George Sibley is a freelance writer and retired educator who has lived in the Upper Gunnison River valley most of the past 40 years. From 1988 through 2007 he taught journalism and regional studies at Western State College in Gunnison. As a writer, he is currently working on a commissioned history of the Colorado River Water Conservation District. His most recent book was Dragons in Paradise, a collection of essays about contemporary life from a mountain perspective. His essays and articles have appeared in nationally distributed publications—Harper's Magazine, Technology Illustrated, High Country News, New Age Journal and Old West; and regional publications like Colorado Central and Mountain Gazette. He lives in Gunnison with his partner, Maryo Gard Ewell, and has two grown offspring, Sam and Serah Sibley.