Telling it on the mountain

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    Lou Swenson

The mountains, for many of us, are a source of inspiration, adventure, work and play. But for a lot of the world, mountain life means extreme poverty and a rapidly declining quality of life. A disproportionately high number of the world's hungry and chronically malnourished people live in mountain regions. The United Nations has declared 2002 the Year of the Mountains, hoping to bring attention to the problems while celebrating the beauty of mountain living. One of the many programs being offered worldwide will take place at the Mountain Studies Institute, a research and education center in Silverton, Colo., Sept. 26-28. Speakers include HCN's Ed Marston, as well archaeologists, historians, conservationists and local writers and photographers. Field trips will follow the talks, touring the geology of nearby volcanic calderas and the Red Mountain mining district. Visit or call 970/387-5161 for more information.

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