Items by Ed Quillen

In presidential politics, the West is a forgotten time zone
Even in an election year, the Rocky Mountain West remains flyover country, mostly ignored by politicians and TV networks alike
One way to get rid of Lake Powell
Ed Quillen talks about the movement to change the name of Lake Powell to reflect its reality as a reservoir behind a dam
Water principles of the West begin with blaming California
Colorado’s nice-sounding new "water principles" ignore the traditional, real principles that have long defined water rights – and the fight over them – in the region
Water principles of the West begin with blaming California
Writer offers rules for water management, and the first rule is: Always blame California.
A crossed heritage in the modern West
How did the Republican Party cease being the party of conservation, and why do Westerners continue to give it their support?
The 'Niche West' reconnects us to the land
Honest work producing honest goods - not industrial tourism - is the way for Westerners to start a healthy, honest, economic and spiritual relationship with our landscape.
No matter what they say, Westerners don't fit the stereotype
Post-election analysts are mistaken in their claims that the traditionally Republican West fits cultural stereotypes.
Third-party votes count for plenty
The writer defends the history of third parties and the reasons to vote for them.
Isn't it about time for a New West celebration?
With tongue firmly in cheek, the writer argues that small Western towns need to give up their traditional summer festivals celebrating the Old West, and replace them with events honoring the New West in all its strangeness.
Riding the rails in Colorado
"The Colorado Railroad and Rail Corridor Guide" will be useful both to those trying to preserve existing rail lines and those seeking to turn abandoned rail corridors into trails.
The last mine closes in Leadville
A 139-year history of hardrock mining ends in Leadville, Colo., as the last working mine - Asarco's Black Cloud Mine - closes down, leaving the town uncertain of its identity and its economic future.
A water baron takes on the establishment
Would-be water baron Gary Boyce has locals worried about his plans to pump water from under his huge Baca Grande Ranch in Colorado's San Luis Valley and sell it to thirsty Front Range cities.
Feds will re-examine rail service in the West
The federal agency that approved the merger of the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads may reconsider its decision in the face of economic and industrial troubles caused by railroad gridlock and inefficiency.
Rail merger brings delays, derailments
Last year's merger between the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads has brought chaos, poor service and accidents in its wake.
The Mountain West: A Republican Fabrication
The Republican Party controls the West because historically it has created and exploited the mythology of the Interior West to the party's advantage.
Riches and Regrets
Patricia Stokowski's book, "Riches and Regrets: Betting on Gambling in Two Colorado Mountain Towns," explores how casino gambling brought money but destroyed community in Central City, Colo., and Black Hawk, Colo.
Colorado: Environment wielded like a hammer in tight Senate race
Democrat Ted Strickland and Republican Wayne Allard trade environmental jabs and punches in a tight Senate race in Colorado.
A confirmed railroad addict
The condition of being a railroad buff is probably hereditary, says the writer, remembering the trains of his childhood.
Disappearing railroad blues
The merger of the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads creates a monopoly that may leave some of Colorado and Utah's working towns without rail transport for their coal.
Mountain outposts of empire
A review of Tom Wolf's "Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Mountains."
Prison payrolls come with big hooks
The writer ponders the kinds of communities new prisons create, and offers suggestions to ease the impacts.
A guide to some trashy reading matter
Review of two books on trash - The Garbage Primer: A Handbook for Citizens and Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage.
Federal land managers put up no-dumping signs
Bureau of Land Management changes open-arms policy for landfills.
State-by-state trash
Western states facing similar landfill crises.
Pay as you waste, says EPA
New landfill regulations force counties to be more creative with their trash.
Denver International Airport: A monument to the S&L scandal
A history of 19th-century entrepreneurs in Denver.
How a governor tried to tame the boom-bust cycle
How Governor Dick Lamm tried to conserve Colorado's natural resources from 1975 to 1987.
Simplot and Coors: Westerners to their cores
A comparison of three businesses in the West: Coors, Exxon and Simplot.
How John Evans helped build a Rocky Mountain empire centered on Denver
A history of Denver and John Evans: early investor, doctor and developer.
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