Siskiyous are not the place for skiing
As the Siskiyou Mountains still wait for a significant winter snowpack, the high summits of the Siskiyou crest remain virtually snow-free.
The Mt. Ashland Ski Resort has yet to open for business due to a lack of snow. It seems possible that the resort will not open at all this season, and it has already surpassed the previous latest season opening of February 17, 1977.
General manager Kim Clark told the Ashland Daily Tidings recently, "It could potentially close the area. Could any business survive a year without income? We continue to watch our reserves dwindle."
Bad news for the ski resort is good news for the Siskiyou Mountains. The difficult financial situation demonstrates the resort's precarious existence and the mountain's relatively poor location for a downhill ski resort. The Siskiyou Mountains' tendency toward extended drought and minimal winter snowpack has plagued the ski area for 50 years now, leading to three past bankruptcies. Climatic conditions have historically played a major role in the viability of the resort and will continue to do so in the future, especially as we feel the increasingly pronounced impacts of climate change.
Given the financial and climatic realities, expansion should be out of the question, especially when the new runs would extend to significantly lower elevations. The environmental consequences are simply too high to bet on a ski resort that could go bankrupt any season and for snow that might not fall from the sky.
Thanks for publishing Honoré commentary
Thank you very much for publishing the marvelous article (March 5) by Chris Honoré about the Holocaust involving Europe's Jews and the tragic conditions for North Koreans who are forced to live under a vicious dictator.
I don't always agree with Honoré's political views, but he is a very intelligent and gifted writer. His article is especially vital at a time when anti-Semitism is spreading in Europe and in the Muslim world.
I'm afraid that nothing can be done about conditions in North Korea since it is a client state of China and there is little or no chance that China will intercede. It's in China's interest to keep North Korea as a thorn in the side of the U.S.
Learn more about engineered crops
In May, Jackson County voters have an opportunity to protect our valley from the impacts of genetically engineered crops.
Dr. Ray Seidler, a retired senior scientist at the EPA, will discuss what GE crops do to soils, plants, animals, people and the Jackson County economy at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road.
I encourage residents of Jackson County to join me at the informative talk as we educate ourselves on this important topic.