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Ranger Trails: Rattlesnake sighting can be adrenalin rush, but keep safe distance

By Eric Sandstrom

When a great white shark showed up near Cape Cod this summer, human herds flocked to the beach in hopes of glimpsing that big dorsal fin knifing through the surf. And “Jaws” remains one of the most popular movies ...

Tipton puts party before constituents when it comes to vote on Bush tax cuts

By Bill Grant

No need to ask how Rep. Scott Tipton will vote on the Senate bill passed last week to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, while extending them for tax-payers making less than $200,000 ($250,000 for couples) per year. As he did ...


Ranger Trails: ‘Tween Extreme’ campers thrive in 10-week program

By Eric Sandstrom

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God.” — Diary of Anne Frank As young Anne realized when her freedom to go ...

Love nature? Catch up with summer books

By Eric Sandstrom

With apologies to “Prairie Home Companion’s” Garrison Keillor, it’s been a noisy week at Colorado National Monument, where all the bighorn sheep are good-looking, all the restrooms are strong, and all the lizards are ...

Just when you thought you’d heard everything

By Eric Sandstrom

Before diving into the earth-shaking topic of noise pollution, it’d be only right to mention some of my lesser-known weaknesses: ■ Our family dog used to jump into the shower with me whenever the hot water steam set off a smoke ...

Just another day in the park

By Eric Sandstrom

Just another day at Colorado National Monument. Twenty thousand acres of canyons and cactus under baby-blue skies, relentless sunshine and astonishingly few gnats greeted park visitors on a recent Saturday.  All traipsed beneath Old ...

Be active, die doing what you love to do

By Eric Sandstrom

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 2, when park rangers are expected to encourage Americans to hike their booties off.  The idea, developed in 1993 at the behest of a presidential commission on the outdoors, is to leave the house and ...

Secretive legislative organization pushes interests of corporations

By Bill Grant

Most Americans had never heard of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, until the shooting of Trayvon Martin exposed the close relationship between ALEC and the NRA. Together they sold state legislatures on the idea that ...


Parks and Wildlife still a long way from completion

By Staff

Gee, and you thought action Thursday in Denver would bring us the new Colorado Parks and Wildlife. So did I. After a day refreshingly free of head-butting and wrangling, action by the Hydra-headed Parks and Wildlife commission resulted in a ...

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Options abound to get outdoors in 2012

By Staff

There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow Shining at the end of every day There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow And tomorrow’s just a dream away Man has a dream and that’s the start He follows his dream with mind and ...

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