Visiting Bethlehem in Buena Vista

Article by Lynda La Rocca Mountain Life – December 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine HEY, I’m a law-abiding citizen. And I really do want to “render unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar’s.” But I’d feel a lot more cheerful about paying my taxes if I weren’t being prodded toward the tax collectors by spear-wielding […]

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Wall Street, Main Street, Dirt Roads

Column by John Mattingly Economy – December 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine WE’VE HEARD A LOT lately about Wall Street and Main Street, about the financial economy and the “real economy.” The news has been filled with the worries of PLOPs (People Living On Pavement). Very little, however, has been said about those of us […]

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Marketplace is a real labor of love

Sidebar by Lynda La Rocca Bethlehem Market – December 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine The phrase “It takes a village …” comes to mind when describing the effort involved in staging the Valley Fellowship Church’s Bethlehem Marketplace. The all-volunteer event requires 3,000 to 4,000 man-hours of preparation, this year under the direction of Terri Hansen […]

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Politics, power, and hard times

Essay by Ed Quillen Politics – December 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine GRANTED, I was reasonably happy with the outcome of this year’s election, at least on the state and national level. On the local level, there hasn’t been much good news lately. We can start with the local economy. Development of the Climax Mine […]

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Hillside: A wide spot with a lot of lore

Article by Don Simonton Local History – December 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine ANYONE INTERESTED IN A COMBINATION of beautiful scenery and interesting history should pay a visit to Hillside in the Wet Mountain Valley, ten miles south of Cotopaxi and Texas Creek. Perhaps you’ve never heard of it — and you’d better not blink […]

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Missing calendar item

Letter from Pat Williams Mountain Life – December 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Ed and Martha, Why doesn’t the Colorado Central calendar have an entry for “The Day the Flatlanders Go Home” ?

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Not exactly celebrating

Letter from Slim Wolfe Politics – December 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: The letter I wrote for November’s issue was apparently stolen by trolls, but I refer readers to Alexander Cockburn’s essay in the November 10 Nation magazine (“Against Obama, www.thenation.com). I shared little of the jubilation of the crowd at Hattie’s as the […]

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Power and markets

Letter from Ray Schoch Energy – December 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Ed and Martha: Correspondence with George Sibley and the theme of this year’s Headwaters Conference [electricity and power] reminds me that my former Front Range community of Loveland has some of the lowest electric utility rates in the state, in large part […]

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Time to dump ‘Headwaters of Adventure’ slogan

Letter from Monty Holmes Marketing – December 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Editor: Now that Lee Hart is no longer running Chaffee County’s “Headwaters of Apathy,” I respectfully request that we throw out the ridiculous brand, “Headwaters of Adventure.” My reasons are as follows:

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Water Update

Article by John Orr Water – December 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine RGWCD – Special Improvement District No. 1 The management plan for the Rio Grande Water Conservation District’s Special Improvement District (Subdistrict) No. 1 was on trial during late October and early November; and on December 16th, Division Three Water Court Judge O. John […]

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Colorado 1870-2000 II, by John Fielder, et al.

Review by Ed Quillen Colorado – December 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Colorado 1870-2000 II – Historical photography by William Henry Jackson Contemporary rephotography by John Fielder Text by Gillian Klucas Published in 2005 by Westcliffe Publishers in conjunction with the Colorado Historical Society ISBN 978-1-56579-566-2

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Still crazy after all these years

Column by George Sibley Nature – December 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine I WROTE MOST OF THIS before the election, at a time when it was hard to believe that there was still a race too close to call, after the McCain and Palin duo started running on a lot of nasty untruths, with their […]

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