and start from scratch.

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SPORTS WATCH | Tim Tebow Deserves Better Than Fat Rex’s Circus

12/28/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Tim Tebow Deserves Better Than Fat Rex’s Circus

The Jets are the biggest disappointment of the league right now and ownership should wipe the team clean and start from scratch.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Keep the World Cup

12/24/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST |  Keep the World Cup

Telluride’s third SBX World Cup last weekend represents an investment that Telski should continue.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Keep the World Cup

12/24/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST |  Keep the World Cup

Telluride’s third SBX World Cup last weekend represents an investment that Telski should continue.

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SPORTS WATCH | A Run in the Playoffs Starts With Two Simple Wins

12/22/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | A Run in the Playoffs Starts With Two Simple Wins

Nobody wants to play against that speedy and suffocating defense. Nobody wants to get picked apart by the meticulous Manning. And no team wants to face the Broncos in Denver – especially the playoffs.

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SPORTS WATCH | A Run in the Playoffs Starts With Two Simple Wins

12/22/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | A Run in the Playoffs Starts With Two Simple Wins

Nobody wants to play against that speedy and suffocating defense. Nobody wants to get picked apart by the meticulous Manning. And no team wants to face the Broncos in Denver – especially the playoffs.

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DISPATCHES | Do We Have a Foreign Policy?

12/21/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Do We Have a Foreign Policy?

A nation’s foreign policy is a reflection of its philosophy, and the U.S. gets an “F.”

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DISPATCHES | Do We Have a Foreign Policy?

12/21/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Do We Have a Foreign Policy?

A nation’s foreign policy is a reflection of its philosophy, and the U.S. gets an “F.”

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UP BEAR CREEK | Learning the Ecosystem Services World

12/20/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Learning the Ecosystem Services World

Out with Generation X and in with Generation Responsible.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Birthdays: Telluride 40, Alta 75

12/16/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Birthdays: Telluride 40, Alta 75

As the Telluride ski area gets ready to celebrate 40 years, Alta looks back on 75.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Birthdays: Telluride 40, Alta 75

12/16/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Birthdays: Telluride 40, Alta 75

As the Telluride ski area gets ready to celebrate 40 years, Alta looks back on 75.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Exploring the ‘Carbon Ranch’

12/14/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Exploring the ‘Carbon Ranch’

We’re certainly lucky, in San Miguel County, to have Alpine Hospice available to help family and friends provide that level of care for our terminally ill loved ones.

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SPORTS WATCH | How Many Rule Changes Are Needed for a Safer Game?

12/13/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | How Many Rule Changes Are Needed for a Safer Game?

The NFL must get serious about player safety and Commissioner Roger Goodell knows it.

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SPORTS WATCH | How Many Rule Changes Are Needed for a Safer Game?

12/13/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | How Many Rule Changes Are Needed for a Safer Game?

The NFL must get serious about player safety and Commissioner Roger Goodell knows it.

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DISPATCHES | R.I.P. The Truth

12/13/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | R.I.P. The Truth

In Dispatches, Rob Schultheis writes that “expecting a corporation to have a conscience is like asking the same of a Great White Shark, or a virus.”

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DISPATCHES | R.I.P. The Truth

12/13/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | R.I.P. The Truth

In Dispatches, Rob Schultheis writes that “expecting a corporation to have a conscience is like asking the same of a Great White Shark, or a virus.”

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SPORTS WATCH | Under Stern’s Reign, Coaches No Longer Needed

12/08/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Under Stern’s Reign, Coaches No Longer Needed

After David Stern handed down ‘sanctions’ to the Spurs last week for resting key players, it’s a wonder Stern allows coaches to make any decisions on their own.

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SPORTS WATCH | Under Stern’s Reign, Coaches No Longer Needed

12/08/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Under Stern’s Reign, Coaches No Longer Needed

After David Stern handed down ‘sanctions’ to the Spurs last week for resting key players, it’s a wonder Stern allows coaches to make any decisions on their own.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Freckles

12/08/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Freckles

This week’s Up Bear Creek is a poem for Mary Friedberg, who died on Sunday, Nov. 26.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Lindsey Vonn, Drama Queen

12/06/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Lindsey Vonn, Drama Queen

Reigning World Cup overall champion, and drama queen, Lindsey Vonn won three straight races last weekend in Canada.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Lindsey Vonn, Drama Queen

12/06/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Lindsey Vonn, Drama Queen

Reigning World Cup overall champion, and drama queen, Lindsey Vonn won three straight races last weekend in Canada.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Eagle and the Cranes

12/01/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Eagle and the Cranes

Sometimes the sight of sandhill cranes migrating through the Uncompahgre Valley comes with added drama.

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UP BEAR CREEK | A Poem for Mary Friedberg

11/30/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | A Poem for Mary Friedberg

mf danced off/ last night/ in my arms/ as i ommed / to an almost full moon/ above a raging sea of mountains.

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SPORTS WATCH | The End of an Era: Fireman Ed Hangs Up His Hat

11/29/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | The End of an Era: Fireman Ed Hangs Up His Hat

Boy, things have gone sour in New York Jets land.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Giving Thanks for What We’ve Been Gifted

11/26/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Giving Thanks for What We’ve Been Gifted

If it hadn’t been for military might, we might not exist as an independent nation.

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SPORTS WATCH | After Two Weeks of Upsets, We Need Just One More

11/23/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | After Two Weeks of Upsets, We Need Just One More

College football is a complete mess right now and nobody knows how it’s going to shake out.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Giving Thanks, With Reservations

11/22/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Giving Thanks, With Reservations

From election results to the weather to the Gaza Strip, ‘tis the season for giving thanks, with reservations.

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SPORTS WATCH | Victory Formation Should Mean Nothing in NFL

09/20/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Victory Formation Should Mean Nothing in NFL

I like the never-quit style of Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano. He makes the usually-tough Tom Caughlin look like a whining baby.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Education of a Ski Instructor

09/20/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Education of a Ski Instructor

In which the word “apprentice” sends the author down a career path, and into the arms of love.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Early Season IQ Test

09/13/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Early Season IQ Test

Take this early-season IQ test to see how ready you are for the ski season to come.

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DISPATCHES | The Last Election

09/13/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Last Election

Not to be over-dramatic, but this may be the last truly democratic election held in the United States. 

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SPORTS WATCH | One Bronco Win and I’m on the Overreaction Bandwagon

09/13/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | One Bronco Win and I’m on the Overreaction Bandwagon

After only one regular season game, NFL fans are quick to make overreactive predictions. Gus Jarvis is no different.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Cats Nap 20 Hours a Day

09/06/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST |  Cats Nap 20 Hours a Day

The underappreciated land of the afternoon nap.

