The Nation: Lamm: A Compass in His Head

When Richard Lamm came to live in Colorado in 1961, he spotted a flock of geese a few feet inside the state border. He stopped his car, stepped out, drank in the unspoiled scenery and told himself, "This is the place." Ever since, he has tried to keep Colorado the way he found it—a battle for the environment that spurred his political rise and carried him into this year's gubernatorial race. In a victory that showed a majority of Coloradans share his concern, he defeated the popular incumbent, John Vanderhoof, by 441,144 votes to 379,298.

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