Just say No to driving for every little thing

Essay by Alan Kesselheim Transportation – May 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine I ‘VE BEEN MARKING DAYS off the calendar with a black X, like a prisoner might in a jail cell. Only I’m not counting down a sentence, I’m celebrating days of liberation. Liberation from the alarming gas pump, from town traffic, from sedentary, […]

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It’s that crazy time of year

Column by Hal Walter Mountain Life – April 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine I NEVER SAW the horseshoe puzzle flying toward me as I sat reading the Wet Mountain Tribune in my living room. But I sure felt it when it struck me in the temple, causing a momentary blackout and a small but steady […]

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Meet the Fiber Floozies

Article by Marcia Darnell Local Arts – April 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine WHERE DO KNITTING, crocheting, good works, and good talk converge? The Fiber Floozies of Alamosa. “I love the club for the gab sessions,” said Nora Gengo, who was working on a scarf for a neighbor’s daughter. “We talk about yarns and projects, […]

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The Stupid Economy

Column by George Sibley Economy – April 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine “It’s the economy, stupid!” James Carville hung that statement in Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign headquarters to remind everyone what the election was all about, and it’s now emerging again as the message from us voters to those competing to be leaders of the […]

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Baca residents fight drilling in wildlife refuge

Article by Eric Karlstrom Energy – April 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine I have always told people that the San Luis Valley is more than a home to me. It is a spiritual place unlike any other on earth. Senator Ken Salazar The San Luis Valley is a special place, a national treasure, bounded on […]

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Seven-Year Itch

Letter from Slim Wolfe Road Trip – April 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Cheez Louise, Ed, If anybody ever doubted your proletarian credentials you have at least proved yourself to be a glutton for punishment by giving in to those two quagmires, the caucuses and the motherboards. We’ll take your word that there’s a […]

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Closings for homeland security

Letter from Roger Williams Security – April 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Regarding your usual interesting issue [March, 2008]: P. 7, “War on terrorism…”: I’ve seen cars driving over Dillon Dam, but I’ve never been over it myself; I didn’t know it was closed.

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Some kind words

Letter from Bill Eichelberger Colorado Central – April 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Hi Ed & Martha– You may be “too big for a hobby, too small for a full-time business” but I am glad you are still printing Colorado Central. The March issue is the first place I have heard of the idiotic closing […]

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Our representative at work

Brief by Central Staff Politics – April 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine We’re all for congressmen staying in touch with their constituents. That’s why they have a “franking privilege,” which allows them to send mail at public expense.

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Regional Water Update

Article by John Orr Water – April 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine San Luis Valley Water News Climate change and its possible effects on local water supplies were the topic at a recent meeting of the Rio Grande Roundtable. Scientists still can’t predict how global warming will impact local conditions, but featured speaker, Jason Vogel […]

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The fragility of hope

Essay by Martha Quillen Politics – April 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine PEOPLE WHO HOPE may be audacious. But hope itself is fragile. Or as Shakespeare put it: This is the state of man: today he puts forth The tender leaves of hopes; tomorrow blossoms, And bears his blushing honors thick upon him; The third […]

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’77, by Terry Frei

Review by Ed Quillen Colorado History – April 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine ’77 by Terry Frei Photographs by Kenn Bisio Published in 2008 by Taylor Trade Publishing ISBN 978-1-58479-213-5

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Independent in all things, neutral in none

Article by George Sibley Local History – April 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine NEWSPAPERS IN THE Upper Gunnison Valley compose a topic that has long interested me, perhaps because I had a brief career as a newspaper publisher in the valley, up in Crested Butte, close to forty years ago; and I was not just […]

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