There’s something really stupid about smart growth

Column by Hal Walter Rural Life – March 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine WHEN YOU FIRST ENTER the Silver Cliff town limits, about five miles east of the actual town on Highway 96, a roadside sign trumpets the area as recipient of the Governor’s award for “smart growth and development.”

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Making tags is part of doing time

Sidebar by Ed Quillen License Plates – March 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine You don’t want a job making license plates in Colorado. By state law, Colorado license plates are manufactured in only one place — a factory staffed by inmates at the Old Max prison in Cañon City. Another factory in the prison complex […]

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How troopers see your tags

Sidebar by Ed Quillen License Plates – March 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine One reason for the new license plates is to make life easier for law-enforcement; peace officers say that faded old plates are hard to read, as are the recent 3-letter 4-numeral plates that crowd the symbols together. Aside from the obvious things, […]

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Colorado County Prefixes and Population

Compiled by Ed Quillen License Plates – March 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine County 1930 Pop’n Rank 2-letter 3-letter 1998 Pop’n Rank Denver 287,861 1 AA-GN AAA-DZZ 499,055 2 Pueblo 66,038 2 GP-HX VEZ-VVC 134,867 10 Weld 65,097 3 HY-JW WAA-WNK 159,429 8 El Paso 49,570 4 JX-LL KAA-LZZ 490,378 3 Las Animas 36,008 5 […]

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Collecting what most people throw away

Sidebar by Ed Quillen License Plates – March 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine Old license plates work well for patching knotholes in fences and barn walls. They’re also collectibles for the 8,500 members of the American License Plate Collectors Association. One of them is Bill Zimmerman of Colorado Springs, who has “five or six hundred” […]

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What’s with these new license plates?

Article by Ed Quillen License Plates – March 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine THIS WAS BACK in the late 1970s, when we owned the Middle Park Times in Grand County and I was talking to some friends who owned a newspaper in adjacent Clear Creek County. I made some joke about them enjoying a “wise” […]

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Leigh Mills: Jewelry, Mud and Whimsy

Article by Ed Quillen Art – March 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine IT’S EASY TO CHARACTERIZE Leigh Mills as a “working artist,” although it might also be fair to say she sees herself as a “work of art.” Her definition of art is so expansive that there’s no visible line with “daily life” on one […]

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You can win your argument, but lose your point

Essay by Martha Quillen Discourse – March 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine THE WAY I SEE IT, arguments are weird and can sometimes get downright surreal. They seldom persuade anyone and almost never resolve anything. By argument, though, I mean only the dictionary definition, “a discussion in which disagreement is expressed, a debate.” When an […]

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3 Poetry Books by Joan Logghe

Review by Art Goodtimes Poetry – March 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine Twenty Years in Bed with the Same Man Published in 1995 by La Alameda Press, Albuquerque ISBN 0-9631909-7-0 Sofia Published in 1999 by La Alameda Press, Albuquerque ISBN 1-888809-11-6 Blessed Resistance Published in 1999 by Mariposa Printing & Publishing, Santa Fé ISBN

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Two Mysteries by Bett Reece Johnson

Review by Marcia Darnell Fiction – March 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine The Woman Who Knew Too Much Published in 1998 by Cleis Press San Francisco by Bett Reece Johnson ISBN: 1-57344-045-0 and The Woman Who Rode to the Moon Published in 1999 by Cleis Press by Bett Reece Johnson San Francisco ISBN: 1-57344-086-8

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Avalanches: Snow smarts work better than beacons

Article by Allen Best Snow Safety – March 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine TEN YEARS AGO I invested in my avalanche beacon. A “beeper,” people called it. It emits a signal or, at the flip of a switch, picks up the signals emitted from other beacons. Companions on back-country ski adventures routinely carried beacons. “Everybody […]

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Propose land trades generating controvsersy

Brief by Central Staff Land Use – March 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine Public agencies usually don’t buy or sell land. Instead, they trade it, and two proposed land swaps in Central Colorado are generating some controversy. In 1997, several large ranches in southern Lake County went on the market. Three were purchased by the […]

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A Leap Day election about Frantz Lake

Brief by Central Staff Salida Politics – March 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine Salida will celebrate Leap Day with a special election which results from petitions — “the Frantz Lake Initiative” — circulated last fall. It’s about the use of city-owned land in an area that has already seen plenty of contention, mostly related to […]

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