Land conservation, local farming go hand-in-hand

By Hal Walter We don’t often think of the conservation and local food movements as being interrelated. However, two events I recently attended spelled out just how interconnected two causes could and should be. Central to both are undeveloped land and clean water, and healthy local economies. It’s an often overlooked fact that agriculture in […]

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The caboose

by Forrest Whitman A Magic Goose Ride A buddy and I just rode the Gallopin’ Goose #5 on the Cumbres and Toltec R.R. It was a magical ride. We started out in a rainstorm at Chama; and as we reached the summit, a full moon lit up the golden aspens. There were deer, elk and […]

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Restaurant Review – The Asian Palate

By Sue Snively  The Asian Palate 328 E. Main St., Buena Vista, CO 719-395-6679 Hours: Lunch – Mon, Wed – Sat: 11am-2pm Dinner – Mon, Wed – Sunday: 5pm-9pm   For a small town with many eateries, it doesn’t take long in Buena Vista to find a type of food that will satisfy your tastes […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

By Patty LaTaille DA Denied Weapons Permit 12th Judicial District Attorney David Mahonee was denied a concealed weapons permit based on a FBI fingerprint match between Mahonee and a David Huey that reflected an arrest record from a crime committed in Minnesota, 1971 in prohibiting the possession of firearms. Huey (now known as David Mahonee) […]

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Mission: Wolf – A Refuge in the Wet Mountains

By Tyler Grimes Kent Weber enters a gate into the fenced-in home of three wolves. He makes his way down into the aspen grove where the wolves are dispersed, playfully calling them. They perk up from their food-induced stupor brought on by the 15 pounds of meat they gorged on the previous day. The wolves […]

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Regional News

Wildfire in Custer County Destroys Homes WETMORE – A forest fire in Custer County has burned nearly 2,100 acres near Wetmore and was at 65% containment as of press time. Hundreds of nearby residents were forced to flee their homes, of which 14 were destroyed in the Greenwood area. Among those who sustained the loss […]

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Rural Philanthropy – Funding Nonprofits

By Elliot Jackson The city of Salida got to do one of the things it does best in September. To welcome a special group of economic developers, it threw a walkabout of its art galleries and local businesses for the 300+ participants of the Heart of the Rockies Region Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD). The walking […]

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Economic Development in Central Colorado

By Ann Marie Swan Like a siren’s song, economic development efforts are meant to lure new businesses to the Arkansas Valley. These efforts must also support and enhance deeply rooted local businesses. Keeping both pieces of the economic puzzle in mind, the billion-dollar question remains: how do we retain and create sustainable jobs while maintaining […]

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Elections, Magazines and Surveys

As I write this we are only days away from the next “big” election. Along with this comes a high level of anxiety among the populace that, in some cases, is alleviated somewhat by the Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series. Not having even basic cable TV service, I can only begin to imagine […]

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Down on the Ground with Democracy and Money

By George Sibley By the time you are reading this, the Great Election of 2012 may be in the can, since voting has been going on in most states for weeks, along with the ubiquitous polling. But whoever wins whatever offices, we probably ought to put in some time evaluating this election – perhaps around […]

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The Lobato Bridge

The Lobato (Costilla Crossing) Bridge is the southernmost bridge over the Rio Grande River in Colorado. It sits on County Road G between Antonito and Jaroso, Colorado and was originally constructed in 1892 by Joseph F. Thomas. He was a civil engineer and the Conejos County Surveyor and lived in Manassa, Co.. The bridge was […]

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Arkansas Traveler: Fall Fishing for Brown Trout

Dateline – Near Salida and Cañon City, Colorado. It seems counterintuitive, a misnomer. The Arkansas River heads in the high country of southern Colorado, and a portion of northern New Mexico. It’s the fourth longest river in the United States, obviously named for an encounter in its namesake state. But it seems like it ought […]

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Fall Back

By John Mattingly In this election year, it seems worth doubling down on the “back” part. I remember a time, not so far back, when politicians resembled statesmen. Today – even if one sets aside the petty barbs of campaign advertising and debates – the process has become dominated by polls, super PACS, focus groups, […]

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