Had the pleasure of attending the Cheyenne County Commissioners Meeting regarding the shape of our roads in Cheyenne county. While the commission recognises the problems, we were met with nothing more than excuses pointing at the lack of money, excessive property tax on gravel pits, lack of available labor & equipment, and blame placed on the citizens for improper road usage. I urge everyone to call the commissioners and express your concerns with the lack of road maintenance in our county.
I also contacted the office of our local state representative Steve Erdman. Upon explaining the commissioners' viewpoints, I was told that the issue sounds like either a problem with the county tax levies *or* possibly a misappropriation of funds, but they will look into it.
Contact the commissioners and let them know of any and all issues with your roads. This is beyond an issue of convenience due to muddy roads, this is an issue of safety and people's ability to live and work.
Took a swing through southeast CO this weekend with @jennjeung. A fun, flat, grassy, rainy, and hot getaway.
In order: 1. Bent’s Old Fort, 2-3. Amache Japanese Internment Camp (7300 Japanese held here during WWII, 75% of which were US Citizens) 4-5. Killing time in a downpour camping at John Martins Reservoir. 6. Sandy Creek Massacre site (133 native Americans killed, 105 were women and children, by a US Army regiment)
The water cycle is often incomplete on the High Plains of eastern Colorado. Much of the water is wrung out of the air as it passed over all the various ranges in the American West. By the time thunderheads form as the air is pushed up over the Front Range, there may not be enough water in the rainfall to make it to the ground before evaporating back to water vapor again. The lands in that rainshadow of the mountains is called shortgrass prairie, with few of the grasses growing more than a foot high. Once home to roving herds of bison followed by plains wolves, it’s now grazing land for cattle. Or cropland for all the feedlots fattening them for market once they’re moved off rangeland. A few things this landscape still offers: wind, quiet, and huge sky. #oscapesecology#oscapesagriculture#highplains#shortgrassprairie
Congratulations to Luzene Hill on being named the Fall 2019 recipient of the Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists! Hill, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is an Atlanta-based multimedia artist best known for her socially engaged conceptual installations and performances.⠀
Top Image: Luzene Hill⠀
Bottom Right: Luzene Hill, Untitled, 2017, charcoal gouache, ink on paper, 13 x 16"⠀
Bottom Left: Luzene Hill, Untitled, 2017, charcoal, gouache, ink on paper, 14 x 11"⠀
All photos courtesy of Luzene Hill⠀
“Wyoming is known across the country for outdoor recreation and oil and coal production. But its place in cultivating artists isn't as well-known. One ranch in northeastern Wyoming, the Ucross Foundation, uses its location to inspire artists and writers to create some award-winning work,” reports @wyomingpublicradio ‘s Catherine Wheeler.⠀
"All of the work I have done in the last 10 years has some root (in) work I have either started here (at Ucross), or thought about here, or made here. It has allowed me to go to some new places I never expected." Teresa Booth Brown, Ucross artist.⠀
Listen to the full story at wyomingpublicmedia.org⠀
Winner on Index of Effluency, 2019 B.F.E. GP 24 Hours of Lemons: Tommy Salami and the Meat Wagon, 1988 Pontiac (Daewoo/Vauxhall/Bedford/Holden/Opel/Asüna/Passport) LeMans with more than 370,000 miles on the original engine.