Mark Pearson

Position: Thinking Green

Let’s make sure there’s something to be thankful for

Thanksgiving began with people thankful for surviving in a new land. They thanked those who already lived there for helping them, they were thankful for the bounty of the land they had come to,...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Our environment: Rights, wrongs, difficult issues

Is it a basic human right to have to clean water to drink, clean air to breathe or live in a generally healthy environment? In pondering this question, I first wonder about the concept of basic...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

25 years of work – a small group’s big legacy

Twenty-five years ago, some people in La Plata County started a small group with the intent of being actively engaged in community issues. The San Juan Citizens Alliance began by pushing for a...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Quiet decision on military flights; loud reverberations

The Air Force wants to fly 688 low-level training flights a year, as low as 300 feet above the ground, in the San Juan Mountains and basin, and up to central Colorado. La Plata County is at the...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Wilderness a blessing not to be taken lightly

I was blessed to grow up in western Colorado. Every summer, my father would take us on a pack trip for one to two weeks. Our horses would carry the loads, and we would hike. As soon as fourth...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Science, policy, politics – the game of being right

We all like to believe that our opinions are supported by good solid information. We may disagree with some about what sources of information are “good” or “solid,” but the interest in having...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Time to be aware: Shale gas coming to San Juan Basin

Natural gas has been extracted from the San Juan Basin for many decades. The first technology to be used is what is called “conventional” gas wells, where a vertical well is drilled into an area of...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Commission’s snub of public process a shock

The uproar about the La Plata County Comprehensive Plan process has gotten me thinking about public input into government decisions and the importance of clear processes and procedures. Most of us...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Natural gas: Simply another bridge to nowhere

Ever hear of “clean natural gas”? It is said to be the answer to climate change. It has been supported by numerous national environmental organizations. It has been dubbed a “bridge fuel” between...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Dirty politics: Fight it, but don’t expect it to stop

The breakdown in reasonable discourse in Washington is so clear and prevalent that most of us have shut down, stopped listening to the grandstanding and silly posturing. Unfortunately, the...

DATE: July 20, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Tools of the trade – or, the way we do what we do

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the different ways the San Juan Citizens Alliance works on the various issues we are involved in. The Dolores River Campaign, an effort to protect the whole...

DATE: July 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Local landscape needs community working together

One of the ways I first became active with the San Juan Citizens Alliance, back in 1994, was helping to craft the “Citizens Management Alternative” for the San Juan National Forest. For the next...

DATE: June 22, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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