Fuel for the Fire

Column by Hal Walter Rural Life – November 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine People who heat their homes with woodstoves have different perspectives on things. For instance, I take a certain amount of comfort in the tops of juniper fence posts. I’ve also eyed my wife’s oak rocking chair, a gift from her sister, with […]

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The use tax could work against local merchants

Sidebar by Ed Quillen Prisons – November 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine The Use Tax Could Work Against Local Merchants Chaffee County plans to pay for building a new jail with a use tax on automobiles and construction materials. In essence, a use tax is a way to make sure that a sales tax is […]

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Most local jails are old and crowded

Sidebar by Ed Quillen Prisons – November 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Chaffee County’s old and crowded jail is hardly a unique problem. Lake County Sheriff David Duarte runs a jail built with the Leadville courthouse in 1958. In 1995, he averaged 14.9 inmates per day; that rose to 20 in 1996, “and fourteen is […]

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Can anyone escape from a 100-bed jail?

Article by Ed Quillen Prisons – November 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine In this election in Chaffee County, we get to decide about building a new jail. For starters, there’s little argument that the county needs one. The current slammer, in the bowels of the west wing of the courthouse, was built thirty years ago […]

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Menace in the West, by Henry O. Whiteside

Review by Ed Quillen Colorado history – November 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Menace in the West – Colorado and the American Experience with Drugs, 1873-1963 by Henry O. Whiteside Published in 1997 by the Colorado Historical Society ISBN 0-942576-38-1

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Soho in Salida: Bright art from Marcy Misata

Article by Ed Quillen Local Artist – November 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine by Ed Quillen Within recent memory, Salida was pretty much a lunch-bucket town. When the blue-collar jobs faded with the closure of nearby quarries and mines, so did a goodly part of downtown, with empty storefronts spread along First Street. But Salida’s […]

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Sometimes you can’t help asking stupid questions

Essay by Columbine Quillen Tourism – November 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Although I had been surrounded by it for most of my life, last summer I finally got a taste of the whitewater rafting business. That’s when I worked for Colorado Whitewater Photography — where my job involved going to various rafting companies to […]

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Confessions of a Survivor of Stupid-Question season

Essay by Shelley Jacobs Tourism – November 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine This portion of Central Colorado seems to have four seasons: Rafting Season, Hunting Season, Ski Season, and Mud Season. Now that the Rafting Season (subheading: Mountain biking, Hiking, Fishing, Doing-the-rustic-backwoods- mountain-thing Season) is over, and now that most of those generous vacationers have […]

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Prisons don’t work, so let’s build more of them

Letter by Jerry Mosier Prisons – November 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Prisons don’t work, so let’s build more of ’em Editor: I turned 22 in prison, a member of the first group of guards hired in 1961 under Kansas Civil Service; prior hirings had been a tradition of political patronage. And, until I typed […]

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B&B operators applaud when a dilettant gets out

Letter by Eric Rasmussen Hospitality industry – November 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine B&B industry applauds when dilettantes get out Editor: I happened upon a copy of your magazine [October, 1997, edition] and noted the feature article, “Tales from the Yellow House.”

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CDOT was never consulted about rail abandonment

Letter by John Esty Transportation – November 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine C-DOT never consulted about rail abandonment To The Editor: Governor Roy Romer, along with his Office of Economic Development, has made a serious error in allowing the abandonment of the Tennessee Pass line to occur. Though transportation of people and freight across the […]

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UP rail merger made a mess, as predicted

Letter by Dave Mccollough Transportation – November 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine UP rail merger made a mess, as predicted Dear Ed: I’ve followed the fate of the Southern Pacific rail line since Governor Roy Romer made the insincere deal with the people of Colorado and the officials of the Union Pacific Railroad. Well, now […]

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Mountain states have the highest suicide rate

Brief by Central Staff Demographics – November 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine Deadly Mountains Some people see beauty in the Rocky Mountains, some see real estate to sell, and others apparently see their own tombstones. According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, states in the Mountain West have the highest suicide rate. In 1995, […]

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