The treasure of the Sierra Mojada

Sidebar by Patrick O’grady Pack-burro racing – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine I ran my first 10K on Memorial Day weekend, and I’m here to tell you — I’ve never seen a bigger pack of jackasses. That’s not just a figure of speech. The event was the Silver Cliff to Westcliffe Western Pack-Burro Race, […]

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Pack-burro racing in the “Real World”

Column by Hal Walter Pack-burro racing – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine It’s easy to figure, but difficult to understand, that if it hadn’t been for the obscure sport of pack-burro racing, I might not be living in Central Colorado tending to this jackass and word farm. But here I am, and if I […]

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Refuge, by Mark Olsen

Review by Ed Quillen Novel with local setting – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Refuge a novel by Mark Olsen Published in 1996 by Sardis Press ISBN 0963946528

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The real code of the West: an urban hinterland

Essay by Ed Quillen The West – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine THE WEST is a hard thing to put your finger on. For one thing, it has several “centers.” There’s the Center for the Study of the North American West, in Phnix, I’ve heard, along with some centers I’ve actually visited — the […]

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The Leadville Blues: Colorado’s best “base ball” team

Article by Duane Smith Local History – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine What baseball team was Colorado’s best ever? Rockies’ fans would pick one of their favorite nines, while old-time fans would argue for one or another of the Denver Bears’ strongest teams. For the nineteenth century, however, no debate is necessary. The 1882 […]

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More time might prevent some wounds

Essay by Christina Nealson Mountain Life – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Emma’s coveralls sag ’round her small, plump body and cast a smell of alfalfa and cow dung. The furrows in her face are as deep as those in her fields, dark lines etched by years of sun and wind, the work of […]

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In Leadville, DuPont means more than dynamite

Article by Sharon K. Chickering Local Artist – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazin Art and Mary DuPont sit at a round table in a corner of their southern-facing, second-story front room, sun pouring in through floor-to-ceiling windows which command views of Leadville and the Sawatch Range. Bright red and yellow/orange tomatoes hang from potted […]

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Mother Nature can attack in many ways

Letter from Stephen C. Glover Geologic Hazards – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Thanks so much for sending me an issue of your Colorado Central Magazine. I enjoyed it thoroughly! I was particularly interested in the article by Paul Martz on “Construction in the Stupid Zone.” I may be going to do just […]

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Tourism destroys environment faster than old industries did

Letter from Emil Bruce Lester, Jr. Industrial Tourism – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Mining, Logging, Grazing Would Have to Work at It To Destroy Like Tourism Editors: Soon after someone devises another way of earning a living, others join in, associations are formed, political action committees are financed, and someone adds the postscript […]

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Floods and quakes and other geologic perils

Article by Paul Martz Geologic Hazards – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine The first article in this two-part series dealt with potential problems with a more-or-less immediate negative result: Losing control of your pickup while towing a horse trailer up Droney Gulch because of slick bentonite after a thunderstorm is pretty immediate, from my […]

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Driving off the pavement

Article by Don Pennington Outdoor recreation – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Most of us probably spend more and more of our waking hours working to support a family and the expense it incurs. Today, many of us work two jobs or work both days and evenings to make ends meet. Because of these […]

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Walking in the Woods

Essay by Tom Lynch Outdoor Recreation – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Most of us, if we watch much TV, have seen the Coors Light “Tap the Rockies” commercials. A shot of snow-capped peaks appears. Then the forms of several young men and women, vastly over-sized, loom above the mountains. They are engaged in […]

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Arthur Lloyd Monk: the mysterious grave on Cochetopa Pass

Brief by Central Staff Local history – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Between mileposts 44 and 45 on Colo. 114 west of Saguache, a lone fenced grave sits a few yards south of the road. The marble tombstone carries this inscription: ARTHUR LLOYD MONK MAJOR TO HM 22 FOOT DIED APRIL 19, 1883 AGED […]

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