Weathering the Blizzard of 2003

Column by Hal Walter Weather – May 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine LIVING WITH MOTHER NATURE’S manic bouts of PMS has become especially challenging here in the Wet Mountains, where inside of one year we have had both a 300-year drought and a 100-year snowstorm. In Ma Nature’s defense, you’d be a little off balance […]

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The frogs in the pot

Column by George Sibley American politics – May 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine I GOT MAD at the local public radio station when the Iraq war had been going on for a few days; the management decided that it would replace The Prairie Home Companion on Saturday afternoon with two hours of war news. I […]

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Indulging in a patriotic duty

Letter from Slim Wolfe American politics – May 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Readers will note that Martha Quillen and I have been able to engage in a series of misunderstandings in these pages without getting ballistic or insulting each others ethnic recipes. I’m grateful for the chance to indulge my patriotic duty to […]

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Whose river is it?

Letter from Tammy La Vercombe Water – May 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Ed & Martha: I always enjoy reading the historical pieces printed in Colorado Central, which you seem to enjoy gathering information for and writing.

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Mactracks at work

Letter from Jeanette Luttrell Transportation – May 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Martha and Ed Quillen, My friend in Poncha Springs told me he saw in Colorado Central Magazine a request for information on Mactracks. My husband uses them on his 1995 Suburban. We moved from Salida to the Uncompahgre Plateau southwest of Montrose […]

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Searching for the word

Letter from Eugene Lorig American politics – May 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors, Am a little slow this morning. When I first read Larae Essman’s letter in the April issue, I thought by “Bush men” she meant a tribe of bloodthirsty savages living in a disease-infested swamp on a polluted river in a dark […]

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Life on the home front 60 years ago in Salida

Article by Orville Wright Salida history – May 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine NOW THAT THE Liberation of Iraq is underway, the United States once again finds itself engaged in armed conflict. Personal reflections about another conflict that turned life upside down almost 60 years ago seem to be in order. Kids in my age […]

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Two sides are not enough

Essay by Martha Quillen American politics – May 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine THERE ARE at least 116 sides to every major issue, but Americans keep trying to reduce everything to two sides — maybe because of our two-party system. Personally, I think it makes us look uneducated and bigoted, or maybe it doesn’t merely […]

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A start on adapting a yard to the climate

Article by Ray Schoch Drought – May 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine REVELATION I came to Colorado after half a century in St. Louis, Missouri — where 40 inches of rain a year, the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi, and oh, yes humidity rivaling a Brazilian rain forest’s, made for a water supply which […]

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Living with the drought

Article by Jim And Gary Ludwig Drought – May 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine BY ALL STANDARDS we are in a drought. We don’t know if this is a short-term phenomenon or the beginning of an extended period of below normal precipitation. During 2002 it was convenient to just ignore the situation unless it directly […]

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