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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 | 43 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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Still in the op-ed saddle

12/03/14 | By | 129 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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UP BEAR CREEK | Saying Goodbye to a Media Eye

11/24/14 | By | 125 More

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

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

09/09/14 | By | 92 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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UP BEAR CREEK | Oldest Son Graduates From Ft. Lewis

05/10/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Oldest Son Graduates From Ft. Lewis

Workers rights celebrated at the State Capitol.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Norwood’s Elle Metrick Honored for Poetry

04/30/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Norwood’s Elle Metrick Honored for Poetry

Norwood’s Elle Metrick wins poetry prize from county…Sawpit open for business…Sighting a Great Blue Heron…

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UP BEAR CREEK | Stamets Offers Experimental Myco- Solution to Japan’s Nuclear Mess

04/14/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Stamets Offers Experimental Myco- Solution to Japan’s Nuclear Mess

Paul Stamets offers an experimental myco-solution to clean up Japan’s nuclear disaster…A sidewalk scolding…

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UP BEAR CREEK | Of After-hour Airports, Black Op Job Stings, Marshal Morrow & Red Ladies

04/03/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Of After-hour Airports, Black Op Job Stings, Marshal Morrow & Red Ladies

Former Telluride Marshal Everett Morrow dies…No Night Flights? or Health TEX? This commissioner still undecided…A military rumor…

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UP BEAR CREEK | he Nuclear Genii Strikes Back

03/25/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | he Nuclear Genii Strikes Back

he experts were wrong, and Japan’s triple-header catastrophe is just one result.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Some Capitol Connections

03/18/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Some Capitol Connections

Seeing some light at the end of the USFS tunnel, in Washington…

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UP BEAR CREEK | Doing the ol’ Aztec two-step in DC

03/13/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Doing the ol’ Aztec two-step in DC

Reflections from the annual springtime visit to our nation’s capitol, and remembering the Mexican hiatus.

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UP BEAR CREEK | South of the Border

03/03/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | South of the Border

Mingling with paleohippies, poets and soccer players, talking John Berryman, Sylvia Plath and Club Barcelona in sunny Mexico…

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UP BEAR CREEK | Blending the New and Old West

02/27/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Blending the New and Old West

As the US continues to be torn apart by extremist factions in both political parties, what we really need is a movement of the radical middle.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Gaining Ground on Carbon Reductions

02/19/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Gaining Ground on Carbon Reductions

More confessions from an energy pig; good-bye, Lance Christie, and viva Torrone!

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UP BEAR CREEK | CCI Kisses Bipartisanship Goodbye

02/10/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | CCI Kisses Bipartisanship Goodbye

Republicans have scorched-earth policy at CCI…

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UP BEAR CREEK | Read a Book

02/03/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Read a Book

It’s the time of year when you should curl up and read a good book. Herewith, a few recommendations.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Mourning for an Old Friend and Remembrances of Times Past

01/27/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Mourning for an Old Friend and Remembrances of Times Past

A sad farewell to Jim Spor, for whom life without his beloved wife was “unbearable.” And happy 70th wedding anniversary to Carrie and Clyde Free.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Can PLP Do More?

01/20/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Can PLP Do More?

Can Public Land Partnership take on the hard topics?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Bringing the War Home

01/13/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Bringing the War Home

Recent discovery of skull and crossbones posters nailed up in the Blanding area warning members of and environmental group to stay out of San Juan County, Utah, are not being taken lightly.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Taking Stock of Where We Are and Where We’ve Been

01/06/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Taking Stock of Where We Are and Where We’ve Been

Winter is here, and a U.S. Congress minus John Salazar (and an ineffectual Sen. Mark Udall?) is cold comfort.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Wrapping Up the First Decade of theNew Millennium

01/02/11 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Wrapping Up the First Decade of theNew Millennium

Thoughts on the so-called New Millennium, and then some.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Confessions of an Energy Pig

12/23/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Confessions of an Energy Pig

Breakfast with new 58th House District Rep Don Coram and a look at how green this green can be.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Scott Tipton Takes Over the Third District

12/19/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Scott Tipton Takes Over the Third District

A welcome to new U.S. Representative Scott Tipton and a look at local books and poetry.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Helping the Forest Service Find Better Relationships With Local Governments

12/13/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Helping the Forest Service Find Better Relationships With Local Governments

The Forest Service is about to put the finishing touches on a draft planning rule that will guide new forest plans for the next decade or so, and collaboration is a big piece of that new rule.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Mushrooms in the Limelight: “High Times” & “Scientific American”

12/03/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Mushrooms in the Limelight: “High Times” & “Scientific American”

Fungophiles, unite! … Hallucinogens as Medicine … White Buffalo in Jeopardy

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UP BEAR CREEK | Help Needed to Keep Area Organic Icon Up and Running

11/29/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Help Needed to Keep Area Organic Icon Up and Running

A Poem for Aaron Moon Cruttenden …help White Buffalo Farm…

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UP BEAR CREEK | Sorting Through a Progressive Setback

11/15/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Sorting Through a Progressive Setback

The American political pendulum continues its swing.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Doing California in Memory and Fact

11/08/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Doing California in Memory and Fact

Celebrating past and present in San Fran in the midst of a World Series.

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UP BEAR CREEK | On the Road for Fall Work and Play

10/29/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | On the Road for Fall Work and Play

“Every so often you have to wake up and jump off a
cliff.”

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UP BEAR CREEK | Do Your Civic Duty and Vote

10/22/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Do Your Civic Duty and Vote

ELECTION ADVICE … I know I have many faithful readers who say to me, “I don’t always agree with your views, but I do enjoy your columns.” If that’s your space and my brand of radical middle, Green Rainbow, paleohippie politics isn’t copasetic, you may want to skip over this ballot box short-form … If, […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Satisfying a Life Goal I’ve Dreamed of for Years

10/18/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Satisfying a Life Goal I’ve Dreamed of for Years

UP BEAR CREEK
A hike up the California coastline

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UP BEAR CREEK | Spuds and Squash Exposed

10/09/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Spuds and Squash Exposed

Harvest-time…The arrest of D.A. Serra…An alternative cancer treatment…And thank you, CDOT

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UP BEAR CREEK | Should Greens Run Candidates Who Can’t Win, Like Minor Parties Often Do?

09/30/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Should Greens Run Candidates Who Can’t Win, Like Minor Parties Often Do?

Art Goodtimes is proud to be a Green in support of incumbent Democrat Senator Michael Bennet.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Water Is What We Fight
Over in the West

09/23/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Water Is What We Fight<br />Over in the West

Do we file a right to protect native fish and other riparian values or, do we try and figure out all the future developments we humans want in the basin and make those future uses a priority?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Fen Tour Reveals Prospect Basin’s 12,000-Yr-Old Wetland Treasures

09/16/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Fen Tour Reveals Prospect Basin’s 12,000-Yr-Old Wetland Treasures

A valuable repository of scientific data is stored in Telluride’s Prospect Basin.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Remembering Nine Eleven & America’s Never-Ending Wars

09/09/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Remembering Nine Eleven & America’s Never-Ending Wars

Join us on this month’s 9/11 commemorative peacewalk…mixed emotions as summer fades to fall, and travels with Gorio draw to a close

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UP BEAR CREEK | Scientific Evidence of Therapeutic Uses of Entheogenic Mushrooms Explored

09/02/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Scientific Evidence of Therapeutic Uses of Entheogenic Mushrooms Explored

A banner year for Telluride’s Mushroom Festival.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Entheogens, medicinals & Plenty of Edibles

08/27/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Entheogens, medicinals & Plenty of Edibles

Telluride Mushroom Festival – is it finally time for America to accept the elusive and powerful fungi?

