April 13, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Grand Junction Daily Sentinel "Story of canyon’s flume is a real cliffhanger"

Gretel Daugherty:
"Several hundred feet above the San Miguel River, a steady wind whipped red sand and dirt across the cactus-studded canyon rim with a sandstone overhang. As the wind made the sparse tufts of high-desert grass dance, project manager Ron Anthony carefully peered over the lip of the overhang.

He watched a crew 100 feet below nudge a wooden frame, suspended with ropes and the first of 13 such frames that will be installed, over the rock edge of the cliff, then stop.

His radio crackled. A voice said the frame had gotten hung up on a juniper branch beneath the canyon rim, but it finally was free after the branch broke off and dropped into the San Miguel River below. Amid laughter on both ends of the transmission, Anthony replied, “Kent, I’ll need that juniper branch back when you’re all done with your work.”

“Ron, that’s easy. I already sent it toward Gateway,” the voice on the other end said.

Despite the gusty breeze and clouds of dust, the mood of the team was jovial and excited.

“We call it ‘Flume Fever,’” Anthony said....."  (Read more?  Click title)

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