From the Editor

In August I received a call from State Senator Gail Schwartz’s campaign manager asking if I’d like to meet with the senator as she was to be in Salida for a few days. As the only candidate running for office this year who’s contacted our office, I agreed. We sat down on the sunny patio […]

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How Christo’s critics can change your mind

by Ed Quillen The first time I heard of “Over the River” was about the time Martha and I started this magazine, circa 1994. Christo and Jeanne Claude held a meeting in Salida, which I didn’t attend because I didn’t care. So what if some loopy artist proposed to suspend fabric panels across the Arkansas […]

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Creating Art En Plein Air

By Mike Rosso “I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” – Claude Monet They ply their craft, insects circling their heads. A sudden gust of wind upends several hours of work. Random clouds blot out the sun shortly before the dreaded rains begin […]

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Q & A with Gunnison author George Sibley

Colorado Central: How did you end up in Gunnison? George: Have I ended up here? Well, I probably will. Can’t imagine where else I would go now. I came to the Upper Gunnison to be a ski bum, after flunking out of the Army, but despite my best efforts I began gravitating toward respectability. Got […]

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Powerful Intentions

by Susan Tweit Last month, my husband Richard and I drove over the mountains to Denver for what we thought would be a routine brain MRI to monitor his recovery from brain cancer. Only the images showed something distinctly abnormal: several suspicious spots deep in the lower edge of his right temporal lobe.

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Pipes, Whistles and Fiddles in the Rockies

by Ellot Jackson When I moved to Colorado from Chicago over ten years ago, there were many things about the city that I found myself delighted to be leaving behind: traffic, crime and wild extremes of climate among them. However, the one thing I found myself indubitably missing – and craving – was its music […]

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Regional News

Primary Election Results Several contested election results occurred in the region in the August 10 primaries. In Chaffee County, current Sheriff Tim Walker beat his opponent, John Spezze by 12 votes – not enough to justify an automatic recount. Afterwards Spezze questioned the integrity of the ballot boxes but decided not to pursue a recount. […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

By Marcia Darnell Election News Alamosa voters said “yes” to a new city hall/library complex at Cole Park. The special election resulted in a 942-828 decision to fund a new building. Residents have yet to hear about a grant application that could kick in $2 million for the project. In Rio Grande County, Karla Shriver […]

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Tales from the Road

by Mark Kneeskern (Editor’s note: We introduced Mark in our August issue and invited him to contribute writings from the road as he currently uses his thumb as his primary mode of transportation.) Almost cut my hair … I amble to the roadside and it’s the first day of school again. An exciting moment. A […]

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State House Update

by Candice Geier In Colorado, bills for new laws and regulations often have a clause at the end of them. The clause states that if any petition is filed against the new regulation, the regulation will not take effect until approved by the people at the general election. The petition can object to the entire […]

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A Farmer Far Afield – The Payoff Pitch

By John Mattingly In previous articles the past couple months, “The Elephant in the Room,” and “Debt is a Four Letter Word,” I suggested: A. The world economy is locked-in on a growth ethic. Though I believe there are good examples of the limits to growth, and although such limits make common sense, it must […]

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Just Tell It On The Mountain

by Jeff Osgood The old man rose from his lawn chair, walked to the bank of Medano Creek, faced the buckskin rises of Great Sand Dunes National Park, and began to quote scripture. He flawlessly recited words about water coming to a dry land, life coming from a place of death, all through the divine […]

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Bat Masterson; Buena Vista Marshal?

by Charles F. Price One of the standard histories of Salida, Eleanor Fry’s Salida: The Early Years, asserts that famed Western lawman and gambler W.B. (“Bat”) Masterson once acted, albeit briefly, as town marshal of Salida’s upriver neighbor, Buena Vista. Wrote Fry, “Town fathers needed to rid the place of ruffians who ran off peace […]

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