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UP BEAR CREEK | Shrooms! Shrooms! Shrooms!

08/19/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Shrooms! Shrooms! Shrooms!

It’s a great year for mushrooms – and the Telluride Mushroom Festival, coming up Aug. 26.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Gary Lincoff Brings Us a Shroom Book for Amateur Mycophiles and Hungry Fans

08/15/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Gary Lincoff Brings Us a Shroom Book for Amateur Mycophiles and Hungry Fans

Mushroom … Paul Homer … Beaver Fire … Poet Laureate … Sunshine Express

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UP BEAR CREEK | Making the Pilgrimage Back to Roots

08/06/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Making the Pilgrimage Back to Roots

visiting the hometown…

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UP BEAR CREEK | Attending the National Association of Counties Annual Summer Meeting

07/28/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Attending the National Association of Counties Annual Summer Meeting

Another term on the Public Lands Steering Committee of NACo for Art Goodtimes.

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UP BEAR CREEK | An Abundance of Cinematic Riches

07/26/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | An Abundance of Cinematic Riches

Kudos for Telluride Mountainfilm.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Trying to Hone in on a Lexicon of Spirit

07/15/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Trying to Hone in on a Lexicon of Spirit

Telluride Institute ratchets up level of think-tank innovation with Stanford’s Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education symposium

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UP BEAR CREEK | Sasha Shulgin Comes to Town

05/27/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Sasha Shulgin Comes to Town

‘Some people eschew chaos. I tend to embrace it.’

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UP BEAR CREEK | Exploring Jungian Archetypes

05/20/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Exploring Jungian Archetypes

A North of Eden Jungian dreamwork workshop in Telluride inspires Goodtimes to keep a dream journal again.

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UP BEAR CREEK | It’s Bad Times for Local Governments

05/14/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | It’s Bad Times for Local Governments

Cindy Bellai, I wish you’d called me and other county government headaches.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Fast & Furioso This Off-season

05/09/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Fast & Furioso This Off-season

It may be off season but things seem to be moving at the speed of light.

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UP BEAR CREEK | A Green Plan to Save the World

05/03/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | A Green Plan to Save the World

The Renewable Deal for the United States of America, Lance Christie’s green plan to save the world.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Mountainfilm Hosts Counter-cultural Legend, the Godfather of Psychedelics

04/26/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Mountainfilm Hosts Counter-cultural Legend, the Godfather of Psychedelics

“Get ready for a Telluride visit of one of the most legendary psychonauts of our time,” says Art Goodtime of the announcement that Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin will attend Telluride Mountainfilm.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Reading About America’s Founding

04/17/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Reading About America’s Founding

Inspired by the book 1776 by David McCullough, Art Goodtimes writes: ‘It’s easy to have preconceptions about what people were or weren’t, in the past, but it’s always sobering to find out exactly how inconsistent and complicated reality was in the times before us.’

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UP BEAR CREEK | Exploring What it Means to Be a Patriot in the 21st Century

04/10/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Exploring What it Means to Be a Patriot in the 21st Century

‘While I’m not a believer that “patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels,” I do know that many good people have very conflicting definitions of patriotism,’ writes Art Goodtimes.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Friends and Family Celebrate Montrose Icon

04/05/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Friends and Family Celebrate Montrose Icon

Goodtimes remembers Helen Wood…contemplates the down-side of a ski pass…has only praise for Norwood School Board

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UP BEAR CREEK | Enchanted by a Hungarian Love Story

03/26/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Enchanted by a Hungarian Love Story

A love story from long ago…Health care heaven?…Paul Stamets headlines 30th Annual Mushroom Festival

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UP BEAR CREEK | Doing the Beltway Two-Step

03/18/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Doing the Beltway Two-Step

D.C. … Once a year, my state commissioner association pays for me to travel to Washington, D.C., for the National Association of Counties’ Legislative session. This year they paid for Commissioner Elaine Fischer to attend as well … As far as “junkets” go, this one was not very appealing. It was two weeks before the […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Mexican New Mex Fusion in Santa Fe

03/11/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Mexican New Mex Fusion in Santa Fe

In this week’s Up Bear Creek: A restaurant name correction, a review of books, a call for recognition of Liu Xiao-bo, Leonard Peltier, and those murdered at Wounded Knee.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Doing Poetry Down in Old Mexico

03/05/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Doing Poetry Down in Old Mexico

Field notes from a poetry conference in Mexico.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Learning the Tao of T’ang Poetry

02/25/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Learning the Tao of T’ang Poetry

The Tao of T’ang Poetry that remains pertinent through the millennia…

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UP BEAR CREEK | Honoring One of the Region’s Finest

02/18/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Honoring One of the Region’s Finest

Honoring Moab’s most amazing man, Lance Christie.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Saying Goodbye to Kevin Green

02/11/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Saying Goodbye to Kevin Green

Losing friends in a season of losses.

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UP BEAR CREEK | Teaching Our Kids a Way Besides War

02/04/10 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Teaching Our Kids a Way Besides War

Telluride Mountain School students learn real-life conflict resolution through role play guided by Axis of Hope director Carl Hobert.

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Laos New Year Celebrations Real Soakers | Up Bear Creek

05/29/08 | By | More
Laos New Year Celebrations Real Soakers | Up Bear Creek

Iris Willow, daughter of Art Goodtimes, reports on New Year festivities in her new home of Laos.

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A First Hand Account of the Big Shake | Up Bear Creek

05/22/08 | By | More
A First Hand Account of the Big Shake | Up Bear Creek

The earthquake that devastated portions of China is recounted by an old friend of columnist Art Goodtimes.

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Dating Our Presence Back 15,000 BP | Up Bear Creek

05/15/08 | By | More
Dating Our Presence Back 15,000 BP | Up Bear Creek

What year is this really? Calculating from the time of first human occupation in North America, it’s roughly 15,008, according to columnist Art Goodtimes.

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Living With the Gift of Tragedy | Up Bear Creek

05/08/08 | By | More
Living With the Gift of Tragedy | Up Bear Creek

Reversing roles with one’s parents, becoming the care giver, is something many of us will experience, as is columnist Art Goodtimes. He currently is in California caring for his ailing father.

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Facing the Realities of Boomer Aging | Up Bear Creek

05/01/08 | By | More
Facing the Realities of Boomer Aging | Up Bear Creek

Goodtimes reflects on poetry, language – and energy!

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Gourds Fest Enlivens Off-Season | Up Bear Creek

04/24/08 | By | More
Gourds Fest Enlivens Off-Season | Up Bear Creek

Talking Gourds has joined with the library to host a wild poetry slam event, with Day Acoli as emcee.

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Western Slope’s ‘Voice of Oil and Gas’ | Up Bear Creek

04/17/08 | By | More
Western Slope’s ‘Voice of Oil and Gas’ | Up Bear Creek

I say good-bye to Club 20.

