As advocates for wildlife and wild lands from different parts of the conservation community, we feel the recent hunting incident adjacent to the Valley Floor reinforced the need for discussion and education about the interplay between legality and ethics in hunting and conservation. As Aliso…

There are a lot of things that I’m not good at. Lots of things. The list of things that I’m really not good at could easily take up the 900-word limit of this column, but that might make for a tedious read, so I’ll just give you an abridged sampling of my shortcomings, which include: paralle…

As a homeless dog I can think of nothing better than a day devoted to eating as much turkey, stuffing and pie as I can cram into my belly. Although that is literally a dream come true, there is some scuttle that this week’s holiday offers more than an overly satisfied stomach. I have heard t…

This morning, I took a walk outside, and the horizon was so clear, mountains half brushed with snow, it was hard not to feel thankful. Hearing the quiet that radiates across mesas from the foot of the Lone Cone to the batwings of the La Sals, I thought there must be someone I could express g…

As advocates for wildlife and wild lands from different parts of the conservation community, we feel the recent hunting incident adjacent to the Valley Floor reinforced the need for discussion and education about the interplay between legality and ethics in hunting and conservation. As Aliso…

There are a lot of things that I’m not good at. Lots of things. The list of things that I’m really not good at could easily take up the 900-word limit of this column, but that might make for a tedious read, so I’ll just give you an abridged sampling of my shortcomings, which include: paralle…

As a homeless dog I can think of nothing better than a day devoted to eating as much turkey, stuffing and pie as I can cram into my belly. Although that is literally a dream come true, there is some scuttle that this week’s holiday offers more than an overly satisfied stomach. I have heard t…

This morning, I took a walk outside, and the horizon was so clear, mountains half brushed with snow, it was hard not to feel thankful. Hearing the quiet that radiates across mesas from the foot of the Lone Cone to the batwings of the La Sals, I thought there must be someone I could express g…

Sometimes it might not be best, when running a river, to camp beside a big set of rapids that have yet to be negotiated. As the night goes on, it gets louder, the rumble turning during the wee hours into a roar. When one shifts in the sleeping bag, it might not be just your imagination that …

The following excerpts are from the book “Conversations at 9,000 Feet,” a collection of oral histories from Telluride compiled by Davine Pera. The collection, which has over 130 tapes, is housed at the Wilkinson Public Library, which is the beneficiary of all profits from the sale of this book.

Mark Twain once called Pittsburgh “a miniature hell with the lid off.”

Prior to today there have been 799 homeless pets writing this weekly Second Chance Pet Column. I have the honor of completing number 800. Yep, this marks 800 pet columns, and the coolest part is that every single pet that has written a column has been adopted. I am so thrilled to finally get…

Worried about introducing a new cat to your dogs? Most dogs do well sharing their homes with felines, however, some do not and it is important to determine which side of the fence your dog digs. This cautionary tale can be applied to introducing a new dog to your cat as well, but proceed wit…