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MINING IN SILVERTON
A legacy that won’t die BY CHASE OLIVARIUS-MCALLISTER HERALD STAFF WRITER
SILVERTON ust a few miles from the center of Silverton, where a series of mines – which once made the town’s fortune – now lies abandoned by industry, the earth cannot heal. At Red and Bonita Mine, the mountain opens like a wound, oozing a sticky, white, webbed lattice over red ground. There, especially after heavy rains, toxic amounts of metal gush out from within the mountain and bleed into Cement Creek.
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Walking in the so-called “kill zone” below the Red and Bonita Mine, Peter Butler, co-coordinator of the Animas River Stakeholders Group, sees water carrying high levels of metals that will ﬂow into Cement Creek north of Silverton. Since about 2004, metal concentrations in Cement Creek, which ﬂows into the Animas River, have “easily doubled,” Butler said.
Superfund: A dirty word to some in Silverton
Animas River metal load has increased since 2000 Zinc levels measured during low flow in the Animas River have risen since 2000. They doubled during 2005-06 and have remained at that level. Zinc levels now threaten the ecosystem of the Upper Animas River.
BY CHASE OLIVARIUS-MCALLISTER HERALD STAFF WRITER
SILVERTON – Ever since the Environmental Protection Agency proposed making parts of Silverton a federal Superfund site in the early 1990s, many residents have consistently opposed federal intervention in upper Cement Creek. The creek is INSIDE one of the largest untreated WHO’S WHO: The key mine drainages in Coloplayers in the attempt to rado. The Superfund program clean up pollution from was created to address the the mines. 6A country’s most urgent environmental blights. San Juan County Commissioner Peter McKay said while some of Silverton’s opposition stemmed from the indignity of needing federal
Zinc concentrations in Cement Creek have risen 150%.
Silverton Animas River zinc levels increased 60% just below Silverton. as
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At its confluence with Cascade Creek, there is now only one species of fish present in the Animas where there once were four.
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Water ﬂowing down the mountainside out of the Red and Bonita Mine contains high levels of metals that will make its way into Cement Creek. For more than a decade, Cement Creek has in turn been contaminated by manganese, zinc, copper, lead, cadmium, aluminum and iron.
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At Bakers Bridge the zinc load has increased 25%, exceeding standards that protect aquatic life.
TODAY: How serious the problem is and why it’s been so difﬁcult to ﬁx. Also, why Silverton has resisted federal money and the Superfund label that would come with it. Monday: Possible solutions and who might pay. Also, successes in cleaning
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DURANGOHERALD.COM/MINING ➤ In a video interview, Peter Butler up mines in the Mineral Creek drain- talks about the pollution of the creeks and, age. consequently, the Animas River. Tuesday: Silverton’s mining history ➤ A video shows a 3-D rendering of the lures tourists. Faced with a difﬁcult problems caused by the mines. environmental challenge, residents talk about bringing the industry back ➤ Maps and more photos of the mines in after a 22-year absence. the Silverton area.
Campaign wants state’s residents to do ‘Colorado Proud’ BY CHASE OLIVARIUS-MCALLISTER HERALD STAFF WRITER
In the happy tradition of preaching to the converted, three women from the marketing team of Colorado Proud set up a booth Saturday at the Durango Farmers Market to raise awareness about buying local.
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As usual, the marketplace was choked with Durango’s hippie archetypes: shaggily bearded men, hemp-clad women and thrilled children whose clothes were stained by the delicacies they’d gorged on. The Colorado Proud women stood out from the locals, wearing smart matching T-shirts and
brandishing pamphlets about their campaign, “Choose Colorado,” which aims to encourage Colorado consumers to buy tasty, healthy and local foods instead of those grown elsewhere. Colorado Proud’s Tera Keatts said in the course of the hot morning, hundreds of people had interrupted their pursuit of bees-
wax candles, organic kale and live worms to stop by the booth for information. “Of course, a lot of people here already understand this issue,” she said. The group was in Durango as part of its three-week statewide tour promoting locally grown, raised and processed food. Ke-
atts said it kicked off Thursday in Denver, and Friday they were in Grand Junction. Today, the women were heading to Alamosa and Salida. The tour will end at the Colorado State Fair, which will start Aug. 23 in Pueblo.
