A Farmer Far Afield – Crazy Christmas Past

By John Mattingly We had a crazy Uncle Bob in our family. He wasn’t clinically crazy, he was just odd. My mom said he turned “funny” when he was born and never straightened out. He visited us at Christmas for many years when I was a kid. I actually thought Bob was pretty cool. He […]

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The “War” for the Royal Gorge

by Judy Suchan Two aggressive railroads, hastily built forts, a cannon commandeered by the legendary ‘Bat’ Masterson, gunfire, and a legal battle that raged in the courts for almost two years. This was the little known Royal Gorge War, an event that helped shape Colorado’s, as well as the nation’s transportation system. In the late […]

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From the Classroom – Held Hostage in my Heart

by Olivia Lowe It was a struggle for him, my family, and me. I think most of us were ready and had prepared ourselves, but not me. My grandpa had six children, a farm clustered with exotic giraffes and tigers, a superlative life, and many talents. In fact, he still holds the record for the […]

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Down on the Ground with the Constitution

By George Sibley At the coffee shop a few months back, one of the local Tea Partiers slapped a petition down on my table: “We want all government officials to adhere to the Constitution of the United States.” Well – what’s to disagree with there? I signed it. But I was left with the uneasy […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP

Some Steamy Issues NATHROP – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has decided to issue a lease for geothermal development near Mount Princeton to 3E Geothermal. The bureau received 16 letters of protest from residents and landowners in the vicinity of the proposed lease whose concerns focused mainly on fears of water contamination.

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Faro: A Real Game of Chance

by Jan MacKell “The ancient card faces painted on the layout were doubtless faded and worn but to my boyish eyes they glowed like a church’s stained-glass window … (Gaye) started drawing the cards one by one from the battered old silver box. As he drew, I could see his lips move and knew he […]

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Dates for a New Year

by Ed Quillen Never have I been much of a joiner, but I do belong to the Salida Business Alliance and just got re-elected as its secretary. The SBA puts on the Parade of Lights on the night after Thanksgiving and organizes the community Independence Day celebration. I didn’t join out of some burning desire […]

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From the Editor

“Is that Ed?” Several readers commented about the photo on the cover of last month’s issue, wondering if Ed Quillen had somehow been magically transported into the past to play the role of Santa among a group of Salida youngsters. While we freely admit there is a certain resemblance, Santa is highly unlikely to have been him, […]

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Endurance

We are here to endure the beams of love.,– William Blake Rays of kindness so intense one glimpse could melt the thousand- year ice of a cruel glare instantly,

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Food safety bill serves up concerns for locavores

By Hal Walter “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson is surely spinning beneath the Monticello sod over recent Congressional passage of […]

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When Good Intentions Get Out of Control

By Susan Tweit Last September, my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Although she was intellectually very much “still here” in her words, her short-term memory became increasingly unreliable and her body began to fail. Mom was always a cheerful, good-natured sort, but with Alzheimer’s came agitation and apprehension. What seemed to help most was […]

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Book Review

Breaking into the Backcountry By Steven Edwards University of Nebraska Press, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-8032-2653-1 $16.95, 179pp. Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel Just last week I had a brief conversation with a friend regarding the lack of male rites of passage these days. Breaking into the Backcountry is about things explicit and implicit. One of those […]

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I am a U.S.Census Survivor

by Michael L. Bullock Personally, I had no problem filling out and returning my family’s 2010 U.S. Census questionnaire – my wife took care of it. But as a newly unemployed Colorado newspaperman in January of 2010, I took the bait. It was hidden within the pages of the local paper: “Help wanted. 2010 U.S. […]

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