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Your land and my land

Print this articleWestward Ho, the wagons! The pioneers moving westward was the third of many movements of peoples into the North American Continent and specifically here in the Southwest, over many centuries, especially following the last Ice age with the … Continue reading

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Musings on public lands

Print this articleIn 1775 the combined population of all 13 colonies of America was approximately 2,500,000. When formulating the Articles of Confederation to join forces to fight for Freedom, Liberty and Property. The Crown or King controlled the property, resources … Continue reading

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Wildnerness? Really?

Print this articleRecently there’s been a lot of talk and some action regarding new wilderness designations here in Colorado and in other western states to “protect” the public lands. Then there is the issue of the Forest Service deciding to … Continue reading

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Endangered? What?

Print this articleDo you remember just a few years back when they improved Highway 145, the Dolores highway, and widened it for turning lanes at the junction with Road P? Everything was going well and suddenly it stopped and they … Continue reading

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Lands, people and future

Print this articleWho are you? Throughout history people have been identified with or by a land area they resided in. Some by a country, a region, or even more local features like a canyon. Where are you from? Well, I’m … Continue reading

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Frustrating!

Print this articleThe teenage years were very frustrating for many young people. The time in life when things were changing and you were trying to get a hot date and right there on your face was a big red zit! … Continue reading

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Having fun, fun, fun!

Print this articleHey, let’s hit the slopes this weekend, there’s a good storm blowing in some fresh powder, it will be great! Here we are in the recreation capital of Southwest Colorado, and it is free. Well, maybe not so … Continue reading

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Voluntary laws?

Print this articleDo you always obey all the laws of the land? When you do obey a law you voluntarily do so, usually on fear of prosecution of being caught, right? Did you know that the Supreme Law of the … Continue reading

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For everything there is a season

Print this articleThere is a time to be born! There is a time to plant! There is a time to harvest! There is a time to be thankful! There is a time to fight! There is a time to love! … Continue reading

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It’s mine — no, it’s mine!

Print this articleMaybe a better opening would be “I want I want”! We really hear a lot of those words these days when the subject of “public lands” comes up. I want to raft the Dolores River; I want to … Continue reading

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Muddied waters

Print this articleWow! Why is the west arm of McPhee Reservoir all mud and weeds? Why is water still being released out of the dam but the much-needed irrigation water was shut off a month and a half early? Have … Continue reading

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Clear-cut?

Print this articleNow, that is a word that has sparked the emotion of some people for over 50 years now. Most of those that get their knickers all in a twist over the word don’t realize that natural clear-cutting has … Continue reading

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Lands, roads, and RS 2477

Print this articleWhat in the world is the fuss over some dirty old roads all about? Most of the discussions center on current Forest Service road restrictions and closures, but do not look at the history of why there is … Continue reading

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Is it too late?

Print this articleTo manage or not to manage, that is the question! How does that apply to the resources on our so-called Public Lands? Well, first, what do we mean by “manage”? According to Webster, manage is “To handle or … Continue reading

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Wilderness? Whatszat?

Print this articleSo excited! Going to have a real Wilderness Experience, just like the explorers and trappers in the early days. Let’s see, need new mountaineering boots, ventilated four-season tent, waterproof breathable sleeping bag, propane stove, and for sure need … Continue reading

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Trees, trash and juice

Print this articleI really love to eat roasted piñon nuts, they are so good but also hard to collect. However, I learned that if you can find a big packrat nest, it will likely have a nice stash of piñons … Continue reading

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Hey, where’s the grass?

Print this articleYou are walking through the forest, scouting for interesting wildlife when suddenly — there, on the edge of a little clearing, you see them. A doe mule deer with twin fawns, one nursing as the other explores its … Continue reading

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What do you want?

Print this articleStop all the wildfires! We want more elk to hunt! No, we want more deer to hunt! Sage grouse, that is what we want! We want more wilderness and parks! We want wolves! No, what we really need … Continue reading

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Spot fires

Print this articleIf you have ever been on a hot wildfire, you learn that you have two major concerns. First is the main fire and second is to be on the alert for spot fires that start behind you and … Continue reading

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Word pictures

Print this articleDevastated, disastrous, pristine, beautiful, values, destroyed, protected, saved are all very good and descriptive words in our English language and are commonly used in discussing the status of management on the public lands of the state. Now take … Continue reading

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Public-lands conflicts

Print this articleA friend recently asked me, why is there so much conflict over the use of the public lands, and what can be done to resolve those conflicts? Well, the first part is fairly simple to answer, however the … Continue reading

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Trails, roads and use

Print this articleRemember your first bicycle? Back in 1950 I got my shiny new $70 Schwinn with leather seat, headlight and even a horn, and with chrome fenders. They were all “one-speed” then. If you went up in the hills … Continue reading

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Smoke and mirrors

Print this articleWhere was all the smoke in the skies coming from recently? Well, mostly from Montana, Oregon and Washington, but later we had our own wildfire in the Boggy Draw area above Dolores. Started small, but the Forest Service … Continue reading

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Why?

