Ay, Chihuahuas!

Essay by Hal Walter Mountain Life – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine YOU KNOW SOMETHING’S UP when your wife drives into the driveway after dark, and then knocks at the door. In this case I opened the door and found her standing beneath the porch lights with a pint- sized Chihuahua in each hand. […]

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Railroading in the San Luis Valley

Article by Virginia McConnell Simmons Transportation – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine LITTLE TRAINS huffing and puffing across mountain passes and powerful diesel locomotives grinding across the open spaces of the West may be the images that charm rail fans. But on ledger sheets, black and red ink is the picture that inevitably decides […]

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A roadside attraction

Essay by John Mattingly Local Sites – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine IF YOU’RE GOING to the Sand Dunes National Park and have a spare 30 minutes, you might consider turning east off Highway 17 at Road AA (about 5 miles south of where 17 splits off from 285). Road AA is also known […]

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Time to Decide

Poem by Stewart S. Warrren Wildlife – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Time To Decide You’ve been here before: the animal runs in front of your vehicle and no amount of dodging or dancing changes the certainty of bumper and thud. I went back for her,

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My Kind of Colorado

Poem by Stewart S. Warren Colorado – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine My Kind of Colorado Kremmling Colorado you’re the crossroads of thin water and evaporative sky, the long stride of pterodactyls just before flight.

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The lifelong journey of Stewart S. Warren

Article by Marcia Darnell Local Artists – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine IF LIFE IS, as it’s said, a journey, some of us take the express train to the end of the line and others take the local. Then there’s poet Stewart S. Warren, who gets off at each stop and explores every new […]

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At the movies

Column by George Sibley Community – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine CAN YOU BE a real town if you don’t have a movie theater? That’s a question Gunnison has been asking itself, with the consensus being that the answer is no.

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Democracy on the march

Letter from Slim Wolfe Politics – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Democracy on the march: By the time you read this, George Bush II will have been elected president of Iraq, thanks to the magic of Diebold electronic voting equipment, which beat out truckloads of ballots smuggled in from Iran.

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Broader definition of security

Letter from Warren Nolan Wilderness – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: In the post 9- 11 era of war, rumors of war, floods, famine, rising seas, and hurricane, I wonder if the idea of wilderness (roadless areas) isn’t quaint, isn’t a luxury, isn’t superfluous, isn’t irrelevant Doesn’t the ferocious unarguable issue of homeland […]

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Salida taxes too high

Letter from Sam Halburian Local Government – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Ed, Just a short note to inform you that my wife and I stopped at the McDonald’s on Highway 50 in Salida on a December Saturday, and ordered “Big Breakfasts,” a menu item. I usually don’t check my receipt but on […]

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There’s a vacancy

Letter from Pseudonymous Writer Taste – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine To whom it may concern: How much we enjoyed your magazine’s recent dissertation on projectile vomiting (and the previous one on copious bleeding) among the Rocky Mountain human species. We have a current vacancy for Assistant Professor of Comparative Effluvia if anyone is […]

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We had to be escapists

Letter from Roger Henn Great Depression – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Re: January, 2006, issue: (1) What Coloradan ever called a burro a donkey? Author Laurel McHague does this once in her fascinating tale of a Leadville burro race. Shame on your headline writers — burro, jack, jack ass but never donkey. […]

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Some questions

Letter from Roger Williams Colorado Central – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Some questions Editors: A few questions: Is the dog in the snowy scene on the cover “Schnee” (German for snow), mentioned in “Chalk Creek Pass in Winter” on p.17? At first I thought it might have been Buster, another German Shepherd (not […]

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Reading up on Pike

Sidebar by Ed Quillen Pike – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine The best place to start, of course, is with Pike’s journals. The original 1810 version is an extremely rare book. In 1895, the journals were edited and annotated by Elliott Coues, and published in three volumes by Francis P. Harper. In 1987, Dover […]

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Captain Pike’s visit

Essay by Ed Quillen History – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine THIS YEAR AND NEXT are the bicentennial of the first official American visit to our part of the world: the 1806- 07 expedition led by Capt. Zebulon Montgomery Pike. Before we look at what Pike accomplished, we might look at what he did […]

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