Farewell to a father-in-law

Column by Hal Walter Local Life – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine IT WAS APRIL FOOLS DAY, but this is no joke. My father-in-law took his last breath that afternoon, ending his lengthy and courageous battle with cancer as my wife held his hand and his wife and children stood by him. He was […]

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A blend of writing and caregiving

Article by Sue Snively Kent and Cathy Haruf – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine THERE IS AN ORGANIZATION in the Arkansas Valley that eases the natural journey from life into death and beyond. It is called the Angel of Shavano Hospice, and is an organization that has come to the aid of over 125 […]

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Some suckers deserve an even break

Article by Shanna Lewis Wildlife – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine THERE ISN’T ONE BORN every minute, but things are looking up for a few suckers in the San Luis Valley — the Rio Grande Sucker fish. Once abundant, the numbers of these little brown Colorado native fish deteriorated so much, they were placed […]

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This Soldier Life, diaries of R.H. Ostrader

Review by Ed Quillen History – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine This Soldier Life – The Diaries of Romine H. Ostrander, – 1863 and 1865, Colorado Territory Annotated by Paul H. Malkoski Published in 2006 by the Colorado Historical Society ISBN 0-942576-51-9

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Home Land: Ranching and a West that works, anthology

Review by Ed Quillen Agriculture – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine Home Land – Ranching and a West that Works An anthology edited by Laura Pritchett, Richard L. Knight, and Jeff Lee Published in 2007 by Johnson Books Rocky Mountain Land Library Series ISBN 155566-400-8

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In the potato patch

Column by George Sibley Agriculture – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine I GUESS I’M FINALLY BEGINNING the transition to agri-culture. I don’t see how we’re going to be able to avoid it this century. But it’s not an easy transition for those of us who’ve been clinging to our hunter-gatherer past, high-grading the planet […]

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The do-it-yourself home improvement plan

Essay by Martha Quillen Local Life – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine WHAT’S A COUNTRY to do when a war goes wrong? Well, arguing and grandstanding come to mind. In recent months, we’ve heard the Bush administration, Congress and the press claim that these are unique times, with a pre-emptive war, a renegade Congress, […]

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A change is gonna come

Article by Sheila K. Goodman Wolf Creek – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine – MINERAL AND RIO GRANDE counties and the San Luis Valley could soon benefit from the largest boost to their economy since the decline of the mining and logging industries. Towns in both Mineral and Rio Grande counties have struggled financially […]

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Weirdness in Spades at Wolf Creek

Article by Allen Best Wolf Creek Development – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine YOU WANT ABSURDITIES? The story about real estate development at Wolf Creek Pass has them in spades. It has so much weirdness that if John Nichols just changed the names and threw in some Spanish, his New Mexico trilogy would become […]

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The subtle ag subsidies

Column by John Mattingly Agriculture – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine Not all subsidies to the ag sector appear in large print. 1. Student grants and loans.When I went to the University of Colorado to get my undergraduate degree at age 51, and then make a run at law school, I was presented with […]

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An array of advisers

Letter from Slim Wolfe Politics – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine An army of advisers Editors: The last bastion of true grit in these parts seems about to fail. You’ll be lucky to catch a glimpse of a worn-out pickup or a weathered rancher any more at Villa Grove Trade. Early mornings might be […]

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Numerical error

Letter from William K. Olsen Book Review – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine To the Editor: In your review of Ancient Denvers, by K.R. Johnson and R.G. Reynolds, in your March edition, it is stated that “At a rate of 1/70 of an inch a year, a 14,000-foot peak would be reduced to sea […]

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Muddy roads are a blessing

Letter from Dennis Sprecher Mud – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Regarding Hal Walter’s Mud Season column (April, 2007): You must be the consummate victim. All I heard in your article is complaining. It sounds like a city slicker is trying to citify the Wet Mountains .

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A Colorado ‘Hi’

Letter from F.a. Rios Colorado – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine Amigo Ed: Two items in your April issue cause me to respond. They may or may not be related. One, Colorado’s new state song, “Rocky Mountain High.” Two: “Properly answering the call of Nature.” Let me begin with No. 2.

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