Print this articleWhy do we want to eat, have some kind of shelter, a piece of land, clothing and water? Why do we want to go hiking, fishing, boating or biking? Why do we want to work? You probably answered … Continue reading

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Wood is good!

Print this articleWe hear that phrase, but then wonder, what is it really good for? Well, naturally it is good for lumber and firewood, but what else? It always seemed good to snag my fishing hook on a submerged branch … Continue reading

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Plan ahead — act now

Print this articleGreen green, it’s green they say on the far side of the hill. Remember that old song by the New Christy Minstrels? Dating myself, I guess, oh well. The song simply expressed what we still do today, looking … Continue reading

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What’s free?

Print this articleAnswer is – nothing! Shucks, even this Free Press isn’t free of charge, unless you took/stole a copy without paying for it, shame on you! Over the years I have frequently heard the phrase “get some free government … Continue reading

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What’s free?

Print this article Answer is – nothing! Shucks, even this Free Press isn’t free of charge, unless you took/stole a copy without paying for it, shame on you! Over the years I have frequently heard the phrase “get some free government money.” … Continue reading

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That’s for the birds!

Print this articleAnyone who has read my past writings probably realizes I have a passion for seeing the state’s public lands and resources being well cared for and producing the natural resources therein. I really get upset at seeing waste … Continue reading

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That’s for the birds!

Print this article Anyone who has read my past writings probably realizes I have a passion for seeing the state’s public lands and resources being well cared for and producing the natural resources therein. I really get upset at seeing … Continue reading

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Stewardship

Print this articleNow, that is an interesting word! What does it mean to you? It can cover a lot of territory, such as the boss leaving the business under your care while he is gone on a business trip. As … Continue reading

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Stewardship

Print this articleNow, that is an interesting word! What does it mean to you? It can cover a lot of territory, such as the boss leaving the business under your care while he is gone on a business trip. As … Continue reading

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This land is whose land?

Print this articleDon’t let them sell off our public land! Keep it open to the public! There is a lot of rhetoric, fears, misinformation and emotions being expressed over so called “public” lands. Today, people and groups are all fighting … Continue reading

Published in Dexter Gill, March 2017

This land is whose land?

Print this articleDon’t let them sell off our public land! Keep it open to the public! There is a lot of rhetoric, fears, misinformation and emotions being expressed over so called “public” lands. Today, people and groups are all fighting for … Continue reading

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The protection racket

Print this articleIt’s 1956, we are driving our car across the Mexican border into Nogales Sonora. Look, there is a parking place near some shops. We get out, lock the car and immediately a young boy comes up and offers … Continue reading

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The protection racket

Print this articleIt’s 1956, we are driving our car across the Mexican border into Nogales Sonora. Look, there is a parking place near some shops. We get out, lock the car and immediately a young boy comes up and offers … Continue reading

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How much is enough?

Print this articleIt was Sunday afternoon in southern Arizona, just after a big Christmas dinner. The comment was made that someone knew a good place to go arrowhead and pottery-shard hunting on some BLM-controlled land. After wandering around, we found … Continue reading

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How much is enough?

Print this article It was Sunday afternoon in southern Arizona, just after a big Christmas dinner. The comment was made that someone knew a good place to go arrowhead and pottery-shard hunting on some BLM-controlled land. After wandering around, we … Continue reading

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Groundhog, fish and hay

Print this articleThat is an interesting symbiotic mix. I reckon I better explain the relationship. A groundhog is a mammal that goes by different names such as marmot, woodchuck, whistle pig, and of course groundhog. In this case I am … Continue reading

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To walk or ride?

Print this articleAfter my grandparents proved up on the homestead here in Montezuma County, they rented it out to a neighbor so they could go visit family in Texas. They were travelling by covered wagon and going by way of … Continue reading

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