Wherever you move, there you are

Column by Hal Walter Mountan Life – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine I SWORE UP AND DOWN the main range when I set _up shop here in the Wet Mountains back in 1991 that I would never move again. I came here to stay. But that was then — nearly eight years ago — […]

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Some favorite reading from 1998

Essay by Ed Quillen Books – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Some Favored Reading from 1998 FOR SOME REASON, my pleasure reading in 1998 focused on the Civil War. Actually, there may be specific reasons for this interest. One is that the editor I deal most with at the Denver Post, Bob Ewegen, is […]

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It’s a Good Day to be Indigenous

Essay by Stephen Lyons Western Life – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine It’s a good day to be indigenous by Stephen Lyons FROM THIS MOMENT ON kindly refer to my family as “indigenous.” Or, if you prefer, “First Peoples.” With the discovery of what could be my long-lost European relative — Kennewick Man — […]

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Jack Portice lives a Fairy Tale Come True

Article by Nancy Ward Local Artists – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine “I’ll carve you a wooden leg,” is the way Jack Portice tells the story of his offer to a friend who’d just lost a leg in a motorcycle accident. That was back in 1979 when Portice had a custom motorcycle shop in […]

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A Role for WSC: Somebody needs to fight these growths

Essay by Laura Mccall Western Life – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine IN THE 1970s, Gunnison’s only franchise was A & W — an old and somewhat quaint chain that employed car-hops in the summer months. McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway, and Taco Bell did not exist. In 1987, a company named ALCO came to […]

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Highways used to have names, not numbers

Brief by Central Staff Transportation – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Before highway nomenclature was standardized with numbers, many were named, like the Rainbow Route becoming U.S. 50, or the Lincoln Highway turning into U.S. 30 in the West. Some other named roads and their modern numbers:

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Convicts built many state highways

Brief by Central Staff Transportation History – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Ca├▒on City contributed much, in both labor and materials, to early highway construction in Colorado. The labor came from convicts at the state penitentiary, who were put to work on roads from 1905 until 1926, when the practice was abolished. The materials […]

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How US 50 came to pass through Central Colorado

Article by Alvin Edlund, Jr. Transportation History – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine ONE OF THE LONGEST HIGHWAYS in the United States is Highway 50, which stretches from Ocean City, Maryland, to Sacramento, California, and passes through Washington D.C., Cincinnati, St. Louis, Kansas City, Carson City, Lake Tahoe, and Central Colorado. A sign at […]

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Government grows, but democracy doesn’t

Essay by Martha Quillen Local Government – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine IN OUR FIVE YEARS of existence, Colorado Central has examined growth issues from numerous angles. We’ve printed articles about growth summits and seminars, and about census statistics and growth patterns. We’ve mused about the relationships between newcomers and old-timers, and pondered upon […]

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Heard Around the West

Brief by Betsy Marston Western Life – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Business Bad For Prisons Not so long ago, comedians joked that by the year 2000, everyone in the United States would either be a prison guard or an inmate considering the astounding rate of jail construction. But what if you built a […]

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Distinguished Contributors

Brief by Central Staff Local authors – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Distinguished Contributors Two of our frequent contributors have attained certain distinctions in recent months. Steve Voynick of Leadville was just named to the board of directors of the National Mining Museum and Hall of Fame there, and also received an honorary lifetime […]

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Briefs from the San Luis Valley

Brief by Marcia Darnell San Luis Valley – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Kitty Comeback The lynx will be reintroduced in Southwestern Colorado, with 40 of the cats scheduled to appear in the Western Valley in mid-December. The Colorado Wildlife Commission plans to release the animals in the San Juan National Forest. The lynx […]

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UP considers (more or less) re-opening Tennessee Pass

Brief by Ed Quillen Transportation – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine The Union Pacific Railroad is giving more consideration to re-opening the Tennessee Pass line, but don’t hold your breath. Recent increases in coal production from Utah and the Western Slope of Colorado have strained capacity on the Moffat Tunnel Route between Grand Junction […]

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