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Wayne N. and Julia E. Aspinall Foundation

The Wayne N. and Julia E. Aspinall Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1968. Its purpose is to honor the late Congressman by encouraging the fine traditions of public service and education to which he was dedicated. That goal is being accomplished by providing meaningful educational opportunities to students and to the general public at Colorado Mesa University.

The Foundation's programs rely upon the funding and are expanded or decreased based on funding available.

Upcoming Event

Dr. Adam Sowards presents: "An Open Pit Visible from the Moon”: A Wilderness, a Mine, a National Park, and the Test that Changed the West.

The Foundation is delighted to announce its 2017 Aspinall Lecture. Dr. Sowards's presentation will be held on Wednesday, April 5th, at 7:00 pm in the South Ballroom of CMU's University Center. 

On a ridge in the North Cascades in Washington State, low-grade copper ore lay buried and claimed in the 1950s by Kennecott Copper Corporation. In 1964, this ridge became part of Glacier Peak Wilderness Area, one of the original places protected by the Wilderness Act. Two years later Kennecott announced its plan to start an open pit mine at Miners Ridge, which was legal activity based on a compromise in the law. The idea alarmed the public, and soon all sides in the debate recognized it as a test case. Mining companies, federal land agencies, politicians, administrators, and public activists of all types mobilized in creative ways to protect their interests. The story captures an important moment in environmental and western history, a time when Americans pushed the boundaries of wilderness to see how far they might stretch.

Supporting the Foundation

Aspinall Foundation is a non-profit corporation to honor Wayne N. Aspinall by the presentation of educational programs and charitable services.

The Aspinall Foundation has been funded entirely by voluntary contributions, primarily from Grand Junction area citizens. The members of the Board of Directors and Officers serve without compensation. As contributions are received, the educational programs can be increased to benefit the students Colorado Mesa University and the public.

All donations are tax deductible. They should be sent to:

William Graham, Treasurer
Aspinall Foundation
P O Box 4737
Grand Junction, CO 81502

Directors and Officers

  • Tilman Bishop
  • Miffie Blozvich
  • Brian Burns
  • Beth Buys
  • William Cleary
  • Sheryl Fitzgerald
  • Rebecca Frank
  • William Graham
  • Don MacKendrick
  • Kathleen McGinley
  • Keith Mottram
  • Kathleen Selover
  • Steven Schulte
  • Robert Traylor