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Tag: Peter Shelton

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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VIEW TO THE WEST | ‘Goodbye to All That’

05/31/14 | By | More

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Territory Ahead

05/15/14 | By | More

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Thank You, Dear Readers

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

After 27 years, the columnist is moving on.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Old Ridgway Bijou

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Need for Speed

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Ballad of Bailey

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Sporting Life

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Tales of the Monsoon

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Into the Mystic

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Cowboy And the Mountain Biker

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

An incident along the South Canal illustrates a cultural divide.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | An American Abroad, Part Drei

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | An American Abroad, Part Zwei

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | An American Abroad

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Fight on Everest

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Dogs Of Nucla

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | In the Beginning . . .

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Grand Old Game

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

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

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

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Windshield Visions

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The House That Hubris Built

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Drought Happens

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | April Showers Bring…Déjà vu

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Hot Buttered Corn Snow

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

Easter Sunday corn snow creates a youthful resurgence.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | All That Jazz

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Le Raid Blanc, Troisième Stage

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Le Raid Blanc, Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | New Kids On the Block

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Slow Lifts, The Upside

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Fork in the Road

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | X(Rated) Games

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Death in Colona

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Winter Storm Gandolf

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

Blizzard driving: not recommended.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | One Hundred Names For Snow

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | One Hundred Names For Snow

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A World Of Pain And Magic

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A World Of Pain And Magic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Keep the World Cup

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Keep the World Cup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Lindsey Vonn, Drama Queen

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Lindsey Vonn, Drama Queen

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Eagle and the Cranes

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Giving Thanks, With Reservations

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Education of a Ski Instructor

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Early Season IQ Test

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Cats Nap 20 Hours a Day

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

The underappreciated land of the afternoon nap.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Political Sign Language

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Freedom of the Wheels

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Semi-Ghost

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Modest Proposal for Michael Phelps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Curiosity Cousins Come to Visit

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | High Lunacy in Savage Basin

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

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

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

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

Go to bed. Tomorrow is another day.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Myth of the Automatic Earth

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

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

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

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

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

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Pulling Up Stakes: From Hometown to ‘Chinatown’

05/17/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Pulling Up Stakes: From Hometown to ‘Chinatown’

A daughter’s move to Bishop has the author thinking back to early California.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Time and Baseball: Playing Catch

05/10/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Time and Baseball: Playing Catch

A baseball game in Montrose sends the author back in time.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Goodbye and Hello

05/03/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Goodbye and Hello

A long drive with music in the CD changer puts the author under the spell of a particularly troubling artist.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Singin’ in the Rocks

04/28/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Singin’ in the Rocks

The rock wrens are back at Boulder Rock, building a nest and singing their hearts out.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | George Mallory: Ridgewalking 101

04/19/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | George Mallory: Ridgewalking 101

A hike up Aspen’s Highland Bowl conjures images of George Mallory, ridgewalker.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Flight of the Ski Season

04/12/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Flight of the Ski Season

As always the ski season ends too soon; this time, retreating snow made closing inevitable.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | To Serve and Protect

04/09/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | To Serve and Protect

What if there were a police blotter for the micro-community of Colona?

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Mastering the ‘Moag Holes’

03/29/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Mastering the ‘Moag Holes’

In which the author ponders the special world of mogul skiing and the exceptional bumpers Telluride’s mountain

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VIEW TO THE WEST | We’re All Bozos on This Bus

03/22/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | We’re All Bozos on This Bus

Firesign Theatre founding member Peter Bergman died last week, leaving the author with a sharp, existential pain.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Speak, Memory, Part Three

03/17/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Speak, Memory, Part Three

In which the author, in this third installment, circumnavigates Catalina Island and turns a corner between childhood and what comes next.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Outthinking the Snowy Torrents

03/08/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Outthinking the Snowy Torrents

In which the author reassesses a life of risk in the uncaring high country.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Speak, Memory, Part Two

03/01/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Speak, Memory, Part Two

A drug-induced coming of age on Catalina Island.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Speak, Memory

02/23/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Speak, Memory

Pre-GPS, a crossing to Catalina Island in mid-winter, as a teenager, sparks the author’s memory; or can the memory be trusted?

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

02/17/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Medical experts blame “hysteria,” or maybe natural gas wells, for an outbreak of tics in a small New York town.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Singing the Cell Phone Blues

02/09/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Singing the Cell Phone Blues

In which the author admits he still hasn’t fully joined the digital communication revolution.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Messing With Ski Shapes, Part Three

02/05/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Messing With Ski Shapes, Part Three

In the latest case of the FIS out of control, Tina Maze was told that her underwear was too fast.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Part Two: The Accidental Bivouac

01/26/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Part Two: The Accidental Bivouac

Caught out in an unexpected storm, the author’s touring party spends a long night of uncertainty.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | To Bivvy or Not To Bivvy? That Is the Question.

01/19/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | To Bivvy or Not To Bivvy? That Is the Question.

In which the author recalls an overnight ski tour gone wrong.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Gasman Cometh

01/12/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Gasman Cometh

Oil and gas leasing causes a firestorm in the North Fork Valley.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Messing with Sidecuts, Part Two

01/05/12 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Messing with Sidecuts, Part Two

In which the author finds the study behind ski racing’s draconian new rules.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Chooglin’ On Down the Road

12/29/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Chooglin’ On Down the Road

No resolutions this New Year’s Eve; instead the author tries to see the world through the glasses of John Lennon and John Fogerty.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Christmas Tree of Life

12/22/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Christmas Tree of Life

In which the author reminisces about Christmas trees past.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Send Lawyers, Guns and Money

12/15/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Send Lawyers, Guns and Money

In which the author asks: are borders for keeping them out or keeping us in?

