El Nino vs. the Homeowners’ Association

Column by Hal Walter Climate – February 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine IN THE EARLY DAYS of the New West we didn’t blame El Ni├▒o for our weather-related hardships. We were simply too busy digging out from a “hard winter” or “heavy snow year.” That was back when winter was an old man, not a […]

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Quarry Days in the Ute Trail Area

Article by Dick Dixon Local History – February 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine VISITORS TO THE Salida Granite Co. Federal Quarry today must walk or ride horseback because the road is closed. Once there, they find elaborate concrete foundations and a few small cabins still standing. A concrete powder house is badly battered by vandals. […]

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Valley Voices, Mountain Dreams, an anthology

Review by Martha Quillen Local Writers – February 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Valley Voices, Mountain Dreams – An Anthology of Central Colorado Writers, 1998 Compiled by the Chaffee County Writer’s Exchange Distributed by the Chaffee County Council on the Arts ISBN 0-939101-04-1

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Lead, Silver, Silicon: The Elements of Publishing

Essay by Ed Quillen Publishing – February 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine FOR REASONS that made some sense thirty years ago, radio and television stations are known as “electronic media,” while magazines and newspapers are “print media.” This implies that we print folk aren’t electronic, but I’d wager that there are more pieces of electronic […]

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Semillas de la Tierra: 25 years of Folklorico

Article by Marcia Darnell Local Arts – February 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine IT’S A PARTY! The hall is packed with 25 years’ worth of students, teachers, supporters and admirers of Semillas de la Tierra, the San Luis Valley’s longest-lasting dance troupe. “I’m so proud,” says co-founder Patsy Martinez. “If you’ve ever felt your whole […]

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Where have all the Monarch butterflies gone?

Article by Nancy Ward Wildlife – February 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine WHERE HAVE ALL THE BUTTERFLIES GONE — the Monarchs of Central Colorado? That’s what first-, second-, third-, and fifth-grade students at Mountain Valley School in Saguache are hoping to find out. They’re involved in serious scientific research, a portion of which is in […]

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Can ski areas be all things to all people?

Article by Allen Best Skiing – February 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine ADAM ARON went bonkers after a vodka company published an ad that lightly alluded to skier injuries. “There is nothing amusing about skier injuries,” said Aron, the CEO for Vail Resorts, an empire that now controls nearly 10% of the U.S. skier market. […]

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No marmot day, but there is a February thaw

Brief by Central Staff Climate – February 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Perhaps the best that can be said of February is that it is short, although it is long enough to have a legal holiday, Presidents’ Day on the 16th, and an unofficial holiday, Groundhog Day on the 2nd. As the story goes, the […]

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Who owns our congressman?

Brief by Central Staff Politics – February 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Who owns our Congressman? PAC (Political Action Committee) contributions to Rep. Scott McInnis during the 1996 election cycle. Based on Federal Election Commission reports, as collated by the Environmental Working Group, which puts this information on the World Wide Web at http://www.wyl.ewg.org

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Briefs from the San Luis Valley

Brief by Marcia Darnell San Luis Valley – February 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine A Second Helping The bustling metropolis of Center is about to bustle even more. A second potato processing plant is planned for a fall opening. Center also has a carrot-processing plant. The facility is to be funded by a coalition of […]

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Heard Around the West

Brief by Betsy Marston Miscellaneous – February 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine You’ve probably heard about the lion who escaped from a Florida zoo. Well, recently a collection of Western wildlife and livestock have also evaded pursuers for brief, shining moments. Thanks to a missing lock on one door and another door mysteriously left open, […]

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UP cuts rails on Tennessee Pass

Brief by Central Staff Transportation – February 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Tennessee Pass is no longer a continuous railroad route. No through trains have run since August, and on Jan. 5, rails were removed from the main track near Mile Post 273.3 (just west of Malta, outside Leadville) and Mile Post 334.0 (just east […]

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