Coming to terms with the ‘A-word’

by Hal Walter It was just a few days before Christmas and my son Harrison and I went to the Westcliffe post office to mail out the holiday cards. The post office is a fairly harmless place to let Harrison run around while I take care of business. The only way out is the front […]

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Stirrings

Our windows are flung open to air full of promiscuous arias from feathered beings hopping the leafless, monolithic, barked edges when, a murder of crows swoop in to steal the hanging, gooey suet, then lift away, black and ragged,

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We’d like to start running a new feature in Colorado Central Magazine and we need your help! All sorts of magazines and newspapers have travel sections – romantic descriptions of exotic locales, sun-splashed beaches, friendly natives, unique cuisines, etc. – but we don’t want to hear about those. It’s like having to sit through Uncle […]

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Down on the Ground with “Capitalism” that worked

by George Sibley “Capitalism” is one of those words that increasingly has gotten out of hand, in my opinion, much like “Christianity.” Just as we are expected to believe that “Christianity” has something to do with “Christ,” that gentle fellow who preached and practiced love, forgiveness, and judging not, we are expected to believe that […]

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Hay Crew

By Ron Flannery It was an arranged deal. Not that I was shanghaied, but at the time I was the third party to an agreement I was not fully aware of. It started innocently enough. My parents and I were returning from a fishing trip to Gunnison, Colorado. We stopped for just a friendly visit […]

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The Villa Grove Trade

34094 U S Hwy 285 Villa Grove, CO 81155 719-655-2203 Above and beyond your standard burger fare, the Villa Grove Trade & Café is a favorite for locals and travelers passing through the San Luis Valley. Located right off Hwy. 285 in the tiny hamlet of Villa Grove, “the Trade” is the heart of this […]

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A Farmer Far Afield

John Mattingly We’ve heard a lot recently about Peak Oil, Peak Phosphorus, and even Peak Zinc. According to a Wall Street Journal article last fall, the smart money is investing in zinc (anybody know a good zinc company?). But seldom do we hear about the decline in the U. S. farmer population, a demographic reality […]

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Out of the Nest and into a Tent

by Allison Linville I don’t have a house. It wasn’t lost to foreclosure or auctioned by the bank; I have simply never owned one. As a recent college graduate, I am just now learning to pay rent, utilities and my gym membership every month, while trying to find a job that will cover my medical […]

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SLV Briefs – March 2009

by Marcia Darnell Backfire Two students at Alamosa High School protested the school’s lack of recognition of Martin Luther King Day by skipping classes and waving a sign at passersby.  Their activism might have carried more punch if the sign didn’t read, “Remeber Dr. King.” The misspelling made it clear they needed more time in […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

Governor, new Senator visit Alamosa by Marcia Darnell ALAMOSA – It is a rare event that draws 150 small town residents to see and hear a couple of politicians on a weekday afternoon. But concern over losing a hometown hero in the U.S. Senate looms large, so the meeting room in Alamosa was standing room […]

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Regional News Roundup – March 2009

Colorado DOC proposes property sale BUENA VISTA- Citing current economic conditions, the Colorado Department of Correctional Facilities is putting up for sale 1,000 acres of land near the Buena Vista Correctional Facility including 640 acre feet which have an estimated value of $1,500,000 to $3,000,000. The property was bought in parcels in the 1930’s and […]

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