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Turning Back the Skiing Clock

12/08/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Turning Back the Skiing Clock

New ski shape regulations have some World Cup racers believing the FIS is trying to turn back the clock.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The White Ribbon of Death

12/04/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The White Ribbon of Death

Sometimes the white ribbon of death is all you need.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Part 2: The Squirrel

11/24/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Part 2: The Squirrel

In which The Squirrel comes to signify the police state in America circa 1970. Hello, Occupy Movement.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Smokey and the Hash Pipe

11/17/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Smokey and the Hash Pipe

A Thanksgiving tale involving a beach, a bit of hashish, and The Squirrel.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Vinyl Is the Soundtrack of Life

11/10/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Vinyl Is the Soundtrack of Life

In which the author refuses to let go of his vinyl.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Alzheimer’s: What Lies Inside

11/03/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Alzheimer’s: What Lies Inside

Alzheimer’s strikes a friend, and the decline comes on suddenly.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | What Really Scares Us

10/31/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | What Really Scares Us

Has Halloween, or indeed society in general, veered beyond what is psychically healthy?

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VIEW TO THE WEST | First Lady of the World

10/20/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | First Lady of the World

In which a visit to Campobello Island leads to revelations about First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Surfing Style Police

10/07/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Surfing Style Police

Surfing seems like s strange sport to be bound up in style, but it is.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Solving the Hot Dog Problem

09/29/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Solving the Hot Dog Problem

Vince Konty’s Centennial Ranch hosted an “open ranch” weekend as a fundraiser for the Ouray County Historical Society.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Trend Report: Old Is New

09/26/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Trend Report: Old Is New

Once again Ski magazine’s Buyers Guide strains the definition of “new.”

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Born to Run

09/15/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Born to Run

The Ouray-to-Telluride race over Imogene Pass inspired thoughts about Born to Run, Christopher McDougall’s bestseller on the evolution of Running Man.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Ten Years After

09/08/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Ten Years After

What if you were stuck in a gondola with George W. Bush? What would you say to him?

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Raven Steals the Sun

09/01/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Raven Steals the Sun

In which the author confronts the mystery of golf balls in the middle of nowhere.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Netflix Would Be Nothing Without the TFF

08/29/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Netflix Would Be Nothing Without the TFF

We wouldn’t know what to add to our Netflix queue without the help of the Telluride Film Festival.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Kind of Madness

08/20/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Kind of Madness

What is this madness that compels human beings to explore?

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Bargain Basement On High Hills

08/11/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Bargain Basement On High Hills

Powderhorn ski area was auctioned to the highest bidder last week. The winner turned out to be former Vail Associates President Andy Daly, who paid $1.4 million for the Grand Mesa resort.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Take That, Patriot Act!

08/04/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Take That, Patriot Act!

Norway, post act of terror, will be very much like Norway, pre act of terror.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Banking Toward the Valley

07/28/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Banking Toward the Valley

For some reason the Tour de France bicycle race triggers mid-summer skiing fantasies in the author.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Monastery of Pure Landscape

07/21/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Monastery of Pure Landscape

Sometimes the drive across the empty Great Basin can be more restful than the vacation at the far end.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Wrong Way to Denver

07/07/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Wrong Way to Denver

The natural gas industry is getting away with semantic deception in defining natural gas an “alternative” fuel.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Good Grief, Part 3: Hoist Anchor

06/30/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Good Grief, Part 3: Hoist Anchor

In which the Good Grief is rescued and the author learns to fear his father’s disappointment.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Good Grief, Part 2: Mayday

06/23/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Good Grief, Part 2: Mayday

In which the author and his father drift closer to the rocks.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Good Grief, Fathers Never Fail

06/16/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Good Grief, Fathers Never Fail

In which the author recalls a scary day at sea with his father.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Time Travel: Crosscuts of the Day

06/09/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Time Travel: Crosscuts of the Day

An out-of-the-blue email sparks memories of the author’s grandfather’s church.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Mountainfilm Comes Into Its Own

06/02/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Mountainfilm Comes Into Its Own

Mountainfilm 2011 reached new heights, of both art and humanity.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | What Global Warming?

05/31/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | What Global Warming?

Hard to wrap ones mind around global warming when it’s snowing in May.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Fear of Falling

05/19/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Fear of Falling

The author remembers a poignant Mountainfilm past.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Tick Tock

05/12/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Tick Tock

It’s tick season. Not to scare anybody, but be very aware of the little buggers.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Part Three: When Do We Find Out If We Passed?

05/05/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Part Three: When Do We Find Out If We Passed?

In Part Three, the author learns of his military fate.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Part Two: A Rude Shock in Boise

04/28/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Part Two: A Rude Shock in Boise

Part Two, in which the would-be draft evader receives a rude shock in Boise.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Tale of Two Draft Boards

04/25/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Tale of Two Draft Boards

In which the author found himself in Sun Valley, Idaho, of all places, in order to escape the draft.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | It Happened in Sun Valley

04/07/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | It Happened in Sun Valley

Sun Valley, the original winter sports destination, celebrated its 75th anniversary this year.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | What Would Leonardo Think?

03/31/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | What Would Leonardo Think?

In which the author scores a day on Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | As the Ski Racing World Turns

03/24/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | As the Ski Racing World Turns

The World Cup season ended with a disappointing cancellation and a frustrated Lindsey Vonn.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Great Movies You’ll Never See: Alamar

03/17/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Great Movies You’ll Never See: <i>Alamar</i>

Alamar, a small film about a father and son in the Mexican Caribbean, shines like real life.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | DeChristopher Guilty of What Exactly?

