Colorado College was well represented in regional media on Sunday, July 28, in two timely articles. A front-page story in The (Colorado Springs) Gazette, headlined “The Owl Man of CC,” features the work of Associate Biology Professor Brian Linkhart, whom the article calls “the foremost, if not the only, flammulated owl expert in the world.” Since the 2002 Hayman fire, Linkhart and CC student researchers have spent the summers in the Manitou Experimental Forest studying flammulated owls, or “flams.” The article states that Linkhart has observed more owls in the study territory and believes fires such as the catastrophic Waldo Canyon fire have pushed the tiny owls into surviving patches of nearby forest.
Also on Sunday, The Denver Post published an op-ed piece by Political Science Professor Tom Cronin headlined “100 Years of Election Recalls.” The article notes that the Colorado recall law is exactly 100 years old and that the upcoming September 10 election marks the first recall attempt at the state level. The recall election is aimed at Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, both Democrats who are under fire for their support of gun control bills in the last legislative session. Writes Cronin in his op-ed piece: “The recall is sometimes called ‘the gun behind the door’ that keeps public officials responsive. Yet in practice, the ‘gun’ can be heavy, complicated and requires a disciplined and often extensive group of people to aim and fire it. And, like a gun, it occasionally misfires.”