Fly Fishing with the Buddha

by Hayden Mellsop “Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” – Dalai Lama With these words, the Dalai Lama has once more thrown into doubt and confusion my sense of […]

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Out of the Wild

by Abby Quillen I grew up in Central Colorado, and most weekends my family piled into a canary-yellow 1975 Chevy pickup and pitched down rutted-out, rock-strewn roads to hike, explore, or cross-country ski at places with names like Mosquito Pass, Missouri Gulch, and Cochetopa Creek. By the time my sister and I were 18, we’d […]

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Animals have their stories, too

by Hal Walter It’s all about the animals, and maybe it’s about people, as well. Animals were a big part of the decision to live out here, to follow this path. And animals, both domesticated and wild, continue to be a big part of the magic of this existence. Afternoons linger into evening this time […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Helicopter Stranded on Mountain A Colorado Army National Guard helicopter that was diverted from a rescue effort June 15 on Mt. Shavano to another on Little Bear Peak in the Sangre De Cristo Range, made a precautionary landing after striking the mountain and will have to be removed in pieces, according to an AP story. […]

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Q & A with artist Christo about the proposed “Over the River” project

Since its conception in 1992, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s proposal to hang fabric panels over 5.9 miles of the Arkansas River through Bighorn Canyon, between Salida and Cañon City, Over the River, has brought controversy, passionate opposition, philosophical questions about the nature of art, and studies – many studies – by various state and federal […]

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Down the river of inaccuracy

by Ed Quillen Granted, I can be quite the nit-picker sometimes, especially when I’m reading a book that rubs me the wrong way. Such was the case with Running Dry: A Journey from Source to Sea Down the Colorado River, written by Jonathan Waterman and published in 2010 by National Geographic. No writer gets everything […]

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On the Ground – Quo vadimus?

by George Sibley After my really grumpy column last month, I’ve put in some serious thought time trying to think of something positive to write about this month. In a nation confronted daily with the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the bottomless pit of Iraqistan, the corruption of governance by money, et […]

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Creating (and Selling) Art in Coaldale

by Mike Rosso Tooling along U.S. Hwy. 50 between Cañon City and Salida at 60 mph, it’s easy to zoom right past the hamlet of Coaldale, nestled along the banks of the Arkansas River. But adventurous travelers might want to consider taking a break from the hot asphalt and stop under some cool, shady cottonwood […]

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Urban Hillbillies Coming to Central Colorado

by Mike Rosso and Elliot Jackson Many Americans might be tempted to conjure up pictures of barefoot, dentally-challenged Appalachians when they hear the words “string-band” or “old-timey music.” Almost needless to say, they will think of it as “white music.” In fact, this music does has deep roots in the experience of white immigrants from […]

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Letters and Correspondence

Memories of the Morada To the Editor: As I was growing up in San Acacio, Colorado, I remember going to the Morada in San Pablo, Colorado with my brother-in-law’s father and family, Senor Patricio Sanchez from Canon de Chama during Holy week. Every day and every night we had to pray the rosary at his […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Marcia Darnell Marmot Alert! Usually when a mechanic pops a car hood, he expects to have to investigate to find the problem. But on June 3 the workers at Caton’s Super Lube in Alamosa didn’t have to dig deep at all. The flashing lights and weird sounds in a local woman’s vehicle were due […]

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A Farmer Far Afield – The Elephant in the Room , Part 1

by John Mattingly Four blind men describe an elephant: one at the trunk, one at a leg, another at a side, and the fourth holding the tail, resulting in radically different accounts of the pachyderm’s anatomy. So it is with those of us offering descriptions of The Economy. In this four part series on Economic […]

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