Western Water Report: August 6, 2006

RAINFALL DOESN’T DO MUCH TO END COLORADO DROUGHT State weather officials said the wet weekend in Colorado, where some areas received up to eight inches of rainfall, won’t do much to clear the long-term drought, and said the effects of the stormy weekend will be forgotten within days. Denver Rocky Mountain News; July 10 <http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_4833501,00.html>

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Premium Hay

Column by Hal Walter Agriculture – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine THERE’S NOTHING like a drought — whether a long-term trend or a short-term dry spell — to make livestock owners edgy. Lately we’ve seen both sides of dry. While an early July monsoon bolstered hopes of a better hay crop this year, the […]

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Why global warming really doesn’t matter

Essay by Ed Quillen Climate – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine AS I WRITE THIS, Salida has just seen three or four straight days of rain, the strange spectacle of water falling from our sky. Not our usual violent summer thunderstorms, but a long gentle soaker, as though we were in the Willamette Valley […]

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What will be the next to disappear?

Essay by John Mattingly History – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine JUST NORTH OF MOFFAT on Highway 17, on the east side of the road, stands the old Wagon Wheel Cafe, now empty, guarded by trees and weeds. When I first came to the Valley in 1987, it was a hub of conversation, coffee, […]

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The challenge of marketing Alamosa

Article by Marcia Darnell Commerce – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine ALAMOSA, like most small towns in Colorado, tries hard to put itself on the tourist map. Small businesses and individuals work to showcase their local attractions and natural wonders. Districts and boards, associations and directors, struggle to turn a trickle of tourists into […]

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Inform yourself about NAIS

Letter from Leigh Mills Agriculture – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Editor: I am writing this letter to tell folks about the USDA’s draft strategic plan of the NAIS, National Animal Identification System, which was designed to create and implement a national database to store information about all livestock animals and their movements […]

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A note of thanks

Letter from Jan Klump Colorado Central – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Martha and Ed Quillen, This is just a thank you note. I happened on your website after Google found me the article from your January 1998 edition, “From Turret to Salt Lake City” by Dick Dixon.

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Realistic voting

Letter from Lee Milner Politics – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: The replacement of Congressman Joel Hefley will be decided on primary day August 8th. Yes, we Dems have a good candidate in Jay Fawcett, but let’s face it the Republican candidate would have to wake up with a dead girl or a […]

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In defense of a canopy over the Arkansas

Letter from Frank Snively Christo – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Judging from the bumper stickers and slogans which have been cropping up around the Arkansas Valley recently, the proposal by Christo and Jeanne-Claude to put some cloth covering over the River — for TWO WHOLE WEEKS! — is the worst thing that […]

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A critique of a critique

Letter from Bob Engel Culture Wars – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Editor: I found Martha Quillen’s July critique [A Letter From The Editors] of Richard Lamm’s recent book, Two Wands, One Nation, incomprehensible. After rereading Lamm’s book her assessment seemed even more farfetched.

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A sad lack of planning

Letter from Richard D. Stacy Water – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: I have enjoyed George Sibley’s columns in Colorado Central for some time. His most recent, “The Developed Resource,” was very interesting. Long ago, as a student at The Colorado College in Colorado Springs (B.S, Chemistry, class of 1952), I used to […]

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A bashing thought

Letter from John Mattingly Disparagement – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Martha, I enjoyed your disparagement letter so much I have nothing disparaging to say, though I admit to a single bashing thought: Dick Lamm’s description of Americans (“materialistic, uninformed, wanting what they can’t afford, and too ignorant to sustain a democracy”) so aptly […]

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Deadly jobs in Park County, 1872-1913

Article by Gary Minke Local History – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine THE HUMAN MIND has a way of sidestepping fears. Even though we all know that more people die in motor vehicle accidents in our counties than almost any other activity, we don’t think twice about getting behind the wheel. Yet we wonder […]

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