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Visiting Peru With Cultural Ambassadors From the North Fork | Up Bear Creek

04/10/08 | By | More
Visiting Peru With Cultural Ambassadors From the North Fork | Up Bear Creek

For years, two intrepid cultural ambassadors from the North Fork of the Gunnison, from a mesa studio/home and gardens overlooking Paonia, Tara Miller and Sam Brown have been traveling down to South America.

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In Surprise Move, Norwood, Telluride and Mtn. Village Build Joint Rec Center | Up Bear Creek

04/01/08 | By | More
In Surprise Move, Norwood, Telluride and Mtn. Village Build Joint Rec Center | Up Bear Creek

Some would say there’s never a day we can trust headlines. Or better, never trust media. And yet we do.

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Rushing Out to California for My Dad | Up Bear Creek

03/18/08 | By | More
Rushing Out to California for My Dad | Up Bear Creek

EMERGENCY … It was one of those moments that at a different time in my life would have thrown me into panic.

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Obama Can Lead This Country Well | Up Bear Creek

02/27/08 | By | More
Obama Can Lead This Country Well | Up Bear Creek

YES WE CAN … Some folks thought that my call for the Dems to solidify their ticket and unite the two campaigns, with Hillary as prez and Barrack as vice, meant I was favoring Clinton over Obama. But nothing could be further from the truth. I share Gabe Lifton-Zoline’s enthusiasm for Obama, and if he […]

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Sudden Aspen Decline Stymies Scientific Certainty but Roars On | Up Bear Creek

02/19/08 | By | More
Sudden Aspen Decline Stymies Scientific Certainty but Roars On | Up Bear Creek

SAD … Huge tracts of aspen are not only dying, but it seems that the underground aspen clones that regenerate new trees are suffering high mortality rates in many places in Colorado and throughout the West – not from one bug or disease but from a potpourri of factors, starting with drought. With the Norwood […]

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Remembering a Famous Wife as a Visionary in Her Own Right | Up Bear Creek

02/05/08 | By | More
Remembering a Famous Wife as a Visionary in Her Own Right | Up Bear Creek

LAURA HUXLEY … This amazing woman was born in Turin in 1911, and died in Los Angeles in December of last year. A child prodigy on violin, she debuted in the U.S. in 1937, but forsook the stage to explore and practice psychology that turned to common sense self-help books, You Are Not a Target: […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Could “Sustainablility” Be the Wrong Fame for Taking Us Into the Future?

01/28/08 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Could “Sustainablility” Be the Wrong Fame for Taking Us Into the Future?

QUIVIRA COALITION … It was my second year journeying down to Albuquerque (what the locals call affectionately “Burque”) to attend the annual conference of this unique coalition, founded by Courtney White, that brings together ranchers, farmers, ecologists and enviros to figure out earth healthy ways to practice agriculture in the 21st Century. This year there […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | How the Names We Use for Things Can Separate Us From One Another

01/21/08 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | How the Names We Use for Things Can Separate Us From One Another

PROGRESSIVE? … I was having lunch the other day with a local friend whose political views often differ from mine. As an elected official, I find it important to keep tabs on constituencies and viewpoints different than my own. It’s my job to represent all the citizens of our diverse county. That’s easy to do […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Quivira Coalition hosts “Building Resilience: Creating Hope in an Age of Consequences” in Albuquerque

01/16/08 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Quivira Coalition hosts “Building Resilience: Creating Hope in an Age of Consequences” in Albuquerque

GRAZING IMPACTS … I’m off to New Mexico this coming week to attend the annual Quivira Coalition conference, that bridge-building collaborative group bringing ranchers and enviros together. I was a speaker last year, along with the amazing poet/farmer Wendell Berry of Kentucky, and I was delighted to meet a new breed of rancher – ones […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | National Lawyers Guild Calls for the Impeachment of Bush and Cheney

01/08/08 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | National Lawyers Guild Calls for the Impeachment of Bush and Cheney

THINK GLOBAL ACT LOCAL … I know some folks are concerned about the County stepping into the impeachment debate, after the ski backlash against Telluride for the Town Board’s stand on impeachment (although, as I followed the controversy, as many or more folks applauded that decision after the initial reaction of some rabid Bush supporters […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | County’s in Good Hands for 2008

01/04/08 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | County’s in Good Hands for 2008

STATE OF THE COUNTY … As I leave the position of chair, I am proud to say San Miguel County has accomplished a lot in the past year, and is moving in a number of good directions. Perhaps the most visible accomplishment has been the historic restoration facelift for our county courthouse – a visible […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Taking the Whores Out of Ho-Ho-Ho!

12/29/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Taking the Whores Out of Ho-Ho-Ho!

CHRISTMAS WOE WHOAS … Just as Thanksgiving was hijacked by the marketing arms of major retail corporations, Christmas has long been sold off from the sacred and sentimentalized into the outer garments of its warm and fuzzy parts. It’s our winter orgy of buy! Buy! BUY! … Sorry, but I’m old-fashioned. I remember Americans who […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Thinking Globally and Acting Locally

12/17/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Thinking Globally and Acting Locally

STEPPING UP … In a democracy real change is supposed to start from the bottom, the grassroots. And then work its way up to the national. Grassroots democracy is one of the American Green Party’s ten key values. As an elected representative answerable to all in this county, especially our most active citizens, I strongly […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Collecting Rhizomes in SanFranTellorontoride

12/10/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Collecting Rhizomes in SanFranTellorontoride

TRITON HOTEL … I’ve always loved our Telluride Mushroom Festival for its archaic roots. How it takes us back to our ancestral memory of hunting and gathering – what we as a species did best for 90,000 years. Becoming future primitives. Out in the woods. On a search for food, fun and poison … But […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Stu Beats Out Terry in the New Telluride

11/13/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Stu Beats Out Terry in the New Telluride

ARMWRESTLE … Well, shucks, I was rooting for the old timer. I know. It’s a bias my publisher doesn’t share. But I got it. Old timer envy … Well, not too old timer. Jack Pera puts even me over the edge sometimes (I imagine Davine probably says the same thing). I mean his roots are […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | County Unveils Free Prescription Discount Card

10/29/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | County Unveils Free Prescription Discount Card

CAREMARK … I know many county citizens wonder why I spend so much time traveling on behalf of the county. While I’m a huge believer in regional connections and have won some personal awards for bridge-building and collaboration, what local folks really want to know is how those expenditures of county funds benefits them … […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Coming Up on Municipal Elections in Telluride

10/22/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Coming Up on Municipal Elections in Telluride

ENDORSEMENTS … As a Norwood resident, it’s always a reach to inject my own opinions into elections where I can’t vote. But as a columnist and politico who’s lived in the county for almost 30 years now and who has resided in both Telluride and Placerville in the past, I figure my thoughts may be […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Catching (Missing) the Last Day of Moon Risings at Chimney Rock Observatory

10/15/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Catching (Missing) the Last Day of Moon Risings at Chimney Rock Observatory

LUNAR STANDSTILL …Friends snatched us off for a midnight ride to an Ancestral Puebloan archeoastronomic site west of Pagosa Springs a couple weeks ago. And they prepped us before with a talk by the good Dr. McKim Malville. He was the scientist who followed up on a hunch and unlocked an ancient key – a […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Diving Deep Into the Off Season