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Outdoor trade show: ‘Anything to turn heads’ Salt Lake City expo attracts mostly retailers BY PAUL FOY ASSOCIATED PRESS
SALT LAKE CITY – Getting noticed isn’t easy at the world’s largest expo for outdoor and sporting gear. With 1,300 exhibitors packing the Salt Lake City expo, high-definition displays weren’t enough. Nor was it just the bikini-clad models on standup paddleboards in a splash pool. The show drew a gorilla mascot, and another man walked around as Moses. There was a “dog party” for the convention’s registered pooches. And nothing drew crowds like the beer kegs that exhibitors pulled out after 4 p.m. on the four show days, sometimes with live music. At times, the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market that drew to a close Saturday was more theater than trade show.
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People browse the aisles of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market on Friday in Salt Lake City. To stand out among the 1,300 exhibitors in the outdoor sports industry, gear and apparel makers must use creative – and sometimes gimmicky – marketing techniques. One vendor, California’s Outdoor Adventure River Specialists, hired a gorilla man to take a seat on a portable toilet for snapshots, part of a rafﬂe for a whitewater rafting trip. “It’s our attempt at
guerrilla marketing,” said Lauren De Remer of OARS, making a pun. Jordan Rampersad of Logan said he was a freelancing mascot who worked four years for Utah
State University. “I got maybe 50 to 60 photos,” he said at the Salt Palace convention hall. “Anything to turn heads.” Also drawing crowds was a dog party sponsored by Ruffwear –
“performance gear for dogs” – that served up Dawg Grog, a leftovermash drink. Both suppliers are from Bend, Ore. “It’s Yappy Hour,” said Dayna Stern, who joined the fun at a booth for Mountaineers Books of Seattle. She’s an author of a Utah guidebook for dog hikes that are easy on the paws and close to water. Yellow Labs were big at the outdoor show. “How many places can you bring a dog?” said Charlotte Bell, a retailer who runs an eclectic saddle shop in Tubac, Ariz., with her husband, Tom Bell. They had two yellow Labs on leashes. In another effort to grab attention, Brooks Running Shoes hired the gospel choir at Calvary Baptist Church of Salt Lake City to belt out scripted lyrics: “Are you ready for a new running shoe?” The Seattle company was promoting a new line of “Transcend” footwear. The gear show brought together more than 25,000 people, mostly retailers of outdoor specialty shops, who browse the expo to place bulk orders for sleek apparel and highend gear for camping, hiking, rock climbing, watersports and other outdoor activities.
Denver pit bull owners lose in federal lawsuit THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
He’s got an ax to grind
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“We just take whatever comes our way. ... You never know what somebody will throw at you,” said Barry Owen of Columbine Sharpening as he worked on an ax Saturday at Durango Farmers Market.
DENVER – Pit bull owners who use the animals as service dogs won’t be allowed to challenge pit bull bans in Denver and Aurora. A federal judge in Denver has thrown out lawsuits claiming the cities put illegal restrictions on pit bulls as service dogs, The Denver Post reported Saturday. While both cities allow pit bulls as service animals, Aurora maintains a policy that requires owners of pit bulls to follow more restrictions than service dogs of other breeds. The city says its restrictions are meant to protect others from the animals. In Denver, law-enforcement officers are essentially told to look the other way when they encounter the animals as service dogs, but the city otherwise bans the animals. In their lawsuits, users of pit bull service animals said the cities didn’t follow federal law. But U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Krieger ruled late last month that Aurora and Denver had done enough to allow the pit bulls as service dogs. Jay Swearingen, a lawyer for the Animal Law Center who represented the plaintiffs said he plans to appeal. “It’s the fact that their dog is treated differently ... than if it were a golden retriever,” Swearingen said. “They run into more issues than the average person with a non-pit-bull service dog.” Denver and Aurora originally had banned pit bulls, even for service dogs, but altered their rules after a 2011 federal ruling. The lawsuits were combined into one.
