Guaranteed psychic predictions for 1997

Brief by Martha Quillen Humor – January 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine UFOs will be sighted in that great mysterious valley that lies under the Sangre de Cristos south of the Heart of the Rockies. Rescue workers will valiantly seek a hiker who wandered into the mountains without food, water or adequate protective clothing.

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Ski Cooper: Real History, Good Powder, and Affordable

Article by Steve Voynick Local History – January 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Many Colorado ski areas share a common heritage. Like Aspen, Breckenridge, and Telluride, they took over comatose mining towns; or, like Copper Mountain and Vail, they were conceived on drawing boards. Either way, their bloodlines can be traced to venture capitalists out […]

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Monarch: a WPA boondoggle that succeeded

Article by Ed Quillen Local History – January 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine The mythology of the West holds strong to a belief that “rugged individualists” carved out an empire without any help from the government, but that version of history ignores some inconvenient truths. The prospectors expected federal troops to clear away the Indians, […]

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Gerald Merfeld: Patience at the foot of the Sangres

Article by Leah Lahtinen Local Artists – January 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Gerald Merfeld is a lucky man. For 40 years, he has been an artist, making a living and living his dream. His greatest challenge, he says, has been sustaining the passion for art that started him on this road as a young […]

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Mixing Religion and Politics leads to Division

Essay by Martha Quillen American Culture & Politics – January 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine This Christmas, the shelves at Wal-Mart are stocked with books about angels. There are television shows about angels, including both regular features and countless interviews with people who claim to have met angels. This year’s candidates talked exhaustively of values, […]

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The Not-so-Smart Growth awards were wonderful

Letter from Roger Williams Smart Growth – January 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Editor: Got my first issue, No. 33 (November 1996), and much enjoyed it. “Not So Smart Growth Awards” had me rolling in the aisles and slapping my thighs while I gasped for breath; it was great.

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The real Leadville has been replaced

Letter from S. Roger Kirkpatrick Leadville – January 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Ed: In your review of the book on Lost Landscapes you mention three towns that are still alive and well(?) even though they should not be from author Thomas Power’s perspective.

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Spellbound in the Custerplex

Letter from Hal Walter Local lexicography – January 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Ed, Yes, Westcliffe’ Super Market is correct with no “s” after the Westcliffe’ and a space between “Super” and “Market”… some time we should do a column about errors in names and signs around here. For example: Westcliffe. Why the “e?” […]

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When President Truman got the key to Leadville

Letter from Beverly Pologar Local history – January 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Editor: The article, “The Whistle Stops Don’t Stop Here Any More,” (November 1996 issue of Colorado Central) brought to mind President Truman’s whistle stop in Leadville in 1948. I recall going to the depot at Malta with my mother and my grandfather. […]

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