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Despite undisputed evidence that hastening the transition to clean energy is the least expensive and most beneficial path forward, Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s plan for future generating capacity keeps it unnecessarily hooked on coal and natural gas, a move that concerns co-op mem…

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If your season includes adding a Good Dog to your family, give them your all. The rewards have always come back to me tenfold and leave me with no regrets from sharing time with them.


The iconic perception many have of fly fishing is the rhythmic to-and-fro motion of casting a fly. Hypnotic in its timing and grace, it was the first thing I recognized as a youth and it attracted me to the sport. It helped that there was often a fish on the end of the angler’s line after I …

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In this era of political discord, news driven upheaval, and assorted fears of our choosing, a little therapeutic recreation can go a long way to settle us down.

My preferred outlet has been fly fishing. For decades, it has been a reliable stress reliever and all around great way to spend time out of my self and the trap of time.

Together, we join in care and compassion for the broken-hearted in Uvalde, Texas, as we take in the unthinkable reality of the school shooting in their community.  We cannot dismiss our own fear and anger while also being overcome with gratitude for our community and in particular, the protection of our own children. 

Eight years ago, when I was elected to serve as the state Senator for District 5, I never imagined the blessings and lessons that this job would bring me.

Recently I have noticed an uptick in complaints about dogs in our town. I have been made aware of some misunderstandings and confusion on the town of Buena Vista’s code regarding dogs through all of this.

It’s hard to fathom that it has been 20 months since our lives were dramatically transformed by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

While many in our society, especially in Colorado, have chosen to move on from this traumatic experience, going back to normal despite the risk of contracting or transmitting the virus, the pandemic is unfortunately not over.

What President Trump did in his speech to a crowd of supporters Jan. 6 was to encourage them to march to the Capitol to put pressure on Republican senators and representatives and Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

The anarchist thugs who stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, disrupting proceedings of Congress, are no different than the anarchist thugs who burned buildings in Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle and other cities this summer.

As we leave a uniquely difficult year behind us and look with guarded hope toward 2021, it is reasonable to temper one’s expectations.

The rollercoaster ride is not over yet; 2021 will surely have its twists and turns as well.

Like many local residents, when Friends of Browns Canyon first learned that the Colorado Midland and Pacific Railway had leased Union Pacific’s local rail line, we were excited at the prospect of trains returning to the valley. After all, CMP promised to “assess the interest” of local communities “for commuter passenger rail services.”

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As a card carrying member of the Sierra Club, GreenPeace and NRDC to name a few, I am appalled by what the 350 Central Colorado argument is promoting with their open letter to Nestlé Waters North America.

“The Times They Are a Changin’.” So wrote Bob Dylan in the 1960s, and they seem to change even more during this tumultuous year of 2020.

A change that has been overlooked by the administrators of the Buena Vista school district is the movement to include what was formerly called Vocational Technical Training in the high school curriculum. Now called Career Technical Education (CTE), the movement has grown nationally.

“A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.”  Patriot. (2019) – Oxford Online Dictionary 

“One who loves and supports his or her country.”  Patriot. (2019) –

We are hearing a lot about patriots and patriotism as we approach the 2020 election. 

But, what does it really mean to be a true patriot? 

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Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like every other car and truck coming to Buena Vista this summer has three or four mountain bikes with it.

I have a feeling the cars without bikes on them have hiking and trail running shoes, maybe even cowboy boots, in the trunk.

It’s more than just a feeling, the increase of trail users in and around Buena Vista is real.

National Health Center Week 2020 is celebrated this year on August 9 – August 15. Across the country, the exceptional work of Community Health Centers will be recognized, work sustained while fighting on the front lines of COVID-19 to keep our communities healthy and safe. This celebration w…

The second session of the 72nd General Assembly is in the books. A little after 5 p.m., June 15, it was “Turn out the lights – the party’s over!” on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives.

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National Health Center Week 2020 is celebrated this year on August 9 – August 15. Across the country, the exceptional work of Community Health Centers will be recognized, work sustained while fighting on the front lines of COVID-19 to keep our communities healthy and safe. This celebration w…

The second session of the 72nd General Assembly is in the books. A little after 5 p.m., June 15, it was “Turn out the lights – the party’s over!” on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives.

There are no words to accurately describe the events of the past several months. I am at a loss on what to say, don’t know where to begin, or I get pulled in a different direction due to so many competing priorities.


This photo from 1964 is a business which is still around with a different name.  If you can identify this location, call Suzy Kelly, 719-395-2572, or e-mail The first with the correct answer will be recognized in the next column.

Wow – a lot of things have happened since the last column. Kristi and I celebrated our 39th anniversary, the Capitol got trashed (multiple times), curfews became normal and a little legislation got passed.

The Bill of Rights is the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. It spells out Americans’ rights in relation to their government. Moses and the people of Israel were given the 10 Commandments – Americans were given the Bill of Rights…both are pretty big deals. In today’s world, Americans f…

The year 2020 began as every other year. Daily familiar, comfortable, predictable routines. Cue February: The global pandemic reaches America. Our reality changed: We were sent to our rooms (homes) by “The Landlord.”

