The Colorado River Compact turns 100 this year, but any celebration is damped down by the drying-up of the big reservoirs it enabled. The Bureau of Reclamation’s “first-ever” shortage declaration on the river acknowledges officially what we’ve known for years: the Compact and all the measures augmenting it, collectively known as The Law of the River, have not prevented the river’s over-development.
Why would rural Delta County, Colorado, say no to a solar farm that would enrich the county by $13 million over 15 years, at roughly the same time neighboring Montrose County said yes to a solar farm that might power nothing but the energy-draining cryptocurrency industry?
Seven Western states and their leaders — all depending on water from the Colorado River — remain divided.
Note: The following is a prepared statement from the San Juan County Democratic Party. Oljato, UT – The San Juan County administrator’s recent resignation was not a big surprise. “Mr. Pehrson had not been willing to take direction from the new County Commission and execute its priorities, and his abrupt resignation last week was not … Continue reading Letter: Maryboy and Adakai Set Record Straight on County Administrator’s Resignation
Dear Editor, We love Bluff! As I write this, I am looking at my one-and-a-half-year-old dog, Molly. She is sleeping peacefully on our bed with a shaven leg that is pierced by a large stainless steel apparatus, pinned 6 times into her left leg. She was hit by a car at the end of our … Continue reading Letter: Please Drive Slowly In Bluff
To the Editor, When President Obama designated Bears Ears National Monument, it was to “preserve its cultural, prehistoric, and historic legacy…for the benefit of all Americans.” However, the Interior Department has selected 15 people, who are resolute monument foes, for the advisory committee that will provide guidance on the managing of the reduced Bears Ears … Continue reading Letter: Shame on the Interior Department for placing monument foes on the Bears Ears Advisory Committee