03/10/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | DeChristopher Guilty of What Exactly?

Tim DeChristopher was found guilty in Salt Lake City last week. But guilty of what?

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Tears in the Snow

03/03/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Tears in the Snow

In which the author runs into British ski writer Arnie Wilson on Telluride’s slopes.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Like a King’s Palace

02/24/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Like a King’s Palace

DZi Foundation director Jim Nowak gave a powerful and poignant presentation on his work in Nepali villages at the annual ROCC spaghetti dinner Saturday.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Private Skiing at Top of the Pines

02/17/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Private Skiing at Top of the Pines

In which the author rediscovers a local treasure.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Hunt or Be Hunted

02/10/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Hunt or Be Hunted

Tracks in the snow tell a story, lots of stories.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Grip This

02/03/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Grip This

Halfpipe superhero Shaun White made a radical fashion statement at the Winter X Games in Aspen.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Snowcat Rules

01/27/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Snowcat Rules

Bob Rule serves up adventure on his San Juan Skiing Co., snowcat days.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Pilgrim’s Progress, or Mayflower Football?

01/20/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Pilgrim’s Progress, or Mayflower Football?

A son-in-law who loves New England.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Ring the Bells That Still Can Ring

01/13/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Ring the Bells That Still Can Ring

In dark times, skiing provides a window of sanity and perspective.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Surfing the Avalanche

01/06/11 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Surfing the Avalanche

Driving the passes is supposed to be challenging, just not this challenging.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Promises, Promises

12/30/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Promises, Promises

In which Shelton resolves to stop, or at least cut back on, the yelling.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Bear Creek Chess Game

12/22/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Bear Creek Chess Game

The battle over Bear Creek is far from over.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Family That Sticks Together Gets Sick Together

12/16/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Family That Sticks Together Gets Sick Together

Thanksgiving was a time to share more than memories and meals.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Lindsey Vonn is Dominant Right Now

12/09/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Lindsey Vonn is Dominant Right Now

Domination on the World Cup is a relative term.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Two-Faced Diplomacy Takes a Hit

12/02/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Two-Faced Diplomacy Takes a Hit

The latest WikiLeaks reveals the hypocrisy in cable diplomacy.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Thanksgiving Circle Game

11/25/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Thanksgiving Circle Game

In which the author reminisces about Thanksgivings past.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Ski Movie Works Its Vicarious Magic

11/15/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Ski Movie Works Its Vicarious Magic

Matchstick’s The Way I See It enthralled a ski-hungry crowd at Telluride’s Opera House.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Seven at One Blow

11/04/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Seven at One Blow

Indian summer is housefly season at Boulder Rock.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Alexander Sees a Hop

10/29/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Alexander Sees a Hop

Why only young people have babies.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Changing Times in the Birthing Room

10/21/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Changing Times in the Birthing Room

Columnist Shelton’s third grandchild arrives in a setting far different from that of previous decades.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Water in Colorado: Waiting for the Call

10/18/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Water in Colorado: Waiting for the Call

Montrose Water Forum: The Story of Eau.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Palestinians on Horsefly Peak!

10/09/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Palestinians on Horsefly Peak!

Imagine Horsefly Peak as the Gaza Strip and Colona as the Land of Milk and Honey.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

09/30/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

Ouray County has an opportunity to step into the future. If it gets over its objections to a solar farm.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Rowing Uphill: A Tidal Generating Project Returns Downeast

09/23/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Rowing Uphill: A Tidal Generating Project Returns Downeast

A down-and-out Maine seaport gets a state-of-the-art tidal electric generating project.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Country Boy in the Big City

09/16/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Country Boy in the Big City

Boston Common, September 11

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VIEW TO THE WEST | August, and a Boy’s Fancy Turns to …

08/26/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | August, and a Boy’s Fancy Turns to …

Memories of Portillo…

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Irresistible Pull of Fire

08/19/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Irresistible Pull of Fire

‘It was that kind of shock-wave crack that commands your full attention… lightning had obviously found ground close by…’

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Pacing Oneself From Beginning to End

08/13/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Pacing Oneself From Beginning to End

Maybe ‘pacing’ is just a euphemism for going slow and liking it.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Debunking a Pie-in-the-Sky Eurovision

08/05/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Debunking a Pie-in-the-Sky Eurovision

Why Josh Geetter’s Alps-inspired vision for skiing in the western San Juans won’t work.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Back on the Bike Again

07/28/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Back on the Bike Again

Peter Shelton gets back onto the pedals with a little help from The Sexy Beast.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | An Old Man Rewrote My Wikipedia Page

07/22/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | An Old Man Rewrote My Wikipedia Page

Some ponderings on plagiarism: Shelton steps into Colorado Republic Candidate for Governor Scott McInnis’s shoes.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | What If You Couldn’t See?

07/15/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | What If You Couldn’t See?

Imagine you can’t see, and the high country plays a symphony.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Game That Put the Beauty in Schön

07/08/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Game That Put the Beauty in Schön

Germany’s win of the FIFA World Cup predicted before-the-fact, after conjuring memories as a 17-year-old abroad, in Germany, during the World Cup.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Bentley Boys Do Skyway Loop

07/01/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Bentley Boys Do Skyway Loop

Cruising the San Juan Skyway in a 630-horsepower, $280,400 Bentley.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | How Grandparents Get Their Names

06/24/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | How Grandparents Get Their Names

How do grandparents get their names? asks the Dalai Gumpa in this week’s View to the West.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A View From the Hill

06/17/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A View From the Hill

Enjoying Colona Hill for its big open sunsets, coyote songs, and the wild critters that walk by.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Hand Me That Monkey Wrench

06/10/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Hand Me That Monkey Wrench

‘When you resist, when you fight back, it’s a way to heal the trauma, the depression, in a world of injustice.’

