Complete absurdity at the Colorado State Fair

Column by Hal Walter Livestock – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine A few days before the Colorado State Fair Mule and Donkey Show, I decided to practice for an event called Run, Ride and Lead. This race involves an all-out sprint across an arena to where your animal stands; you mount and ride back […]

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Backbone of the World, by Frank Clifford

Review by Bill Hays Mountain Life – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine The Backbone of the World: A Portrait of the Vanishing West Along the Continental Divide by Frank Clifford Published in 2002 by Broadway Books ISBN 0-7679-0701-9

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Highway 17: Roadside Attractions & Distractions

Article by Mike Rosso Roadside attractions – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine – Colorado Highway 17 is not a Scenic Byway. Though it parallels the massive Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range, it’s primary visual asset is the nearly straight line it follows from the junction of Highway 285 south of Villa Grove to the […]

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Local mountain bike builder reverses the technology

Article by Stephanie Janard Recreation – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine Ardent mountain bikers seem to share an urge to continually push their limits a little further with every ride. Maybe that’s why you see so many in Central Colorado — the rough terrain is both a challenge and an adventure, and the steep […]

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Facts have never prevented a war or a scandal

Letter from Slim Wolfe American life – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine Martha, History teaches that those with the most toys may wind up at the guillotine. I felt a bit queasy and dizzy as my brain tried to accommodate the shifting scene before my eyes: it rolled, flipped, and flickered at will. Was […]

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Conservation Easements help ranchers keep ranching

Letter from Mark Weston Conservation Easements – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Dave Skinner’s essay in the June 2002 Colorado Central Magazine contained a few incorrect statements that seem to have been presented as facts. These statements beg correction because they serve as a foundation for some of the opinions that he expresses. […]

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Water and democracy

Column by George Sibley water – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine – Most of our founding fathers recognized a correlation between democratic practice and an educated populace. Washington urged the promotion of “institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge,” it being “essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” And Thomas Jefferson said, “No other […]

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Animal Shelters

by Louise Olsen-Márquez Sidebar – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine The quality of shelters and the services they provide vary dramatically in the region surrounding Chaffee County. To the south and west, shelters are more hand-to-mouth than AVHS is, but to the north and east there are two well-established and successful shelters: Summit and […]

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The kindness of strangers

Article by Louise Olsen-Marquez Animal Shelters – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine THE HISTORY OF SHELTERING the unwanted dog, the stray cat, or the lost pet in Chaffee County could be covered by the weary words of Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire: I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. In […]

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No escape from fluid journalism

Essay by Ed Quillen water – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine When we moved from Kremmling to Salida in the spring of 1978 and I began working at The Mountain Mail, I felt some degree of relief because I figured I would never need to write another water story. Salida, after all, was on […]

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Friends make for good reading in Saguache

Brief by Central Staff Journalism – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine One pleasant addition to the Saguache Crescent in recent months is the reporting of town board meetings by the “Friends of Saguache.” Granted, it’s not exactly “objective journalism,” but the accounts do explain what happened, and best of all, they’re a pleasure to […]

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Leadville airport expansion never gets off the ground

Brief by Central Staff Transportation – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine For a few days last summer, there was some excitement in Lake County about expanding America’s highest airport to handle jetloads of skiers bound for Summit County. But the excitement quickly cooled when state aviation officials told Lake County officials that no such […]

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We got split up in redistricting

Brief by Central Staff Politics – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine As you may have noticed, this is an election year. And for many of us, we’ll be choosing among unfamiliar candidates because Colorado has new districts for Congress, the state Senate, and the state House of Representatives. The lines had to be redrawn […]

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