From the Editor

I spent some time in prison last month. Admittedly it was of my own free will and not because of any errant criminal behavior. My three hours spent touring the agricultural and manufacturing facilities at the Colorado State Correctional Facility were eye-opening to say the least. I first became curious about the facility after learning […]

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Raising Crops … and Hopes

Story and photos by Mike Rosso It is one of the largest agricultural operations in Colorado, encompassing nearly 6,000 acres. It includes a goat dairy, corn fields, vineyards, floral greenhouses, cow dairy, tilapia fish farms, composting operation, a wild horse training program, and it is all located in Fremont County, just outside Cañon City. Most […]

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NEEDED: Reliable Repair Manual for Fixing Everything

by Martha Quillen Sometimes it seems as if nothing works the way it’s supposed to anymore: banks, economies, Toyotas, airplanes, oil rigs, Microsoft Windows, America’s health care industry, and America’s food supply. Cell phones snap, crackle and pop – then drop your call. You turn on the news, and the satellite signal gets lost. Finally, […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Marcia Darnell Hot Dog Crisis Cities face a lot of difficult issues: water, crime, finance, natural disasters. Alamosa, however, faces a struggle over a hot dog cart. Linda Pardue wants to sell her Hebrew National dogs in parks and at public events. The city council is unsure how to handle the request, and has […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Leadville Women Murdered by Stalker LEADVILLE -A Leadville woman was shot to death in front of her home by a man against whom she had a restraining order. Yvonne Flores, 58, who worked as a teaching assistant in Leadville, was shot twice on July 7 by Anthony Medina, 58, who then took his own life, […]

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Hitchin’ in the USA – (Not a Cautionary Tale)

by Mark Kneeskern Have you ever woken up on the floor of a one-room rock house in the Chihuahuan Desert, knowing that sixty years before a Mexican mercury miner woke in the same rock house that he built with his own two hands?? Have you scratched and yawned, going outside to find your bike has […]

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Water Update

by John Orr Runoff Most of Colorado’s water users – municipal, agricultural, recreational and industrial – depend on annual snowmelt for their supplies. So it’s no wonder that many across Colorado watch the snowpack closely through the beginning of the water year and then anxiously anticipate the runoff. Will it come off too fast to […]

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Restaraunt Review

by Patty LaTaille Grimo’s 6380 U.S. Hwy 285 Poncha Springs, CO (719) 539-2903 Grimo’s restaurant has been a mainstay in Poncha Springs since 1985 – continuing to be family-owned and now operated by Frank Grimo. It’s a delightfully stereotypical “Italiano” sort of place; complete with a red, white and green striped outside awning, red linen […]

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The caboose

by Forrest Whitman This column is dedicated to two Colorado Central readers I ran into in a Salida coffee house. They tell me they are planning to go hoboin’ this fall. This column might prove useful to them. I love hearing hobos spin yarns, at least when they are fairly sober. I had an uncle […]

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Cultural Climate Change Down on the Ground

by George Sibley We’re hearing a lot about “climate change” these years – apparently an article of faith, like God: something you believe in or you don’t, or don’t really believe in but pretend you do, or sort of do believe in but pretend you don’t, as suits your politics and political friends in other […]

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An adventure in book publishing

By Hal Walter My little jab at the Literary Industrial Complex – Wild Burro Tales – Thirty Years of Haulin’ Ass – is nearly reality. Soon the book will be available in local retail establishments and on amazon.com. This collection of stories had its origins in my adventures on the Western Pack-Burro Racing circuit. But […]

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A Farmer Far Afield – Debt Is A Four-Letter Word

By John Mattingly Four-letter words are effective, on occasion. I don’t fall in with the pageant of people who claim all debt is bad. It would not surprise me if humans invented written language for the purpose of keeping track of debts. Marks on baboon bones (See Ishango baboon bones, Stone Age Africa) from over […]

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Review: Mother Jones: Raising Cain and Consciousness

By Simon Cordery Published in 2010 by University of New Mexico Press ISBN 978-0-8263-4810-4 $21.95 paperback; 224 pages Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons Social, political, and economic gulfs that are seldom probed in depth by popular histories exist between the mansions of mining kings in cities and the shacks of anonymous miners in ghost towns. […]

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