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VIEW TO THE WEST | When Filmmakers Become Their Stories

06/03/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | When Filmmakers Become Their Stories

What responsibility do artists bear for their often vulnerable human subjects?

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Tim DeChristopher’s Peaceful Uprising

05/27/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Tim DeChristopher’s Peaceful Uprising

Peter Shelton wants to shake Peaceful Uprising’s Tim DeChristopher’s hand.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Zen Stick

05/20/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Zen Stick

Footsie was listening when Peter Shelton boasted about his faithful Saab. Two break downs later, he has learned his lesson.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Oh, Baby

05/14/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Oh, Baby

Grandchild number two ‘holds court at just a few hours old.’

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Visit to the Denver Art Museum

04/29/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Visit to the Denver Art Museum

Taking in a “DAM” good show at Denver’s Art Museum.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Change Oil, Change Consciousness

04/22/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Change Oil, Change Consciousness

Changing the oil in your car on a spring day can be as close to being Zen as one can get.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Where 60 Counts as a Youngster

04/15/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Where 60 Counts as a Youngster

The International Skiing History Association is in trouble. Where are all the 50- and 60-year-olds with an interest in skiing’s colorful past?

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VIEW TO THE WEST | As Usual, Ski Area Closes Too Soon

04/08/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | As Usual, Ski Area Closes Too Soon

It’s okay for the ski season to end, just not before its time.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Message From a Secure Location

04/01/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Message From a Secure Location

Preparing for the end time. Battling to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive. (April Fools!)

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Let the Conservative Freakout Begin

03/26/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Let the Conservative Freakout Begin

Not just the inefficient, barely moral ways health care gets paid for in this country need to reformed, but also the way we take our brightest and most dedicated and make them pay (and pay) to become care givers.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | On The Brink

03/18/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | On The Brink

An homage to Peter Brinkman, charismatic ski school leader who died young, at 74.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Oscar and The Killer Whale

03/11/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Oscar and The Killer Whale

The Oscar and The Killer Whale

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Wake-Up Call

03/03/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Wake-Up Call

Early-morning visitors shake up the routine, but when everything settles down, coffee is made (and the miscreants are caught), several favorite movies have been revisited

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Geezers Club

02/25/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Geezers Club

Two nervous cats with new knees, new hips and a favorite mountain.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Jimmie Heuga, Little Big Man

02/18/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Jimmie Heuga, Little Big Man

The Winter Olympics spark memories of Jimmie Heuga, who brought home the bronze from Innsbruck in 1964. His memorial is today.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Salinger Letter Surfaces in Ouray

02/11/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Salinger Letter Surfaces in Ouray

Former Ouray Public Library director Mary Ann Dismant shares her personal letter from famously reclusive author J.D. Salinger.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Groovy Vancouver Will Not Be Immune

02/04/10 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Groovy Vancouver Will Not Be Immune

Facing history and weather, the odds are stacking up against Vancouver.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Remembering Memorial Days

05/20/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Remembering Memorial Days

Columnist Peter Shelton voices his support for the instatement of a revised draft.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Dead Man Walking in Ouray

05/12/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Dead Man Walking in Ouray

The Ouray School’s production of Dead Man Walking raises important social questions.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Olympic Torch Diplomacy

05/06/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Olympic Torch Diplomacy

Peter Shelton examines the likelihood that the Olympic games will serve to “civilize” China.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Melt-Out Spring Surprise

04/28/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Melt-Out Spring Surprise

Things have been melting out here in Colona, emerging from under the big snows.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | My Heart’s in the Highlands

04/22/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | My Heart’s in the Highlands

I didn’t plan it. The same six CDs have been in the car changer for weeks.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Miracle in the Mail From Iraq

04/15/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Miracle in the Mail From Iraq

I’m sitting here doing my income taxes, working the deductions on my Schedule C.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Very Short History of Skiing

04/07/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Very Short History of Skiing

I fell skiing some tricky bumps on Aspen Mountain last week.

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Oscar Gets a Jump Start in Telluride

02/27/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Oscar Gets a Jump Start in Telluride

My deadline for the Tuesday Watch is on Sunday. So, I will not be able to report on the winners at the Academy Awards tonight. That would be stupid anyway, since you will almost surely check out the doings live from Hollywood. (Live, that is, unless they put a five-second delay on that rascal Jon […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

02/21/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

Last Friday’s Watch ran an appropriate “Life On Earth” cartoon for the President’s Day holiday. A young George Washington, making a speech, gestures and says, “I cannot tell a lie.” While off to the side a guy who looks a bit like Ben Franklin leans into another listener in a tricorn hat and whispers, “He […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Cold Calls From College Kids

02/12/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Cold Calls From College Kids

Every year I get a call from a student at Pomona College asking for money. Lately, they’ve been pressing freshmen into service, thinking perhaps that they are the most innocent callers and therefore, like puppies, the most irresistible. This newest one was a young woman, still a girl by the quaver in her voice. I […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Stephen Trimble: Bargaining for Eden

02/05/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Stephen Trimble: Bargaining for Eden

Stephen Trimble had been trying for years to get an interview with Earl Holding, the billionaire Utah oilman and owner of both the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho and Snowbasin ski area in Utah. Holding had a reputation as ruthless and secretive. He mistrusted the press. He had rebuffed or ignored every request to talk. […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Friedl Pfeifer Meet Generation X

01/28/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Friedl Pfeifer Meet Generation X

Austrian world champion Friedl Pfeifer, who opened Aspen’s second mountain, Buttermilk, in 1958, always skied with a starched dress shirt and a silk cravat under his instructor’s sweater. What, I wondered on Saturday, would Pfeifer have thought of WX12, the Winter X Games, spinning 9s and 10s and hitching up its alt-culture pants before the […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Powderhorn: Skiing Into the Future?

