Livestock ID: Coming to a farm or ranch near you

Column by Hal Walter Agriculture – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine WILLIE NELSON HAS SAID that farmers and ranchers are the backbone of our country. I happen to think he’s right. Last month in this column I discussed the National Animal Identification System, what seems like an absurd blend of George Orwell’s “1984” and […]

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The developed resource

Column by George Sibley Water – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine IT’S JULY, and time for my annual “water on the brain” column. As organizer of Western State College’s annual “Colorado Water Workshop” — now in its 31st year — water is about all I have on my mind these days, but water is […]

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Driving the Bachelor Historic Tour

Sidebar by Steve Voynick Mining – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine The Last Chance Mine is only one of many sights along the Bachelor Historic Tour. When measured in terms of mining history, mountain scenery, and photographic opportunities, this 17-mile-long auto route through Creede’s mining district just might be the best in the West.

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Another chance for the Last Chance Mine

Article by Steve Voynick Mining – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine TEN YEARS AGO, time was rapidly running out on the Last Chance Mine. Its glory days as one of Creede’s richest silver mines were long past, and decades of inactivity had left its rutted access road nearly impassable. Perched precariously on a canyon […]

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It’s time to set aside some space for quiet

Essay by Patty Lataille Recreation – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine I’M A LITTLE TIRED of being quiet — particularly in regard to my need for silence and tranquility when I’m in the woods. I go to the forest and hike in the mountains when I’m seeking the silence and solace of nature. It […]

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Zebulon Pike, 200 years ago this month

Article by Central Staff History – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Have you been wondering what was happening in July, 200 years ago? Probably not, but just in case: On July 15, 1806, Lt. Zebulon Pike of the U.S. Army left Belle Fontaine (a landing near St. Louis, Mo.) with orders to reach the […]

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White Man’s Paper Trail, by Stan Hoig

Review by Virginia McConnell Simmons History – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine White Man’s Paper Trail: Grand Councils and Treaty-Making on the Central Plains By Stan Hoig Published in 2006 by University Press of Colorado ISBN 0870819054

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A Passion for Ranching, by Bill Gillette

Review by Ed Quillen Ranching – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine A Passion for Ranching – Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley Heritage Text and photography by Bill Gillette Foreword by Ed Marston Sponsored by the West Custer County Library District Published in 2006 by Westcliffe Publishers ISBN 1-56579-531-8

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Over the River in Texas

Article by Ray James Christo – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Don’t call them ephemeral. Sure the major art works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude last only a few weeks but it takes years, sometimes decades, of designing, planning, gaining permission, and constructing to implement their artistic visions. Just such a vision is the “Over […]

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Suggestions for a better market

Essay by John Mattingly Agriculture – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine John Mattingly wants you to pay more for food, and he thinks you should want that, too. THOUGH FARMERS GET PUBLICITY ranging from hard-working yeomen to subsidy-sucking parasites, the fact is, no one but farmers want farmers to be price makers. The structure […]

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Confessions of a retiring farmer

Essay by John Mattingly Agriculture – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine I’VE BEEN TRYING To quit farming for almost 40 years. This year I succeeded. The problem with quitting has never been desire. All 40 years I’ve nursed a lurking urge to get on with my life and get into a decent profession — […]

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Disparagement: Our new national language

Essay by Martha Quillen Politics – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine I MISSED RICHARD LAMM’S recent presentation in Buena Vista (which was generously provided for free by the Collegiate Peaks Forum Lecture Series, which introduces many significant speakers to our region). But I didn’t miss Lamm’s book, Two Wands, One Nation, an Essay on […]

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The social contract

Letter from Slim Wolfe Society – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Once again George Sibley’s column (June Colorado Central) touches on that mother of all topics, the social contract. Though I’ve taken the direction of independence (and near isolation) here in Central Colorado for the best part of thirty years, I grew up […]

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