PUBLIC LANDS … In another coup of sorts for our county, I won the chairmanship of CCI’s Public Lands committee for the next two years at last week’s meeting. A coveted state leadership position, it puts me in line to helping direct CCI’s lobbying efforts even more directly – and gives our county a bigger say in how public lands are treated in Colorado … The vote was close, but it was another indication of the blue-green shift in state politics that we see happening. I narrowly beat out the presumed next-in-line for the seat after the former chair’s retirement this year. Commissioner John Martin of Garfield County, a Republican, had been serving as vice-chair, and expected to step into the seat vacated by retiring Commissioner Jake Klein of Otero County. Instead, I pulled a bit of an upset, and won the chair. Martin will continue to serve as vice-chair … Public Lands is particularly important as eight of its members, including the chair and vice-chair, are paid to attend National Association of County meetings three times a year – giving San Miguel County a larger say on the national stage vis-à-vis public lands, as well as the state scene.
WEEKLY QUOTA … "Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility, a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task." – Barack Hussein Obama, 44th President of the United States
DENNIS DAIGLE … Dennis was a good Green friend. When we started a local Green Party chapter in Telluride, he was one of the first to sign on. I didn’t know him that well then, but I came to deeply appreciate his activism on behalf of a more ecologically sound community … We traveled to a state Green meeting one year, and I remember spending more time sharing stories with Dennis than listening to the Green candidates (all of whom lost) talking about their platforms and strategies. An intriguing man, he will be missed here.
ARNE NAESS … A Norwegian philosopher who took his values and principles beyond the classroom, he won fame as part of a protest against the flooding of Mardalsfossen waterfall in the Seventies where protesters chained themselves to the dam site … He is considered the founder and coiner of the term, Deep Ecology, and he was good friends with my teacher, the late Dolores LaChapelle of Silverton … Norwegian Sjur Paulson’s movie, Loop, which featured Naess in its final scenes, played at the 2007 Mountainfilm festival here in Telluride … Naess died earlier this month at 96, although he was playing his piano up until last year.
THE TALKING GOURD
lush & baroque
while life blazes
spare & elliptical