A Yellow River Runs Through It

Originally posted on From the Styx by Peggy Tibbetts:

The Animas River after the spill The Animas River after the spill

The Animas Disaster and the Great Web of Things

Guest post by Phillip Doe*

As all the world knows by now, one of the last remaining undammed[1] major rivers in the west, the Animas River, in southwestern Colorado, was damned with a 3 million gallon sludge of toxic mine waste on August 5.

The devastation was so visually disturbing that pictures of the river’s flow, a diaper-mustard colored concoction laced with heavy metals, made the front page of The New York Times.

The sludge passed out of the state in a few days, and Colorado’s Governor, John Hickenlooper, (Hick, to his friends) quickly declared the emergency over by drinking water from the river in Durango, Colorado, one of the state’s tourist centers. He’d taken the precaution of adding an iodine tablet, quipping after his act of derring-do, “If that shows that Durango is…

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Don’t believe EPA chief Gina McCarthy

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This from guest blogger Peggy Tibbits from her From the Styx blog.

Originally posted on From the Styx by Peggy Tibbetts:

Breaking news:  EPA chief Gina McCarthy says water quality in Animas River back to “pre-event conditions”

DURANGO [Denver Post] — Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy said Wednesday that water quality in La Plata County has “returned to pre-event conditions” after last week’s Gold King Mine wastewater spill.

The spill was caused by an EPA cleanup crew on Aug. 5 and released 3 million gallons of acidic water into the Animas River basin.

“We have water quality data from August 7, 8 and 9 from La Plata County that show levels have returned to pre-event conditions,” McCarthy said during a 15-minute news conference in Durango at the command center …

Oh really? Here Gina, drink this …

"Rayna Willhite, of Aztec, holds a bottle of water collected from the Animas River on Thursday near Bakers Bridge. The river is carrying mine waste from the Gold King Mine north of Silverton. (Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)" Rayna Willhite, of Aztec, holds a bottle of water collected from the Animas River on Thursday near Bakers Bridge. The river is carrying mine waste from the Gold King Mine north of…

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Iditarod and Global Warming

If anyone has any doubts about global warming or climate change or whatever you choose to call it, check out this article about this year’s Iditarod. According to all reports consulted by From Western Colorado, Anchorage had to truck in snow for the ceremonial start to the world-renowned race. Photos show wet street scenes that look like springtime in St. Louis with a swath of snow down the middle of the road so the sleds can slide on something besides cement. Competitors kicked off in Fairbanks, about 225 miles north.  Musher Aaron Burmeister is currently in first place. Aliy Zerkle is running in 4th place. She’s finished the Iditarod 14 times. Maybe she’ll win this year. Go girl!  Stay tuned and thanks for listening…

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KDNK Community Radio Memorial to Northern Ute Elder Clifford Duncan

The late Clifford Duncan, Norther Ute elder, leads a traditional dance in Carbondale, Colorado.

The late Clifford Duncan, Northern Ute elder, leads a traditional dance in Carbondale, Colorado.

Northern Ute elder Clifford Duncan passed away in February, 2014 at his home in Roosevelt, Utah. Clifford often traveled to the Roaring Fork Valley to talk about the history of his people in the area and to share his wisdom. Roaring Fork Valley residents Rita Marsh, Bill Kight, and Dr. Will Evans join KDNK Community Radio public affairs show host and reporter Amy Hadden Marsh for an on-air memorial, recorded in May, 2014. It’s posted on From Western Colorado ‘s audio page. And, thanks for listening…

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Roaming Wild: New Mustang Movie Brings Issue into 21st Century

Sylvia Johnson’s movie, Roaming Wild, screened at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale, Colorado Wednesday, March 19th, to an SRO crowd. The first-time feature film director worked on the project for several years and has put together a refreshing look at the wild horse management scenario in the American West. Featuring three people who represent three important issues facing the mustangs and the BLM, Johnson approaches ranching/grazing, the specter of slaughter, and one man’s tireless efforts to use fertility-control drugs to protect a New Mexico herd. The film also takes a look at a little known Utah herd, whose ancestors were Pony Express horses. It’s a must-see for mustang fans and those unfamiliar with the issue.

Johnson joined From Western Colorado ‘s Amy Hadden Marsh on KDNK Community Radio’s Valley Voices for a conversation about the film.

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BLM Sells Wild Horses to Colorado Dealer with Links to Slaughter

ProPublica repoter Dave Phillips has written an article about the BLM selling wild horses to a Colorado livestock hauler who has ties with slaughterhouses.  And, Democracy Now featured a segment about it on today’s newscast. From Western Colorado says check it out.

Stay tuned…

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Fall Colors At Their Peak in Colorado Mountains

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