Jammin’ with the High Rollers

By Nathan Ward Whistle shrieked, rubber squeaked, eyes flared, arms pistoned and two “jammers” sprinted each other toward an imposing wall of women decked out in pads, helmets and grim looks. A shuck, a jive, a dip to the left, and a fast woman jammer named “Pain in the Bass” burst through the wall, skates […]

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Down on the Ground with the Disappearing Middle Class

By George Sibley So America, how’s that tightey- whitey Tea Party workin’ out for ya? I have to ask – but I’m kind of embarrassed by the question. It just shows I’m infected by the same semi-focused anger and frustration as the rest of the dying American middle class. I’m just coming at it from […]

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Convection

– by Magda Sokolowski Like a jackrabbit the desert reared up against the high-cold in green-grey clots. The cheat of grass, the sheen of ice-ground, dense & the dull straightaway of road, the welcome turn – sudden & slow to find them there.

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The White Pine Cone Newsletter

One of our former subscribers who was also an area publisher passed away in August, 2010. Gerald Lee Hitt was a 22-year U.S. Air Force veteran and resident of Albuquerque who also owned at cabin in White Pine. He his wife Lois produced a monthly publication, the White Pine Cone Newsletter for over fifteen years, […]

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regional restaurant review

Little Cambodia 135 N. F Street Salida, CO 719-539-6599 by Elliot Jackson It was a couple of years ago, on a trip to San Francisco, that I became acquainted with Phò. I remember the meeting vividly – I was sitting at a large table in a Vietnamese restaurant, surrounded by the family and friends of […]

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What does it mean to buy local?

Hal Walter Let’s just start by saying I rarely join anything. I tend to march to the beat of my own drum, color outside the lines, work independently, etc. And that’s why it’s odd to suddenly find myself on the board of the local farmer’s market. Over the winter I was approached about being on […]

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From the Editor: Road Trip

I took a rare week off in early April for a Colorado road trip. In less than seven days I traversed six mountain passes, twice crossing the Continental Divide. My first stop was the Colorado National Monument near Fruita for a rendezvous with a friend. In my 30-plus years in the state I’ve never visited […]

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Quillen’s Corner

By Ed Quillen Perhaps no document except the Bible gets parsed and analyzed as much as the U.S. Constitution. There are those who take the Bible literally and those who see it as mostly metaphor, and there are those who want to apply “strict construction” to the federal constitution, and those who are comfortable with […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Over the River EIS Scheduled for May CANON CITY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has indicated that the environmental impact statement for the proposed Christo and Jeanne-Claude art project, “Over the River,” will most likely be released in May. The EIS is required for any project that “significantly affecting the quality of the […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Patty LaTaille Hot and Dry – Beware – It’s Fire Season Due to the lack of snow on the peaks and no precipitation this winter, the SLV is scary dry. The “Green Fire” north of Alamosa in mid-April was one of the San Luis Valley’s biggest brush fires this season. 50-60 firefighters were at […]

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Tales from the Road – Cloudy Decisions

By Mark Kneeskern Sometimes, when I am torn to select between two paths, I allow external conditions to choose for me. After waiting for a while on an entrance ramp in the blazing heat for a ride, I feel like it’s about time to try the smaller highway … yet I might hook a long […]

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A Farmer Far Afield – Unexpected Consequences

By John Mattingly Throughout our history, conditions and perceptions have affected several events with unexpected consequences, including: 1. Incorruptible Peasants, aka Land Barons. When the U.S. opened up the Western United States to homesteading, the intent was to stimulate the Jeffersonian “incorruptible peasants” by granting them 160 acres – or 320 acres to a peasant […]

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HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE OF CENTRAL COLORADO

The First Baptist Church of Moffat, built in 1911, is an excellent example of the use of on-site formed, panel-faced ornamental concrete blocks in a small but elegant church building. The irregular plan and cross-gabled roof building is also noteworthy for its primary and secondary steeples and its use of pressed metal roof shingles and […]

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What we hope for: time to bloom

By Susan Tweit Living in the land of brain cancer is like riding a roller-coaster. One moment you’re on top of the world, and then whoosh, the track drops and you are hurtling down, down, down … One recent week, Richard emerged from his fourth brain surgery seeming like his old self, responsive, engaged, and […]

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