01/21/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Powderhorn: Skiing Into the Future?

Skiing may be mostly white and affluent, but it is not a monoculture. Nor is the ski crowd at any given mountain restricted to its stereotype. Not every skier in Northern New Mexico comes with a Texas twang. Although I must say that one of the clarion memories I have of skiing in that fair […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Boating for Fun in the Gulf

01/15/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Boating for Fun in the Gulf

When I was a kid, my father and I would take our 26-foot double ender, Mister Roberts, out to meet U.S. Navy vessels as they steamed along the California coast. Sometimes the huge, gray ships would drop anchor off Newport harbor and we’d motor out into their tremendous shade, their decks higher above the water […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Top of the Pines on Top of the World

01/08/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Top of the Pines on Top of the World

It was a weekday, and clouds – harbingers of the big weekend storm – shrouded the view of the Sneffels Range to the south. So I was somewhat surprised to find five cars in the parking lot at Top of the Pines. I ran into the first group of skiers down on the edge of […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Not Feeling Too Good Myself

01/03/08 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Not Feeling Too Good Myself

Critics say that Michael Moore’s SiCKO focuses too glibly on easy targets (the woman whose fevered baby dies in a hospital that won’t accept Medicare patients, for example) and fails to provide helpful suggestions for fixing America’s health-insurance mess. I’m not talking here about critics like Rush and O’Reilly, Moore-bashing hate-mongers who actually appear in […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Don’t Think of an Elephant

12/29/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Don’t Think of an Elephant

New Year’s resolutions: I resolve to get my resolutions done early. As trucker and Telluride heli-guide Speed “Brian” Miller has often told me, “If you’re not early, you’re late.” I resolve to really clean out the bladder on my Camelbak with bleach or something now that biking season is behind us and not just leave […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | As Always, Be Careful Out There

12/10/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | As Always, Be Careful Out There

Mark Rikkers loves snow. He invents terms for snow textures he comes across while ski touring. “Soft-strugi” refers to high-elevation, wind-sculpted snow that is nevertheless quite carvable. “Fool’s corn” is a spring-time sun crust that looks good but isn’t mature enough yet to support a ski turn. “Potato chip snow” is a loose, flaky layer […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Thanksgiving Story, Or How to Sell a Hockey Rink

12/10/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Thanksgiving Story, Or How to Sell a Hockey Rink

At the annual fundraiser for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center last week, I shared a boisterous booth at the Buen Tiempo with Scott Rikkers, backcountry ski buddy and Ridgway woodworker extraordinaire. “Hey, I sold my skating rink,” he shouted over the din. “On Craig’s List. It still seems like a genuine impossibility. I mean, I’m […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Land of Mystification

11/27/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Land of Mystification

Ever since our daughter and her husband moved to Albuquerque, I have maintained that New Mexico is a world apart from its near neighbor, Colorado. Our trips down there to visit leave me with a vague but powerful feeling that more than a map-drawn border has been crossed. One thing is the difference in the […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Thanksgiving Is Too Soon to Ski

11/21/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Thanksgiving Is Too Soon to Ski

So, Telski has decided to postpone the ski area opening. I say, good for them. Don’t force it. Better to have an excellent product underfoot for the faithful and the visitor. Crested Butte is going to open (did open Saturday, I believe) in spite of the warm weather and lack of natural snow.  They’ll offer […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Someone Slipped Me A Mickey

11/13/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Someone Slipped Me A Mickey

Awake about one in the morning, I knew something was wrong but couldn’t tell what. I felt a little fuzzy in the head. Then a little queasy in the stomach. Then dizzy enough to maybe faint. Or vomit. Or both. Lying there as still as a corpse, hoping the sick feeling would go away, I […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Hunting Different Game

11/08/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Hunting Different Game

Neighbors called last week as they do every year at this time. “Our hunters are here,” Cecilia said. “So, do please stay off the hill from now until November 10th.” These neighbors own the 400-acre hill behind our house and very graciously allow us to hike the steep adobe terrain whenever we want. Except for […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Sea, Wind and Fire: Thoughts From Afar

10/30/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Sea, Wind and Fire: Thoughts From Afar

The recent and ongoing fires in Southern California stir more than casual memories. My mother had to evacuate her house in the Laguna hills in the autumn of 1993 when a wind-driven fire raced through parched canyon scrub and turned many of the houses across the street to cinders. When I was a kid, we […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Property Rights Issue Comes to Light

10/29/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Property Rights Issue Comes to Light

I live in a pretty dark place, in a sparsely-inhabited valley in relatively sparsely-inhabited western Colorado. On moonless nights the Milky Way spills a broad, translucent stripe across the sky from south to north, and the stars alone provide enough light to navigate among the sagebrush. But this dark sky is compromised by a single […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Living in a 3D World

10/26/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Living in a 3D World

Perhaps you saw the news item recently about Bermuda and its ranking on the list of the world’s most obese nations. The Bermudan Health Minister blamed the dubious honor (fourth place) on her compatriots’ fondness for Coco Pops. “Many people have a massive bowl for breakfast every day,” she explained. This has nothing to do […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Karma of a Ski Bum

