The Coming Storm

Scout Edmondson

Lessons learned from the ‘22/‘23 winter and what could come with the looming El NiƱo.

  At the end of the 2023 winter, the San Juan Mountains, just north of Durango saw a record-breaking snowpack.  According to the National Resource Conservation Service, a branch of the US Department of Agriculture that tracks historical snowpack data, the snowpack in The San Juans topped out at 31.5 inches of snow-water equivalent (SWE) in mid-April. Purgatory Ski Resort,...

Fly Fishing and Fond Farewells

Scout Edmondson

I have found over the past four years at Fort Lewis College that it’s easy to forget to take a step back, a deep breath and a look around. After all, when you’re caught up in the fray of classes, part-time jobs, internships and social outings, remembering to reflect on where you are in your present moment isn’t always possible. But with graduation edging closer with each...

Crying Wolf

Scout Edmondson

Colorado's wolf reintroduction has become so emotional, so political, that it's no longer even about the wolves. 

Cover photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Wolf 2306-OR runs into the wild after being released by CPW on Dec.19, 2023.  Grand County is a land of wide open skies, snowy mountains that hunch against the biting wind blowing off the plains of Wyoming, and miles and miles of prairie, pine forests and meandering trout streams. It’s home to the headwaters of the Colorado...

A New School is Coming to Fort Lewis College

Julian Zastrocky

Mountain Middle School capitalizes on the "empty" space behind Animas High School.

Fort Lewis College approved Mountain Middle School's request to build a new building next to the recently built Animas High School location. It approved a 420 million dollar budget to help with the building process.  Tom Stritikus, president of Fort Lewis College, is slated to release an email tomorrow announcing the decision formally to the student population. “We are so...

Bones from the Bisti Badlands

Anja Tabor

What it takes to get a dinosaur to Fort Lewis College

A dinosaur skeleton cast and cousin of the Tyrannosaurus rex moves onto campus from the Bisti Wilderness Area in New Mexico, also known as the Bisti Badlands. The fossil is being loaned to the college for undergraduate research this semester, professor of geosciences, Gary Gianniny said. But how is the cast coming to Fort Lewis College? The most recent discovery of the dinosaur was found...