New book celebrates Northwest Colorado

After years of writing poetry, David Morris decided he wanted to share his work.

"I thought, 'These are going to end up on a dead computer someday,'" Morris said about his poems.

Last month, Morris had his first poetry book published, titled "Feral Country."

The 60 poems in the book all deal with Northwest Colorado and Southern Wyoming, a region Morris says he loves.

"I'm a desert rat," Morris said.

The poems are about some of the region's wild places, like Browns Park in the northwest corner of Moffat County and the Red Desert in Wyoming.

Morris said some of the people who have read the poems say they can recognize the places Morris wrote about.

Morris teaches language arts and drama at Craig Middle School.

Narrowing down all of his poems to 60 proved to be an arduous process, Morris said.

"But it ended up being a lot of fun," he said.

Morris said he would like to write another book someday.

"I still have lots of poetry," Morris said.

Morris' book is available at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, the bookstore at Serendipity Coffee Shop and at Amazon.com.

Hefty tax bill

If you think your property tax bill stung last month, look at the bill Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association paid.

The electrical provider, which operates the Craig Station power plant, announced this month that it paid $15.8 million in taxes in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Nebraska, where the Denver-based wholesale power supplier owns and operates electric generation and transmission facilities.

In Colorado, Tri-State paid $10.8 million for Craig Station, Nucla station, combustion turbine plants in eastern Colorado and administrative offices in Denver.

Almost half of the money Tri-State paid in Colorado -- $4.9 million -- was in Moffat County, where the association is the biggest taxpayer.

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