Hayden Ranch Today

Work continues on the ranch in the winter of 2011 under the watchful eye of Steve Harris, owner of Cloud City Builders and project manager for K.W. Construction and Restoration, Inc. in Leadville, the general contractor for Phases I, II and III. Phase I was completed in 2007, Phase II in 2010, and Phase III […]

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The Revival of the Hayden Ranch

By Michael Conlin Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Colorado Preservationist magazine and is reprinted by permission. A Brief History of Leadville In April of 1860, a small band of wizened prospectors, veterans of the 1849 California Gold Rush, stooped patiently over the bone chilling cold waters of a small tributary stream not far […]

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The Raku pottery of Mark Zamantakis

By Ann Marie Swan A unique chapter of South Park history is that for 27 years, Fairplay was home to a fire-breathing beast that belched smoke for days, luring artists, students and the curious to be near its flames. Master potter Mark Zamantakis fired up his massive three-chambered, wood-burning Japanese kiln in June at an […]

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Soaking by the Dunes

By Maddie Mansheim What was once an abandoned pool utilized to raise catfish has grown into a family-oriented swimming area that draws tens of thousands of visitors every year. The Sand Dunes Swimming Pool and RV Park, near Hooper, has revitalized itself into a place frequently visited by both locals and tourists alike. It offers […]

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About the Cover Artist: Gloria Jean Countryman

I have to confess that one of my favorite parts of putting out this magazine is coming up with the monthly cover art. As the first impression, I always try to find cover art that is eye-catching and unpredictable. This issue has several articles about ranches and ranching, so I began to mentally visualize what […]

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Honky Tonkin’ with The Frisco Canyon Ramblers

By Connie Vigil Platt Cowboys have always been known as hard riding, hard working men. They are also known to be ready and willing to have a good time. Being accustomed to the rhythms of a horse, they are naturally good dancers. They also appreciate a lively foot-tapping tune. Singing cowboys best describes the musical […]

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Random Thoughts

You don’t have to be a baseball fan, or even a Brad Pitt fan (I know you’re out there) to enjoy the movie Moneyball. It’s about the underdog 2002 Oakland As and their general manager’s unconventional methods of building a winning ball team. Apart from the high quality of the film, I was also struck […]

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Twenty Years of Making Music: The Alpine Orchestra

By Wendy Oliver When I first moved to Buena Vista, I expected to gain a traffic-free life in the mountains while losing out on performing arts. Three months later, I attended the 1999 Alpine Orchestra’s Christmas concert and discovered a high caliber community orchestra right in the Upper Arkansas Valley. By January, I’d dusted off […]

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Ghostly stories

By Hal Walter Believe in ghosts? I suppose I’m inclined to, mainly because I’ve had a few spooky experiences that apparently defy logic. In the spirit of Halloween and Day of the Dead, here’s a recount of some these events, and lest you think I’m making this stuff up, rest assured I’m really just not […]

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Solar Leasing and PPAs

By Jim Williams and Curtis Scheib Things are changing radically in the solar electric industry. Dramatic price decreases in the cost of solar electric panels within the last several years means solar is getting closer to grid parity in many parts of the country. Grid parity is when the costs of installing a solar electric […]

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Restaurant Review

Sugar and Spice Mountain Bakery 411 Main St. Westcliffe, Colorado 719)783-4045 by Ann Marie Swan Westcliffe has been blessed with Sugar and Spice Mountain Bakery, a Mennonite family-owned business with the redeeming quality of using sugar judiciously. Naomi Yoder, who owns the Main Street bakery with her husband, Jason, says she only uses “real ingredients” […]

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On the College Path: Mt. Yale

By Ladd Stevens I grew up in the fifties and sixties. Back in those days, not everyone who graduated from high school went to college. Some of my classmates went into the trades: you know, became plumbers, carpenters, electricians. While it was important that you got a good education and learned your three R’s – […]

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