Do we have to politicize everything?

Essay by Ed Quillen Politics – February 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine AS A COLUMNIST for The Denver Post, I get a fair amount of mail, and of that correspondence, a goodly portion begins with something like “You liberals….” This always gives me pause, since if I’m a political liberal, liberalism is in worse shape […]

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Leadville turns 125 this year

Article by Lynda La Rocca Leadville – February 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine ONE-HUNDRED-AND-TWENTY-FIVE years ago, no one could agree on a name for it. Today, no one can agree on a direction for its future. When it comes to Leadville, only one thing seems certain: You can’t keep this place down. And as Leadville […]

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Western Water Report: February 3, 2003

US MUST BRACE FOR A WATER CRISIS, REPORT SAYS The U.S. must develop a nationwide water plan that details cooperation between governments and regions and is aimed at controlling drought, floods, municipal water supplies and water quality if the nation is to thwart a water crisis, according to a report from the Water Resources Policy […]

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Jumpin’ Jack Flash: 19??-2002

Column by Hal Walter Livestock – February 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH moved on to that high desert in the sky during the Winter Solstice, 2002. After years of caring for Jack in his old age and declining health, I had often wondered how it would end. But I had no idea […]

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Granite looks better all the time

Letter from Ken Yeager Mountain Life – February 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Wow, another year gone, lots of exciting things happening in our little part of what used to be heaven. And now, more subdivisions for every part of Central Colorado — more people who want to live in the country, but want […]

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Culture shock

Letter from Slim Wolfe Mountain Life – February 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Winters are slow here, which is natural and good, but for those of us self-employed in building trades, a bit of December income is advantageous, even if it means a long commute. High-end subdivisions, though, always come as a bit of […]

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Tom Coulson: A hidden treasure in the Valley

Article by Marcia Darnell Art – February 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine TOM COULSON’S WORK is virtually unknown in the San Luis Valley, despite the fact that he’s been producing paintings, large and small, since he moved here almost 30 years ago. The reason? Real life intervened. “We moved here from Baltimore in ’76,” he […]

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Remembering the shining times

Article by Steve Voynick Leadville – February 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine BACK IN THE 1970s, the Golden Burro Caf√© & Lounge on historic Harrison Avenue in Leadville, Colorado, did a land-office business when the shifts changed at the nearby Climax Mine. I was one of those miners who grabbed a quick meal or a […]

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A good way to start the next 125 years

Essay by Lynda La Rocca Leadville – February 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine THE WORDS “limited financial resources” are almost synonymous with Leadville and Lake County these days. Businesses, individuals, and local government alike are scrambling just to make ends meet. Yet the voices of those who advocate working to improve, promote and preserve what […]

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Public Enterprise

Column by George Sibley Political Economics – February 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine A READER FROM Whitefish, Montana, took me to task for an inaccuracy in my enthusiastic bashing of private-sector public transportation (December 2002 issue). Specifically, he took issue with my perception about the poor quality of the rails the trains run on, and […]

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Big Sucking Sounds in Grand Junction

Article by Ellen Miller Water – February 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine THAT GIANT SLURPING SOUND you’ll be hearing in the next few years will be coming from all of the bootlicking, lobbying, groveling and lawyering going on in order to influence a decision on the Big Straw, a proposed project that would redesign Colorado’s […]

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Fear and Thirst in the San Luis Valley

Article by Marcia Darnell Water – February 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine WHAT IF THEY GAVE a water summit and everyone came? They’d need a bigger facility, for sure. About 400 people attended the Jan. 10 water conference in Alamosa, titled “Conservation, Conversation, Problem Solving.” About the same number were turned away for lack of […]

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