Action on global warming

Letter from Gary Minke

Environment – November 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine


I appreciated your practical analysis of the global warming problem several months back. As someone who worked in the energy-minerals industry for nearly 30 years I feel somewhat qualified to toss in my comments.

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Deadly jobs in Park County, 1872-1913

Article by Gary Minke

Local History – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine

THE HUMAN MIND has a way of sidestepping fears. Even though we all know that more people die in motor vehicle accidents in our counties than almost any other activity, we don’t think twice about getting behind the wheel. Yet we wonder why so many men took on very risky jobs in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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How Como got its name

Sidebar by Gary Minke

Como Mines – October 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine

The Alpine town of Como on Lake Como about 25 miles north of Milan, Italy, is in a picturesque setting. To the Italian miners who came to dig coal in Park County, their fast-growing railroad town nestled just below the Continental Divide also had its charm.

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The coal mines of South Park

Article by Gary Minke

History – October 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine

NINETEENTH-CENTURY MINING in Park County naturally kindles thoughts of gold and silver (and of the hard rock tunnels along Buckskin Gulch, and the big hydraulic washing operations which churned the riverbanks near Fairplay and Alma). But coal was also an important product during the exciting years of gold and silver extraction (1867-1893). Unlike Appalachian operations, however, the coal industry in South Park employed only a single generation of miners.

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