The Rocky Slope of Custer Skiing

Column by Hal Walter Ski History – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine The ski slopes loom above Westcliffe like a trophy, a lasting tribute to development gone awry. It isn’t the only failed ski area in Custer County, just the most visible. Perhaps no other county in Colorado has as many ghost ski areas. […]

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Skiing with a Shovel: a Paleotechnician in Paradise

Article by George Sibley Ski History – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine by George Sibley When I moved to the mountains of Central Colorado, thirty years ago this winter, I imagined myself to be in retreat from “urban-industrial America.” I arrived in an automobile with the back seat and trunk holding a record player, […]

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Drilling, Blasting, and Skiing

Article by Steve Voynick Climax Ski History – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Not many of us today associate the Climax Mine with skiing. But 50 years ago, Climax had one of the best-equipped ski areas in the entire West. Organized skiing at Climax began in the 1930s, a time when Climax was fast […]

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Holiday Book Suggestions

Review by Martha Quillen Various Books – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine One thing I like having is all those Caroline Bancroft booklets from Johnson Publishing. Friends who consider themselves serious historians tease me about my fascination with Bancroft’s light, diverting tales — and I have to admit that Bancroft’s treatment of Baby Doe […]

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Holiday Book Suggestions

Review by Michael Dzubinski Various Books – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Trails Among the Columbine: Salida, D&RG Railroad Town. The most comprehensive book on the history of Salida. 320 pages, 250 historic photographs. Trails Among the Columbine: The D&RG’s Calumet Branch and the Turret Mining Area. Dick Dixon’s new book on Turret and […]

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Holiday Book Suggestions

Review by Lynda La Rocca Various Books – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine I have to admit, I haven’t read any best sellers recently, nor have I stocked up on the latest New Age self-help tomes. So I can’t comment on Marianne Williamson’s last love fest or Melody Beattie’s current methods for disengaging from […]

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Holiday Book Suggestions

Review by Suzanne Mcdonald Various Books – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Falling Up. Poems and drawings from Shel Silverstein, great for children, and adults love them, too. M is for Malice, another great mystery from Sue Grafton.

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Ron Adair: Art on a Postage Stamp

Article by Peter Burton Local Artists – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine “Every time I drove from Buenie back to Dallas, it got harder and harder. ” This is how Ron Adair, postage stamp designer, expressed his answer to my question: What caused you to move here? We were sitting in Ron’s office-studio in […]

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Dog Tales: George’s Pup

Brief by Dave Delling Animals – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine The major drinking place in Silver Cliff — the place that looks like it doesn’t belong there — was filling up. I sat at the end of the bar, sipping beer while slowly warming after a long day outside. February is usually tough […]

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Dog Tales: The Challenge

Brief by Jim Forrest Animals – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Before the back-yard fence could be constructed, we tied our German shepherd on a long rope secured by a swivel anchor near the house so that the dog had a large arc from one back corner of the house to the opposite one. […]

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Confusion: A liberal or conservative value?

Essay by Ed Quillen Politics – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine During the past political campaign, the big regional contest was between Ken Chlouber and Linda Powers for the state senate. It was the most expensive state-senate campaign in Colorado history. Even though I like Ken, I felt quite sad that Linda lost. She […]

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Asarco plans to close the Black Cloud

Brief by Central Staff Mining – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Mining Ends in Leadville The Black Cloud, which employed about 120 workers near timberline a few miles east of Leadville, is shutting down. It has been on stand-by since last summer, when production halted on account of problems in the mill.

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