Farm as Solar Collector: Part 2

By John Mattingly Last month, I waved goodbye to my last commentary column by saying: But why should farmers get higher prices for their crops? Isn’t food already expensive enough? That good loaf of bread that used to cost a buck is now crowding six. What if I told you that loaf should really cost […]

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Water Update

by John Orr Forecasting water year 2011 November 1 is the usual start of the water year here in Colorado, although some – including the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – say it starts on October 1. That said, by the time December rolls around the new water year has started, irrigation is mostly […]

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Excerpts from ‘Around Monarch Pass’

Author Duane Vandenbusche, a professor of history at Western State College in Gunnison since 1962, is the author of several books on the Gunnison Country and Western Colorado. Until 2007, he doubled as a cross-country coach at the college, where his men’s and women’s teams won 12 national championships and produced three Olympians. In this […]

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Election Season Blues

By Ed Quillen In ways, I miss the old-fashioned Election Day. Our precinct polling place was across the street from our house, and I work at home. I’d look out the front window, and when I didn’t see many cars parked, I knew there wouldn’t be much of a line. Now we have “voting centers,” […]

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Letters to the Editor

The Representatives We Deserve To the Editor: On the Martha Quillen article (October 2010): Years ago when I lived in Jefferson County, I supported Don Brotzman. At one event I went to in the late 60s or early 70s, he said studies have shown an electorate gets the kind of government it deserves. Obviously he […]

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Historic Architecture of Central Colorado

This two-story, T-shaped building is situated in the center of Poncha Springs directly across from the town park.? Large cottonwood trees, purportedly planted in 1879, frame the front elevation.? The building is faced with red brick made at the Salida Brickyard and hauled by wagon to the site. The cross gable metal roof has wooden […]

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A Farmer Far Afield – Farm as Solar Collector

By John Mattingly Back in the late fall of 1976, I traveled down to Springfield, Colorado to participate in the Farmer’s Strike. I’d started farming in the late 60s when the markets got really good, especially in 1973 after the first Oil Embargo when commodity prices reached record high levels. When commodity prices fell off […]

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Statehouse Update

By Candice Geier Uplifting the Recession Despite the recession, Colorado is still placing high in economic growth when compared to other states, according to CNBC and Forbes Magazine. According to Forbes, Colorado is fourth in the nation for fostering businesses and economic growth. “Even in this tough economy, Colorado has remained aggressive, disciplined and focused […]

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Energy Matters: SOS: Schools on Solar

by Michael Brown There is an SOS coming from communities across the nation: Save Our Schools. With the rise of new financing tools like power purchase agreements (PPAs) and the right support from the public and politicians, we believe we have an answer: Schools On Solar. Schools nationwide are in dire fiscal straits and have […]

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Gratitude

by Laurie James Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things. ~Horace 800 million people go hungry everyday. really. 800 million.

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Down on the Ground with the Ecology of Fear

By George Sibley Cruising into election time, I find myself thinking about wolves. And fear. I have been following, in a layman’s way, the wolf restoration project in the northern Rockies. One thing I’ve learned is that wolf restoration is credited with restoring the unraveling valley ecosystem in and around Yellowstone National Park. Without going […]

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Restaurant Review

Alfonso’s Real Mexican Food 2801 East Main Street Canon City, CO 81212 (719) 276-0186 Driving through Cañon City on U.S. Hwy 50 it is easy to miss one of the best taquerías in Central Colorado. That’s because it is located inside a Conoco mini-mart off a frontage road on the southeast side of town and […]

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Book Review: The Book of John

The Book of John, By Kate Niles O-Books, paperback, 225 pages ISBN-10: 1846942918 ISBN-13: 978-1846942914 Reviewed by Annie Dawid Surely we are all autistic at some level, in some place in our hearts? Living in this country, with its glamour and malls, its stream of cars, its TV and competition, is like battering yourself against […]

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Frizzell, Shaman

The Imagery of Charles Frizzell

What would be the best course of action when the director of the art department at your college informs you just prior to graduation that you will never make it as an artist? That you are too “scattered?” In the case of artist Charles Frizzell, he chose to ignore her admonition and went on to […]

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Lines in the sand

by Virginia McConnell Simmons At times, people like to feel assured that some things will never change. For instance, God’s in his heaven, the Big Dipper points north, and if you go east or west on the 39th parallel, you can take a swim somewhere around the Mediterranean Sea or fry an egg on a […]

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