Los Penitentes del Valle

Understanding the Penitente Church in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico by Ruben E. Archuleta Slowly and methodically the candles on the candelabrum are extinguished one by one as the Hermanos (Brothers) recite their prayers and sing the mournful alabados (Penitente hymns) until the last of the thirteen candles is out leaving the morada (meeting […]

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Recipe: Asian Duck Roast with Coconut Jasmine Rice

Courtesy of Michelle Gapp Place 5-6 lb. duck, breast up in roasting pan (no rack necessary). Season with honey, soy sauce, Chinese five-spice, coriander, garlic, curry powder, cilantro, basil. Add sweet potatoes, water chestnuts, baby carrots, green onions, mushrooms. Roast at 375 until duck begins to brown. Add 1/4 cup of sweet white wine to […]

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Is There a Right to Float?

by Forrest Whitman Central Colorado is boating country. Boating on the Arkansas River is not only fun, it’s a huge business. 42% of the entire Colorado boating market uses the Arkansas. Several other big destinations such as the Taylor are in the region as well. Officials estimate that boaters put a whopping $62 mil into […]

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The benefits of doing something stupid

by Ed Quillen One way to meet good people in Central Colorado is to do something stupid. I learned that atop Kenosha Pass on the afternoon of February 5. Martha and I were on our way from Salida to Longmont, where we were supposed to go out to dinner with my brothers and their wives, […]

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PENITENTE CANYON – Geology, Recreation and Legend

by C.C.Staff A fascinating history, unique geology and extreme recreation can all be found in the recesses of Penitente Canyon, on the western edge of the San Luis Valley in Saguache County. Located just outside the village of La Garita, the canyon was originally know as Cañon de Rajadero (Woodsplitter Canyon),  after a pit sawmill […]

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Down on the Ground with Getting Work

by George Sibley In this year’s “Sonofagunn” show in Gunnison — our annual light “roast” of the Upper Gunnison valley as an Arts Center fundraiser — one of the things we are trying to address is what we consider our local dilemma. The dilemma being no-longer-so-young Western State College graduates, maybe a decade past graduation […]

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Climbing Out of the Darkness and Into the Light

by Luke Mehall I woke up freezing in Penitente Canyon on Easter Sunday, back when my philosophy toward camping equipment was still in its experimental stages. I was convinced that two average sleeping bags would equal one good bag. Spring weather in the high country of Colorado quickly proved me wrong.

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

WSC Students Die in House Fire GUNNISON – Two Western State College students perished in a house fire that occurred Jan. 30 in the 100 block of North Colorado Street in Gunnison. Lucille Causley, 18, and Adam Lockard, 21, died in the blaze which was believed to have started in an unenclosed porch attached to […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Marcia Darnell Back to Work The lockout at Harborlite Corp. is over, and 29 union workers are back on the job. The lockout began Oct. 8 when negotiations between the plant owners and the Teamsters broke down. Both sides say issues remain, but resolution is closer. Harborlite operates a perlite mine 20 miles southeast […]

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State House Update

by Christopher Kolomitz The 67th General Assembly Colorado state senators and representatives convened for the 67th general assembly Jan. 13 in Denver. The session ends on May 12 and is likely to be dominated by efforts to find a balanced budget. Other hot topics include the medical marijuana debate, natural resources, and jobs. Democrats control […]

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Sea Slugs Go Green

by Susan Tweit One of the wonders of nature, as I see it, is all we don’t know about the world around us, the everyday relationships and behaviors of species large and small that fly, swim, run, crawl, slither, and root in earth and sea. Take, for example, a recently published study that elicited this […]

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Reintroducing the Tabors: A Series

by Francisco A. Rios LETTERS FROM CHIHUAHUA (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 […]

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THE CHAFFEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE An Art Deco Gem

photos and story by Mike Rosso A prominent Pueblo-based architect with multiple buildings listed on the National Historic Register is responsible for the “Art Deco” style typified in the original Chaffee County Courthouse in Salida. Walter DeMordaunt, who practiced architecture in Pueblo, Colorado from 1920 to 1962, was hired to design the courthouse in 1929 […]

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