Who’s in charge of our land?

Column by Hal Walter Land Use – January 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine If there’s anything beautiful about our government, it’s how slowly it does or doesn’t work. Our founding fathers — hoping to save us from ourselves — designed it that way. It keeps our elected clowns from doing wrong things too quickly. That’s […]

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Adopting a Highway

Article by Marcia Darnell Highways – January 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine You’ve seen them along your commute, your pleasure trips, and the road to Grandma’s, those blue-and-white “Adopt A Highway” signs, informing you that some kind and dedicated group is responsible for trash pick-up for the next couple of miles.

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Badger Creek: Big Country with some Big Problems

Article by Jeffrey Keidel Land use – January 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine The Badger Creek Watershed is BIG country. The area encompasses 135,000 acres stretching northeast of Salida. But such statistics belie its vast and isolated beauty. The open range of the upper part of the basin, seems to go on forever. Black and […]

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A Modest Proposal for the Interior West

Essay by Ken Wright Rural West – January 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine There’s nothing like a good bad dirt road to screen out the faintly interested and to invite in the genuinely interested. And it’s perfectly fair and democratic, open to anyone willing to endure a little inconvenience and discomfort for the sake of […]

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How the Grinch came to the Mountains

Letter from Karen K. Young Mountain Life – January 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine How the Grinch Came to the Mountains While visiting Salida recently, my eyes were immediately drawn to the magnificent Sawatch Mountains which rise to the of the village. There I saw Mount Shavano. On it the Angel of Shavano was outlined […]

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Counties should buy the railroad for $1

Letter from Paul Martz Transportation – January 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Editor: After attending the Dec. 6 Railroad Abandonment Regional Meeting at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds, I came away with the feeling that the group was missing the forest for the trees, or should I say, the rails for the bucks.

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From F Street to Fifth Avenue

Article by Ray James Local Artists – January 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Salida’s F Street and New York’s Fifth Avenue at first (or even 50th) glance would seem to have little in common, but both are parts of Michael Boyd’s world.

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Be careful what you wish for — you might get it

Essay by Ed Quillen Geography – January 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine When we moved to Salida in 1978, the railroad depot stood at the end of F Street. More than a decade had passed since the last passenger boarded, but the depot explained why the town was here. About a block upstream was the […]

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Short takes in Central Colorado

Brief by Central Staff Various – January 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Yesterday Looks Better Than Tomorrow As part of a special edition, the Wet Mountain Tribune in Westcliffe presented an article entitled, “Opinions vary: What is the future of ranching in the Valley?”

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Not in the Top 100

Brief by Central Staff Rural Life – January 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Who ranks Well, we’re safe from one Norm Crampton, who just issued a book called The 100 Best Small Towns in America. No town in Central Colorado made it.

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