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What Dennis Hastert’s memoir reveals about his years as a high school teacher and coach


They’d be looking out of hotel windows at the submarines and aircraft carriers below, and it was just amazing for them. . . . For almost a dozen years, I drove my kids to the Rocky Mountain Wrestling Camp in Gunnison, Colorado, on the Rockies’ western ...

Jeremy Nichols: Sacrificing Colorado's forests for coal


East of the small Colorado town of Paonia, nestled between the North Fork of the Gunnison River and the mighty peaks of the West Elk Mountains, is a remote and stunning expanse of untrammeled land. Thick with old growth spruce and fir, wetlands ...

Snow slides on Cottonwood Pass


“(Chaffee County) Road and Bridge sent a grader up to clear it off. The Gunnison side is still open, and we will not be closing this side. We’ll notify the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and go from there.” May precipitation has been ...

Cerro Summit adds to mix of local trails


It all started in 2010 when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved the construction of the Sidewinder Trail in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation ...
Trail crews from the Western Colorado Conservation Corps did the bulk of the work, but ...

Increasing Water Efficiency


Increasing Water Efficiency. I’m Greg Martin with Colorado Ag Today. The Lower Gunnison River Basin will be getting some improvements over the course of the next five years with help from an $8-million dollar USDA grant. Dave Kanzer with the Colorado ...

Colorado lawmakers urge funding for conservation programs for greater sage grouse, Gunnison sage grouse


DENVER — Five Democratic senators are asking colleagues to fund preservation efforts for the imperiled greater sage grouse and Gunnison sage grouse. The senators on Tuesday urged the Appropriations Committee to fund programs that include cooperative ...

New Próis Sojourn Line for Women Safari Hunters


Gunnison, CO-(Ammoland.com)- If you’re preparing for the hunt of your life – or at least one of them – check out Próis Hunting & Field Apparel’s new Sojourn line of clothes for women, created specifically for safari hunting. Made for women ...

Coalition Submits 100,000+ Comments Opposing a Coal-mining Loophole on Public Lands


Almost 5,000 of the signatures were submitted by Colorado residents. Mount Gunnison, Sunset Roadless Area. Photo by Ted Zukoski. Photos are available for media use. National and local conservation groups are calling on the U.S. Forest Service to abandon a ...

Gunnison River flows lower this water season


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part of a series of articles coordinated by the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University in cooperation with the Colorado and Gunnison Basin Roundtables to raise awareness about water needs, uses and policies in our region. To learn more, go to www ...

Colorado governor uses executive order to prevent sage grouse ‘endangered’ listing


On Friday, May 16, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper placed yet another hurdle in the path of the Department of the Interior’s effort to list the Gunnison sage grouse as an endangered species. Ironically, he has done it with an executive order requiring ...

Dozens of homes in central Utah sustain flood damage


CENTRAL UTAH — Floodwaters tore through central Utah Wednesday night, and now dozens of homes are damaged. Residents did all they could to stop water from going into their homes. Trenches were made t…

SUMMER IS HERE AND THE U.S. PARK POLICE ARE IN FULL FORCE ENFORCING ALL THE RULES, REGULATIONS AND LAWS AT GATEWAY NATIONAL PARK, SANDY HOOK, (MONMOUTH COUNTY) NEW JERSEY


PREPARED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE LAW OFFICE OF VINCENT J. SANZONE, JR., ESQ. FOR DECADES NUDE SUNBATHING AT GUNNISON BEACH (THE NUDE BEACH) HAS BEEN TOLERATED BY FEDERAL AUTHORTIES T…

Kupfer-Projektentwickler Excelsior Mining: Dundee Capital mit Kursziel von 0,90 CAD - Heißer Übernahme-Kandidat in Zukunft


Das aktuelle Research Update von Dundee Capital Markets zu den jüngsten Top-News von Kupfer-Developer Excelsior Mining (TSX-V:MIN), der in Arizona eines der aussichtsreichsten und attraktivsten Kupfer…

Excelsior Mining: Metallurgische Resultate bestätigen Weltklasse PFS-Daten für Gunnison-Projekt in Arizona


Die jüngsten Resultate zu den metallurgischen Tests können sich sehen lassen. Excelsior Mining (TSX-V:MIN) bleibt mit den Entwicklungs-Programmen für die finale Machbarkeits-Studie auf Gunnison auf Ku…

Life Got in the Way


A headstand to start the day, some time to write, and bountiful opportunities to throw a line at the water—these are a few of the things the keep me on the positive end of the happy scale.  The past f…