10/08/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Diving Deep Into the Off Season

DO THE LOBBY LOO … As if Wyoming wasn’t disruption enough this fall (as we dip deep into off season), last week I was jetting off to D.C. (arrived Dulles almost midnight, waited an hour for the Super Shuttle van to leave the airport, and then had to take a taxi downtown, getting to sleep […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Dems Lose Ploy to Change Course of Disastrous IraqWar2

10/01/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Dems Lose Ploy to Change Course of Disastrous IraqWar2

MOVE ON … Even some Dems are talking trash about moveon.org just for calling Gen. Petraeus “General Betrayus” even before Bush’s senior military advisor addressed Congress … But come on. Since when has anything controversial that the current Prez’s said, or any of his administration cronies, that’s not been a lie? Or lies … Hard […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Speaking to a Covey of Wyoming Enviros

09/24/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Speaking to a Covey of Wyoming Enviros

BADGER BALL … The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance (BCA) is a hard-hitting citizen watchdog group based in Laramie, where the University of Wyoming is located. They take on timber clearcut issues (still happening in the Black Hills), rampant oil and gas development, and endangered species protection, statewide … I met one of their organizers, Duane Short, […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Saying a Final Goodbye to Dolores LaChapelle

09/17/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Saying a Final Goodbye to Dolores LaChapelle

SCATTERING ASHES … Dolores died back in January, at 80 years of age. A group of her friends took her ashes to her favorite sacred sites around Silverton this past weekend, and gave her back to the elements – not only Heidegger’s fourfold (mortals, divine archetypes, earth and heaven) but also the physical mountains and […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | 50,000 gather at Black Rock City in Nevada

09/10/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | 50,000 gather at Black Rock City in Nevada

BURNING MAN … Omygosh, what a wild extravaganza! Take the mushroom parade, increase its zany costuming 10-fold, add heavy doses of nudity, revelry and dancing, and up the numbers to a population larger than Grand Junction … It was my second year at this double-decade bash that started as a jilted-love seaside party for 40 […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | The New Mining Boom Is On and San Miguel County Is Ground Zero

09/06/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | The New Mining Boom Is On and San Miguel County Is Ground Zero

URANIUM … The Environmental Working Group has just released a report tracking the 239 percent increase in mining claims on federal lands in the last four years here in Colorado – from 5,430 filings to 18,391. That exceeds the 38 percent increase over the same period for the 12 western states (http://www.ewg.org/) … And with […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | An Open Reply to Mr. Lucius O’Dell’s Letter

08/27/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | An Open Reply to Mr. Lucius O’Dell’s Letter

CORA DISPUTE … I’m a great believer in psychologist/sociologist Erik Erikson’s differentiation between a situation’s strengths and weaknesses rather than focusing on the subjective appraisal of something as “good” or “bad.” So it is with Mr. Lucius O’Dell’s “Open Letter to the People of Colorado.” … The first positive aspect of O’Dell’s Colorado Open Records […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Watch for a Fresh Crop of Fungophiles on the Prowl in Yonder Hills All This Week

08/20/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Watch for a Fresh Crop of Fungophiles on the Prowl in Yonder Hills All This Week

27TH YEAR … The Telluride Institute has once again picked up Harry Potter’s wand and brought the Telluride Mushroom Festival back to life, just like the old days … Wander over to the elegant Galaxy Theatre this weekend to listen to legendary New York City mycologist and stand-up philosopher Gary Lincoff as he explores the […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Floodplains, Power Controversies and WWII Nuclear Karma

08/16/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Floodplains, Power Controversies and WWII Nuclear Karma

CORNET CREEK … A disaster waiting to happen. I remember going on a tour with a state group of engineers a few years back looking at natural hazards in the region. When they came to Telluride, they shook their heads, and said it was only a matter of time before a summer gullywasher took out […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Get Rid of Synthetic Containers and Go Natural

08/13/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Get Rid of Synthetic Containers and Go Natural

PLASTICS … That was the prize line in The Graduate, and it’s been a miracle-worker for as long as we’ve been alive. It’s become ubiquitous in this industrial, oil culture of ours. And finally scientists are coming to the same conclusion hippies knew instinctively four decades ago … According to a report in The Los […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Floodplains, Power Controversies and WWII Nuclear Karma

08/13/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Floodplains, Power Controversies and WWII Nuclear Karma

CORNET CREEK … A disaster waiting to happen. I remember going on a tour with a state group of engineers a few years back looking at natural hazards in the region. When they came to Telluride, they shook their heads, and said it was only a matter of time before a summer gullywasher took out […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | National Association of Counties Meets in Richmond, Virginia

07/30/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | National Association of Counties Meets in Richmond, Virginia

HILLARY CLINTON … The Dem frontrunner for the presidential nomination accepted an invitation from NACo and spoke before several thousand county commissioners at the organization’s annual summer conference. Her words were music to most ears, and she got round after round of applause for many national liberal hot buttons – championing universal health care, ending […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Blissing Out in the Shadow of Mount Lamborn

07/30/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Blissing Out in the Shadow of Mount Lamborn

DREAMTIME … Want to dream the future? Then mark your mid-July calendar next summer for the annual gathering of the New Age clans on Rodgers Mesa outside Paonia … www.dreamthefuture.org … Tara Miller and Sam Brown hosted a Talking Gourds theme camp within the multi-acre grounds with neighborhood names like Boundless Flats, Fifth Dimension and […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Causing Damage for No Sensible Purpose

07/16/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Causing Damage for No Sensible Purpose

VANDALISM … That’s one of those English words that I love. The Vandals were an East Germanic tribe that entered the late Roman Empire during the fifth century. The Vandals may have given their name to the region of Andalusia in Spain, which according to one of several theories of its etymology was originally Vandalusia […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Learning How to Monitor for Vegetative Regen After Salvage Timber Logging Sale in Norwood

07/16/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Learning How to Monitor for Vegetative Regen After Salvage Timber Logging Sale in Norwood

BURN CANYON … It was just five years ago that a disastrous fire raged through the wooded hills and canyons southwest of Norwood – July 9, 2002. The fire burned 31,300 acres of public and private lands and cost $5.75 million to fight. The next year the Uncompahgre National Forest put up three salvage timber […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Rosemerry Releases a New CD of Poetry

07/09/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Rosemerry Releases a New CD of Poetry

SUITCASE OF YESES … The County’s Poet Laureate, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, has a great new collection of poetry and songs available locally, produced in cooperation with the Telluride Council for the Arts & Humanities. It’s a great collection. Mixing her own original poems with songs from many different traditions, she’s brought us the best of […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Weaving the County and Region Together

07/09/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Weaving the County and Region Together

COLLABORATION … A couple years ago I went just outside Ridgway to visit former San Miguel County Commissioner Gene Adams, after setting things up with Terry Adams who works for our county attorneys. It was a very instructive meeting. Gene was definitely old school, his language frank. But I was most impressed with his explanations […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | On the Road, Yes, But In the Know, No

06/21/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | On the Road, Yes, But In the Know, No

JOE GOODE … The renowned choreographer director premiered his new dance piece, Humansville, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (my hometown) with his award-winning performance group. My daughter, Iris Willow, works at Yerba Buena and got her mother (also in town) and me tickets. It was wild traipsing through the […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Taking Time to Catch Up On My Dad’s Stories

