Birds of Gathering Light

Poem by Hal Walter Climate – May 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine Bluebirds back early in January bright blue males flitting from fencepost to fencepost as I run along the road

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Surviving Mud Season, Again

Column by Hal Walter Climate – May 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine I’M OFTEN ASKED this time of year: “When will it be spring?” The answer — after nine Wet Mountain winters — is “never.” Oh sure, there’s the soft week in May when the aspens finally leaf out. But a procession of snowstorms alternating […]

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Humans cannot live on information alone

Letter from Wayne Patton Rothman essay – May 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Mr. Quillen: I wanted to comment on Hal Rothman’s “Why do We Need the Rural West” essay. I find his comment that “information transfer is more important than the raw materials the West used to export…” to be ludicrous. I do […]

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Whatever Rothman’s full of, it isn’t information

Letter from Slim Wolfe Rothman essay – May 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Rothman’s a crock. I recently heard St. Lawrence county (New York, adjoining Canada) is a somewhat lawless place where eccentrics can make themselves at home. That there, I thought, is a fine definition of “Out West.” Back East, contrarily, might be […]

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There were safety problems across the river

Letter from DK & Annie Kimmett Shooting range – May 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine Ed and Martha: We have a bit of a bone to pick with you regarding your article about the Gun Club/City Council mess in your April issue. You stated in the article that “Even without the lease, the gun club […]

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Westward the Immigrants, by Andrew Rolle

Review by Martha Quillen Italian Immigrants – May 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine Westward the Immigrants – Italian Adventurers and Colonists In An Expanding America by Andrew Rolle Originally published as The Immigrant Upraised by the University of Oklahoma Press, 1968 Published in 1999 by the University Press of Colorado ISBN 0-87081-529-6

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Denise Uhleman-Armstrong’s Multi-Media Life in Creede

Article by Marcia Darnell Local Artists – May 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine DENISE Uhleman-Armstrong draws no distinctions between her life and her art. As a journalist, wife, graphic designer, grandmother, community activist, photographer, health nut, poet, and painter, her life is as varied and textured as her work.

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When Opportunity Knocked on Saguache’s Door

Article by Virginia Simmons Local History – May 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine THE WORD AMBITION is defined as “an eager and sometimes inordinate desire for something, as preferment, honor, superiority, power, fame, wealth, etc .,” according to Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary.

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Cures that could be worse than the diseases

Essay by Martha Quillen Modern Life – May 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine PERSONALLY, I’D LIKE TO BELIEVE that I would have been a great freedom fighter if I’d lived in Nazi Germany — hating every nuance of Nazi policy, hiding people in my attic, sneaking people across borders. But then I realize that for […]

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Beavers — nature’s landscapers — are making a comeback

Article by Lynda La Rocca Wildlife – May 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine ACCORDING TO THE CALENDAR, it’s springtime in Central Colorado — recent whiteouts notwithstanding. The ice on the Arkansas River near our Lake County home is just starting to break up, yet it’s still solid enough to walk on in most places.

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Driving a political statement

Essay by Ed Quillen Mountain Life – May 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine YOU’D THINK I was showing off the blueprints for a 6,000-square-foot trophy house constructed from old-growth redwood and built on a ridge-line wilderness in-holding parcel that I’d bought with money made from clear-cutting a tropical rain forest.

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Maybe they stretched the sign

Brief by Central Staff Transportation – May 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine After the Colorado Department of Transportation overhauled the intersection of U.S. 285 and Colo. 291 north of Salida last year, a new sign went up pronouncing LEADVILLE 56.

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