A few weeks ago longtime local resident and dreamer Edwin Foster expressed an opinion in these pages that many people likely brushed off as laughably impossible. He thinks the valley needs a tram running up Crested Butte Mountain.

In the Gunnison Valley the affordable housing controversy over the Brush Creek project rages on, with tempers rising, insults flying, up-valley/down valley divisions reappearing, and the absence of any semblance of common sense.

In November of 2014 the citizens of Gunnison County gave our local public education system a shot in the arm. We agreed to pump up to an additional $2.5 million of property tax dollars annually into local K-12 schools, through a funding mechanism called a Mill Levy Override (MLOR).

There is a place, far up a mountain trail in the West Elk Wilderness that most people pass by without a thought. To reach it takes hours on foot or horseback. Most days start before dawn — hours of catching, saddling and loading horses, just to get us to the trailhead.

You may have heard this saying before, and if not you’re likely to hear it — probably with increasing frequency — in the near future: “Rural is the new urban.”

I came to the United States as a young child when my dad got a temporary faculty position at the University of Michigan. The original plan was to live there for a couple of years and then move back to Australia, where my parents grew up.

I’m not a religious man, but I’ve long considered the woods my church. It’s where I go to worship nature, contemplate troubles, remember those lost and work on becoming a better person.

Everything was in place for the ending you are supposed to dream of. Except dreams don’t always come true.

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