Home Grown Evolution

The electric car making strides in Salida story and photos by Mike Rosso A Salida-based automotive electric conversion business is getting ready to amp up its profile on a national level. Evolve-it Motors, formerly Salida Conversions, soon will begin training auto shops across the country in the process of converting existing internal combustion vehicles into […]

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Season of life and death

by Hal Walter “Some of them live, and some of them die.” “If you don’t want to lose any, then don’t have any.” “At least you don’t have to feed the sumbitch anymore.” I’d nearly given up on the cow I call “Number 30.’ During the days running up to the March full moon her […]

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A tribute to a lifetime of frugality

Writers on the Range by Joanne Wilke My great-aunt Marie never had garbage to throw out. She spent her last 20 years cleaning out the barn, garage, basement and various assorted farm sheds, dispersing the wire, wood, nails, fishing poles, antique radios, and a lifetime of other valuables her husband had stockpiled.

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A Species Behaving Badly

by John Mattingly We’re in a global crisis: Economic, ecologic, psychologic. Many fingers are being pointed and wagged. But I have yet to hear anyone point out that, just possibly, the root of the crisis is a species behaving badly. And yes, I’m referring to the human species, homo sapiens sapiens. That means you, that […]

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From the Compost Bin

(Tips for high-altitude gardeners) by Suzanne Ward The quiet of the winter and the warmth of the inside fire, which was such a blessing in January, feels too confining in spring.? We long for the warmth of sunshine after the dark and cold of winter.? It is time to plan the garden.? My Aunt Virginia, […]

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The East West Grill

Regional restaurant review by Patty LaTaille East West Grill 408 4th St. Alamosa, CO 81101 (719) 589-4600 If you’re the type of person who requires a plethora of menu choices and all types of cuisine – the East West Grill is the place for you. This is a picky person’s paradise, especially if you’re looking […]

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Down on the Ground with the Unentitled

by George Sibley I’m just back from “Spring Break,” and you won’t believe where we went. We went thirty miles upvalley to Crested Butte for a couple days of mixed business and pleasure, and stayed in a lodge. Since it snowed close to a foot over the two nights and a day we were there, […]

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Salt

lapping waves lazy sun dreamy contentment salt of your neck sighed away our days now my heart

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Red Light Women of the Rocky Mountains

By Jan MacKell Foreword by Thomas J. Noel Published in 2009 by University Press of New Mexico ISBN 978-0-8263-4610-0 Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons As Frank Gifford once said about the sport of pro football, “There are no winners, only survivors.” As this new book by Jan MacKell shows, there were few winners and survivors […]

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Espinosas Scapegoating Goes Awry

The Strange Case of Capt. E. Wayne Eaton Part Two By Charles F. Price Maj. Archibald H. Gillespie and Capt. Ethan Wayne Eaton seem to have openly clashed first in early February 1863, days before Carleton’s order for the re-arrest of the Espinosas arrived. The issue was relatively trivial—Gillespie felt the escort for his census […]

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Westcliffe Community Radio Makes A Real Life Experience for Students

by Sarah Tillotson Broadcast journalist, news reporter, radio host, and DJ: these are some careers Custer County students are preparing for by taking a radio broadcasting and journalism class. This dedicated group of high schoolers comes in for radio class on Friday, a day when most Custer County High School students sleep in, since they […]

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Finding Hope in Unexpected Places

Susan Tweit One recent week, my husband, Richard, and I headed to California to celebrate “our” Molly’s 30th birthday (she’s Richard’s daughter and my step-daughter) and cheer her on as she ran her first marathon.

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News from the San Luis Valley

Second solar plant on tap for the Valley DENVER- Xcel Energy and Sun Power Corp. have announced an agreement to build a 17-megawatt AC photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Alamosa County. The power plant will be the second largest high-efficiency solar PV power plant in North America and is expected to be completed by […]

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Regional Roundup

Nestlé Waters update SALIDA – As of this writing, the final decision by the Chaffee County commissioners on the special land use and 1041 application by Nestlé Waters North America, Inc. has been delayed for more public comment.

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Doing What Comes Naturally

Cotopaxi grass farmers enjoy profitability while preserving land Story by Susan Bavaria Photos by Mike Rosso A small percentage of cattle ranchers have laid down their agricultural arms and made peace with Mother Nature. Instead of inoculating, spraying, inseminating, supplementing, feeding and fighting blizzards to rescue calves born in February, these ranchers opt to coax […]

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