Killer Fences of the New West

Column by Hal Walter Fences – August 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine AT FIRST it just looked like a rock anchoring the _barbed-wire fence, the same way that rocks anchor ramshackle barbed-wire fences all over the West. But then I thought I saw it move. There was a band of beef cows and calves milling […]

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Confessions of a Soldier for the Other Side

Essay by Eldon Ray James War on Drugs – August 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine I’M GUILTY. Let’s get that out of the way up front. I’m a convicted felon, who violated the laws of the United States. Every word here is colored by that fact. Currently serving 70 months in federal prison, I pleaded […]

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George Washington never slept here

Essay by Ed Quillen History – August 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine WHEN I WAS A SCHOOLBOY in and around Greeley, up in the north part of this state, I often felt deprived. I wanted to live in a place with a history, and Greeley didn’t seem to have one. Of course Weld County had […]

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Berth and Breakfast at restored railroad station

Article by Clint Driscoll Roadside Attractions – August 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine NINETY YEARS after the Denver, South Park & Pacific narrow-gauge railroad stopped chugging over Trout Creek Pass, it is still possible to reserve a berth in a Victorian Pullman sleeping car or a drover’s caboose and enjoy the hospitality offered in a […]

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It’s not an obscenity, it’s a fact

Letter by John Rokosz Commerce – August 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine It’s not an obscenity, it’s a matter of fact Editors: Wal-Mart Sucks! This is not an obscenity or a slur, it is a fact. Wal-Mart does, indeed, suck. Like an enormous economic vacuum cleaner, it sucks the labor pool dry, it sucks traffic […]

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Use a plain brown wrapper

Letter by Clay Warren July Edition – August 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Use a plain brown wrapper? Editors: Every once in awhile ah git paid lots of money to practice self-abuse. No, no, not that kind of self abuse! Ah’m referin’ to driving long distances on Interstate highways with out either air conditioning nor […]

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Fred Jobe: the Singing Sheriff of Custer County

Article by Rayna Bailey Local Artists – August 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine FRED JOBE gives new meaning to the expression, “Whistle while you work.” Although the lanky six-foot-four-inch lawman would never be confused with the happy-go-lucky dwarfs who made the tune popular in Disney’s Snow White, when Jobe pins his gold star on his […]

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The Best Route to Prosperity

Essay by Jim Ludwig The West – August 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Steve: I watched a PBS documentary from the Colorado Historical Society Thursday night in which Duane Smith, the Fort Lewis historian, pointed out, while viewing abandoned homes in ghost towns, “Keep in mind that each shack or shaft represents a dream, often […]

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Overpopulation is the biggest problem

Essay by Steve Voynick The West – August 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Jim: I contend that the single biggest problem facing this nation today is overpopulation, a problem which is worsening with every passing year. Do you know what the population of this country was when you came to Climax in the early 1950s? […]

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Old West, New West, Same West

Essay by Steve Voynick The West – August 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine ALTHOUGH VAIL AND LEADVILLE are just 28 miles apart as the ravens fly, they seem to stand at opposite ends of the West. Vail represents the New West, a place of contemporary chic, luxurious living, trophy homes and money, all revolving around […]

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