Last night I watched a documentary on Amazon titled “One Child Nation,” made by a young woman from China who has become an American. In the movie she learns how China's one child policy, which was in effect from the 1970s until 2015, affected her own family. An aunt gave birth to a girl, the…

An early morning begins to awaken as I sit here with a cup of coffee. Outside my window two elk are trying to cross the road along the Valley Floor to rejoin their herd that made it before a few cars prohibited them from following. I watch as they contemplate the proper time to try again. Wi…

Oh, the start of summer. The days are long, the weather is warm and school is out. It’s time to turn on the grill, pull out the picnic blankets and scout out some potential camping spots for the months ahead. After all, summer time is party time … right?

The little girl was friendly and direct, in the way of children.

Last night I watched a documentary on Amazon titled “One Child Nation,” made by a young woman from China who has become an American. In the movie she learns how China's one child policy, which was in effect from the 1970s until 2015, affected her own family. An aunt gave birth to a girl, the…

An early morning begins to awaken as I sit here with a cup of coffee. Outside my window two elk are trying to cross the road along the Valley Floor to rejoin their herd that made it before a few cars prohibited them from following. I watch as they contemplate the proper time to try again. Wi…

Oh, the start of summer. The days are long, the weather is warm and school is out. It’s time to turn on the grill, pull out the picnic blankets and scout out some potential camping spots for the months ahead. After all, summer time is party time … right?

The little girl was friendly and direct, in the way of children.

The COVID-19 health crisis and resulting public health orders continue to challenge all of us.

“It is true, I might have resisted forcibly with more or less effect, might have run 'amok' against society, but I preferred that society should run 'amok' against me, it being the desperate party.”—Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience”

While COVID-19 continues to reshape our society, public lands remain a constant in the San Juans and surrounding areas. Those of us searching for “responsible recreation” find ourselves in new and old places, perhaps exploring the West End of San Miguel and Montrose counties, or slogging the…

Thirteen years ago, in May, we joined together as a community to celebrate the completion of years of tireless perseverance and the monumental fundraising campaign that finally secured the Valley Floor as protected open space forever. As we collectively crave something to celebrate, we encou…

Last week, my fiancé and I made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone our wedding this August. Even as states across the country open up, including Colorado where our wedding was scheduled to take place, we knew a 250-person event in just a few short months from now was out of the…

What a difference a month makes. May is Mental Health Awareness Month but by late March it was clear that both recognizing the month was more important than ever, and that the message needed to change. COVID19 had upended the script and all of us were (and still are) adjusting to a new reality.

“Hooray! Great news!” The EMT came back with test results. “Your daughter has strep throat!” That a diagnosis of strep would be cause for celebration speaks to the tenor of the times.