View along CO 62 above Ridgway, heading toward Utah’s canyonlands May 2012. I have been a Colorado resident since 1971, went to college in Denver, worked many jobs to survive in a beautiful part of the nation. I grew up, evolving from rock to country-western cowboy mentality, political shift to the right. Ski bum turned balanced land ethic for energy-logging-mining-agriculture-wildlife orientation. Sub-divisions and the pine beetle equal wildfires, more water demand. John Denver, another transplant, loved Colorado too. Cattle below, snowpack above.