Ed Quillen

By now many of our readers are probably aware that Ed Quillen, the founder of Colorado Central Magazine, passed away in early June. Ed was 61 years old and died of a heart attack while enjoying one of his favorite pastimes, reading a history book. His musings were a staple of this magazine and his […]

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Remarks by Dorothy Quillen

Editor’s note: Ed Quillen’s mother, Dorothy wrote the following remarks for her son’s memorial service held in Salida on June 10, 2012. On the morning of Nov. 12, 1950, a little baby bundled in a blanket was placed in my arms in my hospital room at the old Weld County Hospital in Greeley, Colo. This […]

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Remembering Ed

By Hal Walter Any of the following about Ed Quillen may or may not be true. And if it isn’t, it might as well be, since Ed has left us in an untimely fashion and I’m now free to libel him at will. Don’t blame me. It’s totally unfair to everyone that the likes of […]

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Columbine Quillen

In an era where children are constantly being asked, “What do you want?” or “What do you think?” might I offer you the Ed Quillen School of Child Rearing. The next time your child is clamoring at you to buy him something, don’t say no or tell your child to get a job. Instead quickly […]

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“Road Kill and More”

The past began to inch its way into the present, Waking her more often from a sound sleep, And prompted her to pick up her pencil and paper To jot down fragments of those dreams for later analysis,

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Dispatch from the Edge

By Peter Anderson The black fox, which is really a red fox, came by again this morning. Members of the red fox species – a misnomer as it turns out–may be gray, silver, sometimes tinted blue, and, most dramatically, moonless midnight sky black. I know the black fox is a red fox because it has […]

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What Ed Quillen Thought About

By Virginia McConnell Simmons How to chop wood, How to build a computer, Why stick shift is better in the mountains, And why the Angel of Shavano melts earlier each year. Whether you can see Tabeguache from Centerville.

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Book Review

Rescue in Poverty Gulch Historical Fiction for Ages 8 and up By Nancy Oswald Filter Press, paperback, 185 pp, $8.95   Reviewed by Annie Dawid The first in a new series by Cotopaxi author Nancy Oswald, Rescue in Poverty Gulch will delight children who get their hands on this book as well as the adults […]

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Down on the Ground with The Bard

By George Sibley “In the hope you don’t produce too much civilization in the Gunnison Country.” – Inscription in “Deep in the Heart of the Rockies” No one had thought this would happen so soon – the challenge of how to remember Ed Quillen. When I think about Quillen, I’m always thinking ahead to something […]

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ED QUILLEN QUOTES:

On Winter: “Now, I can live with harsh winters. I lived four years in Kremmling, where the daily high was often below zero, and the nightly lows reached Siberian depths. But coping with hard winters is like changing diapers – I may know how to do it, but that doesn’t mean I like it.”

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Waunita Hot Springs – The Power of One Woman’s Tears

By Cara Guerrieri As a young girl with romantic leanings, the legend of Waunita Hot Springs fascinated me. It is said that the tears shed by the beautiful Waunita, a woman of the Ute tribe, created the hot springs. She had fallen in love with a Shoshone warrior, who was then killed in battle. In […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

By Patty LaTaille Trinchera Ranch – Soon to be an Amazing Legacy Trinchera Ranch owner and conservationist Louis Bacon announced his intended donation of the 90,000-acre Blanca Ranch conservation easement located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Bacon owns the Blanca and Trinchera Ranches located north and east […]

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Accessory Dwelling Unit

By Christopher Kolomitz Seeking to maximize buildable lot space and spur urban infill, a new take on an old solution is gaining steam in Salida and around the region as more and more people begin to construct accessory dwelling units. The units are basically a second living space constructed on a lot with an existing […]

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