Locked out in the New West

Column by Hal Walter Changing Times – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine AFTER DRIVING PAST without so much as a wave, the man in the pickup stopped at the gate and was standing in the road waiting. “How did you get in here?” he asked. I pointed to the gate and told him that […]

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Searching for Pahlone, Paron, Cotoan, and Friday

Article by Virginia McConnell Simmons History – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine NEAR THE Continental Divide and Monarch Pass, Chaffee County has a mountain called Pahlone Peak. Considering all the attention that Ute Indians have received in this magazine lately, Pahlone Peak deserves a nod, but who was Pahlone?

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Other Sawatch Peaks have their legends

Sidebar by Ed Quillen Local Lore – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine ANGELIC MOUNT SHAVANO isn’t the only peak in the Sawatch Range with a legend. At the south end of the range near Marshall Pass is Mount Ouray, which just misses 14er status; it’s 13,971 feet high. On its east side is an […]

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Tracing the source of the Angel legend

Sidebar by Martha Quillen Local Lore – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine THE LEGEND of the Angel of Shavano varies considerably, depending upon who’s doing the telling, but Harrington’s version is fairly faithful to a fable created by Corinne Harpending in the 1920s, and recirculated ever since.

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The legend of the Angel of Shavano

Article by Eleanor Perry Harrington Local Lore – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine HIGH ABOVE THE Upper Arkansas Valley on Mt. Shavano lies an angel sketched in snow. Each spring as the warm sun melts the snow surrounding her, the angel patiently waits. Finally, the snow in her deep crevices stands out sharply on […]

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The downsides of parking the monument

Essay by John Mattingly Sand Dunes – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine MY HOME AND FARM are located about eight miles from the northwest boundary of the new Sand Dunes National Park and Wildlife Refuge. I opposed expansion of the Sand Dunes National Monument to a National Park, having a bias in favor of […]

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New roads to old lands?

Sidebar by Marcia Darnell Sand Dunes – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine The issue of roads is a hot topic in the West, especially as it pertains to federal lands. Speculation as to whether — and where — new access points will be made to the Dunes has been on the table since the […]

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And now, Great Sand Dunes National Park

Article by Marcia Darnell Land Use – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine WELL, IT’S OFFICIAL. The San Luis Valley is home to the nation’s 58th national park. The Great Sand Dunes National Monument and Preserve is no more. All hail the Great Sand Dunes National Park!

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Democracy running wild

Column by George Sibley Politics – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine ELECTION NIGHT, I was sitting at home going back and forth between the disaster area of book piles and paper piles I call my office, and the bedroom where we keep the television (out of the closet but not out of the bedroom), […]

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The problem with those sacred places

Essay by Ed Quillen Geography – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine THE ANNUAL Headwaters Conference at Western State College in Gunnison did what it was supposed to do this time around — make me think about things I don’t normally think about. I’m pretty good at getting bogged down in daily minutia, from firewood […]

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Loving the terrarium

Letter from John Mattingly Politics – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine Martha: I read your Letter from the Editors last night on my way to sleep. It kept me awake. Really liked the piece, the twist at the end, and especially the reference to cheerleading choruses. Other insights were on target as well. The […]

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Now a peacemaker?

Letter from Slim Wolfe Colorado Central – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Hear Hear! John Mattingly for the most apt bit of commentary (November’s edition). It boggles the mind how many folks seem to think Kerry is intelligent and has a program, or that the debates were somehow heartening (to use Martha’s word), […]

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Kick out the Bay State

Letter from Clay Warren Politics – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors, Ah reckon thet hit was the doe-eyed, near tears, expressions of sadness on the faces of some o’ mah friends what got me to thinkin’ up what I figure is simply another modest proposal, which ah will make below. Defeat is never […]

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Honest science will be none the worse off

Letter from Ide Trotter Science – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine – To the Editor: It is hard to know where to start in my comments about George Sibley’s “Time for a Truce?” in the November Colorado Central. So I’ll start in the middle and work toward the edges. He quotes from Thomas Kuhn’s […]

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