‘Just Another Control Day’–Text & Photos by Jonathan Thompson–Silverton Standard–January 14, 2005

The Rōbert [Cholo] Report (pron: Rō'bear Re'por)

The radio chattered with the “heads up” signal, and a few seconds later we heard the boom of the gun, and then the eerie sounding whistle of the bullet piercing the air.  Then the second report of the charge exploding somewhere up in the cloud obscured ridge.  We chatted nonchalantly–all of us had watched expectantly as round after round was lobbed into the paths near town with no result.  Surely the first shot wouldn’t do anything here.

And then we saw it:  the pristine white snow all the way across the starting zone appeared to be cracking like ice.  I lifted my camera to my eye and started pushing the button over and over again as the huge slabs of snow succumbed to gravity and began moving down the mountain, then turning into a great white cloud, and then into a 100-foot high locomotive.  It kept gathering speed, kept growing…

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