10/15/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Karma of a Ski Bum

“At the instant the first September cold front crosses Colorado, I can’t think straight.” The coming of winter profoundly effects Wayne Sheldrake, author of the new memoir Instant Karma: The Heart and Soul of a Ski Bum (ghostroadpress.com; $17.95). “The unstable structures of the season collapse on my psyche, and the rest is a slide […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Going High for Weather Info

10/08/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Going High for Weather Info

Last winter a 104 mph wind gust took out two remote weather stations in the San Juans. We know the exact wind speed because right up until they broke the towers were transmitting real-time information to a free, public access website called grandnet. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center together with the Colorado Department of Transportation […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Conversation With Myself

09/25/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Conversation With Myself

– What would you do if you had a chance to talk face-to-face with George W. Bush? – What do you mean? Here? At the house? That man would not be welcome in my house. – OK, I hear you. You’re never going to sit down and eat chicken together. But what if it was […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Nineteen Sixty-Four

09/24/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Nineteen Sixty-Four

This happens sometimes. We’ve finished dinner and we’re too tired to read. The mail lady did not leave a red-and-white Netflix envelope in the mailbox. And so, I rummage through the drawer of DVDs and old VHS tapes. This night I picked the 1964 classic The Pink Panther. Who knows what guided my hand. Certainly, […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Films of Ridgway and Telluride

09/20/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Films of Ridgway and Telluride

I trust that True Grit Days happened successfully in Ridgway this past weekend. There was some doubt the inaugural event would get off the ground, thanks to resistance from, of all places, Wayne Enterprises of Newport Beach, Calif. The festivities, in honor of John Wayne’s 100th birthday, were to feature music and food and an […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Alberto Gonzales Doesn’t Get It

09/10/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Alberto Gonzales Doesn’t Get It

The most shocking thing in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s two-minute resignation speech wasn’t the fact of his going – that was long overdue – it was the way he abused the memory of his father, Pablo. Gonzales, who revealed nothing about the timing of or the reasons for his departure, added this at the end: […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Signs of Autumn in the Air

08/30/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Signs of Autumn in the Air

Harbingers of the changing season: ripe berries, migrating bluebirds, the arrival of the first ski magazines, and, most emphatically, the coming of the 34th Telluride Film Festival. This will be our – Ellen’s and my – 32nd TFF. We know that the weekend will, like all of its predecessors, result in cinematic sensory overload. We […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Eco-Tourism, or Eco-Terrorism?

08/28/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Eco-Tourism, or Eco-Terrorism?

Not long ago, a friend misheard the phrase “eco-tourism.” She thought the speaker had said “eco-terrorism.” An easy auditory confusion. And it got me thinking what – if anything – the difference was. Eco-terrorism has been back in the news with the recent convictions of several members of the Earth Liberation Front up in the […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Foundation to Bring Potato-Gun Project to Nepal

08/20/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Foundation to Bring Potato-Gun Project to Nepal

It was one of those perfect Ridgway summer evenings. Chicken sizzled on the grill, a light breeze rustled the cottonwoods, while we sat around an old wooden table in Bill Liske’s back yard. Over us, an Indian Army parachute billowed gently, like a white cotton cloud. Bill had brought it home from one of his […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | O.J. Syndrome Afflicts Tour

07/31/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | O.J. Syndrome Afflicts Tour

On Wednesday evening, Randy and Jen Charrette opened their Peak to Peak Bicycles in Ridgway for a Tour Party. As in, Tour de France Party. Only it quickly turned into the Tour de France Doping Party. It was a great idea. Invite the community in for some food and drink and watch the day’s stage […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Welcome to The Hotel California

07/30/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Welcome to The Hotel California

“Well, it’s all right Riding around in the breeze. Well, it’s all right If you live the life you please.” – “End of the Line” by the Traveling Wilburys Cecily gave us the recently reissued Traveling Wilburys CD for our trip to California, and we listened to it up and down the coast. So many […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Over the Bounding Main

07/10/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Over the Bounding Main

Some of you may recall our Ridgway friend James “Bobo” Burwick’s mid-winter attempt to sail from South Africa to New Zealand across the Southern Ocean. Alone. He didn’t set the single-handed record he was hoping to break. He didn’t even make it in one fell swoop as he had intended. A broken mast 500 miles […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Perusing the Book of Life

07/09/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Perusing the Book of Life

Out of the blue the other day, I got an email from David Moe.  I haven’t seen or communicated with David Moe for probably 20 years. He was one of the founding fathers of Powder Magazine, which put out its first issue in 1972. He developed an alter ego, Captain Powder, loosely based on the […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Watch Society Page: Vows

07/03/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Watch Society Page: Vows

Lisa “the Welder” Issenberg and Jerry “Snowviewer” Roberts at the Historic Western Hotel and Saloon in Ouray, Saturday night, June 23, 2007. The bride wore a gown by…well, it wasn’t a gown really, more of a slinky, clingy orange thing that showed off all of Ms. Issenberg’s curves. While the groom wore (we took bets […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | If You Can’t Stand the Heat. . .

06/21/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | If You Can’t Stand the Heat. . .

Saturday was the first hot day of summer. I don’t know exactly how hot because our thermometer exaggerates in the afternoon this time of year. It was in the nineties, though. Hot enough. Mind you, after our relatively cool wet spring, I’m not complaining. To have made it this far into the high-sun season without […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Leonard Felix and the Art of Flying

06/11/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Leonard Felix and the Art of Flying

Peter Shelton All four of the sunflower-yellow airplanes and all three helicopters in the hangers at Olathe Spray Service have pictures of Felix the Cat on their tails.  And – completing the analogy – each big-eyed, cartoon cat is pumping a cloud from one of those old hand-held bug-spray canisters. When I drove up to […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Is It Junk, or Historic Preservation?

