Y2K: The sun still rises, the rivers still flow

Column by Hal Walter Mountain Life – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine IT OCCURRED TO ME mid-morning on the eve of the new millennium that hanging out at the Walter Manure Glacier and watching the meager snow cover sublimate was no way to usher out a year, much less a century or a millennium. […]

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2 abandoned national monuments

Sidebar by Marcia Darnell and Ed Quillen Sand Dunes – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine THE PLACE formerly known as Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument became a National Park last year, and now the authorities are looking at a similar upgrade for Great Sand Dunes National Monument.

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How many portals to the Great Sand Dunes

Sidebar by Ed Quillen Sand Dunes – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine FOR PURPOSES OF SPECULATION here, let us assume that the entire Baca Ranch becomes part of a Great Sand Dunes National Park. What happens next? As it is, there is only one entrance gate, about 35 miles northeast of Alamosa by either […]

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And end to the SLV’s water wars? Don’t hold your breath.

Sidebar by Ed Quillen Sand Dunes – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine IF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE acquired the Baca Ranch, would that prevent future water development? Not necessarily. The plumbing of the San Luis Valley is complicated, so some background is in order. South of the Sand Dunes, the Valley just drains south […]

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The Baca Ranch — a legacy from Mexico

Sidebar by Ed Quillen Sand Dunes – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine AS PRESENTED in recent meetings, changing Great Sand Dunes from National Monument to National Park is more than a name change. It would also mean adding land — some of it from the Forest Service, and as much as 100,000 acres now […]

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Park or Monument: what’s the difference?

Sidebar by Ed Quillen Sand Dunes – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine What’s the difference between a National Forest and a National Park? Or between a National Park and a National Monument? Start with the easy one, Monument vs. Park. Both are administered by the National Park Service, part of the U.S. Department of […]

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About the Monument

Sidebar by Marcia Darnell Great Sand Dunes – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine The Great Sand Dunes is 60.4 square miles of the tallest dunes on the continent. The highest pile of sand rises 700 feet. The monument was established within the National park system in 1932 by President Herbert Hoover.

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Soon to be a national park?

Article by Marcia Darnell Sand Dunes – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine A PROPOSAL IS ON THE TABLE to turn the Great __Sand Dunes National Monument into a national park. No big deal on paper, but the long-range implications have San Luis Valley residents talking. The issues are the increased crowds at the Dunes, […]

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Form and Content

Essay by Ed Quillen Publishing – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine IN SOME WAYS, I was looking forward to a minor Y2K collapse. In my ideal cataclysm, the water and sewer would have to continue functioning, since indoor plumbing is an aspect of modern civilization that I want to keep, and besides, the spot […]

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The Future is even weirder than you imagine

Essay by Stephen Lyons Humor – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine ONLY FOOLS PREDICT the future, which is why I’m perfect for the job. What a century it’s been! Who could have guessed that you could get a decent cup of coffee in southeastern Utah and that three rare species would make incredible comebacks: […]

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Two faces of an Industry?

Sidebar by Allen Best Forest Management – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine Listen to the ski industry dialogue long enough, and some interesting impressions begin taking shape. First, welcome to the global marketplace, nearly all of it premised on U.S. public lands. Facing a relatively flat market in the United States, the ski areas […]

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Lynx and Wolverine will be a factor

Sidebar by Allen Best Forest Managment – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine Overlooked in much of this discussion are the lynx and wolverine. Despite yet another delay, it still looks as though the lynx is headed for protection under the nation’s Endangered Species Act. That could have profound consequences for uses on the national […]

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What will White River’s new plan do to us?

Article by Allen Best Forest Management – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine THERE ARE CHANGES proposed for the woodlands to the north. In the last decade the land has been increasingly used, abused and overrun. Now, according to the Forest Service, some of it could use a rest. Whether the White River National Forest […]

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Some words with David Lavender

Article by John Nizalowski David Lavender – February 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine FEW WRITERS OF THE WEST have come to their subject with as much depth of experience and authority as David Lavender. Born on February 4, 1910, in the mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, Lavender witnessed the waning days of Colorado’s silver and […]

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