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SPORTS WATCH | I’m Siding With the Replacement Refs (for Now)

09/06/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | I’m Siding With the Replacement Refs (for Now)

Refereeing a football game at any level is hard but it isn’t rocket science.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Political Sign Language

08/30/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Political Sign Language

Despite the message on campaign signs, politicians are not all bad.

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DISPATCHES | This Time, It’s Personal

08/30/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | This Time, It’s Personal

Schultheis roars back, writing about drivers of “those grotesque ‘recreational’ sarcophagi on wheels we see on the highways these days,” and about the Republican Party’s efforts to squelch the African American vote.

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SPORTS WATCH | Two (Alleged) Dopers Trying to Protect Their Legacy

08/30/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Two (Alleged) Dopers Trying to Protect Their Legacy

Lance Armstrong is giving up the fight to protect his legacy, while Roger Clemens just won’t quit his fight to protect his legacy.

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SPORTS WATCH | Is Augusta National’s Female Membership Decision Monumental?

08/23/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Is Augusta National’s Female Membership Decision Monumental?

The Augusta National Golf Club is exclusive, and only a few are allowed in. It’s been that way for the last 80 years, and will always be that way, despite a recent decision to allow women to join.


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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Freedom of the Wheels

08/23/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Freedom of the Wheels

With the pro cyclists coming to town, Shelton reflects on the bicycle as an expression of freedom.

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SPORTS WATCH | Miami Dolphins Show Some Moral Compass With Ochocinco

08/16/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Miami Dolphins Show Some Moral Compass With Ochocinco

Miami’s action in cutting Ochocinco should be the blueprint for how every NFL team should handle a player with domestic violence issues.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Semi-Ghost

08/16/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Semi-Ghost

The towns of the Great Basin are either withering or holding steady in the 1950s.

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SPORTS WATCH | Hell Hath No Fury Like a Baseball Umpire Scorned

08/13/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Hell Hath No Fury Like a Baseball Umpire Scorned

One minor league umpire and the Colorado Rockies ownership need to learn to take a little criticism in stride instead of completely going overboard.

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DISPATCHES | U.S. Media and the Olympics:
Uncommonly Stupid Arrogance

08/10/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | U.S. Media and the Olympics:
Uncommonly Stupid Arrogance

Every four years, American network television totally destroys the joy of watching the Games, with exhibitions of poor sportsmanship and loudmouthed flag-waving jingoism that has to be seen and heard to be believed.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Modest Proposal for Michael Phelps

08/10/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Modest Proposal for Michael Phelps

Now that Michael Phelps is retiring, with all his Olympic medals, the author has a business proposition for him.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Medal Count Fever: An Olympic History

08/02/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Medal Count Fever: An Olympic History

Olympic patriotism runs deep in a boy’s Cold War mindset.

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SPORTS WATCH | NBC Going Too Far in Producing Olympic Drama

08/02/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | NBC Going Too Far in Producing Olympic Drama

As in any competition, the Olympics will produce drama. NBC doesn’t need to produce more of it.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Compassion Fest: Grumpy Pete Hangs Back

07/26/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Compassion Fest: Grumpy Pete Hangs Back

Movement is a kind of meditation, though it may not qualify for a seat at the Telluride Compassion Festival.

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SPORTS WATCH | Keep the Fans You Have, and Pink-slip Dan O’Dowd

07/26/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Keep the Fans You Have, and Pink-slip Dan O’Dowd

The 2012 Colorado Rockies baseball season is a bust, but all  is not lost for next season – if Dick Monfort would just fire the worst GM in baseball.

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SPORTS WATCH | Knicks Fail PR Test With Jeremy Lin Decision

07/19/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Knicks Fail PR Test With Jeremy Lin Decision

If I were a Knicks fan, now would be the time to jump ship and buy a Brooklyn Nets jersey.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | In Which the Author Wins a Stage

07/19/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | In Which the Author Wins a Stage

As the drama of the Tour de France plays out, author/cyclist Peter Shelton wins a Walter Mitty stage in the Tour d’Ouray.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | When Nature Is Nurture, Part 3

07/12/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | When Nature Is Nurture, Part 3

In which a youthful rebellion leads to a falling out with the Trailfinders’ patriarchal founder.

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SPORTS WATCH | Take Me Out to the Ballgame – in Grand Junction!

07/12/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Take Me Out to the Ballgame – in Grand Junction!

For me, it’s always been a six-hour drive to Denver to satisfy my baseball fix but with the GJ Rockies just over an hour or so up the road, getting that fix will be even easier.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | When Nature Is Nurture, Part 2

07/04/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | When Nature Is Nurture, Part 2

Why do we end up where we do? For the author, a trip to Yosemite as a teenager played a significant role.

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SPORTS WATCH | So Long B.C.S., Hello College Football Playoff System

07/04/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | So Long B.C.S., Hello College Football Playoff System

The time has come where we, as college football fans, have nothing to bitch and moan about any more.

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UP BEAR CREEK | On Hiatus

07/04/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | On Hiatus

Art Goodtimes will take a hiatus from his Up Bear Creek column until the November election, to campaign for his fourth term as the District 3 San Miguel County Commissioner.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | When Nature Is Nurture, Part 1

06/28/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | When Nature Is Nurture, Part 1

Trailfinders Camp, and its rigid founder, played an unexpected roll in the author’s fate.

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SPORTS WATCH | An Olympic Dream Is Just a Coin Toss Away

06/28/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | An Olympic Dream Is Just a Coin Toss Away

Heads or tails? Choose the right one and you’re on your way to compete in the summer Olympics in London. Choose wrong and all your efforts to become one of the world’s fastest women seeking a gold medal is down the drain.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Remembering World War II – Memoir and Lies

06/28/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Remembering World War II – Memoir and Lies

Conceived in war-time, born in peace-time, Goodtimes anticipates ‘The War’ on Blu-Ray.

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SPORTS WATCH | Time to Move the LeBron Hatred on to Someone Else

06/21/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Time to Move the LeBron Hatred on to Someone Else

I’ve hated LeBron James since his “Decision” to move to Miami but since the NBA Finals have gotten underway, I’ve changed my heart.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Curiosity Cousins Come to Visit

06/21/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Curiosity Cousins Come to Visit

In which the author’s curious, very smart, cousins come to visit.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Trying to Gauge Forest Conditions Pre-Settlement

06/21/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Trying to Gauge Forest Conditions Pre-Settlement

Thoughts on celebrating the Constitution and kudos go out to the towns of Ophir and Telluride and the Sheep Mountain Alliance for holding the state’s feet to the fire.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | High Lunacy in Savage Basin

06/15/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | High Lunacy in Savage Basin

The Lunar Cup has a long history of craziness, but in its heyday it was also a serious professional ski race.

