Telling Tales in the Valley

by Susan Bavaria Ranging in age from 81 on down, several regional women authors have written books as varied as river stones. Tackling subjects ranging from geology to self-publishing, these six writers exemplify the moxie needed to endure the publishing process and a love for language that creates worthy content. Some have taught students. Some […]

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From the Compost Bin – September 2009

(Tips for high-altitude gardeners) by Suzanne Ward By this time of year you will have been harvesting your garden produce throughout the summer and hopefully, not too soon nor too late. Harvest timing is learned by experience. It is determined by what tastes best to you. Sample your vegetable produce at various stages of ripeness […]

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Homeland Security – Eight Years Later

by John Mattingly Prior to September, 2001, I thought of home, land. and security as three separate words.  But as patriotic fever has spread through the country, possibly a fourth has presented itself as home and land as one, and from that, a few points of thought. 1. Look both ways.  Soon after we attacked […]

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Climbing Memories from Mt. Elbert

by Sarah E. Moffett “Climbing at altitude is like hitting your head against a brick wall-it’s great when you stop.” – Chris Darwin There are things we can’t let go of in life, and then there are things that won’t let go of us. Mount Elbert and I fell into both categories thanks to childhood […]

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Rhythm, Soul and Education

by Mike Rosso Salida-based musician Bones has put quite a few achievements under his belt over the past 25 years. He has performed in a variety of rock bands from England to Los Angeles and was a member of the popular Afro-beat band Jaka as well as the Grateful Dead tribute band, Shakedown Street.

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San Juan Legacy – Life in the Mining Camps

by Duane A. Smith photographs by John L. Ninnemann Published in 2009 by University of New Mexico Press ISBN 978-0-8263-4650-6 Reviewed by Ed Quillen The Sawatch Range is the highest in the Rockies, the Sangre de Cristo Range is the longest, and the Mosquito Range is the richest in overall Colorado mineral production. But it […]

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Project Education Sudan comes to Salida, Sept 10-13

Daniel Majok Gai and Isaac Khor Behr were only six years old when civil war broke out in their village in Southern Sudan. Fleeing their home and becoming separated from their families, Daniel and Isaac joined 30,000 other war orphans for a 1,000 mile journey to a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Walking barefoot, fighting enemy […]

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Making sense of a Nonsensical Death

by Susan Tweit The call came on one of those afternoons when life moves so quickly that even though you’re going as fast as you possibly can, you feel like the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass, as if you’re barely keeping up. “Susan, it’s Jim,” my friend said, and then paused. “I’ve got […]

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News from the San Luis Valley – September 2009

Natural Gas Exploration in Baca on Hold Until Ruling CRESTONE – Toronto-based Lexam Explorations has agreed not to drill for gas on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge until a federal judge rules on an environmental groups’ request for a preliminary injunction on drilling. The groups are seeking an injunction to block any ground-disturbing activity on […]

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Regional News Roundup – September 2009

(and other items of interest) Nestlé Permit Granted SALIDA – Despite overwhelming public opposition, the Nestlé Corporation of Vevey, Switzerland was given unanimous consent on August 26 by the Chaffee County Commissioners for its application to remove water from a private spring adjacent to the Arkansas River and truck it to Denver to be bottled […]

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