Besides being a star of the silver
screen in films like Splash and Bladerunner, Daryl Hannah is also
an environmentalist who, while in Telluride, has lived simply, using
solar electricity and the best green building materials and practices
in the construction of her modest and rustic home. Hannah is actively
involved in the biodiesel movement and can be seen in the award-winning
film French Fries to Go. She has educated tens of thousands of people
about biodiesel through her appearances on television shows, like
Jay Leno and Howard Stern, as well as via magazine interviews. She
drives a matte-black Camaro that runs on used cooking oil.
This Mountain Town Ain't Sellin' Out!
When my parents found the Telluride Valley, in the
mid-’70s, it was like we discovered a rare exquisite jewel—and
even though the town has changed so much (every empty square inch
developed)—I’m sure for many people seeing it for the
first time now, it somehow still holds that same allure.
My father, Jerry Wexler, was a very successful developer
from Chicago. When he fell in love with Telluride, he had the opportunity
to purchase and develop hundreds of thousands of acres. It would have
meant many millions of dollars to him, but he chose not to. To him,
as to me, Telluride was a refuge, a natural paradise, and he wanted
to enjoy it that way. He didn’t want to be responsible for undoing
the very thing that made it so beautiful and special.
It’s a haven for wildlife, a respite from fast
food chains and corner malls. A place where you can imagine stepping
back in time and letting the fresh air and open spaces carry your
But those open spaces are becoming endangered. It
would be an irreversible mistake to develop the Valley Floor. The
Valley Floor is our entrance; it sets the tone. At this point it is
what keeps us from being like those other ski towns: “A mall
with a mountain.”
When I was young, I was never worried that Telluride
would change so heartbreakingly because I was always told it was an
“historic landmark,” so it couldn’t be destroyed—but
we’ve all seen what greed and money can do and have done.
Please, please, please let’s not forget why
we all love this precious place so much.
Let’s not allow our piece of heaven to be pillaged
by those who will only take their money and move on to annihilate
the next undiscovered paradise.
Let’s not be short sighted; this may very well
be our last chance. Protect the Valley Floor and send a clear message….
“This mountain town ain’t sellin’