06/11/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Taking Time to Catch Up On My Dad’s Stories

VISITING VINCE … It was a real pleasure spending time with my 87-year-old dad down the peninsula from Herb Caen’s Baghdad-by-the-Bay. In Mountain View, best known these days as Google’s headquarters, it’s a busy California dreaming. Once a tiny stagecoach village set in a sea of Mexican land grant orchards, the town’s become a node […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Starting the New Year With Yet Another Loss

06/06/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Starting the New Year With Yet Another Loss

CHARLIE & CHRISTINE … It’s hard losing Charlie, one of those iconic personalities in the county, familiar in Telluride as well as Norwood, a fixture at Mountainfilm, a legend among climbers and a wonderful man … Christine did an interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in February of 2002. Reporter Kriston Dizon asked her, “Is there […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Carrie Dann Rides a Gage Film Into the Limelight

06/04/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Carrie Dann Rides a Gage Film Into the Limelight

TREATY OF RUBY VALLEY …If you thought Bush the Lesser was the only international laughingstock on the issue of human rights, rethink. You don’t know Carrie Dann. But thanks to the artistry and dedication of local filmmakers Beth and George Gage, lawyer Julie Fishel and film editor Suzan Beraza, you soon will … Our Land, […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Doing the Telluride Op-Ed Shuffle

06/04/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Doing the Telluride Op-Ed Shuffle

MOVING TO TUESDAY … Friday’s op-ed page has gotten pretty crowded with columnists Jack Pera and Rob Schultheis moving to the Watch. Dean of local columnists Grace Herndon also makes an occasional appearance on Fridays, and sometimes Seth Cagin chimes in with an editorial. So it seemed only natural to volunteer to move Up Bear […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Gauging Social Capital In the Headwaters

05/30/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Gauging Social Capital In the Headwaters

NUMBER 17 … Paul Major of the Telluride Foundation was in attendance for a morning panel discussion on building social capital at Western State’s 17th annual Headwaters Conference in Gunnison last weekend, where I got to speak on collaborative efforts as important community institutions, showcasing the Public Lands Partnership of San Miguel, Ouray, Montrose and […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Starting the New Year With Yet Another Loss

05/30/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Starting the New Year With Yet Another Loss

CHARLIE & CHRISTINE … It’s hard losing Charlie, one of those iconic personalities in the county, familiar in Telluride as well as Norwood, a fixture at Mountainfilm, a legend among climbers and a wonderful man … Christine did an interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in February of 2002. Reporter Kriston Dizon asked her, “Is there […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Connecting With the Ute Memory of Their Land

05/26/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Connecting With the Ute Memory of Their Land

Art Goodtimes FORCED REMOVAL … It had been four days of conferencing, talking about oil and water, both the physical reality of those two fluids, but the larger metaphor of native and non-native, science and the sacred, of how Western thought and Native American thinking may mix, can mix, or don’t mix at all. Tribal […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Welcome, Mountainfilmgoers, To a Town with a Valley Floor Your Festival Helped Preserve

05/26/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Welcome, Mountainfilmgoers, To a Town with a Valley Floor Your Festival Helped Preserve

TOM SHADYAC  … While it took several thousand folks to make it happen, including Mayor John Pryor, town elders Phil and Linda Miller, Jane Hickcox’s fundraising crew, and second-homer Meg Whitman, the last-minute hero who came to the rescue just before the condemnation deadline, when things looked dire, was Hollywood director Tom Shadyac, who’s become […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | A Coalition of Non-Motorized Recreationalists Meet in Glenwood to Discuss “Quiet Use”

05/11/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | A Coalition of Non-Motorized Recreationalists Meet in Glenwood to Discuss “Quiet Use”

QUIET COMMOTION … If this group is making a ruckus, they’re doing so in service to a notion of quiet on our public lands. A raft of hikers, bikers, kayakers, hunters, anglers, and birders gathered at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs last weekend for a Quiet Use Coalition conference to discuss ways to take […]

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05/04/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK |

SUPPORTING TRI-STATE … After the County and the Town of Telluride and hundreds of owner/consumers pressed San Miguel Power Association hard not to sign a ten year contract extension with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, SMPA board members went ahead and did just that. On the face of it, it would appear that SMPA gave […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Celebrating National Poetry Month at the Sheridan

04/30/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Celebrating National Poetry Month at the Sheridan

TALKING GOURDS … Off season wasn’t completely off this past weekend, as Gourdsters from all over Colorado and New Mexico converged on Telluride for three days of hip-hop, slam, spoken word and performance poetry … For the second year in a row, Denver’s premiere trio Roc’em Soc’em (Day Acoli, Oracle Speaks & Bianca Mikahn) tamed […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Talking Gourds Plays Its 18th Season in Telluride

04/25/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Talking Gourds Plays Its 18th Season in Telluride

PERFORMANCE POETRY … Recently I had a reviewer of my new book of poetry start out her critique upset that I identified myself as a performance poet. “Quite enough to cause some perspective readers to approach this volume with skepticism and suspicion,” wrote Virginia Simmons (Colorado Central, April 2007, p. 36) … As ludicrous as […]

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UP BEAR CREEK |

04/20/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK |

PERFORMANCE POETRY … Recently I had a reviewer of my new book of poetry start out her critique upset that I identified myself as a performance poet. “Quite enough to cause some perspective readers to approach this volume with skepticism and suspicion,” wrote Virginia Simmons (Colorado Central, April 2007, p. 36) … As ludicrous as […]

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UP BEAR CREEK |

04/06/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK |

SUN SNOW SUN … I for one have no quibble with the vernal changes taking place in our spectacular high mountains. In fact, I love it when it snows a blizzard in the morning, and by evening turns warm and balmy, the roads clear. All hail our wild chameleon spring! … Pulling closer to the […]

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03/30/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK |

APRIL ONE … That’s a Sunday. So you’ll have to postmark your entries today or tomorrow. Be nice to keep the prize within the county, since Mark was a Telluride institution by the time he passed on. Many of us still miss him, and his wildly erudite verse. Last year’s winner was Wendy Videlock of […]

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UP BEAR CREEK |

03/23/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK |

THE RIGHT THING … “Apologize! Pull out his eyes! Apologize!” Those words from Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man have always haunted me. A kind of neo-Promethean symbol of the pressure exerted by society on individuals to conform, fit in, apologize. My brother, a Hell’s Angel for many years, refused to do […]

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UP BEAR CREEK |

03/16/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK |

NACO … One excellent thing I learned in DC at the National Association of Counties legislative meeting was a new prescription drug program that counties can set up through NACO that will significant reduce prescription drug costs. I’m asking our staff to look into it. Other Colorado counties have joined this program, and provided substantial […]

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UP BEAR CREEK |

03/09/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK |

ON THE ROAD … The end of February to the beginning of March has been one of those busy times for me … Everyone has their seasons. In Telluride the ski/festival economy makes for on-season/off-season phenomena. Two busy peaks and two dead slumps. Ranchers have regular seasons of busy and slow. Waitrons too … But […]