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UP BEAR CREEK | If You Can Still Dance With It

06/15/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | If You Can Still Dance With It

Fire bans and water call-ups. Western folks have been talking about over-stocked forests, and urban folks have been talking about climate changes, and it all seems to be coming together – unlike our political parties – in a frightening fire season.

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LOCAL PERSPECTIVE | Why We Fight: Lessons of Lawson Hill

06/11/12 | By | More

In a sense, Lawson Hill didn’t preserve community after all. It fostered new divisions.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Tips for Conquering Writer’s Block

06/07/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Tips for Conquering Writer’s Block

Go to bed. Tomorrow is another day.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Local Leader Appointed to National Forest Service Committee

06/07/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Local Leader Appointed to National Forest Service Committee

JOAN MAY … It has been a singular pleasure to work with Joan on the County Board of Commissioners. She is bright, fair, of the deepest integrity and understands the difference between good governance and campaign posturing. Turns out we locals are not the only ones to notice. She has just been appointed to a […]

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DISPATCHES | There’s No Hiding Place Down Here’

06/07/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | There’s No Hiding Place Down Here’

“I wasn’t the only [Mountainfilm] attendee struck by the way reality here in Telluride resonated with the themes of global climate change, drought and a world gone generally awry.”

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Myth of the Automatic Earth

05/31/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Myth of the Automatic Earth

Mountinfilm’s symposium on population brought artists and scientists together on growth, energy, women’s rights . . . and music.

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SPORTS WATCH | Send Clemens to Prison (or the Seattle Mariners)

05/31/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Send Clemens to Prison (or the Seattle Mariners)

The Roger Clemens perjury trial redux is old news, and I have no hope of a guilty verdict coming out of it.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Kicking Off the Festival Season

05/31/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Kicking Off the Festival Season

A spring gem, Mountainfilm is a uniquely Telluride event.

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DISPATCHES | Jon Turk, a Legend Before the Days of Wii

05/24/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Jon Turk, a Legend Before the Days of Wii

There is really no one like Jon Turk, and nothing remotely like his remarkable books – Cold Oceans, In the Wake of the Jomon and The Raven’s Gift.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Grad Speech: Of Love and Labradoodles

05/24/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Grad Speech: Of Love and Labradoodles

In which the author delivers the commencement address at Colona University.

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There’s nothing better in life than watching the Los Angeles Lakers go down in a all of flames in the NBA Playoffs. And once again, they are worth watching.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Rafting the San Juan River Canyon

05/24/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Rafting the San Juan River Canyon

Rafting the San Juan River and partisan madness.

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SPORTS WATCH | Is ESPN Going Down the MTV Road?

05/17/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Is ESPN Going Down the MTV Road?

There was a time when MTV aired nothing but music videos. There was also a time when ESPN aired nothing but sports.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Pulling Up Stakes: From Hometown to ‘Chinatown’

05/17/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Pulling Up Stakes: From Hometown to ‘Chinatown’

A daughter’s move to Bishop has the author thinking back to early California.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Norwood Loses an Elder

05/17/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Norwood Loses an Elder

Norwood mourned the passing of Terrell S. Snyder this past weekend.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Telluride Loses a Bright Star

05/10/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Telluride Loses a Bright Star

Goodbye, Sharon Shuteran. Our county judge was one of those bedrock locals who defined what was different about Telluride.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Time and Baseball: Playing Catch

05/10/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Time and Baseball: Playing Catch

A baseball game in Montrose sends the author back in time.

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SPORTS WATCH | Striving for Player Safety, Goodell Bringing a Level of Shadiness to NFL

05/10/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Striving for Player Safety, Goodell Bringing a Level of Shadiness to NFL

The punishments handed down to Saints coaches and players may be warranted, but I’d like to see the evidence.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Goodbye and Hello

05/03/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Goodbye and Hello

A long drive with music in the CD changer puts the author under the spell of a particularly troubling artist.

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SPORTS WATCH | Down 0-2, There’s Still Hope for the Nuggets

05/03/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Down 0-2, There’s Still Hope for the Nuggets

There’s more hope in Denver right now than there is in New York.

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UP BEAR CREEK | On the Road, Again

05/03/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | On the Road, Again

In which – “ohmygoddess” – our paleohippie correspondent revisits Phoenix – in his own car, after an absence of 30 years.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Singin’ in the Rocks

04/28/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Singin’ in the Rocks

The rock wrens are back at Boulder Rock, building a nest and singing their hearts out.

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SPORTS WATCH | Nuggets at the Top of Their Game Just in Time for Playoffs

04/26/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Nuggets at the Top of Their Game Just in Time for Playoffs

The ‘Manimal’ Kenneth Faried is bringing youthful energy to an already youthful, yet successful squad in Denver.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Getting a Chance to Play Educator for a Day

04/26/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Getting a Chance to Play Educator for a Day

‘I think I’m becoming a SWOSaholic.’

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UP BEAR CREEK | What to Do About Energy and Our Carbon Footprint?

04/20/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | What to Do About Energy and Our Carbon Footprint?

More thoughts on our energy future, a love for soft cheese and the Dove Creek Press and an upcoming basket show.

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SPORTS WATCH | Players Are Forcing Their Sports to Evolve, Over Safety Fears

04/19/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Players Are Forcing Their Sports to Evolve, Over Safety Fears

Old time hockey has returned for the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs but that may not be good for the game of hockey itself.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | George Mallory: Ridgewalking 101

04/19/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | George Mallory: Ridgewalking 101

A hike up Aspen’s Highland Bowl conjures images of George Mallory, ridgewalker.

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UP BEAR CREEK | A Million Dollar Surplus in the County?

04/16/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | A Million Dollar Surplus in the County?

Putting some facts into perspective, the writing of Sean McNamera and a look at Green Party candidates.

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SPORTS WATCH | Another Masters Fails to Disappoint

04/12/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Another Masters Fails to Disappoint

Bubba Watson’s second shot out of the woods during Sunday’s sudden death playoff is the stuff Masters lore is made of.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Flight of the Ski Season

04/12/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Flight of the Ski Season

As always the ski season ends too soon; this time, retreating snow made closing inevitable.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | To Serve and Protect

04/09/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | To Serve and Protect

What if there were a police blotter for the micro-community of Colona?

