Saturday, September 27, 2008

Local boy goes to The Show!

Matt Kenna is headed to the top.

Well, the top of his field, anyway. This week the Durango attorney is leaving our little town in remote southwestern Colorado to go to Washington, D.C, where he will argue in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The case is Summers v. Earth Island Institute, a legal challenge against the Forest Service's attempts to exclude public input and environmental reviews from timber sales. Matt has been involved with the case for more than five years.

River runner, skier, hunter, beer brewer, and general Durango-kinda guy, Matt is also an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center.

You can learn more about his grand adventure and how he has been preparing for it in "Mr. Kenna Goes to Washington," an article I wrote for the Durango Telegraph.

Rock on, Matt!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Postcards from the Four Corners' future

For Inside Outside Southwest's 10th anniversary issue, editor Jan Nesset asked all of us columnists to write our columns as though we were writing from 50 years from now.

That was fun.

I couldn't help but daydream ... I'd be 98 years old, traveling in a VW van -- pulled by two donkeys -- and out on a multi-week trek across the recently created Four Corners state of Powell (whose state motto is "Earn Your Turns") -- where pavement is outlawed, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe enjoys a cultural renaissance, and the "rewilded" landscape and outback economy has been trademarked as The Backcountry(R).

That would be fun!

Read my full fantasy here.