The “Energy Gap” Nobody Wants to Tussle With

By Dave Marston Clouds over a windmill farm outside Oakley, Kansas. Photo by Dave Marston. Many Western states have declared they will achieve all-renewable electrical goals in just two decades. Call me naïve, but haven’t energy experts predicted that wind, sun and other alternative energy sources aren’t up to the job? Alice Jackson, former CEO … Continue reading The “Energy Gap” Nobody Wants to Tussle With

Desert Notes: Eastwood’s Monkeyflower

Robin Patten Photos by Robin Patten. The alcove was shallow, though its back wall was shaded, seeping with enough moisture to support a modest hanging garden. With autumn taking hold, most of the plants had decayed into crumpled leaves and drooping stems, yet within the brown was a bit of green and a flame of … Continue reading Desert Notes: Eastwood’s Monkeyflower

The History and Types of Whitewater Dories and Inflatables

By Peter Winn I selected all but three of these images from a 2010 presentation about global whitewater boating that I made for the Grand Junction W.A.T.E.R. Club (Western Association to Enjoy Rivers).  Many of them are of flips or wraps, but in reality it's safer to float the rapids than to drive the shuttle … Continue reading The History and Types of Whitewater Dories and Inflatables

Desert Notes: Mountain Lion Refugia

Morning coolness lingered in the side canyon, the heat of summer yet to reach into the depths. I walked the dry wash along the canyon bottom, watching the cliffs for the wrens chittering somewhere above, looking down only to secure my way – and so the mule deer head startled me, lying in my path, upside down below a cottonwood tree.