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SPORTS WATCH | Punishments in Bountygate Have Already Gone Too Far

04/07/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Punishments in Bountygate Have Already Gone Too Far

Suspending Sean Payton for an entire season is harsh; maybe Commissioner Goodell will come to his senses and lighten the punishment.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Responding to Hellman and Nusser

04/05/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Responding to Hellman and Nusser

The atom’s dirty little secret is that nuclear power produces energy too expensive to insure.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Mastering the ‘Moag Holes’

03/29/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Mastering the ‘Moag Holes’

In which the author ponders the special world of mogul skiing and the exceptional bumpers Telluride’s mountain

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UP BEAR CREEK | Learning to Respect Indigenous Wisdom

03/29/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Learning to Respect Indigenous Wisdom

Dr. Scott Ortman’s Winds From the North: Tewa Origins and Historical Anthropology is a read that both lay readers and specialists can follow his crafted arguments and startling hypotheses.

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SPORTS WATCH | Tebowing for Manning: Denver’s Dream Comes True

03/22/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Tebowing for Manning: Denver’s Dream Comes True

Nobody knows if this grand Peyton Manning experiment will work,but we do know there is a desire to win a Super Bowl in the near future.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | We’re All Bozos on This Bus

03/22/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | We’re All Bozos on This Bus

Firesign Theatre founding member Peter Bergman died last week, leaving the author with a sharp, existential pain.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Remembering the Rain

03/22/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Remembering the Rain

On time in the bay area working a collection of poetry performances…and thoughts on San Juan county’s new zoning regulations.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Speak, Memory, Part Three

03/17/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Speak, Memory, Part Three

In which the author, in this third installment, circumnavigates Catalina Island and turns a corner between childhood and what comes next.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Taking a Hard Look at Nuclear Energy

03/15/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Taking a Hard Look at Nuclear Energy

Thoughts on cleanup costs in the West End, Chernobyl and short term rentals in the county.

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SPORTS WATCH | Manning Brings a New March Madness to Denver

03/15/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Manning Brings a New March Madness to Denver

Denver has lost its marbles over the possibility of Peyton Manning coming to Denver.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Outthinking the Snowy Torrents

03/08/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Outthinking the Snowy Torrents

In which the author reassesses a life of risk in the uncaring high country.

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SPORTS WATCH | Bounty-gate? Good Grief! Has It Really Come to That?

03/08/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Bounty-gate? Good Grief! Has It Really Come to That?

If there were indeed bounties out for injuring players, punish those who were involved and leave it at that. This isn’t league-wide problem.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Hollywood Comes to Telluride to Do a Film, Not Just Watch ‘em

03/08/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Hollywood Comes to Telluride to Do a Film, Not Just Watch ‘em

If all goes according to plan, Telluride will gain more than just publicity from the filming of a new movie in Telluride.

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SPORTS WATCH | Baseball Has Had Enough: No Steroids, No Beer, No Fried Chicken

03/02/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Baseball Has Had Enough: No Steroids, No Beer, No Fried Chicken

So you thought Major League Baseball was in the clear and out of the Steroid Era? Think again.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Speak, Memory, Part Two

03/01/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Speak, Memory, Part Two

A drug-induced coming of age on Catalina Island.

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SPORTS WATCH | Decision Indy: What to Do With Peyton Manning?

02/25/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Decision Indy: What to Do With Peyton Manning?

What to do with Peyton Manning? Do you go with what your heart says or do you make the savvy business decision and go with Andrew Luck?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Teasing the Divine

02/23/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Teasing the Divine

Goodtimes needs help for a visit to the White House, San Miguel County’s current Poet Laureate is out with new work and Norwood Schools has an opera star.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Speak, Memory

02/23/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Speak, Memory

Pre-GPS, a crossing to Catalina Island in mid-winter, as a teenager, sparks the author’s memory; or can the memory be trusted?

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DISPATCHES | A New York State of Mind

02/23/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | A New York State of Mind

In which the author rails against the New York sporting press.

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DISPATCHES | Global News Roundup

02/19/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Global News Roundup

Fantasy mea culpas and fine-art highjinks that will never come to pass …

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UP BEAR CREEK | San Miguel Greens Hold Local Meets

02/18/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | San Miguel Greens Hold Local Meets

Thoughts on county assemblies, Greens, and running for re-election.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

02/17/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Medical experts blame “hysteria,” or maybe natural gas wells, for an outbreak of tics in a small New York town.

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SPORTS WATCH | Down With Melo, Up With ‘Linsanity’

02/16/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Down With Melo, Up With ‘Linsanity’

Jeremy Lin is the next big media hype in professional sports after Tim Tebow. How long will it last?

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SPORTS WATCH | Flying Under the Radar, Nuggets Team Worth Watching

02/09/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Flying Under the Radar, Nuggets Team Worth Watching

Hailing from all around the globe, the Denver Nuggets, without Carmelo Anthony, look better than they have in years. Now they just have to stay healthy.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Singing the Cell Phone Blues

02/09/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Singing the Cell Phone Blues

In which the author admits he still hasn’t fully joined the digital communication revolution.

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UP BEAR CREEK | 2012 Mushroom Festival Includes Gary Lincoff, Kat Harrison, Tom Volk

02/09/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | 2012 Mushroom Festival Includes Gary Lincoff, Kat Harrison, Tom Volk

Locals’ discount on tickets for Mushroom Festival is extended to end of the month.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Messing With Ski Shapes, Part Three

02/05/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Messing With Ski Shapes, Part Three

In the latest case of the FIS out of control, Tina Maze was told that her underwear was too fast.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Fields of Our Own Making, Ill and Well

02/05/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Fields of Our Own Making, Ill and Well

A connection between smart meters and the EMF entanglement with all living things. ‘I am not only sleeping with the enemy. I am the enemy.’

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UP BEAR CREEK | Another Norwood Legend Passes On

02/04/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Another Norwood Legend Passes On

Goodtimes on the death of longtime Norwood resident Darrell Elder, who pulled more than a few residents out of the region’s ditches.

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DISPATCHES | Laughs on the Republican Trail

02/02/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Laughs on the Republican Trail

‘Showbiz never had it so good.’ Schultheis reviews the standup comics vying for the Republican nomination.

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SPORTS WATCH | This Time, Brady Will Have to Keep Up With Manning

02/02/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | This Time, Brady Will Have to Keep Up With Manning

While the New England Patriots have unfinished business after the last Super Bowl loss, the Giants’ offense led by Eli Manning will be too much for the suspect defense of the Patriots to handle.

