Taking Flight in Villa Grove

For a week or so this summer, the majestic Sangre De Cristo mountains served as the backdrop for a colorful array of gravity-defying crafts, catching thermals and drifting on the wind. Dubbed Colorado Fly Week, an event held this past July just east of Villa Grove hosted nearly 130 hang gliders and paragliders from all […]

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About the Cover Artist: Tiffany Hodges Smith

Tiffany Hodges Smith took this month’s cover photograph during Colorado Fly Week, held this past July at her home near Villa Grove, Co. The event, celebrating hang gliding and paragliding in the U.S., was the result of more than a year’s planning and preparation on the part of Tiffany her hang-glider husband, Larry Smith. 

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The Settling of the Old West, Once and For All

By Martha Quillen The other day someone at the library asked me a history question that I knew Ed could have answered easily. But calling Ed is no longer an option. Every day I find at least half a dozen new reasons for missing Ed, but this was not merely about my sorrow at losing […]

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Tough Month

It’s been an abysmal news cycle in Colorado since our last issue. First, we had one of the worst fires in our state’s history. 346 homes were destroyed on the edge of Colorado Springs in the 18,247-acre Waldo Canyon fire which started on June 23. As of press time, the cause has yet been determined. […]

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Lasting Impression of a Cow

By Hal Walter As cows go, she was an amazing animal, one of the original 14 head of cattle purchased from Virgil Lawson when we started this little venture in natural beef seven years ago. He insisted we had to have her as a “lead cow.” She’d keep the herd together, and was “bucket trained.” […]

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A Technical History of the Two-Wheeler

By Eric Sampson Since we here in Central Colorado have been singled out as a bicycle mecca, we thought we’d take a closer look at this enigmatic machine. First, consider what life may have been like at the dawn of the 19th century. Most in the community lived and worked on local farms, some distance […]

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Riding the River Home

By Susan Tweit In July I spent four days on the Green River, floating the canyons of Dinosaur National Park as a “mind guide” for a trip with Colorado Art Ranch. Let me say right off, I am not a river-girl. Whitewater does not make my heart sing; in fact, the rumble of a river […]

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Water Update

by John Orr  Drought and Trout Back in May, Front Range cities were falling all over themselves telling their customers that there would be no watering restrictions over the summer turf season, despite the fact that a meager snowpack – rivaling the drought year of 2002 – was melting out weeks early. When the Upper […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

SLV – The Mecca for Solar Energy in Colorado U.S. Secretary of the Interior and native of the San Luis Valley Ken Salazar released the final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on July 24 identifying potential utility-scale solar development on public lands in the west. All of the solar zones specified in Colorado are targeted […]

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The Railroad Tunnel that Shut Down a U.S. Highway

Editor’s note: This article originally ran in the Leadville Herald-Democrat on July 18. Reprinted with permission. The collapse of the old Denver & Rio Grande tunnel on U.S. 24 takes readers back to 1890 when the tunnel was first constructed. According to drgw.net, a website dedicated to preserving the history of the Western D&RG Railroad, […]

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Regional News

Mutilated Animals Found in Gunnison County A string of mutilated livestock has been reported in Gunnison County and parts of Saguache County too. A horse and several cows were found dead in the last week of July with parts of their mouths, lips and tongues removed. One cow even had its hindquarters and backstraps removed. […]

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Another America

By George Sibley Earlier this summer a group of around 70 people, mostly from the Upper Gunnison River side of Central Colorado, enjoyed a tour of Blue Mesa Dam as part of a commemoration of the commencement of construction on the dam 50 years ago this summer. Bureau of Reclamation managers and engineers showed us […]

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Motoring the Back Roads

By Phillip Benningfield So often we are stuck on the paved roads, busy highways, four-way stops; relegated to the same path, or in too much of a hurry to get to the next stop. Here’s an novel idea: sit back, roll down the windows, cruise slowly and play “Lowrider” on the 8-track while your passenger […]

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