Living in a campground without rules

Column by Hal Walter Rural Life – January 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine LIVING IN A CAMPGROUND has both advantages and drawbacks. At the top of the list would be neighbors who are regularly absent. At the bottom of the list would be camping trailers that dot the landscape like giant beer cans thrown willy-nilly.

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Alamosa’s Community Greenhouse

Article by Marcia Darnell Agriculture – January 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine GREENERY, FERTILE EARTH, and the mossy scent of growing things. A miracle in the middle of a San Luis Valley winter. Welcome to the Alamosa Community Greenhouse, where, for a mere $5, members can reap fresh produce as well as the benefits of […]

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John Earl Herschberger, the man who carved the lions

Article by Dick Dixon Local Artists – January 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine JOHN EARL HERSHBERGER of Salida was one of the stonecutters who prepared granite for the Mormon Battalion Monument. In addition, he carved more than 1,000 gravestones in his 58 years in the profession — but he never got around to making one […]

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The Trek of the Mormon Battalion

Sidebar by Ed Quillen History – January 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine GIVEN THE AMERICAN PENCHANT for commemorating historic anniversaries, it’s rather surprising that two such events have eluded civic notice. This year, 1998, is the centennial of the Spanish-American War, and we’ve yet to hear of any scheduled celebrations. It marked America’s emergence as […]

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From Turret to Salt Lake City

Article by Dick Dixon Quarries – January 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine STONE FROM THE UTE TRAIL AREA via Salida Granite Co. received national acclaim May 30, 1927, when the Mormon Battalion Monument in Salt Lake City, Utah, was unveiled before a crowd of 15,000 people. Located on the southeast corner of the Capitol Building […]

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Sedona offers a divine economic plan

Essay by Stephen Lyons Planning – January 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine MY WIFE AND I had just finished hiking Brims Mesa outside of Sedona, Ariz., when we spotted a woman at the trailhead wearing a purple velvet, or velour, dress that hung loosely to her bare ankles. A garish, glittery skull cap of the […]

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Let’s adopt a lesser plan

Essay by Marcia Darnell Planning – January 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine LAST SUMMER, a friend and I were winding our way through Crestone’s Baca Grande, an association-controlled, building-approved nondevelopment, when I saw something shocking. “I didn’t know there was a hotel here,” I said. It wasn’t a hotel. It wasn’t even a house. It […]

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Portland Plans to become Los Angeles

Essay by Randal O’toole Planning – January 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Portland planners promised urban residents “livability” in the form of reduced congestion, affordable housing, and more open space. — So it should come as no surprise that Portland is rapidly becoming one of the most congested, least affordable cities in the nation whose […]

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How communities can plan better for tourism

Planning – January 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine by Edward T. McMahon SO WHAT DID YOU DO on your summer vacation? Did the destination meet your expectations? Would you recommend it to a friend? Or did dirty air, traffic congestion, crowded beaches, slipshod service, or towns awash in tourist schlock leave you feeling frustrated and […]

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My part in the Salida plan

Essay by Martha Quillen Planning – January 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine AS FOR MY PART IN ALL THIS, I obtained a copy of the plan and read it before the first meeting. In truth, I couldn’t figure out how Salida could implement such a plan — since it offered an astounding amount of contradictory […]

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Plan a vacation the next time your town makes a plan

Essay by Martha Quillen Planning – January 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT they say about the best laid plans… Yet our communities are compelled to plan regardless. In the last few years, Colorado towns, cities and counties have been driven to adopt comprehensive plans. The experts say communities need comprehensive plans […]

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Durango’s Strater Hotel had a 3-story indoor privy

Letter by Mary Jane Rust Regional Lore – January 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Three stories and indoors at the Strater in Durango Editors: I just read my December copy of Colorado Central and enjoyed it thoroughly, as usual. The review of The Two-Story Outhouse reminded me of my conversation with Rod Barker, owner/manager of […]

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Colorado got taken in dealings with UP

Letter by Hugh K. Wilson Transportation – January 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Colorado got taken in dealing with UP Editors: Contrary to the article by John C. Dill, the state’s Director of Economic Development, in the Nov. 30 Denver Post, Colorado got almost nothing in terms of concessions from the Union Pacific from its […]

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