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UP BEAR CREEK |

01/26/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK |

GONE AT 80 … Death came quickly. Dolores had been in a lot of pain. Her hip, replaced a dozen years ago, had started failing. She was contemplating a second hip replacement – not a good prospect at her age. She’d spent the day with friends in Silverton, who had rallied together to help her […]

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UP BEAR CREEK |

01/19/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK |

THE ABILITY TO SUSTAIN US … At last, what some of us wanted to happen two years ago, has finally happened. We’ve planned and we’ve searched and we’ve come back to about where we started (although with a bit more money thanks to the good efforts of my compatriot Elaine Fischer). Even the doubters in […]

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01/12/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK |

DOODA DESERT ROCK… There’s a battle going on south of us over the proposal to build a new coal-fired power plant on the Navajo reservation – the same plant that San Miguel County has written a letter opposing, since it will bring more contaminants into our airshed here in the mountains. Just before Christmas, a […]

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01/05/07 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK |

Starting the New Year With Yet Another Loss BOOKS ON REVIEW … I love reading. And I manage to sneak a few good ones in among all the political reading that I have to wade through – reports, memos, journals, background. It’s the reading load, as much as the traveling, that takes up so much […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Lots of Loose Ends as Another Year Passes By

12/29/06 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Lots of Loose Ends as Another Year Passes By

HONOR THE FLAG … Thank you David Glynn and Jerry Green for speaking out about the inappropriate use of the Stars & Stripes to decorate commercial ski uniforms … At a time when our young people are dying every day to defend this flag of ours in a land where we don’t belong, it’s the […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Norwegian Archaeological Find Pushes Dates of First Human Culture Back to 70,000 BP in Africa

12/22/06 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Norwegian Archaeological Find Pushes Dates of First Human Culture Back to 70,000 BP in Africa

Intermediate School Enrollment –> WORLD’S OLDEST RITUAL … Our understanding of human history just changed with a startling archaeological discovery this past summer in an area of Botswana known as Ngamiland. According to the Research Council of Norway, Associate Professor Sheila Coulson, of the University of Oslo, uncovered a cave where Homo sapiens were performing […]

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12/08/06 | By | More
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ON THE ROAD … From the Headwaters conference in Gunnison, to the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition community-forestry policy meeting in Troutdale near Portland, to my daughter’s Noe Valley flat in San Francisco, to my dad’s Mountain View side street tract home with its delicious persimmon tree in the front yard, and then back across […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Holding 15,000 Hands in Routt County on The Fourth of July and Praying for Peace

07/14/06 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Holding 15,000 Hands in Routt County on The Fourth of July and Praying for Peace

“LOVING YOU” … It’s almost too sweet. Everyone calling each other “brother” and “sister.” Perfect strangers. Tramps in rags, paleohippies, dreads, punks with rainbow mohawks, trustfunders in goldflecked cotton twill and tie-dye … And as one walks into the encampment from the parking lot, lugging all one’s gear, everyone calls out along the main trail, […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Finding a Way to Offset Some of The Federal and State Cuts to Non-Profits and Community Groups

12/09/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Finding a Way to Offset Some of The Federal and State Cuts to Non-Profits and Community Groups

COUNTY BUDGET … County Finance Chief Gordon Glockson likes to keep a third of our County’s annual operating budget in reserve, in addition to the mandatory 3 percent reserve required by the state. It’s fiscal conservatism at its best, and for the last 20 years this County has maintained a healthy cushion against bad times, […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | When in Doubt, Go Higher

12/02/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | When in Doubt, Go Higher

PILGRIMAGE … It’s no mistake that Peter Anderson of Crestone took over a contemplative literary magazine named Pilgrimage . Nor that he’s poetry editor for the Mountain Gazette – the gonzo journal of mountain life. Spirit and the great outdoors – those are twin themes he weaves into illuminating design in his new book of […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Giving Thanks in a Time of War

11/23/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Giving Thanks in a Time of War

CONFLICTED FEELINGS … Do I give thanks for the Bible-thumpin’ Commander-in-Chief who’s led us, smirking, into a Semitic civil war based on deception and misplaced big-oil priorities? Or do I stand in shame for the world to see we are emperors with no clothes? Rich in goods but poor of compassion … Do I salute […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Take an Off-Season Jaunt to the Cascabel Club Near Norwood to See Two Great Colorado Poets

11/18/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Take an Off-Season Jaunt to the Cascabel Club Near Norwood to See Two Great Colorado Poets

ABEYTA Y LÓPEZ … Aaron Abeyta of Antonito and L. Luis López of Grand Junction will be performing their work as part of the awarding of the Wright’s Mesa Prize this Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Citizens in Support of Norwood Students, the prize is being awarded this year to three Norwood […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Listening to Aaron Abeyta Tony Garcia, Ed Romero, Mary Burt And Donna Lipinski

11/11/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Listening to Aaron Abeyta Tony Garcia,  Ed Romero, Mary Burt And Donna Lipinski

HEADWATERS XIV… Always a joy to meet up with old friends at Western State College’s annual conference in Gunnison and discuss a topic of great import both locally and regionally. And in this year’s case, nationally – immigration … The full title was “The American Dream in the High Borderlands: An Exploration of the Challenges […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Face-to-face with the Biggest Cedar in the World

11/04/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Face-to-face with the Biggest Cedar in the World

OLYMPIC PENINSULA BLUES … The family had a great trip up to the Pacific Northwest, down the Pacific Coast and around the Bay Area, where my dear old Dad lives … We stayed and visited with lots of friends. In Hood River. Anacortes. Port Townsend. Shi Shi Beach. Campbell/San Jose. Mountain View. San Francisco. Reno […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Goodtimes Supports Question 200, With Qualifications

10/28/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Goodtimes Supports Question 200, With Qualifications

As I’m away on vacation until the day before the election, I wanted to publicly clarify a few things regarding Question 200, the Town of Telluride policy issue regarding prosecution of Cannibis spp. offenses. First, I support Question 200 – as I would any attempt to decriminalize the personal use of Cannibis spp., or any […]

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Attending the Third International Medicinal Mushroom Conference in Port Townsend Up Bear Creek

10/28/05 | By | More
Attending the Third International Medicinal Mushroom Conference in Port Townsend Up Bear Creek

HEALING SHROOMS … Several hundred fungophiles from over 23 countries gathering on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State for the Third International Medicinal Mushroom Conference sponsored by myco-researcher Paul Stamets and his company, Fungi Perfecti (www.fungi.com). An impressive opening ceremony saw the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Dancers honor the first peoples of the place, for […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Stop It, You’re Scaring Me!!!!!!!!!!!

10/21/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Stop It, You’re Scaring Me!!!!!!!!!!!