Another Memorial Day weekend has passed with all of its modified flag ceremonies and cemetery tributes, travel, Safer At Home picnics, family get-togethers and all the other events that mark the beginning of summer.

The photo in last week’s paper was identified by Jim Foreman and some others.  It is from the 1940s.  This is the dam at the town lake and the spillway with the rock wall. 


At least 60 years ago, at about 6, I experienced a seminal landmark in my life. My parents owned a business back in Ohio where I grew up, they worked 6 days of the week and on Sunday there was church, so there wasn’t much time for family activities.

Franklin D. Roosevelt coined one of America’s iconic maxims in his first inaugural address: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

If you listen carefully this week in the halls of the state capitol, you might hear famed boxing announcer Michael Buffer’s catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” echoing under the Golden Dome.

This was to be the week of eager anticipation for state legislators as we prepared for a return to the Capitol on May 18 to do the people’s business.

Alas, it was not to be – on Saturday, May 9, Democratic Leadership in the General Assembly announced that the temporary suspension of the Legislature will continue until the week of May 25.


It is no exaggeration to say that a mega-drought not seen in 500 years has descended on the seven Colorado River Basin states: Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California. That’s what the science shows, and that’s what the region faces.

Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas and San Diego have already reduced per capita water use. Yet they continue to consume far more water than the river can supply. The river and its tributaries are still overdrawn by more than a million acre feet annually, an amount in consumption equaled by four cities the size of Los Angeles.

How does our faith get lived out in our lives – in these times especially? When there is so much distancing we must do, how do we reach out with love and concern for our brothers, sisters and neighbors in this time of staying in, worry and loss?


Is everyone enjoying themselves? Like so many, the past 45 days have been spent immersed in the new hobbies of weekly retail foraging, daily news data evaluation and my personal favorite, home improvement projects.

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This past weekend marked the transition from Safe at Home to Safer at Home. Well, kind of. Some areas are relaxing the rules, while others are staying locked down. It seems that we cannot even agree on whether to phase-in or to jump-in.


It was in 1944 when Nazi Germany and the Imperial Armed Forces of Japan were engaged with the United States in the bloody global battles of WWII; a pastor’s wife, the mother of five, sensing the need of divine help in those troublous times, was inspired to write the words of this well-known …


During these strange times, since I’m not working, I still try to get out onto the river regularly and do some fishing locally.

You saw the sign, right? The Speed Limit 55 sign? Well, even if you missed it, by driving on the road, you know there’s a certain prescribed speed. If you see a police car, you’ll slow down. Right? With the good music and fresh air, you’re in your own head space as the scenery whooshes by.

During these uncertain times, attending to our spiritual well being can be especially beneficial. Spiritual practices can help to keep us grounded and calm. Here are a few things you might like to try.

I am writing this edition here at home where I can see the antique Regulator clock on the wall. The pendulum swings back and forth ticking off the seconds of another day.


Wilderness. A word that has been a functional part of our vocabulary for many years. But recent fires and flooding here in the upper Arkansas Valley have caused me to consider this word with a slightly different view.

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The end of the Douglas Adams classic “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” is wrong. And yet, it’s right at the same time.

The true meaning of the answer to the “Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything” is hidden in the dolphins’ parting thought in the book, “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.”

The secret is the fish – sardines for the sake of this argument – they were fed for doing tricks. The answer, however, lies at the molecular level.


Shortly after Lent began, I started watching a show called Metanoia, produced by The Ministry of the Wild Goose, 4PM Media and other ministry partners,


What to do, what to do? With ski season brought to a hasty pause, live music on hiatus and large gatherings over 10 discontinued, it feels like things are way out of sorts.

Capitol Bill Watch: 564 Total – up from 537 last edition. House: 360 – Senate 204 Signed into law: 33 Postponed Indefinitely (Killed): 98

For the untold thousands of readers out there who are tired of hearing about Super Tuesday primary delegate totals and would like an update on bill totals at the Capitol, here it is.


In the Bible, the prophet Isaiah relates the promise that the Lord will guide us and satisfy us, and that we shall “be like a watered garden.” Isaiah 58:11


My brother Jay is one year younger than me. Growing up we loved each other and, of course, hated each other. One time my mother sent me to the chicken coop to gather eggs when I was about 6 years old. It was summertime and I took my shirt off to use to cradle the eggs.

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The magnitude of the Colorado River’s decline (because of climate change) as outlined in the Science paper is “eye popping.” – Brad Udall, senior scientist at Colorado State University.

The latest research about the Colorado River is alarming and also predictable: In a warming world, snowmelt has been decreasing while evaporation of reservoirs is increasing. Yet no politician has a plan to save the diminishing Colorado River.

Each month, nearly 63 million people receive a Social Security benefit check, and almost a third stay out of poverty as a result of this monthly payment. However, since 1984, some Social Security beneficiaries have been required to pay federal income tax on their benefits, resulting in the d…

Last night I was visiting with one of my Republican friends and colleagues. We found ourselves reflecting on the national political climate, our time in the Capitol and what motivated us to serve in the Senate.


Consider the biosphere of the antedeluvian world (i.e. “the pre-flood world”). According to Genesis, before the story of Noah’s ark a mist watered the earth, not rain.