Mark Pearson

Position: 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

Seeing through the haze not always easy here

The skies in the mountains are amazingly blue, a deep solid color. On a good day, the clarity of the ridges against this blue is deeply rewarding. Yet all too often in our area, the clarity is...

DATE: June 8, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Living and paying in gas country, with no foresight

Durango Fire & Rescue Authority opens its 2011 budget update with the sentence, “A reduction in the value of natural gas has resulted in a 20 percent decline in the Durango Fire Rescue’s...

DATE: May 25, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Making a home in the beautiful San Juan Basin

What does it mean to live someplace? Many of us move repeatedly during our lifetimes. We often think of ourselves as “from” two places: where we were born, as well as where we currently live. The...

DATE: May 11, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Helping farmers, fish and floaters on the Dolores

Conflicts about water in Southwest Colorado seem to be the norm. So when the many different interests get together, not only to talk, but to actually come up with potential win-win solutions, it is...

DATE: April 27, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Gas industry taking water, one law at a time

One of the basic realities of the West is the scarcity of water, which leads to the incredibly high value placed on water rights. “You can steal my grub, you can take my woman, but don’t touch my...

DATE: April 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Inactive drilling leases hamstring public lands

The U.S. Department of the Interior recently released a report finding that the majority of gas and oil leases held offshore or on public lands are not in active production – a result that does...

DATE: March 30, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

U.S. agencies play role in resource management

As the budget wars have heated up since the 112th Congress convened in January, there has been escalating rhetoric and division over how to address the need to save federal dollars. Predictably,...

DATE: March 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Coordination, input key to EPA cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency has initiated rulemakings to address the pollution levels being emitted by the two coal-fired power plants in the Farmington area. These separate but parallel...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Rulemakings offer regional cleanup chance

Situated as Durango is at the nexus of the San Juan Mountains, redrock and high country deserts, and mid-elevation riparian areas, the region is a diverse ecosytsem that is home to equally vibrant...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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