A New Revolution: Contra Dancing in Central Colorado

Story and photos by Mike Rosso No, it’s not a camouflaged gang of South American rebels celebrating their latest victory against the imperialist dogs. That joke is as well worn as a hundred-year-old dance floor. What is known about contra dancing is that is upbeat, easy and fun for folks of all ages.

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Roubideau Rabbit Cacciatore

Courtesy of Joseph Coniglio of Robideau Farm to You 3249 1600 Road Delta, Colorado 81416 (970) 399-7175 This is a simple recipe and an inspiration to all hunters and the wives and children of hunters. It has given much warm satisfaction bringing home the hunt and serving it warm by late afternoon before retiring next […]

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Blizzard Delight

by Jane Provorse Ever wished you had just stayed home? A couple of years ago my family decided to visit relatives in Wisconsin for the Christmas holidays. I booked plane reservations for myself, my husband Bob, and our two teenage daughters to fly from Denver to Milwaukee. The night before we were to leave our […]

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Celebrating National Poetry Month

by Jennifer Dempsey Thirteen years ago, the Academy of American Poets established April as National Poetry Month. During this month,?poets and poetry lovers?everywhere celebrate the art form that, writer David Ignatow claims,?“almost makes up for the estrangement?among the human race.” Central Colorado is home to hundreds of remarkable poets and in?honor of?National Poetry Month?a few?reveal […]

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Meltdown Time, Down on the Ground

by George Sibley All the global “meltdowns,” economic and otherwise, have been temporarily, subtly trumped here by the onset of the annual local meltdown that signals “Springtime in the Rockies” – that interval of mud, gray skies, and soggy erratic weather during which, that old song notwithstanding, “I’ll be coming back to you” only if […]

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Vivid Life: The Art of Coni Grant

By Marcia Darnell Coni Grant is living proof that you CAN have it all. ?An accomplished artist, mother, wife, and professional designer, she moves through the stages in her life in vivid color, with intensity and love of life.

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Don’t go to College

A Farmer  Far Afield by John Mattingly This the second in a series of annual, contrarian views expressed in Farmer Far Afield. The first, A HOUSE IS JUST A HOUSE, provoked an unexpected volume of perturbed responses from folks convinced their home was an “investment.”

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Revenge For The Hunted

By Mike Sherack Beaver’s Pond Press: September 2008 ISBN: 1592982506 At the start of deer season in Idaho, someone begins hunting the hunters. The FBI takes over the case after the killer runs a classified ad in the Idaho Statesman, warning that the slayings will continue until officials end the hunting season. The FBI’s top […]

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, and Camille Kingsolver Illustrated by Richard A. Houser. Harper Collins, 2007 ISBN: 0060852569 I found so much to appreciate in this book – a sprawling meditation on food, food politics, family, origns, and what we sometimes self-consciously refer to as The American Way of Life – that it is […]

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Espinoas Scapegoating Goes Awry

The Strange Case of Capt. E. Wayne Eaton Part One By Charles F. Price The first and surest consequence of any calamity is the laying of blame. Whatever the disaster, natural or human, someone must pay for letting it happen. The worse the event, the more urgent the need to find and punish a party […]

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Water Update – April 2009

By John Orr Nestlé Waters’ Chaffee County project update Most Colorado Central readers already know about Nestlé Waters North America’s plans to export water out of the Arkansas River Basin — from springs they’ve purchased near Nathrop — to their bottling plant in Denver. Nestlé plans to restore the area around the springs (Bighorn Spring […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

Update on the Lexam drilling project by David Bright CRESTONE -The fight to stop Lexam Exploration, Inc. from drilling three 14,000 wells in the Baca Wildlife Refuge has been going on for over two and a half years. The most recent development is an agreement reached between Lexam, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and […]

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Regional News Roundup – April 2009

Buena Vista developer files for Chapter 7 BUENA VISTA – A major property developer in Buena Vista has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Dean Hiatt, who ran his business as Vista Builders filed for bankruptcy on January 28. It is estimated he built nearly 350 homes and multiple commercial properties since the early 1990s in […]

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