Creede Reperatory Theater 2009 – Hitting all the right notes

by Marcia Darnell Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) is celebrating its 44th season with myriad musicals, including two premiere works. Beginning June 5, theater-goers will be treated to an abundance of music. According to Maurice LaMee, CRT’s creative director, all the actors hired this year had to be able to sing as well as act.

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Doom and Bloom, or The Emperor’s New Chip

by John Mattingly Last month, under the title, A Species Behaving Badly, I concluded. . . “Few would argue the most unique aspect of the human species is our consciousness, but there is no reason why that consciousness must be contained and energized inside a global bone atop the body of a non-commensul, energy-eating, land-based, […]

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From the Compost Bin – June 2009

(Tips for high-altitude gardeners) by Suzanne Ward At long last it is June, the last frost date and time to plant the garden.? Keep an eye on the weather at this time of year, as it can change quickly.? My farmer father always said, “If you don’t like the weather in Colorado, just wait ten […]

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A Guide to Regional Summer Farm Markets

Compiled by Mike Rosso Farm markets in our region are becoming more popular every year as locals strive to buy and consume regional produce and goods. We’ve compiled a guide to most of the markets operating this summer. Eat well, buy local!

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Walking Nature Home: A Life’s Journey

By: Susan J. Tweit Illustrations by: Sherrie York University of Texas Press, March 2009 ISBN: 978-0-0292-71917-0 Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel Susan Tweit has been a fixture of Salida for over a decade. Her weekly column in Salida’s Mountain Mail, has been a fixture for nearly as long, and she’s graced the pages of Colorado […]

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From Redstone to Ludlow: John Cleveland Osgood’s Struggle against the United Mine Workers of America

By F. Darrell Munsell Published in 2008 by University Press of Colorado ISBN: 978-0-87081-934-6 Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons With its inclusion of Ludlow, the scene of southern Colorado’s most deadly labor fight, From Redstone to Ludlow will hardly be mistaken for a tourist’s guide to Pitkin County’s tiny village of Redstone on the Crystal […]

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Down on the Ground with The Green Fuse and Its Force

by George Sibley I’m writing in the first week or so of the season of plants here in the Upper Gunnison. Probably old news for you by June, but this morning is the first morning waking up to new leaves on the smaller trees. Yesterday morning, those almost unbelievably green leaflets were still just buds, […]

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Water Update – June 2009

by John Orr Gunnison River flow regime through Black Canyon Last year, conservationists, irrigators, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, the state of Colorado, along with many other groups and municipalities, sat down and hammered out an agreement to manage flows in the Gunnison River through the Black Canyon. The agreement was the […]

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News from the San Luis Valley – June 2009

By Marcia Darnell Here Come da’ Judges The Supremes came to the Valley for Courts in the Community. The program transported the Colorado Supreme Court to Alamosa High School to hear arguments in a real case before students. The kids had a chance to ask questions of the attorneys involved after the justices adjourned.

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Regional News Roundup – June 2009

Uranium processing company is at it again CANON CITY – The Cotter Corporation in Cañon City wants to reopen their troubled plant for the chemical leaching and crushing of 500,000 tons of uranium per year for 25 years beginning in 2014. The plant, which sits above the Arkansas River on the south side of Cañon […]

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Christo and Rifle Gap – What really happened?

In January 1971, Christo marched up the steps of city hall in Rifle, Colorado and announced that he wanted to stretch a curtain 1,200 feet across Rifle Gap, a dramatic opening in the Grand Hogback several miles north of town. The city responded, “Sounds great. When would you like to start?”

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The Art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude: An Overview

by Keith Howard Editors note: Christo’s proposed project for the Arkansas River, Over the River, has generated passionate discussion since its conception and much has been written for and against the project. We decided to take a look at the career of the controversial artist, his works, and the challenges of displaying public art on […]

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The Art-driven Life – Bea and Mel Strawn

by Mike Rosso They met in Berkeley, California in the early 1950s. She was an art student at the University of California; he was up from his home in Riverside, California to live with a friend after graduating from two years of art school in Los Angeles, awaiting his inevitable induction into the Army.

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Q & A – with Thomas Jefferson

ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS PUT TO THOMAS JEFFERSON BY THE CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF COLORADO. Colorado Central: Mr. President, you have been quoted as saying, “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” Could you expand on this and do you believe this to be true in your […]

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