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Cottonwood

by Jacque Fisher The ancient cottonwood had stood alone for a century or more on the valley floor, its roots pushing deep into the arid soil in search of water. The venerable tree had weathered drought, storms, and time. Anchored to the earth, it stood as a solitary sentinel, greeting passersby for decades and outliving […]

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Dissecting Prop. 101 and Amendments 60 and 61

by Jeff Donlan What do you do with the anger of others? It’s hard not to get angry back. There may be a lesson in that, but when face-to-face with rage, what do you do? In this case, you vote. You vote No on the jumble of angry anti-tax, anti-public-sector measures contained in Proposition 101 […]

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How bad can it be?

by John Mattingly What’s the big political issue of the day? “It’s The Economy, stupid.” – a phrase used by Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign against George H.W. Bush. But what is The Economy? As my previous three articles that touched the elusive hide of the economic elephant should indicate, I haven’t the foggiest idea […]

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About Those Sponsors …

The sponsors of Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, also known as the “Dr. Evil Initiatives,” had to endure some uncomfortable questioning as well as fines after it was discovered they may have had ties to TABOR author Doug Bruce who has denied any hand in the budget-strangling measures.

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From the Editor

The hard drive on my computer decided to call it quits early this September and boy, was I relieved. For the less tech-savvy readers the hard drive basically stores all the data on the computer, which in our case includes advertisements, current and past articles, back and current issues, graphics, photos, etc. – basically everything […]

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Bat Masterson; Buena Vista Marshal? Part 2

by Charles F. Price The murder of Buena Vista Policeman Tom Perkins and the fate of his killer William H. Canty made big news around Colorado. The Boulder News and Courier reported on May 14, 1880 that when the train bearing Canty to Denver reached Como, “a gang of men appeared” bent on releasing him. […]

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Politics 2010: Gunning for One Another

By Martha Quillen I vaguely remember a time when politicians shook hands and held babies; when they promised us better roads, schools, and lives. But it’s been a long time. Now they’re promising to “take out Harry Reid,” “take back America,” and repeal the fourteenth Amendment.” Currently, Republicans are eagerly campaigning to reduce government budgets […]

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A New High School for Salida?

This November Salida residents will be given an opportunity to vote on a bond which would allow for the construction of a new high school. School bond 3A would approve a $17.9 million bond, payable over 20 years, which would qualify the school district for a $12.5 million B.E.S.T. grant to build a new high […]

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“Luck” Takes Hard Work

By Susan Tweit “You are so lucky,” wrote a reader in response to one of my recent columns. “Most people don’t live life in the full way you do.” My initial response was cranky. It’s hard to see the “lucky” in Richard’s brain cancer, and his second brain surgery in the past eleven months. (And […]

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Colorado’s Oldest Occupied Settlement

By Kenneth Jessen San Luis is the undisputed oldest occupied town in Colorado having been founded in June 1851 and subsequently incorporated. There is another community north of the Colorado-New Mexico line called Garcia. Although it pre-dates San Luis by two years, Garcia was never incorporated.

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Historic Theater Update SALIDA – The saga of the old Salida Opera House continues. The structure, which was built in 1889, was deemed unsafe in 2007 and has been the focus of much debate and consternation. Known locally as The Unique Theater, many locals are concerned that the negligence of the current owner will lead […]

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The caboose

by Forrest Whitman Fun Fall Train Trips Fall is a great time of year to take a train trip anywhere … crisp fall mornings add a little zest, and when those steam whistles blow you step right along the platform. Rail history buffs enjoy train trips just for the chance to retrace old routes from […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Patty LaTaille Potential Tragedy Not Quite Averted The “San Juan Express #216” passenger train westbound from Antonito collided with an Antonito track “tie crew” motor car, injuring two Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad on Aug. 31. The crash occurred at mile post 311. Both men are expected to fully recover. The railroad is continuing […]

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A Leadville Family Tapestry

by Matt Hakala Editor’s note: Matt Hakala spent his early childhood in Leadville and Buena Vista. He attended the same elementary school as his parents (where his paternal grandmother was his mother’s third grade teacher). But it wasn’t until years later that he would discover just how much of his family history sprung from the […]

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