Denver City Attorney Doug Friednash, in a written statement, said the city was pleased about the court dismissal of the case. “We believe the court correctly determined that none of the plaintiffs were harmed by Denver’s ordinance or animal control policies,” he said. “Denver has and will continue to respect the rights of individuals with service animals.” Aurora City Attorney Charlie Richardson said the ruling was a fair one considering the changes the city made after the 2011 ruling by the federal government that updated regulations to the Americans with Disabilities Act clarifying the definition of a service animal. “We are gratiﬁed the judge recognized that Aurora made some signiﬁcant modiﬁcations to the original complete ban,” Richardson said. War veterans Allen Grider and Glenn Belcher, and Valerie Piltz, a dog-show judge, sued the city several years ago. Aurora took Grider’s pit bull mix away in 2009 for more than a week. Grider, who says he has post-traumatic stress disorder, then had to keep his dog at a friend’s house outside the city for several months. Belcher, a Persian Gulf War vet, said he suffers from depression, anxiety and other physical disabilities and needed his dog. Piltz was visiting the Denver area to judge in the United Kennel Club Dog Show. She was able to secure a temporary permit to have her two pit bull service dogs in Aurora, where the competition took place, but not from Denver, where she was staying with her sister.
Colo. Get Movin’ challenge aims to inspire healthful living THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
DENVER – More than 6,500 people have signed up for a challenge to get more Coloradans off the couch. The Get Movin’ challenge is offering prizes for Coloradans who
do 30 minutes of activity daily from Thursday through Aug. 30 and log it online. Gov. John Hickenlooper, LiveWell Colorado and Kaiser Permanente announced the challenge in July. LiveWell Colorado says many registrants are from the
Front Range. But Regina LopezWhiteskunk lives on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation and is trying to inspire more southwest Colorado residents to participate. Lopez-Whiteskunk, who works in information technology, says she is exercising more and has
changed her diet since being diagnosed with diabetes about four years ago. Now she says she often works out twice daily, has lost weight and doesn’t need diabetes medication. She estimates she gets about two hours of physical activity each day.
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Bush signed legislation allowing the State Department to settle all remaining lawsuits against Libya by American victims of terrorism. ONE YEAR AGO: Michael Phelps ended his career with another gold as the
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The Durango High Noon Rotary will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 501 Camino del Rio. Leo Lloyd of La Plata County Search & Rescue will give an overview of local rescue services. The meetings are open to the public. The cost for lunch is $15.
area efforts to strengthen the local food system, and provide inspiration to starting a garden. The tours will culminate at Ska Brewery with a seasonal lunch made by Zia Taqueria and beverages Annual Tour de Farms from Ska Brewery. Commemorative glasses are accepting registrations included. Riders must be regisThe seventh annual Tour tered, and should bring de Farms Durango Bike Tour will take place Aug. 24. bike, rain jacket, helmet and water. First aid and The short ride, 5 miles support cyclists will be on in-town, will begin at 8 hand. Registration is $20. a.m., and the long ride, 25 For more information, miles through the Animas email Stacey Carlson at Valley, will meet at 7:30 a.m. Both rides will meet at staceymcarlson@gmail. com, Darrin Parmenter at the La Plata County Fairparmenterdm@co.laplata. grounds, 2500 Main Ave. The tour will feature pre- co.us, call 382-6464 or (303) 870-8108. sentations from farmers To register, visit www. and garden directors, share healthylifestylelaplata. ways people can support
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