Make the developers pay for new schools

Column by Hal Walter Local Taxes – November 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine I’VE ALWAYS BEEN a bit perplexed by the notion of a property tax to pay for schools. I drive a motor vehicle, and I’m taxed for the use of the road by way of licensing and registration. If I go to the […]

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Why would anyone want to four-lane U.S. 50?

Article by Ed Quillen Transportation – November 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine A FEW YEARS AGO, a billboard just east of Salida told westbound motorists on U.S. 50 that they were only 130 miles from “Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park” near Montrose, with the implication that Montrose was a great place to get […]

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The Thanksgiving Suggestion List

Brief by Martha Quillen Humor – November 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Here are some things to be thankful for this November 25th that you might not have thought of. As always we can be thankful that we live in the Colorado Rockies, in a beautiful state, in a democratic nation. But this year we […]

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Thanksgiving: the most American of holidays

Essay by Martha Quillen Holidays – November 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, there’s something very odd about Thanksgiving. Even though Americans celebrate several holidays brought over from Europe, like Christmas and New Years, Thanksgiving is the oldest public holiday declared in the United States. Yet Thanksgiving has changed very little […]

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Here’s the latest from the Valley Rumor Mill

Letter from Slim Wolfe Local Gossip – November 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors, Summer reports of a bear incident at Valley View Hot Springs were about four miles misplaced. Informed sources hinted that the human contestant was a known bow hunter and speculated that he might have been goading the critter to stand on […]

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Procrastination leads to noble result

Letter from Paul Birholz Colorado Central – November 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Ed and Martha, I was forced to sit down this beautiful Sunday afternoon and clean up the place a little. During this process I did what every good procrastinator does and read every piece of mail and magazine I picked up […]

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A train you shouldn’t examine in Cañon City

Letter from Roger A.c. Williams Law enforcement – November 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: I wish to complain about an annoying incident involving the Colorado Department of Corrections in Cañon City. Having enjoyed a ride on the new Royal Gorge train on Sept. 24, followed by lunch in the depot, I walked up to […]

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Why steal the Bonanza sign when you have to hide it?

Letter from Gail Holbrook Rural Life – November 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine To those who stole the Bonanza sign: It’s a shame the Bonanza sign with its coyote and raven has been cut down and stolen. It is a hand-made bit of artwork that was given not just to the town but to everyone […]

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The Gunnison Knot

Article by George Sibley Water – November 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine FOR THOSE WHO DREAM OF EMPIRE, there is the story of the Gordian knot. Gordias was a peasant in Phrygia, one of those little Asia Minor kingdoms back about Minus-Y1K. His people chose him to be king. His only notable feat was to […]

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Is there any way to avoid having a mayor?

Brief by Martha & Ed Quillen Salida Politics – November 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine JUDGING BY OUR INFORMAL yard-sign survey, Dick Heitman leads the other two candidates for mayor of Salida to replace Ralph Taylor, who’s stepping down after only one term. The major issue appears to be a performance audit of the police […]

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It’s down at the end of Harrison Street: Hearbreak Hotel?

Brief by Central Staff Tourism – November 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine On account of its altitude and climate, Leadville celebrates St. Patrick’s Day about six months earlier (or later) than the rest of the world does. That is, the Irish are honored on March 17 everywhere else, but Leadville holds St. Patrick’s Practice Day […]

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