Friends shouldn’t let friends run for office

Column by Hal Walter Politics – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine LET’S FACE IT. Friends really shouldn’t let friends run for office. But try as I might to dissuade Curtis Imrie from pursuing politics, he still insists on running. And maybe that’s a good thing for us all. I met Curtis years ago, and […]

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Saving Marriages and other delights of antique tractor pulls

Article by Wallace Williams Old Machinery – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine MOST PEOPLE THINK OF SUMMER as a time for gardening, traveling, boating, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, sightseeing, and generally doing things outdoors. There is, however a rapidly growing family activity offering travel, entertainment, food, camping, and 15 minutes of fame packed into […]

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Does anybody know what they’re really up to

Essay by Martha Quillen Local Politics – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine THE CITY OF SALIDA has a public relations problem. As most of you know, Ed, The Mountain Mail, and KVRH Radio have gone to court to try to make Salida’s public relations more public. But that isn’t the problem I’m referring to. […]

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Life’s better where the garlic grows

Letter by Eugene Lorig Moving – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Life’s Better Where The Garlic Grows Ed and Martha: Another year gone by already? You aren’t fudging my subscription ahead by a couple of months, are you? I wonder how those New Yawk-type bastards who shill for US West, and who have probably […]

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The last word about native status

Letter by Jeanne Englert Mountain Life – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine The Latest Words About Native Status Editors: “Last settlers,” they called us when our grassroots group organized in 1979 to oppose the controversial Animas-La Plata water project in southwestern Colorado. That wasn’t true. Half of us were Colorado natives, some with roots […]

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Is silver the solution?

Letter by Paul Martz Summitville – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Is Silver the Solution? or, Who Makes the Rules? Editors: I’d like to comment on a misstatement of fact in a part of Briefs from the San Luis Valley in the June edition of Colorado Central. The topic was Summitville Studies and the […]

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The first winter climb of Mount of the Holy Cross

Letter by Allen Best Colorado Central – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Men Should Ask Directions, and the First Winter Climb of Mount of the Holy Cross Dear Ed: I feel as though I’ve just seen Michael Jordan miss a slam dunk or heard Keith Richards miss a riff. I’ve seen you fumble on […]

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Deep in the Heart of the Rockies by Ed Quillen

Review by Ken Wright Mountain Life – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Deep in the Heart of the Rockies: Selected Columns from The Denver Post 1985-98 by Ed Quillen Foreward by Richard Lamm Published in 1998 by Music Mountain Press ISBN 0-965-612-67-8

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High Line History

Sidebar by Ed Quillen Transportation – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine These days, there are only two major railroads in the West: the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fé. The track from Leadville to the summit of Frémont Pass has been owned by both of them. The line began in 1884 as […]

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Saving the High Line: An expensive $10 bargain

Article by Lynda La Rocca Transportation – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine STEPHANIE AND KEN OLSEN recently celebrated a special anniversary. But instead of champagne and candlelight, they marked their milestone with a locomotive grease job and the blast of a train whistle. The Olsens’ Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad Co. turned ten years […]

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The Last Train

Sidebar by Ken Stitzel Tennessee Pass – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine The last through train left Pueblo on August 23, 1997. It was a westbound taconite train with two lead engines, three mid-train remote-controlled units, and 96 cars — quite similar to the train Grinch and I rode.

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A White-Collar Hobo riding over Tennessee Pass

Article by Ken Stitzel Transportation – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine HIDING IN A DITCH like a commando, I cringe as a giant machine approaches. The earth shakes. Twenty feet away, two sooty diesel locomotives roll slowly past, pulling a dark train of hopper cars. Quickly, I rouse Grinch, my travel partner. We wait […]

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The RV City at Antero Junction

Article by Laurie Wagner Buyer Roadside Attractions – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine YEARS AGO BUFFALO ROAMED HERE, and Ute Indians hunted along the pine-timbered ridges and grassy bottoms of the South Fork of the South Platte River. When the homesteaders and ranchers arrived in South Park this was the domain of the Harringtons, […]

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Waste it to save your community

Essay by Ed Quillen Water – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine IN THE REST of the temperate world, “spring” means a season of blossoms, greenery and gentle showers. Here in the mountains, it means wind or blistering heat alternating with blizzards — often within the hour, accompanied by landslips and rockslides. Throw in the […]

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