French artist Christo, famous for draping sheets around and over everything from islands to large buildings such as the German Reichstag, in Berlin, has had his bobby pins and sewing machines set on Colorado’s Arkansas River for more than 16 years. His bitchin’ plan involves suspending shiny fabric atop more than 40 miles of the Ark for two weeks in August 2014.
Last week, ArkAnglers flyshop owner Greg Felt joined the citizens group Rags Over the Arkansas River to fight the project, which he says will adversely affect business. (Because laundry and flyfishing should remain two separate entities, always.) Opponents of Christo’s plan are suing the Colorado parks division for allowing him to carry out the project, if federal land managers grant him a permit.
From The Denver Post: “Christo is nearing a final decision by the Bureau of Land Management over his and his late wife’s 16-year hope to suspend 5.9 miles of shiny fabric across a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City for two weeks in August 2014.
“Project opponents — many of whom live along the narrow river corridor — have passionately fought the plan, highlighting potential environmental impacts from as many as 9,000 riverside anchor points and the expected 344,000 visitors.
“In late June, the board that oversees Colorado’s state parks approved a memorandum of agreement with Christo’s team that included $320,000 in payments for state park staff time and a $230,000 ‘recreation impact fee.'”
Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.