September: A fleeting, magical month

Column by Hal Walter Mountain Life – October 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine IF THERE’S ANY good reason to live in Central Colorado, it would have to be September, that magical month with brilliant days, blanket-cool evenings, golden trees, cobalt skies, and bugling elk. September. The kids are back in school where they belong. Their […]

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Isn’t it time we tried a New West festival?

Essay by Ed Quillen New West – October 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine THIS YEAR, every town big enough to boast a high school, and more than a few that have trouble keeping a post office in business, hosted a festival. Even though these small-town celebrations go by different names — Wild West Days, Gold […]

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About Whirling Disease

Sidebar by Ed Quillen Whirling Disease – October 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Whirling Disease gets its name from its effect on fingerling trout. If they’re infected, they tend to swim in circles, like puppies chasing their tails — except it isn’t cute when trout do it. WD most often affects trout when they’re young, […]

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Californicating the fishery

Sidebar by Hal Walter Wildlife – October 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Four strains of cutthroat trout are native to Central Colorado waters, yet the Colorado Division of Wildlife places an emphasis on stocking rainbow trout, native to the West Coast. Why Californicate the fishery? While many believe the rainbow is superior in “sporting qualities,” […]

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Salida’s own vortex

Article by Ed Quillen Salida politics – October 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine EVEN THOUGH SOME Crestone residents claim that they live in a vortex where great forces swirl and converge, it might be easier to make that case for a 51-acre irrigated pasture on the north side of Salida. Water, wildlife, tourism, recreation, politics […]

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Creating Colorado by William Wyckoff

Review by Ed Quillen Geography – October 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Creating Colorado – The Making of a Western American Landscape, 1860-1840 by William Wyckoff Published in 1999 by Yale University Press ISBN 0-300-07118-3

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Saving Open Space inside a Big Empty

Article by Marcia Darnell Open Space – October 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine YOU KNOW that overcrowding has reached insane levels when the San Luis Valley starts a land conservation program. Yep, the place with the Massachusetts-sized area and sparse population is feeling the impact of too many new neighbors. In addition, many ranchers (already […]

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How Citizen Participation changed the Planning Profession

Essay by Kenneth D. Munsell Planning – October 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine TWO DAYS AGO, I turned on the television and happened upon a rural development conference. The state public affairs channel aired the meeting, and it involved panelists talking to state legislators about the problems and potentials of rural areas in Washington. Experts […]

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Perhaps a plan that Salida can live with

Essay by Martha Quillen Salida politics – October 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine ANOTHER DAY. Another dollar. Another plan. On September 1, Salida presented its second comprehensive plan to its citizens. My impression this second time around was that — with some judicious modifications — this new plan could be made both acceptable and beneficial […]

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Remembering the Four Mile Ranch

Article by Jim Ludwig Local History – October 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine THE OTHER DAY I was scrounging through a box of odds and ends, Dad’s jewels, the kids call them, and I found an old chert Indian scraper. It fit comfortably in the palm of my hand, the scraping edge sharpened by careful […]

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A whiff of hypocrisy?

Letter from Patrick O’grady John Walker’s Letter – October 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Ed and Martha, I was taken aback by the vehemence of John Walker’s personal attack on Hal Walter in response to Hal’s “Killer Coyote” column in the August issue of Colorado Central. Why are so many people who profess to […]

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A new standard for arrogance

Letter from Hal Walter John Walker’s Letter – October 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear John Walker: I don’t normally respond to letters to the editor. I figure I had my say, now you get yours. However, your letter was so ill-conceived and illogical that I could not leave it unanswered. Your unwarranted derision of […]

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Limits of Political Correctness

Letter from Clay Warren Mountain Life – October 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors, I knew that the humidity from all the rain and hot weather was going to get to some people, but I had not realized it was so much warmer and wetter to the southeast as to elevate such a crop of […]

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