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New Status for the Historic Matchless Mine in Leadville

by Faye Golson Editor’s note: Salida resident Faye Golson describes her efforts to place the famous Matchless Mine on the National Register of Historic Places. The letter came in the mail not as a complete surprise. Return address – Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, Denver, CO. “We are pleased to announce the listing […]

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Winter calves

by Hal Walter When I started out with cattle, everything I knew about them was stated on the biggest check I’ve ever written for nine cows and five calves. That was in 2005 and I guess I’ve learned a few things about bovines since. We’re in what is known as the “backyard beef” business, and […]

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From the Editor

By Mike Rosso February 2011 was a tough month for dictators – and journalists. While covering the uprisings in Northern Africa, many journalists were abducted, arrested, beaten and in some cases, lost their lives. CNN’s Anderson Cooper was roughed up on the Egyptian streets by Hosni Mubarek’s thugs. Worse was the vicious assault on Lara […]

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Down on the Ground in My Backyard

By George Sibley Over here in the Upper Gunnison valley, we have a problem – one that not everyone in central Colorado would call a problem. Leadville, for example, would probably love to have our problem: a mining company with a bunch of money wants to develop a molybdenum mine on Mt. Emmons, the mountain […]

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Book Review

The Gospel of Progressivism – Moral Reform and Labor War in Colorado, 1900-1930 By R. Todd Laugen University Press of Colorado ISBN 978-60732-052-4 Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons Fans of the Old West tend to forget that Colorado burgeoned in scarcely a half century from a mostly wide-open frontier territory to a state replete with […]

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A Farmer Far Afield – Tat for Tit

By John Mattingly Most of what I know about farming I learned from other farmers, and many who influenced me the most never spoke to me. Unlike most other professions, a farmer’s work is out in plain sight. A farmer’s roof is the sky; open air his workplace. Some farmers will try to make their […]

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STATE HOUSE UPDATE

by Candice Geier Now that the lame duck session is over and legislation is back in session, amendments are filling the house and senate floors quickly. Included in the bills are immigration reform laws, state funding, constitutional protection, education funding, job protection, tax spending transparency, consumer protection and unbiased hiring practices.

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The Future of Solar Energy?

By Mike Rosso High on a ridgetop south of Salida sits the possible future of solar energy generation. In May 2010 the SolFocus Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) system, the first of its kind in Colorado, began generating electricity from the sun on property owned by Salidans Michael and Joyce Ferree.

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A Bittersweet Miracle

By Susan Tweit My Mom, Joan Cannon Tweit, the California girl who grew up hiking and camping with her father, who had such perfect pitch that her high school choir director used her voice instead of a tuning fork to start concerts, who met my Dad in college at Berkeley and was married to him […]

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Q&A with San Luis Valley Musician Don Richmond

Don Richmond has been performing in the Colorado-New Mexico area since about 1970. He has released six solo recording projects and has played with a number of bands including Tumbleweed and The Rifters. He has composed and recorded musical soundtracks for three documentary films seen nationally and internationally. Don also owns and runs a recording […]

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The End of One Maddening Era; The Beginning of Another

By Martha Quillen Americans are mad. (or at least they talk about politics as if they’re mad). But what are they mad about? The recession? Foreclosures? Taxes? Bail-outs? The deficit? All of the above? Or none? Are we mad because pols and pundits deliberately fuel our fear and rage to further their own narrow interests? […]

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Regional Restaurant Review

by Suzy Patterson Barry’s Den Café 27077 US Hwy. 50 Texas Creek, CO (719) 275-3275 Need a great excuse to visit Texas Creek, Colorado? Two words: “Barry’s Den.” This unassuming little roadside café pretty much is Texas Creek. You’ll find it about midway between Salida and Cañon City on U.S. 50 at the junction of […]

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Modern Mayberry in Downtown Buena Vista?

By Jennifer Dempsey When John Grove and Shawn Woodrum took over the State Highway building at 402 Main Street in Buena Vista a year and a half ago, they weren’t exactly sure what the 5,000 square foot warehouse would become. “We’ve just basically done it by the seat of our pants,” said Grove, 45. “If […]

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