What’s Brewing in Colorado?

by Peter Ensminger Colorado has some really big breweries, Coors Brewing Company of Golden and Anheuser-Busch of Fort Collins. Coors grew even bigger in February of 2005, when it became a division of Molson Coors Brewing Company. Molson Coors produces more than 40 million barrels (1,240 million gallons) of beer per year, has about 10,000 […]

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Luck Strikes Again

by Hal Walter The telltale squiggly tracks across the dirt roads begin to show up in mid-May, a sign you need to watch your step until about late October. One of the hazards of living in this particular ecotone — a place where different ecosystems overlap — is you may go jogging past an aspen […]

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Historic Architecture of Central Colorado

photo by M. Rosso Salida’s historic downtown is considered to be the largest in Colorado. Many buildings are already on the National or State registers of historic places. Here is one which may be eligible for this prestigious award. Parlin Terrace, a duplex at 120-122 North C, was built around 1909-1910 for multiple dwellings.

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Death of a Farmer

by John Mattingly A front page headline of the June 3, 2009 Denver Post decried, “MORE FARMERS LOSING HOPE, Suicide hotlines field calls as prices fall and money woes mount …” An early paragraph pointed out: “In the past year, economics and inclement weather have crippled operations, pushing countless farmers to the emotional breaking point, […]

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The Alpine Tunnel (and how to get there)

by Kenneth Jessen In 1879, the Denver, South Park & Pacific railroad constructed a narrow gauge railroad from Denver up the South Platte Canyon, over Kenosha Pass and across South Park. It was a grand scheme to tap shipments to and from the mining areas, pick up agricultural products, and carry passengers on one of […]

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Manuelitas Restaurant – Raw Oysters at 10,152 Feet

Regional Restaurant Review by C.C. staff 311 Harrison Street Leadville, CO 80461 719-486-0292 Manuelitas Restaurant in Leadville has been serving traditional Mexican and seafood dishes for nine years. Although miles above and away from the ocean, the seafood dishes are especially unique – prepared and seasoned in a style commonly found along the sunny beaches […]

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From the Compost Bin – July 2009

(Tips for high-altitude gardeners) by Suzanne Ward My sister gardens in the southern United States and complains about the water. “We’ve had too much rain,” she says. Obviously, this is not a problem in our arid Colorado bioregion. Our challenge is to keep enough water on the garden at the right time during the growing […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

By Marcia Darnell Water Woes West Now it’s Monte Vista with a water weakness. The town had to perform a chlorine flush after tests showed coliform bacteria in the system. Monte Vista is asking residents to reduce outdoor watering during the Big Flush. It seems more water in the system means a more effective cleansing.

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Regional News Roundup – July 2009

Chaffee County attorney requests special prosecutor to investigate 2004 death SALIDA – A special prosecutor was requested by Chaffee County Attorney Jennifer Davis after 11th Judicial District Attorney Thom LeDoux refused to file charges against two men in connection with the 2004 death of a Highlands Ranch woman at Chalk Creek near Nathrop.

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Craze

by Dennis Fischer The tragedy of Mad Cow disease reminds the author of a different kind of “mad” cow. Out here in the West, range cattle are well-known for their ornery dispositions. Their instincts for survival are strong, and stories of their aggressive behavior are legendary. The dairy cows I grew up around however are […]

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Walter Brewing Company, RIP

Over the years, breweries have faced a multitude of onslaughts: the temperance movement, prohibition, consolidation, and globalization. The Walter Brewing Company is one that did not make it. Johannes Walter, a German immigrant, founded Walter’s in Spencer, WI in 1874.

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New Railroad to Colorado Central Country

(It’s Probably Coming To Leadville) by Forrest Whitman Every time I stroll along the out-of-service Union Pacific (U.P.) tracks near Cleora I get nostalgic for passenger trains. Why can’t I board a train in Salida? I know my black lab Gus and his buddy Bodie would hate to have trains honking along their favorite stretch […]

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Should a River Run Under It?

(Editor’s note: In our June issue we ran two articles by Denver author Keith Howard on the artists Christo and Jeanne Claude. One of our readers, who is opposed to the project proposed for the Arkansas River, Over the River, asked if we would reprint the following editorial from the editor of Landscape Architecture magazine […]

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Quillen’s Corner – July 2009

There was a time when I felt close to the leading edge of digital technology. That was a quarter of a century ago, in 1984, when I was one of the first Salidans to work with a genuine personal computer. The computer was an Osborne I. It had two 5.25-inch floppy drives, a tiny 5-inch […]

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