The Return of Alces alces shirasi

Moose foothold gaining strength in Central Colorado By Christopher Kolomitz Once considered a rarity in the state, moose are quickly becoming another attraction to the Colorado wild lands, right up there with snow-covered peaks, blazing aspen stands and cold, clear streams. Specifically, it’s the Shiras moose that has tourists and locals doing a double-take. Typically […]

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The Fryingpan-Arkansas River Project at 50

By George Sibley Part I: The “Political Infrastructure” for Trans-mountain Diversion Driving down U.S. 24 from Leadville to Buena Vista, along the Arkansas River that carved the valley, you don’t have the feeling of traveling past a man-made waterworks. It is in fact a beautiful stretch of river that looks quite “natural.” You have to […]

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Q & A with Colorado State Senator Gail Schwartz

Senator Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass) was elected to represent Colorado’s Senate District 5 in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. Previously, she was elected to serve on the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado from 2000 to 2005 and, before that, she was appointed by Gov. Roy Romer to the Colorado Commission on Higher […]

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Patience and time scouting pays off for Twin Lakes hunter

By Christopher Kolomitz Don Mann isn’t the type of guy that gets nervous very easily. The former Marine and accomplished hunter has bagged some of the more notable animals in North America – mountain goats, desert sheep, caribou, Dall’s sheep, Rocky Mountain bighorn, Canadian moose and more. But, with the 2011 moose rifle season approaching […]

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Book Reviews

Crooked Creek by Maximilian Werner Torrey House Press, Paperback, 178 pp, $15.95 ISBN-10: 193722600X ISBN-13: 978-1937226008 Reviewed by Annie Dawid “Not to have known – as most men have not – either the mountain or the desert is not to have known one’s self. Not to have known one’s self is to have known no […]

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Leadville’s Favorite Unsinkable Titanic Survivor

By Joyce B. Lohse “It isn’t who you are, nor what you have, but what you are that counts. That was proved in the Titanic.” – Margaret Brown, The Denver Post, April 27, 1912. Margaret Brown, wife of Leadville mining engineer “J. J.” Brown, was an outgoing woman with a lot to say on many […]

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Water Update

by John Orr The National Ski Areas Association Sues the Forest Service Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs was speaking over in Breckenridge a couple of years back and told the group in attendance that “the water ditch is the basis of society.” Colorado law grew from those simple agricultural roots: put the water to […]

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Sculpting Humanity – Jaroso Artist Lynn Kircher

by Kenneth Jessen Jaroso was founded in 1910 as the southern-most point reached by the San Luis Southern Railway originating in Blanca, 31.7 miles to the north. A year later, Jaroso (pronounced Hah-roh-soh) got its own post office and with rail access, it grew to become an agricultural trade center. The Dust Bowl, the Great […]

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Sagebrush Rebellion, An Update

By John Mattingly The Western United States have always thought of themselves as different from the East, so it isn’t surprising that in matters of States’ Rights, the Western States burned their own brand of mischief, which, in one curious case became known as the Sagebrush Rebellion. Sagebrush rebels practiced “uncooperative federalism,” or provocative non-compliance […]

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The Crowded Acre

by Jennifer Welch “Thirteen Pair of Winter Cardinals” Winter. It means something different to everyone. To me, it is the longest and slowest of all the seasons. It carries with it the least variability, gelatinous and dark, a time for reflections and musings. Sometimes it seems as though time stands still in winter; frozen within […]

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Regional News Roundup

By Christopher Kolomitz Parolee dies in Chaffee Barn Fire BUENA VISTA – A parolee sought by Chaffee County authorities was identified through dental records after his body was found March 8 in a burned out barn southwest of Buena Vista. David Butler, 46, of Summit County, was found in the small residential barn following a […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

By Patty LaTaille Wind Warning! Alamosa Elementary students and staff were advised to relocate to the gym if winds are sustained or gust at over 50 mile per hour. Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., of Lakewood, discovered that both school buildings, excluding the gyms, need reinforcement to withstand wind and earthquake forces. In a letter […]

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Dispatch from the Edge

By Peter Anderson Dear Matt: Sorry I missed your wedding. The East Coast seems further away than it used to. And I’m sorry I haven’t met your honey. Now your little boy is two maybe three and soon you will be driving him to school. When you were here, I was carrying Rosalea up the […]

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Church and State

By Ed Quillen Although I was born in 1950 and was thus around for the 1952 and 1956 presidential elections, I don’t remember them at all. Such recollections start with 1960, John F. Kennedy vs. Richard M. Nixon. My fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Wentworth, had us follow the campaign. We had to bring in a campaign […]

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