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by Toner Mitchell In a week, I’ll be departing on a long, arduous backpacking trip. At my age and physical condition, there is no such thing as a backpacking trip that is not long and arduous, which has led me to view each of these adventures as my last. I still fantasize about knocking off every [ READ MORE... ]
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By Toner Mitchell   For me anyway, a big part of loving a thing is wanting to be it. I want to know how it feels to be Michael Jordan or a steelhead, contorting my body into cool shapes while suspended in air. I want to inspire like a trout does, to take breath as it has taken mine. I covet the [ READ MORE... ]
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Beaver dam analog: mimicking the real thing by Toner Mitchell I recently visited a tailwater stream known for its capacity to produce lots of brown trout, some of them quite large. The reservoir feeding this stream is operated exclusively for downstream agricultural users, the result of which is [ READ MORE... ]
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George Rael   by Toner Mitchell   Without a football team of their own, the majority of New Mexico sports fans love either the Dallas Cowboys or the Denver Broncos. Generally, Cowboy faithful are from the lower elevations, the eastern and southern parts of the state, which is a somewhat bumpier [ READ MORE... ]
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By Randy Scholfield Rivers bring us together—they attract people and grow community. They sustain us and hold places together. I was reminded anew of this truth last week in northern New Mexico’s Rio Grande Gorge, where I road-tripped with my colleague Toner Mitchell for an annual native cutthroat [ READ MORE... ]
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by Laura Ziemer The future of the West is inextricably linked to its water. The early pioneers first found a spring, stream, or dug a well, and then built their homestead—not the other way around. Although the scale is different today, water security and drought resilience are still fundamental to [ READ MORE... ]
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By Cary Denison A few days ago, I found myself standing in my yard yelling “Yeah, c’mon!?” while shaking my fist at a rather feeble-looking storm cloud. Now, I normally reserve this type of a pointless weekend lunacy for Broncos games and the like, but considering the dire state of the snowpack in [ READ MORE... ]
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The following commentary appeared originally in the Salt Lake Tribune.  By Scott Yates This year has given us a glimpse of our potential water future in the Colorado River Basin—and it’s not pretty. So far this winter, much of the Intermountain West is seeing below average snowpack in the mountains [ READ MORE... ]
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by Randy Scholfield There are people you know you can count on for a quick fishing road trip. Every year my old friend Cass and I try to get together somewhere between Denver, where I live, and Albuquerque, where he lives, for a fishing getaway.  It’s usually thrown together on very short notice. [ READ MORE... ]
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The new film “A River’s Reckoning,” produced by conservation groups Trout Unlimited and American Rivers, premiered Saturday at the 16th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, Calif., one of the nation’s most popular and prestigious environmental film festivals.The film, an [ READ MORE... ]
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