Here's looking at tourism

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  Tourism is as hotly debated in the West as clearcutting. Some see it as salvation for overworked landscapes and faltering economies; others see it as a more vicious form of extraction than mining and logging. All those perspectives as well as a few from the center will be at the "Seeing and Being Seen: Tourism in the American West" conference to be put on by the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, Boulder, May 1-2. The keynote speaker will be Bless Me, Ultima writer Rudolfo Anaya. He will be backed up by historian Patricia Nelson Limerick, attorney Charles Wilkinson, economist Thomas Michael Power, Western American Indian Chamber of Commerce head Ben Sherman, wildlife professor Richard Knight, journalists Raye Ringholz and HCN's Ed Marston and others. There will also be an April 29 National Park Service workshop on historic tourism and an April 30 scenic byways tour. Cost for the conference only is $30 before April 25 and $35 after, and is intended for a general audience. Call the center at 303/492-4879, or fax 303/492-1671.

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