Stomping grapes and making wine

Article by Mike Rosso Agriculture – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED a clandestine wine-making operation in the family armoire in upstate New York would lead to a celebration of grapes and wine in Colorado years later? Winemaker Steve Flynn of Salida certainly did not.

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Laid Off

Column by Hal Walter Economy – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine AS THE SNOW BEGAN TO FALL, I built a pretty big bonfire in the fire pit near the house. Since the ground was already covered with snow and more fresh powder was falling it was safe to light up some branches and old […]

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Hard Times, Easy Money

Column by John Mattingly Economy – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS I’ve received an astounding number of offers to show me how to make money in/from this current financial crisis. Some of the more interesting are:

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Sweet Sadie — the predator

Article by Patty Lataille Lifestock – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine WHEN MY STEPDAUGHTER comes to visit, she brings along her “designer dog” Sadie, a Japanese Chin. This 8-pound black and white yapping excuse for a real dog appears to be scared of her own shadow, never mind the other dogs and the cat […]

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Educating the Democracy

Column by George Sibley Education – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine “The first duty imposed on those who now direct society is to educate the democracy.” THAT WAS ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, author of Democracy in America, 170 years ago. But it is good advice today for “those who now direct society.” I would argue […]

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The Chaffee People’s Clinic

Article by Jennifer Dempsey Health Care – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine PAT DULETSKY wouldn’t see Michael Moore’s movie Sicko. “I was afraid I would break something,” said the Buena Vista physician and volunteer medical advisor of the Chaffee People’s Clinic. “So much of that movie was about stuff I have been incensed about […]

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Alma, Granby, Aspen: Mountain Town Rampages

Article by Allen Best Mountain Life – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine WHAT HAS SCARCELY BEEN MENTIONED in all the reporting about Jim Blanning, the former Aspen resident who deposited four bombs of gasoline in the city’s business district before killing himself on New Year’s Eve, is how closely the basic story line resembles […]

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The stegosaurus in Cañon City

Article by Anthony D. Fredericks Paleontology – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine AS I DRIVE INTO Cañon City I am immediately flanked by long rows of motels, a neon parade of fast food restaurants, and scores of brightly colored gas stations on both sides of the road. I quickly notice that the town is […]

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Comparative cabinology

Letter from Slim Wolfe Economy – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors, I’m always pleased when someone — most recently Simon Halburian of Saguache — takes the trouble to dispute some comments I’ve made in these pages. In this case the objections seem to be well-grounded in the gospel of St. Alan Greenspan. Hopefully […]

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Local energy independence

Letter from Dennis Felmlee Energy – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Our local water conservancy district could lead the nation in the solar production of electricity and hydrogen. A new administration is going to Washington, dedicated to gaining energy independence for the United States. Therefore it is time for the San Luis Valley […]

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Farewell and best wishes

Essay by Martha And Ed Quillen Colorado Central – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine AFTER 15 YEARS AND 180 editions, it’s time for Martha and me to bid something of a farewell to Colorado Central. We founded it in 1994, and we’ve run it ever since. Now it’s getting a new owner and publisher, […]

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Water Update

Article by John Orr Water – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine New advisory committee proposed to help regulate SLV water usage Around the middle of December State Engineer Dick Wolfe let San Luis Valley irrigators know that he was planning to appoint an advisory committee to help draft rules that will govern groundwater use […]

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Personal favorites

Reviews by Martha & Ed Quillen Books – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine WE ORDINARILY RUN reviews “from, for and about” Central Colorado. But since our readers and writers doubtlessly read and enjoy nationally distributed books, too, years ago we decided that we would run recommendations of books of any sort at Christmas. Since […]

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