Unaccustomed attention


For a lifelong Coloradan, this has been a strange election year. We're a "swing state" where the polls are close in the presidentail race, and that's a novelty. In the past 60 years, the Democratic candidate has carried Colorado only three times: Harry Truman in 1948, Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and Bill Clinton in 1992.

It's easy to joke that we were meant to be a "red state" because, after all, Colorado means "red" in Spanish.

Our regional issues may not be getting a lot of attention, but the national media are paying a lot of attention to Colorado, though it's generally focused on the suburban counties around Denver.

So it was something of a surprise to find that the New York Times had visited my remote backwater, and on Oct. 15 published this article.

And I confess, it's an angle I hadn't considered, which apparently makes me a rather typical resident of the headwaters valley of the Arkansas River.