opera house, salida, theater

Old Salida Opera House Faces Demolition

A landmark building in historic downtown Salida is in imminent danger of demolition unless drastic steps are taken to save it. The building, known locally as the Unique Theater was built in 1889 to replace the original Salida Opera House which was destroyed by fire. The Opera House was part of the “Silver Circuit” which […]

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Baby Doe Tabor, 1934.

Reintroducing the Tabors: A Series

Part 7: An “afternoon interlude”with Baby Doe by Francisco A. Rios Note: This is the last in a series of letters chosen from hundreds from the Tabor Collection at the Colorado Historical Society and cataloged by Dr. Rios, a retired professor from the University of Colorado at Denver. An exchange of letters in the summer […]

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Hal Walter – Packing it in

This story is an excerpt from Hal Walter’s forthcoming book, “Wild Burro Tales.” The book includes pen-and-ink sketches by Westcliffe artist Lorie Merfeld-Batson, and should be available in May through local booksellers and amazon.com. Check out www.hardscrabbletimes.com for news about the book’s release. Early day prospectors combed the West looking to strike it rich. I […]

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Walden Chamber

The Walden Chamber Music Society

by Mike Rosso Area fans of quality chamber music need not journey to the big city to hear consummate performances by world-class musicians. They can be found right here in Central Colorado, thanks to the efforts of pianist Jo Boatright and her husband Harvey of Buena Vista, along with a dedicated board of directors who […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Leadville Deputy Charged After Jailing Fire Captain LEADVILLE -A Leadville sheriff’s deputy was charged with three crimes stemming from his earlier arrest of a Leadville fire captain who had been treating a victim of an emergency call. On March 27 Fire Capt. Dan Dailey responded to an emergency call at the sheriff’s office in regard […]

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Q & A with Colorado-based author Craig Childs

Craig Childs is a writer who focuses on natural sciences, archaeology, and mind-blowing journeys into the wilderness. He has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books on nature, science, and adventure. He is a commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, […]

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Highway Haiku: Writing While on the Road

by Susan Tweit In April, Richard and I traveled from a spring blizzard that buried our valley under almost a foot of wet snow to sun-warmed red sandstone cliffs dotted with wildflowers in far western Colorado’s remote canyon country. In between trips, we were home for just long enough to do the laundry, re-pack the […]

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Quillen’s Corner – My Chronic Condition

by Ed Quillen Martha tells me that people have come up to her at work and whispered something like “I saw Ed at the hospital. Is he okay?” I don’t know why they don’t just ask me that, because when I lost some weight a few years ago, I got many inquiries along the lines […]

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Less “Gumment?”

by John Mattingly I caught this headline last month: “Americans Want Less Government, Fewer Services.” Indeed. A recent poll revealed 68% of U.S. citizens have exhumed Ronald Reagan’s famous claim, “Government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.” I spoke with a few agricultural folks about this survey, and they agreed, […]

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Book Review

Representation and Rebellion: The Rockefeller Plan at the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company: 1914-1942 By Jonathan H. Rees Published in 2010 by University of Colorado Press ISBN 978-0-87081-964-3 344 pages, paperback, $34.95 Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons The Ludlow Massacre near Trinidad was attracting national outrage in 1914. Leading up to it, labor unrest was […]

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Down on the Ground with Water Again

by George Sibley Next month – June 7 to be exact – there will be a water-related meeting in Salida that could be kind of historic if there’s a genuine effort to make it so. It’ll be a meeting of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable and the Arkansas Basin Roundtable. The purpose of the meeting is […]

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State House Update

by Christopher Kolomitz With a majority of the hot topics finalized, state legislators are eyeing May 12, the scheduled end of the Colorado legislative session. As of the middle of April, more than 100 bills await signature by the governor and close to 600 bills had been introduced into the house and senate.

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Marcia Darnell Can’t Fight City Hall A coalition of Alamosa residents was unsuccessful in convincing the city Council not to build a new city hall/library/firehouse complex. The council voted to move forward with the bidding/building process. The anti group was successful at garnering enough signatures on a petition to force a vote. The issue […]

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Colorado Rail Facts

The original Del Norte rail depot was a wooden structure built in 1881 to service the freight being generated in the Summitville mining district. It was replaced in 1911 by the depot shown above which was used until 1970 when it was taken over for town government offices. Photo by Mike Rosso

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