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Mark Pearson
Position: San Juan Citizens Alliance

Colorado seeks comment on wolf management plan

Colorado’s newly minted wolf management plan is out for public review, with comments accepted over the next month. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently unveiled its proposed plan for managin...

Celebrating Conservation Gains

Clearer skies, reduced emissions part of conservation gains

Wolf Creek Pass receives a reprieve

The proposed Village at Wolf Creek development atop Wolf Creek Pass was recently rejected again by a federal judge. For some who might not be familiar, this is a long-suffering attempt to cr...

Will uranium boom again in the Four Corners?

The Four Corners has a heritage of uranium production as long as the atomic era. Uranium mines throughout the Dolores River Basin and across the Navajo Nation supplied much of the material t...

Climate legislation is unprecedented in scope

This past week Congress passed sweeping legislation that takes a serious swipe at attacking the root causes of climate change. The Inflation Reduction Act aims to cut carbon emissions by mo...

Closure of San Juan Generation Station signals coal’s demise

The Four Corners took a significant step toward a coal-free future as Unit 1 of the San Juan Generating Station closed forever on June 30. The event occurred without fanfare, and represents ...

Electric co-ops cut costs through independence

June marks a significant milestone among rural electric cooperatives within the Tri-State system, notably for our neighbor Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in Taos, New Mexico. Six years ago...

Gridlock in Congress stymies land protection in Colorado

The CORE Act achieved a significant milestone at the beginning of May when the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee finally voted on it. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy...

Abandoned mines, wells present vexing problems

Our region hosts an abundance of abandoned mine sites and orphaned oil and gas wells. They contaminate our water and air with acid mine drainage and leaking methane. They are the legacy of ...

Local electric supplies set for big change

La Plata Electric Association’s board of directors voted in February to dramatically revamp our local source of electricity. In a unanimous decision, the board agreed to a partial buyout of ...

Poor environmental review derails oil and gas leases

Last week, a federal court ruled that the Bureau of Land Management failed to follow the law in selling oil and gas leases across Southwest Colorado in two recent auctions. The ruling applie...

Region’s future electricity supply in play

Electricity customers across Southwest Colorado have the opportunity this month to provide feedback about the future of our electricity supply. The Colorado Public Utility Commission is rev...