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SPORTS WATCH | The Legacy of Joe Paterno Will Live on for Generations

01/29/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | The Legacy of Joe Paterno Will Live on for Generations

For more than 60 years, he built great teams, great athletes and great citizens and despite the evil of one man, Paterno’s legacy will endure at Penn State.

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UP BEAR CREEK | U.S. (or Its Allies) Stoop to Terrorism

01/29/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | U.S. (or Its Allies) Stoop to Terrorism

‘Our moral compass as a nation seems to be swinging wildly in circles.’

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DISPATCHES | Life With ‘the Lousy Gift That Keeps on Giving’

01/26/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Life With ‘the Lousy Gift That Keeps on Giving’

Battling cancer and Hep C is “about as much fun as having a wisdom tooth pulled by a first-year dental student.”

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Part Two: The Accidental Bivouac

01/26/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Part Two: The Accidental Bivouac

Caught out in an unexpected storm, the author’s touring party spends a long night of uncertainty.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | To Bivvy or Not To Bivvy? That Is the Question.

01/19/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | To Bivvy or Not To Bivvy? That Is the Question.

In which the author recalls an overnight ski tour gone wrong.

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SPORTS WATCH | No Offense and Spotty Defense Makes Gus an Ugly Guy

01/19/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | No Offense and Spotty Defense Makes Gus an Ugly Guy

Things were looking pretty gloomy in Denver until the Green Bay Packers put things in perspective.

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DISPATCHES | The World Turned Upside Down

01/19/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The World Turned Upside Down

Schultheis critiques the latest crop of television ads.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Salute to Bear Creek’s Elder of the Year

01/14/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Salute to Bear Creek’s Elder of the Year

‘I suggest we all toast our jolly good John for 28 years of protecting the economic engine that allows the 99 percent to make a good living in these mountains.’

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DISPATCHES | What the Anasazi Must Have Felt

01/12/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | What the Anasazi Must Have Felt

The winter of 2011-2012 is starting to bear an uncomfortable resemblance to 1976-77, and Schultheis is channeling the Anasazi…

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Gasman Cometh

01/12/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Gasman Cometh

Oil and gas leasing causes a firestorm in the North Fork Valley.

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SPORTS WATCH | Please Fire Phil Simms at Once!

01/12/12 | By | 115 More

Making the playoffs is awesome. Having Phil Simms calling the game isn’t so awesome.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Messing with Sidecuts, Part Two

01/05/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Messing with Sidecuts, Part Two

In which the author finds the study behind ski racing’s draconian new rules.

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SPORTS WATCH | It’s Time to Act Like AFC West Champions

01/05/12 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | It’s Time to Act Like AFC West Champions

All the blame for Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs shouldn’t go to Tebow. Lackluster receiving and questionable play calling were to blame.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Visiting a New Mexico Hippie Haunt

01/05/12 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Visiting a New Mexico Hippie Haunt

The issue of “smart meters continues to confound while columnist Goodtimes makes his first trek to a famous intentional community.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Chooglin’ On Down the Road

12/29/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Chooglin’ On Down the Road

No resolutions this New Year’s Eve; instead the author tries to see the world through the glasses of John Lennon and John Fogerty.

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DISPATCHES | Occupy This!

12/29/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Occupy This!

It would take several encyclopedias to detail the signs that our beloved nation has been hijacked and set on a suicidal, homicidal course by the scions of the corporate and political world.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Heading Into a World of Uncertainties

12/29/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Heading Into a World of Uncertainties

Will the purported end of the Mayan calendar bring great changes or merely another round in the cycle?

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DISPATCHES | Dr. Doom, Report to Surgery

12/26/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Dr. Doom, Report to Surgery

I’ve been deeply moved by the remarkable depth of concern; many of them have shown – one, for instance, stops me on the street whenever he sees me and asks, “Do you think you’re going to be able to pay me back the hundred bucks I loaned you before you relocate to the Marble Orchard?” 

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UP BEAR CREEK | Questioning the Country’s Underlying Structural Values

12/25/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Questioning the Country’s Underlying Structural Values

Russ Baker’s Family of Secrets has been called one of the most important books of the decade and columnist Art Goodtimes doesn’t disagree.

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SPORTS WATCH | Despite the Loss, the Broncos’ Best Football Lies Ahead

12/22/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Despite the Loss, the Broncos’ Best Football Lies Ahead

It was a tough loss on Sunday against the Patriots but the Broncos showed some real post season potential – if they can put an end to costly turnovers.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Christmas Tree of Life

12/22/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Christmas Tree of Life

In which the author reminisces about Christmas trees past.

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DISPATCHES | Our Crazy Mountains

12/18/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Our Crazy Mountains

Ten-million rainbows, and a flock of pelicans.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Send Lawyers, Guns and Money

12/15/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Send Lawyers, Guns and Money

In which the author asks: are borders for keeping them out or keeping us in?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Exploring the Psychedelic in Oakland

12/15/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Exploring the Psychedelic in Oakland

After attending the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies conference, Goodtimes is sure that Telluride’s Shroomfest is going to be far richer and more exciting than ever with an infusion of new psychedelic energy.

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SPORTS WATCH | Once Again, With the Nuggets, It’s Business as Usual

12/15/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Once Again, With the Nuggets, It’s Business as Usual

As a handful of NBA superstars broker deals, the Denver Nuggets are waiting in line to figure out just who will play for them this season.

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DISPATCHES | The Age of the Stupids

12/11/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Age of the Stupids

Schultheis reflects on another “putrescent piece of product pandering.”

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UP BEAR CREEK | Dance, Poetry, Music and Depression

12/11/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Dance, Poetry, Music and Depression

Contra Dance series in Durango, a terrific poetry and violin/flute duo and a new book on an unhappy human condition.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Turning Back the Skiing Clock

12/08/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Turning Back the Skiing Clock

New ski shape regulations have some World Cup racers believing the FIS is trying to turn back the clock.

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SPORTS WATCH | Will Somebody Please Beat the Green Bay Packers?

12/08/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Will Somebody Please Beat the Green Bay Packers?

Tim Tebow shouldn’t have to share the national spotlight with Aaron Rodgers. Tebow is, of course, The Chosen One.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The White Ribbon of Death

12/04/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The White Ribbon of Death

Sometimes the white ribbon of death is all you need.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Reflecting on Colorado’s Ute Removal

12/04/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Reflecting on Colorado’s Ute Removal

Reading about Western Slope history in two highly recommended books and preparing for next year’s mushroom festival.