05/26/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Is It Junk, or Historic Preservation?

Two weeks ago, the Watch reported on Ridgway’s latest attempt to clean up its act. Town council, noting the proliferation of vehicles with expired plates scattered around town, proposed a new, or rather a revised, ordinance to deal with the junk problem.   Councilmember Paul Hebert recalled with a rhetorical sigh a similar effort 20 […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Bode Goes His Own Way, Once Again

05/26/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Bode Goes His Own Way, Once Again

It may seem an odd time of year for U.S. ski team news, but I couldn’t resist these items in the headlines recently. (The ski team is, in fact, beginning its summer training schedule this week after a couple of months away. Dry land work in Park City will be followed by on-snow sessions at […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Remembering Civilized Healthcare

05/26/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Remembering Civilized Healthcare

Little Cloe was about 10. She got a lot of ear infections as a child, and she caught a doozey that August while we were in France. We had swapped houses for the month with a French family who wanted see the American Southwest. We found each other through a house-exchange agency in Vermont. It […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Balance Comes to Oil and Gas Commission

05/15/07 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Balance Comes to Oil and Gas Commission

Peter Shelton It’s amazing what a difference a new administration makes. I wish I were talking about Washington. But no, this is Denver we’re discussing. And the changes being put in place by a Democratic legislature and the Ritter administration regarding oil and gas development. Oil and gas has run amok in parts of Colorado […]

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View to the West

05/01/07 | By | More
View to the West

As the slush of the last spring snowstorm melted into the meadows and the adobe around the house crusted up again in the sun, I noticed an incongruous flash of bright white on top of a boulder just up the hill. After a second, I remembered what it was. It blooms during some Aprils, not […]

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View to the West

04/24/07 | By | More
View to the West

The Grand Mesa, Gunnison and Uncompahgre (GMUG) Forest released its much-discussed Management Plan last month and then abruptly pulled it again after a judge in California determined that the Bush administration’s 2005 Planning Rule violated the law on environmental protection, citizen input, etc., etc. So, the 90-day comment period following release is moot. Here’s the […]

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View to the West

04/10/07 | By | More
View to the West

Ridgway in 1980 was only four years removed from thinking it would be drowned. Sometime in 1976, Joyce Jorgensen, the owner, editor and chief reporter for The Ouray County Plaindealer, announced in her pages that the Bureau of Reclamation had decided at long last to move the reservoir downriver and thus spare the town of […]

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View to the West

04/03/07 | By | More
View to the West

Is there anything more American than moving?  We move to move up in the world or to get away from it. We move to start anew, and sometimes we move to where we hope we can stop moving.  The inalienable right to move is enshrined in the constitution – isn’t it? It’s part of the […]

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View to the West

03/27/07 | By | More
View to the West

In a gale, 550 nautical miles south of Australia, with the mast broken on his 40-foot racing sloop, our friend Bobo needed all of his zen calm and every one of his wilderness/mountaineering skills. His rope skills especially. After lowering the mainsail and “snugging up runners and lowers and halyards,” Bobo had to do something […]

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View to the West

03/20/07 | By | More
View to the West

On December 30, 2006, Bobo wrote about the frustration as he worked to ready Anasazi Girl for departure out of Cape Town: “So many times at the summit ridge of a big mountain it happens. I am sure the top is in sight, but once reached there is another point higher. This has been the […]

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View to the West

03/13/07 | By | More
View to the West

Our friend James Burwick, better known as Bobo, left his beloved mountains a couple of years ago to begin a single-handed circumnavigation of the globe. It wasn’t an altogether mad notion. Bobo had done quite a bit of sailing in the Caribbean, around Central America, and Hawaii. He’d gotten his captain’s license, and in between […]

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View to the West

01/29/07 | By | More
View to the West

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing…And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.  –Khalil Gibran My mother called and said simply, “Polly’s gone.” Fighting sobs, but pressing ahead through her shock, she added some details. About how she and my brother Tom had […]

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View to the West

01/09/07 | By | More
View to the West

Hegira. Joni Mitchell spelled it with a “j” on her seminal 1976 album. It means “any flight or journey to a more desirable or congenial place than where one is.” That’s the general definition. The more specific one refers to the “flight of Mohammad from Mecca to Medina to escape persecution in A.D. 622: regarded […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Stealing Fun for Profit

11/14/06 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Stealing Fun for Profit

View to the West Peter Shelton Since 50 is the new 40 and March is the new May, I guess it’s only natural that Halloween become the new beginning of the Christmas season. Judging by the gift catalogues we’ve been getting, there is something else going on besides ambushing shoppers earlier and earlier. Not content […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Must There Be Answers?

11/23/05 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Must There Be Answers?

Two pairs of crows wheel deliriously across the sky about a quarter mile from my window. I get the binoculars and lean in against the sill. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t think twice about the birds, but these four are flying in such tight formation, two leading and the two others apparently following behind, that I can’t […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Unthinkable Cost Of Business as Usual

11/11/05 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Unthinkable Cost Of Business as Usual

Part 3 in a Series We both stepped outside as Ellen readied for her drive to Telluride. “It is balmy!” she exclaimed, removing a layer before slipping behind the wheel. It was undeniably balmy: 64 degrees at 10 a.m. on November 8th. “Global warming,” we chanted, nearly in unison, chuckling uncomfortably. We knew you can’t […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Chernobyl Dreams

11/04/05 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Chernobyl Dreams

“Don’t confuse nuclear power with the bomb!” insists my cousin David, divorcing as he insists we do, the quantitative from the emotional. David, his brother Jay and I all grew up with Dr. Strangelove, diving under our desks at school, wondering if we shouldn’t have a bomb shelter in our backyards, too. Now, with the […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Nuclear Cousins

