The Chama Project

I'm Jay Wimer. I live in Chama New Mexico, a small town with only one industry, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic railroad, to drive the sad economy. Unfortunately, the railroad does not attract enough passengers to keep businesses viable. I intend to do something about it.
Originally, this campaign was about the Colorado Time-Table magazine, , but we didn't raise enough to get it solvent, so i sat down and took a long look at the problem. This is my attempt to solve it.

I also run the Chama Steam Freight Excursions, which has not done well due to the recent problems with the global economy. I am also the publisher of the (dormant) Colorado Timetable, which I dream of resurrecting. My contribution to the world is taking large-format back and white photographs of the Chama region and the train.
If you already know me, you know that I have been fighting the fight of my life to stay ahead of foreclosure and keep food on the table. I make no secret of that, but THIS campaign has a much broader scope. I am truly determined to try to do something to jumpstart the local economy.

The money will be used to
Set up a non-profit organization to address the insane problems with the economy in Chama.
1: Set up the Non-profit.
2- Address the lack of a radio station
3- Address the lack of a real newspaper
4- Get a solid marketing program going for the Chama region and its attractions
5- Set up a shuttle service to regional airports
6- Set up a local transportation system or "jitney" so that tourists can come here without a car. This would also be useful for ferrying Hikers on the Continental Divide trail.
7- Set up some other forms of recreation for visitors, other than the railroad.
8- Revive the Colorado Time-Table magazine
9- Continue growing the Chama photography project
That's big list, and I know it. But when people work together to make things happen, big things WILL happen.
By contributing, you won't just be helping me, you'll be helping to do something about the situation in Chama, so that when you visit here, your stay will be more enjoyable than ever!
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Jay Wimer 
Chama, NM
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