The Story of Soft Salida Brick

by Jackie W. Powell Photos courtesy of The Salida Library People say “Soft Salida brick” as if it were one word. Many believe it was sun-dried, like adobe, and therefore not as hard as fired brick. The myth of sun drying is reinforced by photographs such as Figure 1 , showing thousands of bricks lying […]

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Goodbye to summer, and two horses

by Hal Walter Late summer has its many emotions here in the Wet Mountains, from the blustery days when you first notice the edges of the aspens turning, to the clear blue days that seem never to end as summer becomes fall. But I know in my bones these days will end. At some point […]

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The Mystery of The Malta Cemetery

by Annie Mueller Published by the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies, the Colorado Cemetery Directory helps the living trace their family histories. Lake County, Colorado has 33 cemetery entries in the Directory. Of these, 13 are listed as abandoned and 18 have “no record available of custodian/owner.” The oldest in that record is the Leadville […]

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Poles of Stone

by Ron Flannery We were motoring up U. S. 50 in the canyon east of Cotopaxi, Colorado. As usual, my dad scanned things beyond the road itself. Suddenly, he said, “Yep, they’re still there.” Not seeing anything but the steep canyon wall on one side and the Arkansas River on the other, I asked, “What’s […]

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From the Compost Bin – October 2009

(Tips for high-altitude gardeners) by Suzanne Ward We have moved into autumn and frost will be visiting our gardens.? It’s not yet time to put it all to rest – there’s still a little more work to be done before winter. ?When frost threatens, it is wise to be prepared.? The first frost is often […]

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Goat-Oriented

by John Mattingly I don’t admit this in the mixed company of cattle ranchers, but I used to have goats. Yes, the fact is, I had many goats, such that it was the profits from various goat operations in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s that enabled me to get into the cattle business and […]

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Peace of Art Café

Regional restaurant review by Patty LaTaille Organic Peddler 14475 W. Hwy. 160 Del Norte, CO 81132 (719) 65-Peace Healthy eaters and vegetarian travelers can now travel through the San Luis Valley with peace of mind and a culinary destination ahead. There exists an oasis of organic food and drinks in the meat and fried potatoes […]

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Scholarly Peaks of Colorado

How did the Collegiate Peaks, the towering mountains that soar above the Upper Arkansas River Valley, get their Ivy League names? The tradition began in 1869 when members of the first Harvard Mining School class named 14,420-foot Mount Harvard after their institution while on expedition with Josiah Dwight Whitney, professor of geology at Harvard. The […]

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Symbols of Colorado’s Diverse Nature

by Susan Tweit If you’re looking for a simple way to teach Colorado nature literacy, search no farther than our state’s official list of symbols. It’s longer than you might expect, and affords an easy way to begin exploring Colorado’s incredible natural diversity. How many official natural symbols – bird, tree, rock, fish, wildflower, and […]

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Ores to Metals: The Rocky Mountain Smelting Industry

By James E. Fell, Jr. Published in 2009 by University Press of Colorado ISBN 978-0-87081-946-9 Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons Like most readers in Colorado, I have countless books and booklets about the holes in the ground where miners struck it rich or suffered disappointment, but until I read this book, I never knew much […]

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Table Walking at Nighthawk

By Carol Darnell Guerrero-Murphy Published in 2007 by Ghost Road Press ISBN 0-9796255-1-3 Reviewed by Elliot Jackson Why, oh why, wonders the Inconstant Reader, do I routinely pass by poetry in my restless forays through my library’s shelves? Is it because I had a rigorous education in my youth, and read so much of it […]

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Down on the Ground at the Headwaters of the Southwest

by George Sibley October 16-18 Western State College will hold its 20th Headwaters Conference in Gunnison – 20 years of open discussion on who and what we are, here in the mountains of central Colorado. It’s a good time to try to revisit the roots of the idea – and to look how it has […]

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Water Update – October 2009

by John Orr It’s been a good water year so far Streamflow in the Arkansas River kept most everyone happy this summer. The runoff came early and high flows were bolstered by a cool and wet beginning to the season and plenty of transmountain water. The above average boating season lasted well into August.

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News from the San Luis Valley – October 2009

New National Guard Base Planned ALAMOSA- A new Colorado Army National Guard readiness center and base is in the works for Alamosa. The facility will house the new Delta Company, 1st of the 157th Infantry Battalion and will also serve as a temporary armory and recruiting station.

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Regional News Roundup – October 2009

(and other items of interest) Tanner Found Guilty SALIDA – Andrew Tanner, 27 of Salida, was found guilty on nine charges including first degree murder and kidnapping Salida resident James Durgan Sept. 3 in 11th Judicial District Court in Cañon City. The verdict came after 15 hours of deliberation by a seven man, five woman […]

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