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DISPATCHES | Reflections in the Aftermath of Thanksgiving

12/01/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Reflections in the Aftermath of Thanksgiving

Is a race toward self-destruction the inevitable byproduct of development? Schultheis reflects on the price of so-called progress.

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SPORTS WATCH | It’s Back to Old-School Running Football in Denver Behind Tebow

12/01/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | It’s Back to Old-School Running Football in Denver Behind Tebow

While all the attention is focused in on Tim Tebow, it turns out Denver has a well-rounded football team that’s led by a stingy defense and a successful running game.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Part 2: The Squirrel

11/24/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Part 2: The Squirrel

In which The Squirrel comes to signify the police state in America circa 1970. Hello, Occupy Movement.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Proposing an Ancient North American Calendar for Keeping Track of the Years

11/24/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Proposing an Ancient North American Calendar for Keeping Track of the Years

From now on, columnist Art Goodtimes will be using the Ancient North American Calendar….Telluride comes in No. 10 in Ski magazine and settling what is the Telluride Miners Hospital.

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SPORTS WATCH | No Question, Verlander Deserves the A.L. MVP Award

11/24/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | No Question, Verlander Deserves the A.L. MVP Award

It’s debatable whether pitchers should win an MVP, but with Justin Verlander winning the award, and the end of the steroid era, we’ll see it happening more and more.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Two Marvelous Mentors Pass On

11/20/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Two Marvelous Mentors Pass On

Columnist Art Goodtimes on the passing of a “Giant” of the San Miguel watershed, Steve Herndon, and the legacy of Merle Wilson.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Smokey and the Hash Pipe

11/17/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Smokey and the Hash Pipe

A Thanksgiving tale involving a beach, a bit of hashish, and The Squirrel.

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DISPATCHES | On the Front in the Cancer Wars

11/17/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | On the Front in the Cancer Wars

“It didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to tell me I wasn’t going to like going into the hospital, or surgery, one little bit.” Schultheis, Part II in The Cancer Wars.

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SPORTS WATCH | Have We Lost the Instinct to Fight When a Fight Is Needed?

11/15/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Have We Lost the Instinct to Fight When a Fight Is Needed?

This story isn’t about football, coaching traditions or fight songs. It’s about everything that’s wrong and sick in our society and our inability to stop it when we see it.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Today’s Date Would Be Nov. 10, 25011

11/14/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Today’s Date Would Be Nov. 10, 25011

Time for a new calendar… What’s the truth on SMPA’s smart meters?..Club 20 once gain proves it doesn’t speak for San Miguel County.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Vinyl Is the Soundtrack of Life

11/10/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Vinyl Is the Soundtrack of Life

In which the author refuses to let go of his vinyl.

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SPORTS WATCH | When Special Teams Lose National Championship Bids

11/10/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | When Special Teams Lose National Championship Bids

Last weekend’s LSU-Alabama game was big boy football. Let’s all hope we get to see them go toe-to-toe again this year.

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UP BEAR CREEK | First Americans Here as Early as 25,000 Years Ago

11/07/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | First Americans Here as Early as 25,000 Years Ago

Goodtimes discusses recent archeological finds, the passing of Midge Carriere and former U.S. Forest Service regional forester Rick Cables’ new position in this week’s “Up Bear Creek.”

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Alzheimer’s: What Lies Inside

11/03/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Alzheimer’s: What Lies Inside

Alzheimer’s strikes a friend, and the decline comes on suddenly.

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SPORTS WATCH | Cardinals Win Gives True Meaning to Fall Classic

11/03/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Cardinals Win Gives True Meaning to Fall Classic

If any team has embodied the “never say die” cliché, it’s the St. Louis Cardinals.

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DISPATCHES | In Hell ’Twas I

11/03/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | In Hell ’Twas I

A report from the front in the war on cancer.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | What Really Scares Us

10/31/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | What Really Scares Us

Has Halloween, or indeed society in general, veered beyond what is psychically healthy?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Mail-in Ballots and Instant Runoff Voting

10/31/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Mail-in Ballots and Instant Runoff Voting

Remembering Michael Johnson…some political endorsements…some caveats…

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SPORTS WATCH | Tebow Was Ugly, But as the Broncos Are Learning, a Win Is a Win

10/27/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Tebow Was Ugly, But as the Broncos Are Learning, a Win Is a Win

Denver has gone from a pretty quarterback who puts up big passing numbers but cant win to an ugly quarterback who does just about everything wrong yet still wins.

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DISPATCHES | Passports to Paradise

10/27/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Passports to Paradise

Coyotes and wolves and prairie dogs: Schultheis has some advice for those who say they should be exterminated.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | First Lady of the World

10/20/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | First Lady of the World

In which a visit to Campobello Island leads to revelations about First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Harvest Time, Down on the Spud Patch

10/20/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Harvest Time, Down on the Spud Patch

A darn respectable potato crop, outlaw poets and a new nickname courtesy of wild horse advocates.

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SPORTS WATCH | NBA Players Want Respect? Start With a Suit and Tie

10/20/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | NBA Players Want Respect? Start With a Suit and Tie

It’s hard to take an NBA player seriously during contract negotiations when he’s wearing a white T-shirt and a crooked baseball hat.

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DISPATCHES | In Which Our Hero Survives a Vicious Medical Attack

10/13/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | In Which Our Hero Survives a Vicious Medical Attack

Schultheis’s alter-ego Wahab waves “sayonara to Napoleon the Cancer, who is no more.”

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UP BEAR CREEK | Regional Writers’ Forum hosts first Annual The Language of This Land

10/13/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Regional Writers’ Forum hosts first Annual The Language of This Land

Having been through energy’s boom and bust more than once, there seems to be a new spirit in the air at the Western Slope’s queen city.

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SPORTS WATCH | Against a Massive Pass Rush, Cutler Played Better Than Orton Ever Would Have

10/13/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Against a Massive Pass Rush, Cutler Played Better Than Orton Ever Would Have

I hate to say it, but I was impressed with Jay Cutler’s losing performance against the Lions on Monday night.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Surfing Style Police

10/07/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Surfing Style Police

Surfing seems like s strange sport to be bound up in style, but it is.

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SPORTS WATCH | Of Journalism, Poetry, Fulminations and Presidential Historical Fiction

10/07/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Of Journalism, Poetry, Fulminations and Presidential Historical Fiction

Thoughts on the first issue of The Community Catalyst and why Goodtimes must ship his horns and trident back to the factory.

