A stroke from out of the blue

Column by Hal Walter Health – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine THE WORDS SEEMED completely out of context: “Amy had a stroke last night.” The information, through received in a local coffee shop, came from a reliable source, so I had to believe it was true. The details were sketchy, but from what I […]

Read More

Looking out for the little guy

Essay by Martha Quillen Politics – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine WHAT TRAITS make a candidate viable? What does it take to be a contender? Having been the opposite of an outgoing, trailblazing, student-body-president type all my life, I never gave much thought to running for office. But now that Sarah Palin’s on the […]

Read More

If you go to the Bean Museum

Sidebar by Lynda La Rocca History – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine The Luther Bean Museum at Adams State College is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Friday (closed when the college is closed); donations accepted. Luther Bean Museum, Richardson Hall, 2nd Floor, Adams State College, 208 Edgemont Blvd., Alamosa, CO 81102; […]

Read More

Alamosa’s Luther Bean Museum at Adams State College

Article by Lynda La Rocca History – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine SMALL MUSEUMS in small communities are a must-see because they often house the wildest, weirdest, most eclectic displays. Some focus on the history — natural and manmade — of the area where they are located. Others reflect an individual’s obsession with amassing […]

Read More

Like cargo pants on sheep

Letter from Slim Wolfe Politics – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: It must be terribly limiting to be a candidate for high office. You’ve got to stick to the same old litany of: I’m for change, the other guys are gonna ruin us, and on and on. You never get to talk about […]

Read More

The price of gas, politicians, and our way of life

Letter from Kenneth Jessen Transportation – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Politicians are promising something they cannot possibly deliver. The price of oil, thus the price of gasoline, is not controlled by the United States. Oil is an international commodity, and 79% is owned by foreign countries, many of which are not friendly […]

Read More

Remembering Truman’s visit

Letter from Orville Wright History – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Thanks for the memories [about presidents visiting Salida in the September edition]. Can’t remember Darlene Donahoo meeting Harry S. Truman in 1952, but definitely recall his visit — I was there, too.

Read More

Why can’t Colorado be as smart as New Mexico?

Letter from Peter Bulkeley Transportation – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Keith Baker’s letter in the September edition brought up a subject that has been sticking in my craw for a considerable time. What is the matter with the citizens of Colorado and their lack of support for rail transportation? New Mexico, a […]

Read More

A reading list for the president-elect

Review by Jeff Lee The West – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine A Western Primer for the Next Administration, in which, the Rocky Mountain Land Library asks some of the West’s most insightful writers: What Western books would you urge on the next inhabitants of the White House? What do they need to know […]

Read More

Iron Horse vs. Kicking Horse

Column by John Mattingly Agriculture – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine “I want to farm it all with horses.” The speaker (over the phone, long distance), a noted New York City arbitrageur, had recently purchased 1,200 acres under center pivots in Wyoming. Based on readings from his long-time subscription to Amish Farm Journal, he […]

Read More

Denial

Column by George Sibley Energy – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine WE’VE HAD SOME semi-heated discussions recently, over here in the Upper Gunnison valley, about the challenge of getting people to face up to “inconvenient realities.” One inconvenience is the double-jawed energy vise closing in on American society today — on one hand, the […]

Read More

June McDaniel, creative ladybug

Article by Marcia Darnell Artists – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine IT’S BEEN SAID that art is food for the soul, that it is sustenance to carry one through life’s travails. That sentiment is true for La Jara artist June McDaniel, whose painting has seen her through career, marriage, motherhood, and illness, and is […]

Read More

The Rampage of the Espinosas, part 1

Article by Charles F. Price Local History – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Terrorists inspired by religious fanaticism launch a murderous attack on a culture they regard as godless, greed-based, racist and colonialist. Fear-stricken, yet determined to protect themselves and discover and exterminate the terrorists, that culture retaliates with urgent violence, overriding civil liberties […]

Read More

Central Colorado Water Update

Article by John Orr Water – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel This past June — with the release of their LMDT risk assessment — Reclamation threw the Environmental Protection Agency under the bus over the possibility of a catastrophic blowout of water and debris. Readers may remember that a November […]

Read More