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Janet Day – Sprinkling the Southwest desert

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Fraser Valley, CO Colorado

Back in Town: Yes, I’m back. It’s well before I said I’d return, but circumstances changed and I came home. It’s good to be back in the Fraser Valley. However, I’d still like to see Colorado get Trader Joe’s and the ability to buy wine in grocery stores. That, and the occasional palm tree, may be the few things I miss about Southern California.

Looks like a few things have changed here in three weeks. We have a new vitamin shop in Fraser that I’ll have to check out. Some end-of-season sales have started (I’ll have to check them out too). And Spring Break has arrived. I should have known better than to try to go to Safeway when the parking lot was full of buses, vans and cars from flat-land states.

People Power: More than 3,000 comments and signatures were logged with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expressing concern about the impact of the Moffat Firming Project on our already troubled Fraser River. More than 1,000 people signed the petition, “Keep the Colorado River Alive – Don’t Flatline the Fraser,” authored by Colorado Trout Unlimited. That represents a lot of people who live and play in Grand County.

We can only hope that the Corps hears those voices in its consideration of the Denver Water Department project that would divert even more water to the Front Range. If you’ve ever walked along the Jim Creek Trail in the summer, you know the diversion point at the trailhead turns our river into a trickle.

The comment period has closed, but Trout Unlimited reports that there will be other opportunities to get involved or make opinions heard. To keep up with the project and developments, go to http://www.cotrout.org or email estock@tu.org.

While Denver water use is our local focus, the entire state of Colorado should be concerned about the Colorado River and where that water is going. Western water law is complex, confusing and archaic, but waste should not be part of it. My drive home from California followed the river and left me with images of wide, open canals losing water to evaporation; incongruously green desert golf courses by the hundreds and sprinkler systems turning on in the heat of the day.

Solar Power: Who says you need to go to a big-name suburban high school to get unique, real-world, hands-on experience? Students at Middle Park High School helped with the recent installation of a 2 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system at the school and will be able to use it to compare the environmental and economic impacts of solar power generation with that generated by fossil fuels. The system, funded by Mountain Parks Electric Educational Fund, Freeport-McMoran and the Toyota Tapestry Foundation, will be dedicated on Friday at 11 a.m.

Bowled Over: The first Grand County Open Doubles Tournament last weekend at Grand Lake Lanes brought out 80 local bowlers and reports are that everyone had more fun than should have been allowed. The silent auction brought in more than $700 that will be donated to Grand County Pet Pals. Look for this to become an annual event, so pour yourself a White Russian, turn on The Big Lebowski and get some practice in at the lanes before next year.

– Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com. Follow me and local tidbits at http://www.twitter.com/DayJan or http://www.twitter.com/DayDreamCraft.

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