Last of the Hot Lead Papers

In an era of newspaper closures and rapidly changing information delivery methods, it’s hard to imagine a news business continuing to employ early 1900s technology, yet still succeeding. One such operation still exists in Central Colorado and it is one of a few remaining newspapers in the country to produce a print product using Linotype.

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Reality TV: A Jackass on the run and in the kitchen

by Hal Walter Adding to the excitement of the upcoming pack-burro racing season was a visit by New York documentary filmmaker Trevor Velin and producer Meghan McGinley. Trevor had contacted me about his idea to make a documentary film on Colorado’s only indigenous sport. Apparently he had read about pack-burro racing in a magazine and […]

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From the Compost Bin – August 2009

(Tips for high-altitude gardeners) by Suzanne Ward Summer Solstice has passed and it is now the warmest time of the year. It’s difficult to remember the cold, dark days of winter – back when we were pining for the warmth of the summer sun. By now you should be enjoying some of the fruits of […]

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Down on the Ground with Water and Democracy II

by George Sibley Last month in this column, I began an exploration of “hydraulic societies” – societies whose existence depends on their ability to move water around. I quickly got in too deeply to get out in one column, and am picking it up again this month. The purpose of the columns is to serve […]

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Same Time, Same Place

by Philip Tarlow Editor’s note: This story originally ran in the January 2009 issue of the Crestone Eagle. The sky turned deep purple-gray as I sat by Cottonwood Creek. Hailstones began raining down on my head, bouncing off my painting surface; watercolor paper taped to a piece of plywood. The spring runoff roared, virgin pale […]

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Silver Lies, Iron Ties and Leaden Skies

By Ann Parker 2003, 2006, 2009 Poisoned Pen Press ISBN 1-59058-072-9 Reviewed by Nancy Hudelson Ann Parker’s Silver Rush historical mystery series, published by Poisoned Pen Press, is set in the silver boomtown of Leadville in the 1880s. The series is rich with tales of greed, lust and deception when men and women stopped at […]

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Video: The Call of the River

A Hundred Years of Whitewater Adventure Produced by Kent Ford (2008 Whitewater Hall of Fame Inductee) 93 Minutes Performance Video. Durango, Colorado – 2009 Reviewed by Mike Rosso Most Central Colorado residents are familiar with FIBArk, the big whitewater festival held every summer in Salida. What they may not be aware of is the event’s […]

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Coming to a Backyard Near You…

by Susan Tweit What if you could walk out into your yard and pick a sun-warmed tomato, dripping with juice, for lunch? What if the hardest part of deciding what to cook for dinner was choosing from the box of just-harvested produce delivered to your door?

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Agriculture and War – Some Thoughts

by John Mattingly “You’re in the army now, You’re not behind the plow. . .” I remember hearing this verse from a song played on movie newsreels in the decade following WWII, in which the farmer appeared in agony, sweating behind a horse. Until he hears a bugle in the distance. Shedding the shackles of […]

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Water Update – August 2009

by John Orr Nestlé Waters Chaffee County Project As we go to press the Chaffee County Commissioners have yet to issue or deny Nestlé Waters a permit to build their pipeline, pumphouse and loading facilities to truck water from the Hagen Spring out of basin to Denver. The company bottles spring water under the brand […]

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News from the San Luis Valley – August 2009

Solar Farm on tap for 2010 ALAMOSA – A new solar farm is scheduled to be installed across from the current Sun Edison solar farm near Mosca on Hwy 17. The 200-acre project, to be built in 2010, is projected to produce 17 megawatts of sun-generated power and 48,000 megawatt hours by 2011. Sun Power […]

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Regional News Roundup – August 2009

(and other items of interest) Rash of Burglaries strike Salida Restaurants Large amounts of cash were stolen when four Salida restaurants were burglarized between June 21 and July 17. The latest victim was the Patio Pancake restaurant on U.S. 50 in which an unknown sum of cash was taken during the night of July 17. […]

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