Postcards from a road trip

Column by Hal Walter Central Colorado – October 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine SOMETIMES getting out and around is easier said than done. Other chores call. There’s work to be done. And gasoline can be expensive. Then, at other times, it becomes imperative. You can’t get anything done at home, and fuel seems cheaper than […]

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Legislative Riders Ride Hard on the Environment

Essay by John Rosapepe Politics – October 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine I LOVE THE BITTERSWEET ENDING of summer. Warm days and cool nights. The hint of color on the tree-clad mountains. The last blackberries ripening on the vine. That’s the sweet part. The bitter part is the final stretch of the political season. Not […]

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Proper pork for the Rural West

Essay by Don Olsen Politics – October 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine SINCE 1998 is an election year, politicians will soon be returning to their districts here in the West with wonderful news of all the federal bacon … er, funding they have brought home to the various corporate interests … er, constituents who have […]

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We gotta do our share for the industrial complex

Letter by Clay Warren Mountain Life – October 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine We gotta do our share to keep the industrial complex cookin’ along Editors: Thet fellow Ron Baird’s article about Chama reminds me o’ the punch line in that joke where the canary climbs out o’the dung pile and warbles himself right into […]

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Keep it up, and please do more

Letter by Trout Creek Ponderist Colorado Central – October 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Keep it up, and more Greetings to Ed, Martha, and the many other contributors to CC: There are many of us out here who love to tell kith, kin, etc. of the causes of the ups and downs of life in […]

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The blight continues to spread

Letter by Matt Hutson Gentrification – October 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine The blight of gentrification continues to spread Editors: This week the City Council of my hometown of Carbondale passed an open-container ordinance. Where once one could idly sip a beer along Main while watching the occasional car go by, it’s now a crime.

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Summitville needs science, not scare stories

Letter by Paul Martz Mine Pollution – October 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine Summitville needs science, not silver-water scare stories Editors: In reply to the call for some perspective in Jeff Stern’s letter in your September edition, I think he’s right, but probably not in the same fashion he had in mind. I’d like to […]

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Dan Rohn’s Platinum Prints

Article by Clint Driscoll Local Artists – October 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine WHEN DAN ROHN and his wife, Mary, settled in Salida in 1996, they may have been new residents, but they were familiar with the area. Every August for forty years they camped and fished in Central Colorado: learning the back roads, and […]

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Gunnison will vote on taxing itself for water war

Article by Chris Dickey Gunnison Water – October 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine THE CONTROVERSY over diverting water from the Gunnison Basin to the Front Range has outlasted two District Court rulings and one from the Colorado Supreme Court rulings. Today, the issue seems no closer to being decided than when it first arose more […]

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Even if Gary Boyce goes away, the water problem won’t

Essay by Ed Quillen Colorado Water – October 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine WHEN WE STARTED this magazine in 1994, AWDI had just lost all its court appeals, and it appeared that any story we published on the water wars in the San Luis Valley would be history, rather than journalism. We watched, from a […]

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The Closed Basin Water Diversion

Article by Ed Quillen San Luis Valley Water – October 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine WITH ONLY TRIVIAL EXCEPTIONS, no rivers flow into Colorado. But despite the best efforts of generations of developers, attorneys, and engineers, water does flow out of Colorado — by national and international law. It has to, under various “river compacts.” […]

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A quick esitmate of a water budget for the Closed Basin

Sidebar by Ed Quillen San Luis Valley Water – October 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine A Quick Estimate of a Water Budget for the Closed Basin The surface of the Closed Basin — 2,940 square miles — gets about 7 inches of precipitation a year. The flanking mountains — Sangres, La Garita Hills, San Juans […]

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