When the coyote is at the door, answer with a .30-30

Column by Hal Walter Wildlife – April 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Just the other morning, I woke up to snarling, growling and barking that sounded like dogs rough-housing outside my bedroom window. I was immediately grouchy and wondered who was visiting me before the sun had even cleared the ridge — and why they […]

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Ken Wisecup: Art from bones and deadfall

Article by Leah Lahtinen Local Artists – April 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine TREES die for many different reasons. Some are felled for paper or lumber. Some are killed by porcupines or lightning or bugs. Others are weakened by old age. Standing deadwood in Custer County may find its ultimate end in one of many […]

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Let’s quit improving ourselves

Essay by Martha Quillen American Life – April 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine As the 1996 elections commence, there’s one thing everyone seems to agree upon: America is headed in the wrong direction. Even more surprising, both parties seem to agree about what should be done to right things: Slash the budget. Cut the entitlements. […]

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The Big Empty

Article by Martha Quillen Population – April 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine You wake up late, and look out your window — but no one is out there. There’s not a car or a pedestrian in sight. You live in a small town, however, so that doesn’t seem particularly unusual — until you leave your […]

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Building a wetland: the natural way to treat sewage

Article by Sharon Chickering Environment – April 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine I sat in the sunny corner window of the Mt. Elbert Lodge with owners Scott Boyd and Laura Downing, watching flighty chickadees attack the hanging bird feeder. Just beyond the line of brown willows flowed the icy water of Lake Creek. There was […]

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From Mayberry to Megabucks

Sidebar by Ray James Law Enforcement – April 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine In 1959, when Sheriff Harold Thonhoff had to pick up a man arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on a Chaffee County warrant, he wanted to leave Chaffee county with sufficient law enforcement protection. Thus, he enlisted the young deputy district attorney, Bob Rush, […]

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Who gets to wear a badge

Sidebar by Ray James Law Enforcement – April 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Cops, lawmen, police, deputies, guards and other terms (but “sir” or “ma’am” work well when addressing said people in person) all equal “peace officers” in Colorado. And, like most everything else these days, “peace officer” is defined by state law.

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Don’t do the crime if you can’t pay for the time

Sidebar by Ray James Law Enforcement – April 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Fr√©mont County is playing follow the leader to Chaffee County Sheriff Ron Bergmann by instituting a “room charge” for convicted inmates at the county jail. Bergmann explained that since state law allows him to charge those in jail under conviction, he decided […]

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How many police are enough?

Article by Ray James Law Enforcement – April 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Central Colorado’s relative peace likely proves as much of an attraction to most ex-urban immigrants as do the low real estate prices. The mountains offer bucolic refuge for those who have lived with drive-by shootings, gang violence, serial killers and street-corner drug […]

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Briefs from Central Colorado

Brief by Central Staff Water – April 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine Big Plans For Central Colorado Water These days, it seems like a lot of people are developing plans for our region’s water. There Are Water Bankers

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