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Project Plowshare was a bizarre example of how government can do what it thinks is best without consulting local residents. Wyoming's first major heads-up to a nuclear stimulation in the state came on February 1, 1972. Project Wagon Wheel would have used five nuclear bombs, two more than used in Rio Blanco. Like Rulison and Rio Blanco (plus Gasbuggy, near Farmington, New Mexico), Wagon Wheel was designed to find out if it was possible to retrieve natural gas from tight formations. Wagon Wheel was opposed by a group of local residents who held public meetings, conducted a public straw vote (local ministers counted the ballots) and took a trip to Washington to meet with the Atomic Energy Commission and elected officials. The group was able to delay and eventually stop the blast by using evidence gathered from the Rulison and Rio Blanco blasts, as well as their own legwork. One example of the AEC's work the group objected to was the valuation of Boulder Dam, a local irrigation dam, at $150,000. The dam had been built less than ten years earlier in 1965 at a cost of $500,000.

Thanks for your outstanding article. It has filled several gaps in my knowledge about the Colorado nuclear stimulation projects.

Adam Lederer
Laramie, WY

Beggars Can Be Choosers
It seems like Channel 6 managers are conducting another "beg-a-thon" each month, not counting the auctions and other commercial enterprises that they are involved in. Now they want to make a profit on a piece of property that should be a park, at least (Stuart Steers's "Worse Than a Pledge Drive," February 26). Enough already!

A solution: Channel 6 and other "public" radio and television stations should tell us what amount they need--say, half a million. Then they "reward" the listeners/viewers by not continuing with the "thon" once the goal is met. This rewards all of us when the early pledgers call or write with their money and the general listening/viewer public can be spared the begging that happens during every drive.

R. Tomhave
via the Internet

Waving Goodbye
Thank you, Michael Roberts, for exposing the garbage that is Denver radio ("Dangerous Waves," February 26). Hopefully the stations will pay attention and play something other than Third Eye Blind 24 hours a day.

Nikki Biefel
Lakewood

It seems as if the quality of Denver radio has been going further and further downhill as Jacor has consolidated its grip on area stations. I used to listen to KBPI until they started playing so much classic rock. Where is the separate identity between KBPI and the Fox (KRFX) when they both play so much Led Zeppelin?

KTCL is the only station left in this area that I can stand to listen to for any length of time. The retro craze is boring beyond belief. I have already heard the songs from the '60s, '70s and '80s--can't we please move on? The swing and ska on KTCL get a bit tedious, but at least the station is willing to expand its format a bit. It will probably become more sedate under Jacor until it resembles the Peak (KXPK): alternative for old people.

This area seems to be able to handle multiple country, "alternative" and classic stations. Why can't we have at least one station that plays cutting-edge industrial, hard rock and punk? It really distresses me that the music scene, both on radio and live, has become so pathetic. I guess all of the moshers, punks, rivetheads and headbangers are too busy ripping it up in the mountains, leaving all the couch potatoes behind to control the music scene.

James Swanson
Westminster

Rave Review
You want a compliment? Okay, so I'm in New York City last weekend and pick up a copy of the Times. Thumbing through the movie reviews, I found myself reading Janet Maslin's take--Janet Maslin, for cryin' out loud--on The Real Blonde and thinking, "Y'know, she's good, but she's no Bill Gallo."

Torey Lightcap
Castle Rock

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