Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Wiping Rove Off the Map

With Robert Novak now fingering Karl Rove as the source of the Valerie Plame leak, the man once called "Bush's Brain" must be itching to erase some of the recent past.

And Rove knows just how easy it can be to revise history. Back when he was a young lad growing up outside of Leadville, where his father worked as a mining engineer, he lived in Kokomo, a town founded on the west side of Fremont Pass during an 1881 silver strike that boomed again during the glory years of the Climax Molybdenum Mine.

But in the early '70s, when Rove was starting his climb to the top of the slag heap as the executive director of the College Republicans, Climax managers came up with a brilliant way to dispose of waste from that mine: They buried Kokomo under a pile of tailings. It's now wiped off the map.

If only it were as easy to make Kokomo's most famous resident disappear. -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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