Waiting for Spring: The Struggle

Column by Hal Walter Cabin Fever – April 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine This winter I’ve been half-jokingly referring to my life in the Wet Mountains as “The Struggle.” I coined the term one starry bone-chilling night after arriving home from a part-time newspaper gig after 1 a.m., only to have to trudge through the […]

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The Last Ranch, by Sam Bingham

Review by Allen Best San Luis Valley ranching – April 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine The Last Ranch: A Colorado Community and the Coming Desert by Sam Bingham Published in 1996 by Pantheon Books ISBN: 0-679-42283-8

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Salida’s history seems to be slipping away

Essay by Martha Quillen Salida – April 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Lately, I’ve been sitting up reading Under the Angel of Shavano by George G. Everett and Dr. Wendell F. Hutchinson. It’s a history of the Salida area with information on ranching, railroading, stagecoaches, murders, business, and Indians, plus many first-person pioneer narratives.

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When to visit the Leadville Mining Museum

Sidebar by Lynda La Rocca Leadville Mining Museum – April 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine The National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 1997 with special events currently in the planning stages, says President and Executive Director Carl Miller.

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The National Mining Museum & Hall of Fame

Article by Lynda La Rocca Leadville history – April 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Want to explore an underground mine without going to the trouble of donning steel-toed boots and hard hat–or learning to wield a 130-pound compressed-air drill?

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Arrangements of Motion: Barbara Baker

Article by Columbine Quillen Local arts – April 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Barbara Baker was born in Central Colorado, but left our region at the age of three. Although born in Fairplay, Baker studied ballet in London and modern dance in New York City, and she danced professionally in both Chicago and New York.

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The Western Frontier and La Frontera del Norte

Article by George Sibley Changing West – April 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine I had my first personal encounter with la frontera del norte back in the early 1980s when I was running the saw at a small mill up on Black Mesa, between Gunnison and Crawford. The mill owner brought “a wetback” to the […]

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They might be descended from Guadalcanal stowaways

Letter from Paul Martz Saguache mosquitoes – April 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: I don’t know but what this Saguache mosquito business is starting to get out of hand. However, since everyone else has his own theory on the subject and there certainly seems to be more unanimity on skeeters than on, say, flying […]

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Go low enough, and an elk can turn into a deer

Letter from Clay Warren Wildlife – April 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: After I got all over my indignation at Riff Fenton’s ploy to sucker them Insect Rights protesters into paying a winter visit to the San Luis Valley, I settled down and finished Allen Best’s article about the many misconceptions of some of […]

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The real reason for those bloodless carcasses

Letter from William “buck” Winters Saguache mosquitos – April 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Editor: I’m hurt. I’m really, truly hurt. Here I’ve been working tirelessly all these years to improve the general size and health of Saguache County mosquitoes as part of my clandestine anti-growth, anti-tourist effort — and now folks are wanting […]

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Minturn offers site for Bronco stadium

Brief by Allen Best Colorado politics – April 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Minturn offers solution to Broncos’ search for a new stadium Pat Bowlen’s got a problem, although admittedly a problem lots of people would love to have. He has a football team, the Denver Broncos, and he says that to make ends meet […]

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Nobody came to get Club 20’s cowpie award

Brief by Ellen Miller Colorado politics – April 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Club 20 isn’t an exclusive b√≠stro. A good brief description is that the organization serves as a chamber of commerce for Colorado’s Western Slope, plus Lake County. It hasn’t been that long since environmentalists were about as welcome at Club 20 as […]

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