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SPORTS WATCH | The Greatest Night of Baseball Ever

10/07/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | The Greatest Night of Baseball Ever

While they left the Braves and Red Sox heartbroken, four regular season-ending games played out to be some of the best sports drama of all time.

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SPORTS WATCH | Stafford and Fitzpatrick Are Doing What Orton Isn’t: Winning

09/29/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Stafford and Fitzpatrick Are Doing What Orton Isn’t: Winning

It may be very early in the season in two tough divisions but at least there’s hope for the Lions and Bills. More than I can say for a Kyle Orton-led Broncos team.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Solving the Hot Dog Problem

09/29/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Solving the Hot Dog Problem

Vince Konty’s Centennial Ranch hosted an “open ranch” weekend as a fundraiser for the Ouray County Historical Society.

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UP BEAR CREEK | One of Norwood’s Legendary Ranching Elders Takes Her Leave

09/29/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | One of Norwood’s Legendary Ranching Elders Takes Her Leave

‘Thank you for all your many contributions to our community, Dora. You will be missed.’

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Trend Report: Old Is New

09/26/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Trend Report: Old Is New

Once again Ski magazine’s Buyers Guide strains the definition of “new.”

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SPORTS WATCH | A Realignment Frenzy Takes Over College Football

09/22/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | A Realignment Frenzy Takes Over College Football

College athletics isn’t supposed to be centered around money but the changing field of conferences would suggest otherwise.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Small Steps, Big Story: Climate Solutions for Rural Communities

09/22/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Small Steps, Big Story: Climate Solutions for Rural Communities

A report from the Headwaters Conference

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Born to Run

09/15/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Born to Run

The Ouray-to-Telluride race over Imogene Pass inspired thoughts about Born to Run, Christopher McDougall’s bestseller on the evolution of Running Man.

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DISPATCHES | No Longer a Bright, Shining Dream

09/15/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | No Longer a Bright, Shining Dream

Commonplace, acceptable behavior, in the Benighted Estates of Hysteria.

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SPORTS WATCH | Effects of Climate Change May Be Evident on Gridiron

09/15/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Effects of Climate Change May Be Evident on Gridiron

If nothing else will get naysayers serious about fighting climate change, maybe a shift in the way football is played will?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Searching for What’s Left Us

09/12/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Searching for What’s Left Us

Thoughts on the film festival, a book for the prurient and a lost purse, eh, pouch in the Bear Creek Basin.

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SPORTS WATCH | Oregon Ducks Are Out, Maybe Boise State Will Make Surprise Undefeated Run

09/08/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Oregon Ducks Are Out, Maybe Boise State Will Make Surprise Undefeated Run

Oregon should have played the way it knows how to: quick and nifty.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Ten Years After

09/08/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Ten Years After

What if you were stuck in a gondola with George W. Bush? What would you say to him?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Celebrating Cinema in the Mountains

09/05/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Celebrating Cinema in the Mountains

Welcome to the Telluride Film Festival, where the whole mountain town goes madly cinematic.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Raven Steals the Sun

09/01/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Raven Steals the Sun

In which the author confronts the mystery of golf balls in the middle of nowhere.

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SPORTS WATCH | Vick Back on Top With New $100 Million Contract

09/01/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Vick Back on Top With New $100 Million Contract

For one Eagles fan, making Vick the face of the team is a tough pill to swallow even though he’s the team’s best chance for success.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Netflix Would Be Nothing Without the TFF

08/29/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Netflix Would Be Nothing Without the TFF

We wouldn’t know what to add to our Netflix queue without the help of the Telluride Film Festival.

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SPORTS WATCH | Goodbye Steroid Era, Hello HGH Era

08/25/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Goodbye Steroid Era, Hello HGH Era

With a flunked HGH test for a Colorado Springs Sky Sox player, the beginning of the HGH era in North America has officially began.

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DISPATCHES | Hoplites, Falling Empires and Us

08/25/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Hoplites, Falling Empires and Us

The average American probably thinks the “hoplite” is a new brand of micro-brew, but in reality it’s an ancient historical phenomenon that many scholars say is a key factor in the survival of nations.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Kind of Madness

08/20/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Kind of Madness

What is this madness that compels human beings to explore?

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DISPATCHES | Report From the Cancer-Hep C Battlefield

08/20/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Report From the Cancer-Hep C Battlefield

The alliance of cancer (“Napoleon”) and Hep-C (“Hitler-itis”) “not good,” says columnist Rob Schultheis

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SPORTS WATCH | With Tebow Waiting, Pressure to Win Is on Orton

08/20/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | With Tebow Waiting, Pressure to Win Is on Orton

Kyle Orton has proven to be the best quarterback so far at Broncos training camp, but that means nothing if he can’t lead the team to victory.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Town’s Unique Shroomfest Revs up for Its Biggest Myco-Production Ever

08/19/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Town’s Unique Shroomfest Revs up for Its Biggest Myco-Production Ever

Mushrooms, Tea Party follies and a Tim DeChristopher defense fund are all a part of this week’s Up Bear Creek.

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SPORTS WATCH | Dan Patrick Makes Sports Talk Radio (and TV) Fun Again

08/11/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Dan Patrick Makes Sports Talk Radio (and TV) Fun Again

Dan Patrick doesn’t have expert insiders. He doesn’t have neon special effects. What he does have is a lot of fun and a damn good show.

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DISPATCHES | The Powers We Carry

08/11/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Powers We Carry

A life-changing vision from the shadowlands of long ago.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Bioregionalist Visionary Passes

08/11/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Bioregionalist Visionary Passes

Watch columnist Art Goodtimes on the death of Peter Berg…The loss of the U.S. Postal Service in rural communities and our addiction to debt.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Bargain Basement On High Hills

08/11/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Bargain Basement On High Hills

Powderhorn ski area was auctioned to the highest bidder last week. The winner turned out to be former Vail Associates President Andy Daly, who paid $1.4 million for the Grand Mesa resort.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Locals Join Civil Disobedience Protest for Eco-Hero

08/04/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Locals Join Civil Disobedience Protest for Eco-Hero

Help is needed for upcoming mushroom festival…a fitting tribute to the late Gordon Glockson.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Take That, Patriot Act!

08/04/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Take That, Patriot Act!

Norway, post act of terror, will be very much like Norway, pre act of terror.

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SPORTS WATCH | With Ubaldo Gone, Are Rockies Restocked and Ready to Finally Win?

08/04/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | With Ubaldo Gone, Are Rockies Restocked and Ready to Finally Win?

In a trade that looked like a rebuilding trade, the Rockies dish their ace for more pitching talent in its farm system.

