The Leadville Ice Palace – A Look Back

by Colorado Central Staff The year was 1895 and the city of Leadville had fallen on hard times. Since 1881, production had declined at its largest and most profitable mines. The repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act in 1893, first enacted to increase the amount of silver the government was required to purchase every […]

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The Clayton Blizzard of 2006

by Michael J. Perullo Just after Christmas 2006, I decided to drive my 1990 Nissan Stanza from Atlanta to Silver Cliff, Colorado to stay in my cabin over New Years’ Eve. What a trip this turned out to be! I love to travel by car or Jeep, and this road trip was to be my […]

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Reintroducing the Tabors: A Series

In the Tabor correspondence, no one uses the name Baby Doe. Her family calls her Lizzie, and Horace, after opening his letters with “My Darling Wife,” calls her Babe. In the Tabor collection at the Historical Society, she appears, for brevity’s sake, as EBT, for Elizabeth Bonduel Tabor, which will come in handy for her […]

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Finding Christmas Greens in the Grove

by Walter Perch In a little gully at the base of the red rocks, a grove of spruce, fir and pine trees grow. A secret creek runs down from above – flash fed from storms and nurtured with multi-day drizzle. Hundreds, if not thousands of years old, the grove has seen a variety of animal […]

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Questions and Answers About Swine Flu

by Jennifer Dempsey When Moffat High School offered a swine flu shot clinic this fall, Jerry Bergstrom decided not to have her two children get the vaccination. Bergstrom said she isn’t entirely against the vaccine, but that she’s “been told positive and negative things about it. I feel that the shot hasn’t been tested enough,” […]

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Reintroducing the Tabors: A Series. Part 2 – A Circled Kiss

by Francisco A. Rios (Editor’s note: Dr. Rios, a retired professor from the University of Colorado at Denver, spent 805 volunteer hours over a span of one year and seven months cataloging hundreds of letters from the Tabor Collection at the Colorado Historical Society (CHS) onto a computer database. We are reproducing some of these […]

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USFS CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING INFO

(LOCAL EXCEPTIONS MAY APPLY TO THE INFORMATION BELOW) CORE CUTTING DATES/GENERAL PERMIT REQUIREMENTS: Core Cutting Dates: December 5-13, 2009 Permits: $10 each. One tree per permit. Limit 5 permits per person. All sales are final. Area Entry Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – For your safety, no entry is allowed before or after these […]

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Quillen’s Corner

By Ed Quillen Before the sun came up on the morning of Oct. 1, I got into my pickup to drive to the Salida Café & Roastery (the establishment formerly known as Bongo Billy’s Salida Café) for breakfast followed by the monthly business meeting of the Salida Business Alliance (formerly known as the Salida Merchants […]

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Down on the Ground with Personal Responsibility and Health Care

by George Sibley I have a friend here in the Upper Gunnison with whom I argue politics a lot, mostly electronically. We are always sending each other e-mails with editorials, news stories, and essays attached, mostly focused on aspects of the political economy – which should be distinguished from the real economy, the miraculous helter-skelter […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Ski Area Expansion Nixed CRESTED BUTTE – Saying the project isn’t in the interest of the public, a local forest supervisor on Nov. 5 told Crested Butte Mountain Resort officials the agency will not enter an environmental review of proposed expansion to Snodgrass Mountain. The decision just about ends any possible expansion which has created […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Marcia Darnell Election First Alamosa will have its first woman mayor, following Kathy Rogers’ election Nov. 3. Alamosa voters also voted no on a new aquatic center, raises for city council members, and opening city boards to non-residents. Saguache County voters voted to take on more debt to get a BEST grant for the […]

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Water Update

by John Orr Creede hydroelectric project It makes sense to generate electricity with water and gravity where possible. Hydroelectric power is clean and as reliable as the water supply. Near Creede the A.E. Humphrey Ranch is going to get a shiny new hydroelectric plant for the dam there. Owner Ruthie Brown is ponying up over […]

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Solar Energy: An Introduction to Photovoltaics

This is the first article in a six-part series dedicated to renewable energies. by  Aaron Mandelkorn Solar energy is not a new concept. For years, civilizations utilized the power of the sun’s rays to warm their homes and dry their food and clothes. Today, we know so much more about what the sun can do. […]

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A Farmer Far Afield – Dreams of Fields

by John Mattingly Out a narrow window I see my new center pivot on the loose, crossing Highway 17. Cars and trucks are jammed and honking as the machine spreads out like a praying mantis on the warpath, pulling its electric line out of the ground like a giant umbilical cord. It runs roughshod over […]

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