Extractive Industries in Violent Contexts: A Conversation with Luke Danielson


By Cullen Hendrix for Denver Dialogues Plaintiff Eric Dooh shows the crude oil, allegedly from Shell pipeline leaks, that has affected the banks of the creek through his village of Goi. By Milieudefe…

Race Read: Sage Burner 50K – Gunnison, CO – 1st Place


On Saturday, I competed in the Sage Burner 50K trail run in Gunnison, CO. I didn’t know much about the race leading in to it, and I took a more relaxed racing approach than in previous 50K undertaking…

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The Ouray County Water Users Association hopes to score $50,000 in grant dough for engineering #ColoradoRiver


Ouray From the Ouray County Plain Dealer (Sheridan Block): Making an effort to be prepared for the state’s uncertain water future, Ouray County water users are taking necessary measures to protect …

Leah at Home in Gunnison, Colorado – October 14, 2014


Leah in the beanbag Leah, one of my two German shepherds and one of three dogs overall, was resting contentedly when I upset her repose by the mere act of pointing a camera at her.  I don’t remember …




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In GUNNISON COLORADO: Why Good Trade Deals Matter to a Business

Nick Martin is the co-founder of The Pro´s Closet, an online used-cycling business. He sent the following email to the White House list to highlight why a better trade deal means a brighter future for online businesses like his.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership isn´t just President Obama´s proposed trade deal -- it´s mine, too. It´s a trade deal that millions of other online small business owners in this country would be proud to add their name to. I want to tell you why:

Every time I step through the doors of one of our 4,000-square-foot warehouses in Boulder and Denver, Colorado -- every time I see the bikes and cycling parts that line those walls and take in the energetic buzz of our 30-member team -- I take a step back and reflect on a simple fact: I own a business. It’s a "pinch-me" moment -- every time.

I am a cyclist and the proud co-owner of The Pro´s Closet, an online used-cycling store. And thanks to the Internet and the availability of e-commerce platforms like eBay, we´ve gone global. After all, when it’s not cycling season in the U.S., it’s peak season somewhere else in the world.

International customers aren´t just good for business abroad; they’re great for my Colorado communities. Why? Because selling in more markets means I can hire more people here at home. In fact, more small businesses are using the Internet to grow their business by reaching new customers they couldn´t reach before.

This is why trade is so important to me. If the success of American businesses in the global economy is important to you, say you’re an ambassador for a better trade deal that delivers a brighter future for all of us.

It may seem like a really remote and technical issue, but it actually has a real impact on how small businesses like mine do business. Currently more than 40% of our transactions cross U.S. borders. Unfortunately, most of our trade rules were written in a "pre-Internet" era, which means they are a nightmare to navigate for small online businesses.

Here’s an example: Right now, customs rules are so inconsistent and hard to follow that if we put a cycling part in the wrong packaging or mail it with the wrong label, it won’t make it to our customer in one country. The rules are different for each country, and are sometimes set up in a way that completely blocks out American business.

That is why it is so important that we secure the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new kind of trade agreement that will ensure America writes the rules and levels the playing field for online businesses and American workers by:

Reducing and eliminating tariffs across the Asia-Pacific region

Streamlining customs procedures

Making the rules more transparent, consistent, and less costly

Helping keep the Internet open and free, enabling online businesses to operate without unnecessary infrastructure costs

Of course, as the President has said, not all of our past trade deals have lived up to their promise. Thankfully, this trade deal is on track to be different. In fact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is shaping up to be the most progressive trade deal the world has ever seen. [13]



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The importance of local education funding in GUNNISON COLORADO

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to the Council of the Great City Schools about the exceptional progress being made within local and state education levels. The work of our administrators and educators has been more impactful than ever, resulting in higher standardized test scores in some of the previously lowest-performing schools and increased resources for students.

In fact, more graduation caps are going airborne as high school students are graduating at the highest rate ever recorded, with the largest improvement among minority and low-income students.

See what President Obama had to say about what we must do to improve access to quality education in America: 

This funding is an investment in our nation's future that has been able to give the kind of education our children need and deserve to compete in the 21st century. 

President Obama hopes that the upcoming budget plan by the Republican House and Senate will reflect the priorities of educating every child. If their new budget maintains sequester-level funding of the past, we would actually be giving less federal support to America’s schools than we were back in 2000.

Most alarmingly, if their current proposal is not changed, over the next six years, billions of dollars would be cut in education funding. That means we'd be cutting the support given to America's most impoverished schools, the funding that has helped create the progress we're seeing today. 


"The notion that we would be going backwards instead of forwards in how we’re devoting resources to educating our kids makes absolutely no sense." 

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The Guardian and a warning to GUNNISON COLORADO: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

In http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/02/jehovahs-witnesses-silencing-techniques-child-abuse [27]








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