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SPORTS WATCH | Now That a Deal Has Been Made, Let the Free Agency Frenzy Begin

07/28/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Now That a Deal Has Been Made, Let the Free Agency Frenzy Begin

Should we, as fans, care about the details of the new CBA?

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Banking Toward the Valley

07/28/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Banking Toward the Valley

For some reason the Tour de France bicycle race triggers mid-summer skiing fantasies in the author.

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DISPATCHES | Rediscovering an Old Fearlessness

07/28/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Rediscovering an Old Fearlessness

Thunder on the Wilsons and memories of war in Afghanistan.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Getting Tired of NACo Annual Meetings

07/28/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Getting Tired of NACo Annual Meetings

‘I’ve tried to work through regional, state and national county advocacy groups and, both as a Green and a San Miguel County citizen, I’ve not been impressed.’

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SPORTS WATCH | Despite Heartbreak, World Cup Final Is One for the Ages

07/21/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Despite Heartbreak, World Cup Final Is One for the Ages

It wasn’t the biggest or most physical team that won the women’s World Cup, but it certainly was the best and most deserving team.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Monastery of Pure Landscape

07/21/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Monastery of Pure Landscape

Sometimes the drive across the empty Great Basin can be more restful than the vacation at the far end.

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UP BEAR CREEK | On the road to Rainbow, with Gregorio Rainbow Oshá

07/21/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | On the road to Rainbow, with Gregorio Rainbow  Oshá

Each summer I look forward to traveling with my youngest son. It’s the high point of the non-school year for both of us.

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SPORTS WATCH | Being a Nice Guy in the Right Place at the Right Time Can Cost You

07/14/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Being a Nice Guy in the Right Place at the Right Time Can Cost You

Just like a salivating dog at a barbecue, the I.R.S. is sniffing around Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Attending a Healing Gathering for Peace

07/14/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Attending a Healing Gathering for Peace

Another Rainbow Gathering…More Green stuff…How about a carbon tax?

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DISPATCHES | Who’s Lucky?

07/07/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Who’s Lucky?

…and the reported causes of resentment.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Wrong Way to Denver

07/07/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Wrong Way to Denver

The natural gas industry is getting away with semantic deception in defining natural gas an “alternative” fuel.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Nabhan on Immigration & Deep Ecology

07/07/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Nabhan on Immigration & Deep Ecology

Lyrical expression from one of the Southwest’s great visionaries.

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SPORTS WATCH | The Once-Promising Colorado Rockies Are Worn Out

07/07/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | The Once-Promising Colorado Rockies Are Worn Out

Injuries, a tired bullpen and a struggling offense are keeping the Rox stuck in mediocrity.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Good Grief, Part 3: Hoist Anchor

06/30/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Good Grief, Part 3: Hoist Anchor

In which the Good Grief is rescued and the author learns to fear his father’s disappointment.

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SPORTS WATCH | Big Trouble in Chavez Ravine

06/30/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Big Trouble in Chavez Ravine

For the good of baseball, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt must go, and soon.

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UP BEAR CREEK | A Great New Indie Film by a Friend

06/30/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | A Great New Indie Film by a Friend

The cockroach that got away and other memories from the 70s…Have pancakes with Third Congressional District candidate Sal Pace this weekend…

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Good Grief, Part 2: Mayday

06/23/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Good Grief, Part 2: Mayday

In which the author and his father drift closer to the rocks.

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SPORTS WATCH | Rory McIlroy to Break Jack Nicklaus’ Record? Why not?

06/23/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Rory McIlroy to Break Jack Nicklaus’ Record? Why not?

He’s only got 17 more Major victories to go, but at age 22, the newest U.S. Open winner has plenty of time.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Rafting with the Best on the San Miguel

06/23/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Rafting with the Best on the San Miguel

Saying goodbye to the LaChapelle home in Silverton…The joys of rafting on the San Miguel…

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Good Grief, Fathers Never Fail

06/16/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Good Grief, Fathers Never Fail

In which the author recalls a scary day at sea with his father.

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SPORTS WATCH | Blame Spoelstra, Not LeBron

06/16/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Blame Spoelstra, Not LeBron

The Dallas Mavericks put together a perfect finals to shut LeBron James and Co. down. Where was the coaching creativity and leadership?

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DISPATCHES | Please Return Brain to Owner

06/16/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Please Return Brain to Owner

Thank God I’ve still got enough brain power left to recognize a windfall when it comes my way!

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UP BEAR CREEK | Don Coram, Yes! CCI, No!

06/16/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Don Coram, Yes! CCI, No!

I’ve been darn impressed by Don and his wife Dianna. They like to say the “R” behind their name stands for “Rural” and I’m a believer.

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SPORTS WATCH | Take Away a National Championship? Who Cares?

06/10/11 | By | More
SPORTS WATCH | Take Away a National Championship? Who Cares?

The Bowl Championship Series is a real mess, a waste of time, and the implosion of its national championship system is underway.

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UP BEAR CREEK | When the Law Can Make Things Less Safe

06/09/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | When the Law Can Make Things Less Safe

Road Problem … Possible Solution … Trout Tournament … Library Sale … Dolores Riverfest …

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Time Travel: Crosscuts of the Day

06/09/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Time Travel: Crosscuts of the Day

An out-of-the-blue email sparks memories of the author’s grandfather’s church.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Mountainfilm Comes Into Its Own

06/02/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Mountainfilm Comes Into Its Own

Mountainfilm 2011 reached new heights, of both art and humanity.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Basking in the MtnFilm Afterglow

06/02/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Basking in the MtnFilm Afterglow

Speech by 17-year-old activist Alec Loorz – “Everything we do affects everything … from polar bears to fungus to future generations“ a standout at Telluride Mountainfilm

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VIEW TO THE WEST | What Global Warming?

05/31/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | What Global Warming?

Hard to wrap ones mind around global warming when it’s snowing in May.

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DISPATCHES | Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ That Wasn’t

05/31/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ That Wasn’t

A shocking story about Bush Administration ties to al-Qaeda

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UP BEAR CREEK | The Shape of Local Roads

05/26/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | The Shape of Local Roads

Virginia Goldsworthy dies in Denver…Anasazi solar?

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Fear of Falling

05/19/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Fear of Falling

The author remembers a poignant Mountainfilm past.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Forest Service Nixes Grassroots Call

05/19/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Forest Service Nixes Grassroots Call

Seeing both sides on airport conflict…Stop the brutal mag chloride…USFS ‘deeply disappointing’ on new planning stance

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