HALLOWED EVE? …Since when has Halloween become a national holiday of ChristmasNew-Year’sFour-of-July caliber? I mean, marketing for the night before All Soul’s has reached a fever pitch, and it’s still weeks away … Why are we as a nation, a culture, so attracted to the macabre world of haunted houses, tortured ghosts, witches and vampires? […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | On the Road From Norwood to Port Townsend

10/14/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | On the Road From Norwood to Port Townsend

MY CELLIUM RUNNING … Paul Stamet’s revolutionary book on how mushrooms can help save the world has just come out from Ten Speed Press (www.tenspeed.com). As Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire, has written, “Stamets is a visionary emissary from the fungus [kindom] to our world, and the message he’s brought back in […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | CPC Makes Final Decision on A Land Use on Wright’s Mesa Without Commissioner Input

10/07/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | CPC Makes Final Decision on A Land Use on Wright’s Mesa Without Commissioner Input

ONE STEP REVIEWS … For years I have been complaining about one-step reviews to the planning commission, where land use approvals are granted by a non-elected board on matters that deserve a full hearing before the board of commissioners. But I have not had support from anyone else in county government to change this unfortunate […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Obama on New Orleans

09/16/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Obama on New Orleans

WEEKLY QUOTA … “I hope we realize that the people of New Orleans weren’t just abandoned during the Hurricane. They were abandoned long ago – to murder and mayhem in their streets; to substandard schools; to dilapidated housing; to inadequate health care; to a pervasive sense of hopelessness. That is the deeper shame of this […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Celebrating the Big 60 With My Wild Poet And Shaman Friends Down Near Española

09/13/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Celebrating the Big 60 With My Wild Poet  And Shaman Friends Down Near Española

PARTY TIME … Although several local friends threw a lovely little surprise party for me last month, when I made the transition from AARP-card-carrier-in-denial to certified senior citizen, I was too busy with the mushfest to really soak up the implications of elderhood. So, since my quantum physics-philosopher-shaman buddy Mike Logghe was holding a big […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Don’t Miss the Mushroom Parade Saturday at 5 p.m.

08/26/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Don’t Miss the Mushroom Parade Saturday at 5 p.m.

STAMETS … If you missed Paul Stamets at Mountainfilm this year, don’t miss him at the 25th Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival tonight and over the weekend. And what better venue than the elegant Galaxy Theater (the Elementary School gym all tricked out for FilmFest) to see one of the most radical biological minds operating in […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | The Salzmans Hand Off Mushfest to Locals

08/26/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | The Salzmans Hand Off Mushfest to Locals

25 YEARS … After bringing the Telluride Mushroom Festival to town a quarter century ago, Dr. Emanuel Salzman, his wife Joanne, and their son Jason have handed off active management of the event to the local community. Running an event from Denver had become increasingly difficult and expensive, and declining enrollment had further complicated the […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Don’t Miss the Mushroom Parade Saturday at 5 p.m.

08/19/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Don’t Miss the Mushroom Parade Saturday at 5 p.m.

STAMETS … If you missed Paul Stamets at Mountainfilm this year, don’t miss him at the 25th Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival tonight and over the weekend. And what better venue than the elegant Galaxy Theater (the Elementary School gym all tricked out for FilmFest) to see one of the most radical biological minds operating in […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Just One Thing on my Mind and It’s not Carolina

08/12/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Just One Thing on my Mind and It’s not Carolina

TURNING 60 … Now that’s seriously old for a hippie (actually, recognizing the shift that comes with being issued an AARP card, I’ve taken to calling myself a “paleohippie”) … Although, if you’d been to the Silvertree Hotel in Snowmass last week for the ERIS Society’s 26th annual conference (www.erissociety.org), you’d’ve heard Dr. Aubrey de […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Aaron Abeyta for Colorado’s Poet Laureate

08/05/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Aaron Abeyta for Colorado’s Poet Laureate

TED KOOSER … I’ve long had mixed feelings about the post of “poet laureate.” Having the state sanction anything, says the Libertarian in me, can be tantamount to theft. Plus, the “laureate” tag reeks of overstuffed chairs and Victorian Brit literary societies. And there’s that overweening hubris to single out one official lyric spokesperson for […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Dealing With the Polluting Impacts of Air Travel

07/29/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Dealing With the Polluting Impacts of Air Travel

ALL ABOARD? … In spite of substantial community opposition, Telluride as a hard-to-get-to destination resort has chosen to augment its air travel component, garnering millions of dollars of federal money for a significant airport expansion, as well as institutionalizing a huge pot of local funding for an airline guarantee program. At the same time, local […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Swadeshi Offers Regional Sustainability Ideas and Dreamtime Happens This Weekend

07/15/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Swadeshi Offers Regional Sustainability Ideas and Dreamtime Happens This Weekend

SWADESHI … The folks down Durango way put on a nice event last weekend. As a celebration of local self-sufficiency and benefit for Oakhaven Permaculture Center (www.oakhavenpc.org) … Low key ($5 donation). Booths on alternative energy. Workshops on seed saving and mushrooms, weaving and basketry. Bags of fresh organic cherries. Peach smoothies in recycled plastic. […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Holding Mining’s Feet to the Fire and Using One’s Own Feet to Power the Future

07/08/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Holding Mining’s Feet to the Fire and Using One’s Own Feet to Power the Future

IDARADO/NEWMONT … Telluride wasn’t the only Colorado town to host a community meeting on Newmont’s overseas operations. This past April Boulder’s Global Response held a panel discussion of “The Gold Miner Next Door” with representatives from four continents speaking on the impacts of Newmont’s operations where they lived. Maybe Telluride should host a similar community […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Keeping a Global Eye on a Local Company

07/01/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Keeping a Global Eye on a Local Company

IDARADO/NEWMONT OVERSEAS … I very much appreciated Idarado President Dave Baker keeping his promise to the County of addressing his parent company’s overseas accountability in a public meeting. Although the crowd was small, he gave an informative overview of Newmont’s philosophy and practice of mining world-wide … Baker even brought several corporate folks to address […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | A Cinematic Celebration of Mountain Life And the Energy Reality All Around Us

05/27/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | A Cinematic Celebration of Mountain Life And the Energy Reality All Around Us

MOUNTAINFILM … Welcome to summer (almost) with this first of the Telluride festival season. One of my favorites … Catch Paul Stamets on Friday. This star of the annual Mushroom Festival – celebrating its 25th season this August – challenges the mind with solutions to huge problems and all things fungal. OIL & GAS BOOM […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Summer Traffic Woes Get Intergovernmental Airing

05/13/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Summer Traffic Woes Get Intergovernmental Airing

BETTER USE THE BUS… We had a great Intergovernmental meet up at the Mountain Village last Monday. All three major local government boards were present (plus Ophir – thanks to Monica Carey, who also wore her TMCVB temporary marketing hat). We spent an hour or so talking over Colorado Department Of Transportation upcoming plans for […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Chasing the Lyric Valuables Into New Mexico

05/06/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Chasing the Lyric Valuables Into New Mexico

FARMINGTON … Poet buddy, kava-kava ceremonialist and world expert in Easter Island’s as-yet-largely-undeciphered native script, Scott Nicolay played Virgil to this Dante and led me through the labyrinthine chambers of the Aztec highway into the big F for a poetry reading on the last day of April – National Poetry Month. (Did you notice?) … […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Several New Plant Species Identified In the West End of San Miguel County

04/29/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Several New Plant Species Identified In the West End of San Miguel County

NATIVE PLANT DISCOVERY … It was a brief notice from The Nature Conservancy that alerted me. The announcement was from last year, but it got caught up in an email blockage at my ISP, and I didn’t learn about the news until earlier this spring. I was delighted. As a member of the Colorado Native […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Celebrating Eostar Over in the North Fork

04/15/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Celebrating Eostar Over in the North Fork

