The winter of discontent

Column by Hal Walter Mountain Life – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine RECENTLY WHILE READING the book Blood and Thunder, a chronicle of Kit Carson’s role in settling the West, I was struck by the tenacity of the early settlers, not to mention Native Americans, in dealing with the elements, particularly winter weather.

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Grizzly or not? The bear question from Independence Pass

Article by Allen Best Wildlife – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine TWICE IN HIS 42 YEARS Brad Phelps has seen the strange sight of crickets above timberline, hundreds of thousands of them, so thick that several were squashed with every step. The first time he observed this spectacle was in the 1980s when he […]

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Art from the fields

Article by Marcia Darnell Local Artist – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine FARMWORKERS ARE GENERALLY hidden from the American consciousness. Those who labor to provide our food are invisible, except when held up as objects of pity. Artist Annette Troncoso sees them differently. Her paintings honor the farmworkers, imbuing them with pride and dignity.

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Looking at other inconvenient truths

Column by George Sibley Environment – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine ALONG WITH PROBABLY a lot of the conscientious readership of Colorado Central, I’ve seen “the Al Gore Movie,” An Inconvenient Truth — although it’s been so culturally “mediated” that I didn’t really need to actually see it to know what it’s about and […]

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Close encounters with other species

Column by John Mattingly Outdoors – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine Close Encounters With Other Species DURING THE LATE SUMMER of 1973 — the year the Endangered Species Act (ESA) passed and became a contentious topic in our local coffee shop — a prolonged rainy spell shut down haying operations in our area long […]

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Save Snippy, save the world?

Article by Marcia Darnell Tourism – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine THE ’60S ARE REMEMBERED in the U.S. as a time of turbulence, of war and protest, of free love and hippies. When people think of the ’60s they recall love beads and incense, the Beatles and tie-dye, sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.

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The Vote, by Sybil Downing

Review by Martha Quillen Historical Novel – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine The Vote by Sybil Downing Published in 2006 by University of New Mexico Press ISBN-10: 0-8263-3857-7

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The White Cascade, by Gary Krist

Review by Ed Quillen Transportation – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine The White Cascade – The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America’s Deadliest Avalanche by Gary Krist Published in 2007 by Henry Holt & Co. ISBN 0-8050-7705-7

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A qualified success in 2006 for the new train in the Valley

Article by Virginia McConnell Simmons Transportation – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine AMID ENTHUSIASTIC PUBLICITY from railroad operators, chambers of commerce in Alamosa and La Veta, tourism promoters, and fans, the new Rio Grande Scenic Railroad excursion train hummed across the Sangre de Cristo Range on May 27, 2006, to open its first regular […]

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Pike celebrations in February 2007

Sidebar by Ed Quillen History – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine The Pike Bicentennial celebration is winding down in Colorado, and we haven’t found anything scheduled for later this year in New Mexico, where history goes so far back that a mere bicentennial apparently doesn’t attract much attention.

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The Pike Expedition in February 1807 and 2007

Article by Ed Quillen History – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine AT THE END OF January, 1807, Capt. Zebulon M. Pike’s small party was spread out for a hundred miles in the dead of winter. Private Patrick Smith and Baronet Vasquez, the interpreter, had been left on Jan. 14 with the horses and some […]

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Is diplomacy effective?

Letter from John T. Sturtz Colorado Central – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Regarding Martha Quillen’s “Letter from the Editors” in the January edition: You mentioned wars you opposed: Viet Nam, Iraq, Gulf War I, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, and your ambivalence about Somalia and possible intervention in Darfur and Rwanda.

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Hell in a Handbasket

Letter from Slim Wolfe Modern Life – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: I imagine most readers would subscribe to your suggestion to shop locally; we only wish local merchants would give us more encouragement. A drive to Ca├▒on City can save the consumer 30% on a certain jar of Colorado salsa and more […]

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