We took off on a calm, clear morning, heading east out of Harriet Alexander Field at Salida Airport and down the drop of the Arkansas River toward Cañon City. Below us stretched the rugged, unspoiled landscape of buttes and gorges, tabletop mountains and a rushing river headed down the canyon of the Arkansas. Our objective: to overfly some of the 278,000 acres proposed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for a rollback of protection from development and mineral exploration. With the BLM public comment period deadline of Sept. 20 looming, citizens have only a few more days to make their voices heard.