ZIMBABWEAN DRUM & DANCE … For the past few years, Chris Berry and Rujeco Chenzira Masango have been teaching Easter weekend drum and dance workshops over in Hotchkiss at Memorial Hall, thanks to the good graces of Lea Rolfsen and Michael McKenna … This year was no exception, and it was a powerful experience. Last […]

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03/28/05 | By | More
Up Bear Creek

APRIL FOOL’S … OK, who can’t help acting like the Horseshoe once a year? … I like the popular Coyote tradition of spoofing folks, on this one special day set aside for the fantabulous tale. We need a little humor in our lives. Reality is kind of scary right now … Actually people have been […]

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03/25/05 | By | More
Up Bear Creek

THIS REPUBLIC CAN … Skip Baldwin and Chris Myers of Telluride brought their white cross memorial for fallen veterans in the Iraqi War to Hawthorne Park last weekend. I was proud to read Judyth Hill’s “Wage Peace” poem to the 100 or so participants who also heard speeches, music, the sound of 1,500 bbs dropping […]

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Up Bear Creek

03/18/05 | By | More
Up Bear Creek

MAKING GOOD ON CAMPAIGN PROMISES … It’s been wonderful to see Mayor John Pryor of Telluride and Mayor Davis Fansler of Mountain Village working side by side with the Town of Ophir and San Miguel County to start addressing real problems from a regional perspective. Working together instead of squabbling with each other … Affordable […]

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Up Bear Creek

03/08/05 | By | More
Up Bear Creek

PROTECT THE ESA … According to my friend Lance Christie of Moab, the natural rate of species extinction is about one per million per year. Since the United States has roughly 200,000 known species, it is logical to expect four extinctions over the 21-year period between adoption of the Endangered Species Act in 1973 and […]

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03/04/05 | By | More
Up Bear Creek

THE FLUORIDE DECEPTION … First, my deep thanks to Dr. David Homer, who gifted me with this most amazing book by Christopher Bryson (Seven Stories Press, New York, 2004). It has completely changed my mind about what I thought was a proven, safe chemical. It looks like I was sold a bill of goods. And […]

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02/25/05 | By | More
Up Bear Creek

DANGERS REVEALED … As Nancy Lofholm wrote in the Denver Post last week, Laura Amos “is becoming known as the Erin Brockovich of Garfield County.” … Like the movie based on the true life story of one woman’s battle against corporate polluters in California’s San Joaquin Valley, the 42-year-old outfitter has been battling EnCana Corp. […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Local Students Inspire With Their Love of Wild Language, Free Speech and Good Books

02/18/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Local Students Inspire With Their Love of Wild Language, Free Speech and Good Books

MO HANNA’S CLASSES… The Telluride Writers Guild put me into Mo Hanna’s two seventh grade English classes a couple weeks back … It was a treat for me. Having been a teacher (with a lifetime California teaching credential in my resume), it was great sharing poetry with kids, as these days I spend most of […]

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Up Bear Creek

02/11/05 | By | More
Up Bear Creek

TERRY DICKEN … I got the very sad news one morning two weeks ago that my good friend Terry had died in an Ultralight accident. His is a tough loss. Probably one of the most naturally good-natured persons I’d ever met, Terry always had a good word for folks, something nice to say about life […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Former Tellurider Dr. Sam Magasiny Relates His Post-Tsunami Relief Efforts in Sri Lanka

02/04/05 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Former Tellurider Dr. Sam Magasiny Relates His Post-Tsunami Relief Efforts in Sri Lanka

JANUARY 27 … Monday night after clinic we had the Japanese team we do clinic with over for a delicious Sri Lankan dinner cooked by Chandray Sekera, cook extraordinaire. He is the owner of our guesthouse, Samadara in Ampara town. Someone observed that some fifty years ago our countries were at war. Now we are […]

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12/31/04 | By | More
Up Bear Creek

ANNUAL SCAN … Okay, elections in this country were the biggest hunk of my year, and they came and went with the fury of a fall storm and the chaotic precision of most human events … But it is yet another overseas war for oil and economic hegemony – this one unilateral and opposed by […]

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12/24/04 | By | More
Up Bear Creek

MERRY CHRISTMAS … That’s the greeting for the Christian feast we in this country celebrate just after the great calendric wheel of life reaches the apogee of another cycle of light and dark. And it marks a time of gift-giving, song and Dickensonian kindnesses … It’s curious how little, we as a culture sing (maybe […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Recommended Books as Holiday Gift Ideas

12/10/04 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | Recommended Books as Holiday Gift Ideas

WRAPPED OR UNWRAPPED … The one drawback of a life of political service, particularly for a bibliophile like myself, is finding the time to read. It seems like the best of my non-political “to read” pile queue up around the house, sometimes get started, and then rarely get finished … Maybe it’s a product of […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | 2004 Ranks as a Decent Year for Homegrown Potato Harvest

12/03/04 | By | More
UP BEAR CREEK | 2004 Ranks as a Decent Year for Homegrown Potato Harvest

WEEKLY QUOTA … “The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” -Abe Lincoln CLOUD ACRE SPUDS … One of the great impetuses for settling down in Norwood, as I did 21 years ago, was to begin growing some of my own food. […]

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11/19/04 | By | More
Up Bear Creek

THE COMMONS MOVEMENT … Here’s some excerpts from remarks made by David Bollier in Berlin this past summer, speaking on the future of the digital commons. Thanks to Bill Grennon of the Bioregional Listserve for sharing this important statement on a growing movement … “The free software and open source movements are perhaps the most […]

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Up Bear Creek

11/12/04 | By | More
Up Bear Creek

HEADWATERS XV … Famed writer, skier, climber & tai chi elder Dolores LaChapelle of the Way of the Mountain Center in Silverton received a Headwaters Recognition Award at last weekend’s annual conference. Her pioneering work exploring the philosophical roots of the deep ecology movement – Sacred Land Sacred Sex: Rapture of the Deep: Concerning Deep […]

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Up Bear Creek

11/05/04 | By | More
Up Bear Creek

Don’t put away that Halloween costume just yet. The Telluride Education Foundation is giving you another chance to dress up and get down. The Disco Incognito is tonight and everyone is invited to groove to the sounds of the 70s, even if your costume wasn’t a dancing queen. “People really go all out for this […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Down on All Fours in the County Barrow Ditch

10/15/04 | By | More

HUNTING & KILLING … Last weekend found me down crawling around in the barrow ditch that runs past my home on County Road 44ZS. No, I wasn’t letting out my deep animal self in some New Age right of highway passage. I was pulling weeds … Now that’s an old-fashioned way of doing things. Most […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Salazar Brothers Shine in Grand Junction

09/24/04 | By | More

CLUB 20 DEBATES … Club 20’s annual fall meeting two weeks ago has graduated to the state’s premiere election year kickoff to the political season. Over a thousand people showed up to cheer, jeer or merely listen in on a dozen or so debates between state and national legislative campaigns. SALAZAR VS. WALCHER … This […]

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UP BEAR CREEK | Rainbow Journeys Through Western America

07/09/04 | By | More

SPENCER HOT WELLS … Magic happens. No sooner had we driven up to our favorite stop on U.S. 50 in the Smokey Valley of Nevada, a hot pool on a bluff overlooking the sagebrush flats of the Great Basin, then another car pulled up as well … As my family was undressing to hop into […]

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