Don’t swim in the sliding snow

Brief by Allen Best Outdoors – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine It’s an old saw that those caught in avalanches should attempt to swim, in order to stay afloat. But The Denver Post reports that an emerging body of evidence suggests that’s wrong.

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Signs of change

Column by Hal Walter Mountain Life – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine NOTHING SYMBOLIZES CHANGE quite like the limp form of a used condom lying in the road of an upscale subdivision where you routinely go running, and where the only thing of this shape you normally need to avoid stepping on is rattlesnakes. […]

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Election Day disaster

Letter from James D. Parmenter Voting – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: I have only partial knowledge of the local and statewide problems with the new computer equipment used on Nov. 7. However, even that partial knowledge indicates that the equipment suppliers deserve to be taken to court and forced to refund any […]

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Locals and newcomers

Letter from Darrell Arnold Newcomers – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Editor: I live in La Veta, Colorado, a town of 900, and we few remaining “locals” are often accused by the growing legions of paranoid “newcomers” of looking down our noses at them, even though many of them have lived here for […]

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A stinker campaign from 5,000 miles away

Letter from Timothy J. Kregel Politics – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Very poignant piece by Hal Walter in the October edition. Having inadvertently purchased some asbestos along with a house in the past, I can relate to the frustration with local bureaucracies as well as the deep concern for family. Please convey […]

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Shameless self-promotion

Letter from Harvey N. Gardiner Geography – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: I always find Colorado Central interesting reading. You may be surprised at the obscure things this reader, at least, notices, but which also give me the opportunity for shameless self-promotion.

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A wet idea

Letter from Andy Burns Water – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors, I was talking to a guy over here in Pitkin. He showed me a form letter from Ken Chlouber thanking him for his “ideas” and going on about supporting Colorado farmers, ranchers and developers, etc.

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Randy and Carole Barnes make music in Buena Vista

Article by Sue Snively Local Musicians – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine THERE IS A COUPLE in the Arkansas valley who make music in an almost infinite variety, from Celtic, in the form of Irish jigs and Scottish melodies, to Polkas to cowboy ballads. Their musical repertoire includes Gospel and Classical; wedding music and […]

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Why is it raining?

Column by John Mattingly Agriculture – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine FROM A GRAY-GREEN SKY, a torrential rain overwhelmed the parking lot. Cars appeared to liquify into the asphalt as it became the bottom of a shimmering, black lake. The awning under which I stood began to droop from the weight of gathering water, […]

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Some personal favorites

Essay by Lynda La Rocca Books – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine IN THIS TROUBLED WORLD, it’s helpful — at least, it’s helpful to me — to remember that human nature is, well, human nature. Time passes, lifestyles change, and technology advances, yet we remain collectively governed by many of the same forces that […]

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Where we shop

Essay by Ed Quillen Commerce – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine MY FIRST JOB at a commercial newspaper, as opposed to a school or underground newspaper, came in the spring of 1972 at the weekly Longmont Scene. By and large, the Scene was an excellent excuse for repealing the First Amendment, since it seldom […]

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A Utah town welcomes 300,000 foreigners

Essay by Jen Jackson Tamarisk – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine IN MOAB, UTAH, a town constantly visited by jeepers and hikers from all over the world, the arrival of 300,000 beings from Kazakhstan hasn’t received much press. But as the newcomers flutter in and make themselves more at home, people are starting to […]

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Alamosa’s new home for the homeless

Article by Marcia Darnell Homeless – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine LA PUENTE, Alamosa’s homeless shelter, has always strived to serve the community of underserved people. For the last year, the community has served La Puente. The shelter, first profiled in Colorado Central in January, 2000, is now larger, better, and brighter, thanks mostly […]

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