Assessing Tax Assessments

Column by Hal Walter Rural government – January 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine A RECENT ADDITION to the neighborhood is a family of yaks who have taken up residence on a nearby ranchette. There’s no home on the property, just some electric fence, a stack of hay, feeders and a heated stock tank. And several […]

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Some Winter Reading

Essay by Martha Quillen Literature – January 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine THE ASSIGNMENT — if I chose to accept it — was to make a list of some of my favorite books (including, of course, only books currently in print and readily available in 2000). That sounds easy, doesn’t it? Or at least it […]

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You could look it up

Review by Ed Quillen Reference books – January 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine ALTHOUGH I’M HARD TO BEAT at certain versions of Trivial Pursuit or You Don’t Know Jack, I still need to look things up frequently. Maybe it’s my age, but I prefer printed pages to computer screens, and it is my firm belief […]

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Some personal favorites

Review by Lynda La Rocca Favorite books – January 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine AFTER WATCHING A MARVELOUS BBC America production of Charles Dickens’ 19th-century classic David Copperfield a couple of months ago, I became obsessed with all things Dickens. Not having read any of Dickens’ novels since college (with the exception of my annual […]

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Railroad reminisces

Letter from Ray Schoch Colorado Central – January 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Ed & Martha: It was a pleasure to meet you both at the Headwaters Conference, and I always enjoy being able to put a face with the name on the byline. I also enjoyed Ed’s irreverent — I hope — comment […]

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Provide some scale

Letter from Sally Gilchrist Art – January 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Ed & Martha: As a new subscriber, I was happy to see an article on a local artist [Marty Mitchell of Saguache in the December edition]. Especially one, like myself, who has chosen to retreat to the backwoods for whatever reason. I […]

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That other world is growing faster than we can keep it out

Letter from Slim Wolfe Corporations and government – January 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine Ed and Martha, I got a chuckle out of Lindell Cline’s letter. Once I would have written him off as a hopeless reactionary, but now I’d call him a hopeless reactionary with a couple of good points. Yes sir, if you […]

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Bashing government won’t help, either

Letter from Art Goodtimes Government & Corporations – January 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Ed & Martha: I can sure understand Lindell Cline’s frustration with government, particularly at the national level [Cline’s letter in the December, 2000, edition]. But who in his right mind would advocate bashing government instead of corporations? Sure, total government […]

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A global way to start the count

Column by George Sibley Chronology – January 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine THE END OF THE YEAR is a good time to think about time, but the end of a “millennium” is an even better time to think about it. So did the new millennium began last New Year’s Eve, or (since the Romans counted […]

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The Homestake Mine: Then and Now

Sidebar by Allen Best Homestake Mine Tragedy – January 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine The story of how the Homestake Mine was discovered sounds too fanciful to be real. It was 1871, and the brilliant flash of placer gold at California Gulch from 1860 had dulled considerably. Still, prospectors searched. One party of five prospectors […]

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Homestake Mine Tragedy Sources

Sidebar by Allen Best Homestake Mine Tragedy – January 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine Sources Books: Historic Avalanches in the Northern Front Range and the Central and Northern Mountains of Colorado, by M. Martinelli Jr. and Charles F. Leaf. 1999: Rocky Mountain Research Station. History of Leadville and Lake County, Colorado, by Don and Jean […]

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The vengeance against men for the muck called gold

Sidebar by Allen Best Homestake Mine Tragedy – January 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine Hundreds of miners lost their lives to avalanches in and near the mining camps of the West. Colorado’s recorded deaths began as early as 1860, southwest of Denver, and have continued until as recently as November 1986, when a miner working […]

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The Homestake Horror

Poem by John Garvin Homestake Mine Tragedy – January 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine The Homestake Horror From lonely Homestake mountain, Where the snow lies hard and deep– From lonely Homestake mountain, Where the rocks rise high and steep– There came a tale of horror, A deadening tale of woe: “Ten men are lying buried–

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