More than he bargained for

Brief by Central Staff Real Estate – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Old property descriptions aren’t always accurate, as one Rob Brownlee discovered. He bought some land that was supposed to be next to the Como Cemetery in South Park. A survey revealed that he’d actually bought into 5.5 acres of the 112-year-old cemetery, […]

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Millennial explosions

Brief by Central Staff Salida – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine The millennium should arrive in Salida with a bang — the Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce has arranged for $5,000 worth of fireworks to be detonated on Tenderfoot Hill as 1999 draws to a close. But even with the arrival of […]

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High fire danger when it’s supposed to be snowing

Brief by Central Staff Weather – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine On account of the warm, dry weather, Smokey Bear hasn’t gone into hibernation yet. Instead, fire restrictions were imposed Nov. 12 on eight Colorado counties by state and federal land managers, along with local sheriffs. In essence, all outdoor fires were banned, except […]

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The Day I Took my Gun to School

Essay by Dana C. Jennings School violence – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine I AM AS DISTURBED as the next person about the deadly mixture of guns and schools that has spilled across America in recent years. But I also know firsthand the violent feelings children can get when they are bullied and pushed […]

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Avalanche Lore: Believe it or not?

Sidebar by Catherine Lutz Snowslides – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Mining lore by its very nature must have some element of exaggeration, embellishment, or outright lying. Which of the following stories are completely true? Nobody really knows. When an avalanche hit the Magna Charta Tunnel in 1884, two men were working in the […]

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The Legend of Snowblind Gulch

Sidebar by Catherine Lutz Mountain Lore – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Two prospectors came to Tomichi Valley long before there was any settlement, in the early 1860s. Legend has it that they found up to a pound of gold per man per day. But they were greedy, and stayed in the valley too […]

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Tomichi lives on

Article by Catherine Lutz Mountain life – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine FRANK CULBERTSON hauls the last armful of wood from his backyard to the old stable that he uses as a woodshed. After making sure the twelve cords stored so far are neatly arranged, he takes off his work gloves and wipes his […]

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Fairplay poet produces Little Dancing Fawn

Brief by Central Staff Local book – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Fairplay poet Laurie Wagner Buyer was in deepest Montana 25 years ago, spending her first Christmas away from her family. She had no money for gifts, and sent them a story: Little Dancing Fawn. In 1997, her father lay dying at the […]

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Crestone Candles Burning Bright

Article by Marcia Darnell Local artists – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine IT’S PRODUCTION DAY at Crestone Candles, which today is housed in the kitchen of Susannah Ortego’s home in Moffat. Water is bubbling, wax is melting, candles are cooling, and the proprietor is wielding a propane torch. It’s cottage industry at its San […]

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Not all the city council folded

Letter from Monika Griesenbeck Salida politics – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Ed and Martha, Your thoughts on Salida’s government in your last issue were pretty much on the mark with one exception — OK, a few exceptions. The first one being that not all members of the city council folded all of […]

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Thanks for the guffaws

Letter from Slim Wolfe Colorado Central – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: I’ve been meaning to thank Ed for those good guffaws I got when reading his description of the New West. Crestone is my favorite area for observing the courtship and nesting of Noveaurichicus occidentalis. They complain about gawkers, but you can […]

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