A New Year thread: What would you like the Land Desk to cover in 2022?

One of the best things about running the Land Desk is the community of readers, who must be the smartest group of folks around. Your comments on the stories are always astute and a number of you also write to me to keep me on my toes, correcting errors or pointing out things in my dispatches that I may have missed. Others send me news tips or ideas for future stories, many of which I’ve used. Just this past week, for example, one reader sent me down the wormhole on the period of records used to determine the median snowpack levels (more on this soon), and another—a relative of mine—informed me that in the 1860s our shared ancestors had a farm and ranch on Coal Creek outside of Boulder, very close to the ignition point of the devastating Marshall Fire.

I am tremendously grateful for the feedback.

Please keep it coming, starting now: Today I’m looking for your input on what general—or specific—topics, areas, and issues you’d like the Land Desk to look into in the next 12 months. Also, what kinds of stories are your faves? Are you a Data Dump nerd? A personal essay aficionado? A straight news type?

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To help get the mental juices flowing, here are the Land Desk’s top four dispatches (as determined by Substack’s algorithms, which I don’t quite get) of 2021:

The Land Desk
OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE
Editor’s Note: While going through a bunch of my father’s old writing, I came across a copy of the Deep Creek Review, a publication based in Telluride in the mid-1970s. Along with an article titled “Fear and Loathing,” about a major crackdown on drugs in the community, I found this piece by my late-father, Ian M. Thompson, written when he was 34. This e…
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The Land Desk
Images from a Four Corners road-trip
I spent a good portion of August driving around the Four Corners in my trusty Silver Bullet looking out at the landscape, visiting folks, and attending events for my new book, Sagebrush Empire. Below are a few of the images I captured, along with a bit of the story behind each, in no particular order. For higher resolution images, visit LandDesk.org…
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The Land Desk
The Energy Transition and Public Lands, Part I
I guess it was more than 20 years ago now that my wife Wendy and I hosted Christmas for my family at our home amid sagebrush and alfalfa fields outside the small settlement of Arboles, Colorado. The house buzzed with the activity of a dozen people or more preparing for a holiday feast: food processors grinding, blenders pureeing, hair dryers drying, music playing, lights blazing…
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Another control day
Yellow lights flashing Cannon firing Another control day -haiku by Jerry Roberts A breath of hot air gusted from the heavy truck door redolent with a pungent mix of body odor, warm vinyl, exhaust, undertones of fast-food grease, and maybe even a hint of … Butterfinger…
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Now it’s your turn. Go!