CVEPA

  • Locations: News Published

    CSQ strikes 'gold' in Marble

    In the fall of 2022, Colorado Stone Quarries, Inc. (CSQ) announced in a newsletter the discovery of a special type of gold-veined white marble at its Pride of America Quarry (formerly Colorado Yule Marble Quarry) just south of the town of Marble. It was the latest in a series of… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    CVEPA Views: Marble Airstrip river project challenged

    On Aug. 7, the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association (CVEPA) responded to a citizen complaint about numerous large backhoes and loader(s) in the Crystal River adjacent to the Marble Airstrip along County Road 3 in the upper Crystal Valley. A contractor had essentially dredged several hundred yards of the river… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    CVEPA celebrates 50 years

    For its 50th anniversary celebration at Sunfire Ranch on Sunday, Aug. 21, the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association welcomed well over a hundred attendees, ranging from longtime supporters to newcomers bracing to take up the charge of protecting the Crystal Valley for another 50 years to come. Founding board member…… read more →
  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    CVEPA Views: Local Food in the Crystal Valley

    By Dale Will

    It wasn’t long ago that many were predicting the end of agriculture in our valley. Rising real estate values were seen as the death knell to our local capacity to grow food. Fortunately, we’re now in the midst of a true renaissance in public concern about local… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    CVEPA Views: The Critically Thirsty West

    At this time, 39 years ago, “federal officials scrambled to avoid one of the most dramatic dam failures in history.” Glen Canyon Dam was bursting at the seams with water and rock blasting out around its foundation while crews raced to install a rampart of plywood sheets across the top… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    CVEPA Views: Learning, challenging, collaborating

    On April 14, the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association (CVEPA) board meeting enjoyed a delightful levity which is uncommon these days. Solidarity is not synonymous with unanimity, so it is refreshing when we all agree on something. The pact to agree to disagree, respectfully, is a basic tenet of… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Opinion: CVEPA on Redstone to McClure Trail

    Game wardens and a few locals gathered at the old railroad siding at Placita. Word was out that the Division of Wildlife was going to release elk into the upper Crystal Valley. John Darien remembered that day in the early ‘40s as he recounted the scene to meread more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Marble Wetlands Preserve created through land donation

    A long-sought Marble-area land donation was completed at the end of 2021 between an anonymous donor and the Trust for Land Restoration (TLR), a Ridgway-based nonprofit. The property, a 54-acre strip of land with wetlands on one side and steep forested hillside on the other, has been used by the… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Redstone to McClure Pass Trail: Not a simple yes or no

    White River National Forest (WRNF) officials are taking public comment on the Redstone to McClure Pass Trail, a seven-mile segment of the proposed 83-mile Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail (CCBT). 

    Pitkin County Commissioners approved the CCBT plan in 2018. Five miles of the seven-mile segment wouldread more →

  • Locations: Opinion Published

    CVEPA Views: To trap an elk in 1972...

    The 500-pound cow elk was wild-eyed as she kept trying to escape the trap. 

    She continued to jump up on the eight-foot-tall walls of her plywood pen until she finally broke down a section. The “wapiti” (the Shawnee and Cree word for elk) struggled to get her front legs… read more →