Ghosts of Slopes Past

By Christopher Kolomitz Skiers seem to always go big. Big air, big adventures and big falls. And they dream big, too. This year, many are dreaming of massive amounts of snow following a lackluster season last year. More than 30 years ago, developers of two ski areas in Central Colorado were dreaming as well. Separated […]

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Pioneer Ski Area – Colorado’s First Chairlift

By Duane Vandenbusche The Pioneer Ski Area began during the winter of 1939-40 and was located three miles up Cement Creek and eight miles south of Crested Butte on the side of spectacular Cement Mountain. Pioneer would become famous as the first ski area in Colorado to employ a chairlift. The ski area was hatched […]

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Regional News

Voters Kind to Kids Several area school districts hit the jackpot this November when voters passed ballot measures supporting school replacements and improvements. In Salida, the 3A bond passed, allowing the school district to qualify for a B.E.S.T. (Building Excellent Schools Today) grant to replace the Longfellow Elementary School. Voters in Buena Vista passed ballot […]

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Between Autism and Alzheimer’s

By Hal Walter Of all the holidays, Halloween is the one festivity that seems to turn out the entire Westcliffe community. If it’s a school day the kids strike out as soon as the bell rings at 4 p.m., swarming in costume, many with parents in tow, to the downtown business district. Some of the […]

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Water Update

By John Orr First Congreso de Acequias The oldest water right appropriation date in Colorado (April 10, 1852) belongs to the San Luis People’s Ditch on Culebra Creek on the western slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the San Luis Valley. The ditch is a historical artifact from the colonial days of the […]

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Down on the Ground with The Bracelet

By George Sibley Three score and ten. I’m there, so a couple months ago I put on the bracelet. For all the followers of the great billygod of the burning bush, his shepherd king and poet put it right there in the Bible – Psalm 90: The days of our years are threescore years and […]

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SLED DOG RACING Minus the Snow … and Sleds

By Tyler Grimes The weekend forecast called for cold temperatures and a chance of snow – ideal conditions for sled dog racing, one would think. But for the participants of Colorado Mountain Musher’s Dryland Mush, snow could mean race cancellation. But the snow held off and the 7th annual Dryland Mush was held at Adventure […]

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Chances.

The Crowded Acre by Jennifer Welch Late fall is easily my favorite time of year. The fading colors, the crisp air, the slow descent toward winter’s edge that consumes each sleepy day. It fills me with such gratitude that I often find myself sitting in the lowering sun, soaking up the last of the warmth, […]

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Some Year-End Restitutions

By John Mattingly 1. No more back talk on taxes. Taxes have been low for so long, there’s really only one direction they can go from here, like it or not. The proposed increases are not that large, yet they make a big difference over time to the growing national debt. But to hear the […]

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Former Colorado Ski Areas

Besides the ski areas mentioned in the previous articles, there are quite a few ghost ski areas around Colorado, including the area at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs which operated from 1959-91. Here is a list of others in our region whose glory days are long past. COMO – Indian Mountain Ski Area. The […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

Hard Core Prosecution A 72-hour hold for a suicide attempt delayed an ongoing criminal case in 12th Judicial District Judge Martin Gonzales’ court. Convicted thieves Carrie Dean, 50, and her husband, Richard Basinger, 67, were scheduled to appear for an already rescheduled sentencing date for knowingly possessing thousands of dollars of stolen property, but again […]

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Book Review

The Marble Room: How I lost God and Found Myself in Africa By Bill Hatcher Lantern Books ISBN: 978-1-59056-406-6 $18.00; 288 pp. Reviewed by Forrest Whitman When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we […]

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