Reviving the Palace

New Beginnings in Salida for a 100-year-old Hotel By Mike Rosso With the hiss of brakes and a jolt, you’ve arrived. It’s been a long, noisy journey from Kansas City, but now you can get some rest, a cold beverage and a hot meal. Claiming your luggage from the porter, you step into the slightly […]

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My Time at the Palace Hotel

By John Mattingly The winter of 1992 was so brutal in the San Luis Valley that I bought the Palace Hotel as a place to come where it was warm. I really liked the Hotel basement. My son and I had our private hibernaculum down there with a pair of old hospital beds, a poker […]

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Personal Narrative

By Jessika Vandivier The day my grandpa died I laughed. It was getting close to my eighth birthday. I had been at the babysitter’s all day when my dad called and said he was running late. When he finally came to pick me up, he wasn’t himself. On a normal day he would stay and […]

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Restaurant Review

High Mountain Pies 114 West 4th Street Leadville, Colorado 719-486-5555 by Chris McGinnis Tucked a bit out of the way in Leadville, High Mountain Pies pizzeria is housed in a bluebird-colored building about a half block off Harrison Avenue on West Fourth Street. It is a small yet comfortable, cute, family-friendly, homey place. Ample servings […]

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This Crazy Rural Life

By Hal Walter Many of us move to the country or the mountains to carve out a rural existence with the idea we are going to simplify our lives, get away from the craziness. Somehow it doesn’t always work out this way. At least it hasn’t for me. This notion occurred to me on a […]

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The Fryingpan-Arkansas River Project at 50

Part 3: The Fry-Ark Project  By George Sibley In 1948, after six years of study and planning, it finally happened: the Bureau of Reclamation released plans for a big project to bring water from the Gunnison River Basin through Central Colorado to the Arkansas River Basin. A really big project – exceeding the fondest dreams […]

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Improving Bighorn Habitat on Limestone Ridge

By Ron Sering Limestone Ridge is a prominent feature east of Buena Vista, just west of Chubb Park. The broad hillsides and the steep crags of Limestone Ridge, along with the alpine environment of nearby Buffalo Peaks, once served as ideal habitat for large game animals, including bighorn sheep. In recent years, however, the state’s […]

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SLV News

By Patty LaTaille Grief and Loss in the Valley Alamosa High School senior class president Anisa Montoya, 18, would have graduated this month. Serina Sena,14, was an eighth grader at Sangre de Cristo, and Selena Mascarenas, 14, was an eighth grader at Ortega Middle School. All three would be alive today if Gilbert Onesimo Sanchez […]

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Regional News

By Christopher Kolomitz Molly on the Move LEADVILLE – Climax Mine shipped its first bag of molybdenum concentrate on May 10 following a restart of the legendary mine atop Fremont Pass in Lake County. It was the first “moly” to be shipped from the mine in 17 years, the Leadville Herald Democrat reported. The mine […]

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Marriage

By John Mattingly With all the tough issues facing the U.S., such as a lingering war on terrorism, poverty, unemployment, a monstrous national debt weighing in on weak real estate values, not to mention the pointless bickering at most levels of government, it’s easy to understand why a politician would want to make a big […]

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Who’s in Charge of Immigration?

By Ed Quillen Sometimes I feel derelict in my duties as a citizen. For instance, I avoided paying much attention to the recent arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court about the Affordable Care Act. Like everyone else, I have only so much attention, and I’d rather focus it on things I might be able to […]

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Alien Diary

 By Breanna Workman  From the Buena Vista High School literature magazine, Persona, Jan. 2012. June 16, 1947 Well, that’s it. I’ve really messed up now. There’s no way around this one. I might as well commit social suicide. You see, I was minding my own business on the main deck of our grand Mother Ship […]

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Book Review

Kings of Colorado by David E. Hilton Simon & Schuster, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4393-8383-0 $14.00, 276pp. Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel One Chicago evening, William Sheppard’s father, drunk and two hours late to dinner, goes into another rage, this time, over the cold food. In defending his mother, thirteen-year-old Will stabs his father twice with a […]

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