Civil War, Colorado

Colorado and the Civil War

By Kenneth Jessen The Civil War started 150 years ago when Confederate forces attacked a United States military installation at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. It might seem distant to Colorado, but it had an indirect effect on the state’s development.

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Illegals on Skate Skis with Dogs

by Ladd Stevens “Get up!” “What?” “We’re going skiing.” “Why? Where?” “Mineral Belt. We leave in fifteen minutes.” Late morning my wife found me on the sofa relaxing after a breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast. I just needed to lie down a bit before I started thinking about lunch.

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The Beckwith Ranch

Located A few miles northwest of Westcliffe off Colorado Hwy. 69, the historic Beckwith Ranch has been undergoing restoration by a group of dedicated volunteers in recent years. This spring a new phase of the restoration will begin when work starts on the interior of the main house.

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Patty LaTaille Update on the La Veta Pass Transmission Power Struggle In the latest round of opposition to the utility companies promoting a new transmission line proposal, an employee of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Engineer and renewable energy expert Richard Mignogna recently testified regarding the Public Service Company’s application to amend its […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Expanded Motorized Routes Challenged DENVER – Five environmental group are suing the U.S. Forest Service alleging that by approving expanded motor vehicle routes in the forest, it violated several federal laws. The group would like to remove 500 miles of expanded motor vehicle routes in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests. The expanded routes […]

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Central Colorado Census Data

We decided to brave the U.S. Census Bureau website (not for the faint of heart or Mac users) to see how the population numbers have changed over the past decade in our neck of the woods. Overall, Colorado gained 727,935 souls for a grand total of 5,029,196. Here in Central Colorado we saw mostly modest […]

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Home to Find the Grace in Each Day

By Susan Tweit Richard and I are home for a while, no small feat given the way our lives have been recently. We’ve been talking about how long it’s been since we’ve been home for more than a few days, enough time to reestablish any semblance of normal routine. (Whatever normal means when you’re living […]

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A Farmer far Afield – Imagine

By John Mattingly I believe it was Sartre who said, “The only people who have time to rock the boat are people who aren’t rowing. On the other hand, we all understand the need to drop your oars when you see the boat is headed over a hundred-foot waterfall.” It does seem that the threshold […]

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The Civil War and Us

 By Ed Quillen The American Civil War, whose sesquicentennial begins this month, started years before there was a place named Salida, and even its nearest battles were hundreds of miles away. Even so, there’s a big stone memorial that faces F Street from Riverside Park behind a park bench. The letters are getting indistinct, but […]

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From theEditor – War and Circuses

Since our last issue the world has seen tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, near-meltdowns at nuclear reactors, no-fly zones, allied bombing of Libya, new protests in Bahrain, Syria, Egypt and Yemen, forest fires in Colorado and Charlie Sheen. We’d like for our April issue to be a respite from all that but we do have to warn […]

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Book Review

The Present Giver A Memoir, by Bar Scott Alm Books 223 pages, paperback ISBN-13: 978-061544069 $13.95 Reviewed by Annie Dawid Recently decamped from Woodstock, New York, to Westcliffe, Colorado, at least for part of each year, singer-songwriter Bar Scott has published her first book, The Present Giver: A Memoir, which tells the story of her […]

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regional restaurant review

by Lum Pennington Teocalli Tamale 311 1/2 Elk Avenue Crested Butte, CO (970) 349-2005 www.teocallitamale.com This winter in Salida has been an anomaly: endless weeks of sunny, warmish weather with hardly a snowflake in sight. When even my Toyota began to whimper, longing for a cool slick of snow and ice in its treads, we […]

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Down on the Ground with the Debris of America

By George Sibley Jobs. I thought that was what the election last year was about – creating jobs, I mean. The party that was more or less in power, the Democrats, had promised jobs but weren’t producing them fast enough, so we the people turned the job of jobs over to the other party whose […]

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Water Update

Water Update by John Orr Denzel Goodwin The Upper Arkansas Valley said goodbye to cowboy, rancher and visionary Denzel Goodwin in February just before his 87th birthday. Goodwin (along with attorney Ken Baker) led the petition drive in the late 1970s that established the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District. Goodwin led the organization for 25 […]

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