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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Central Profile …

Name: Jacque Keller aka: That lady with all the tattoos. Occupation: Currently; artist – watercolors, acrylics, tattoos; reporter for the Wet Mountain Tribune; assistant librarian at West Custer County Library.

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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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A Gift for the Future

By Susan Tweit More than a decade ago, when Richard and I began restoring our “dream place,” the formerly blighted industrial property bounded by the thread of channelized creek where we live, we had no plan, no budget, and no real concept of how much work lay ahead. We did have a vision of healing […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

By Patty LaTaille Journalist Allegedly Attacked A temporary protective order alleging physical and possible sexual assault was filed on a former Saguache County Commissioner and current Center school board candidate after an incident Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Saguache County Courthouse. County Planning Commission Chairman and Center School Board candidate Bill McClure allegedly attacked Center […]

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Regional News Roundup

Western May Seek University Designation GUNNISON – Administrators at Western State College (WSC) in Gunnison are considering changing the title of the school to ‘university.’ The idea was discussed with WSC faculty and staff in late September. College president Jay Helman cited the establishment of a graduate program, capital improvement projects at the college in […]

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Isolation

By Ed Quillen One of the obscure pleasures of life in a little mountain town is the occasional dose of isolation. It snows all day with strong wind. The roads are closed, the phone and power lines go down. You have no idea what’s going on in the rest of the world, and you don’t […]

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Western Sky

I swear If you took me back I wouldn’t take even a second for granted For all we go through in this life For all the scars you can’t erase I just can’t understand with a New York Sky above me

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