10/28/05 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Nuclear Cousins

My cousin Jay pulled the car over at Vanadium in the San Miguel Canyon opposite the Wilson Mesa road. Back then, the remnant walls of an old concrete bunker sported a spray-painted “NO NUKES” symbol courtesy of an unknown Telluride activist. Jay wanted to see if the site really was radioactive. He grabbed a chunk […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Testing, Testing

10/14/05 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Testing, Testing

What are we talking about here? – “A drop of mercury slithering down the hill, finding its way with impunity.” – “Offers a helping hand to lead you into a deeper, more meaningful relationship with snow.” – “Like reuniting with a best friend: easy and fun as hell to be with.” – “So juiced it […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | You Are What You Drive

09/16/05 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | You Are What You Drive

When Laurie Anderson came to Telluride for the “Composer to Composer” symposium a number of years ago, she brought with her a tractor-trailer’s worth of electronics. The Opera House stage was buried under giant black speakers, bristling sound boards, computers, amplifiers and video screens. The brilliant – and tiny – performance artist, filmmaker and electric […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Hot and Wet

08/05/05 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Hot and Wet

They say our western heat is a dry heat, that you don’t feel the effects as desperately as do Easterners in their muggy, drowning heat. I wouldn’t want to have made the argument to homeless people in Phoenix as the thermometer climbed toward 120 degrees the other week. But, I suppose there is some truth […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Of Mice and Men

07/29/05 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Of Mice and Men

Love to eat them mousies, Mousies what I love to eat. Bite they little heads off, Nibble on they tiny feet. A Kliban card with a folk-singing, guitar-strumming cat graced our refrigerator for years. We invested the lyrics with Dylan-esque insouciance. And because we had cats ourselves, it was easy to side with feline predators […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Throwing Curves

07/08/05 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Throwing Curves

Here in the mountains of the West, here in the 21st century, we draw lots of curves. We’re lucky. We draw arcs on the snow when we ski. We sketch turns in the dirt on mountain bike trails. We lean into and against the curves in a skate park or a particularly well made piece […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Yard Sale

05/20/05 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Yard Sale

Seven fifty-eight a.m. Bureau of Land Management State Office in Lakewood, Colorado. (“Across Youngfield Street from MacDonalds,” the voice on the phone had said.) Two faded fiberglass Bambis cavort beside a closed-loop brook that emerges from behind the glass front doors. Inside, the brook burbles antiseptically. “They ought to put fish in there,” says an […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Not in My Back Yard

05/06/05 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Not in My Back Yard

Once upon a time in the early years of the last century it seemed like a good idea. Uncle Sam wanted to encourage homesteading in the West, and so he made public land available to people who would use it, farmers and ranchers mostly, but he retained for the government ownership of what might lie […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | Oh, Canada, Part One

04/29/05 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | Oh, Canada, Part One

As if we needed more reasons to admire our neighbors north of the “longest undefended border in the world” – universal health care; acceptance of gay rights, including marriage; bilingual education; no military forces occupying foreign lands; cheap prescription drugs; a tolerance of marijuana; a national passion for winter – now we have another. It’s […]

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View from the West

03/25/05 | By | More
View from the West

w The question for Hal’s family became, “What constitutes ‘extraordinary measures?’” Unlike Terri Schiavo, Hal did have a living will, which stated that no extraordinary measures be taken to prolong his life. But in today’s world of commonplace medical miracles, what is extraordinary? When I went, for the one and only time, to see Hal […]

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View To The West

03/04/05 | By | More
View To The West

Ellen and I don’t get television, but as the Academy Awards show approached last Sunday, we knew we’d have to watch. For all its peripheral attention on gowns and glamour and celebrity excess, the event does, for one night at least, focus the world on movies. And this year more than most, Hollywood seemed to […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | The Nightmare

02/18/05 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | The Nightmare

You’re standing there, early afternoon sun on your face nicely balancing a chilly north wind. The snow is soft under your skis at 12,000 feet, and the second descent in a two-part day awaits. The reverie is not completely without tension. The wind has moved some of the new snow around, layering soft slab here […]

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View to the West

12/24/04 | By | More
View to the West

This was more like it: slender palms leaning out over the sand, the sand arcing in a golden crescent around the bay, water so clear you could see the catamaran’s shadow on the bottom thirty feet down. A lone man on the beach moved deliberately, plucking coconuts off the ground without bending over. A quick […]

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View to the West

11/12/04 | By | More
View to the West

How do you celebrate loss? It’s a contradiction in terms. And yet, that is what we are being asked to do, must do now. No, I’m not talking about the election. That loss will continue to curdle in an already sick-feeling belly. No, celebration is the last word that comes to mind following the success […]

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VIEW TO THE WEST | A Soldier’s Heart

10/15/04 | By | More
VIEW TO THE WEST | A Soldier’s Heart

Lee Burkins is clearly still damaged. One of the featured authors at Saturday’s first annual Black Canyon Writers’ Conference, Burkins, a Vietnam War veteran with a troubled smile, began his talk in an air of soft-spoken self-deprecation. He said he was not a professional writer and didn’t feel comfortable giving advice about the craft. Several […]

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View to the West

10/01/04 | By | More
View to the West

Cousin Austin was giving Adam fits. Every day he’d come by the construction site in the woods overlooking Maine’s far north coast and just stand there. Adam, Cloe and I would stop work and try to make conversation. “So, Austin,” Adam would begin, his tool belt idle at his hips, mosquitoes homing in on a […]

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