Family

By John Mattingly We don’t choose our family – not in the same way we find best friends. There are some who believe we do choose our family by way of interbreeding during past lives, or by subtle shifts in the fifth membrane of the universe, or through a vibrational command of DNA polymerase. But, […]

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Stock

By Polly Oberosler My paternal grandfather, John Sherman Moses Cranor, born in 1864, was a sixth-generation American and worked at whatever he could to make a living, as did most during his time. In doing so, he inadvertently schooled his five children in lessons of resourcefulness, honesty and hard work that they soon needed. My […]

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Anthologizing

By Abby Quillen My four-year-old son Ezra takes a bite of his toast. “What happens when we die?” he asks after he swallows. I stare at my coffee. “I don’t know.” “Grandpa knows,” Ezra says. I nod. We’ve had this conversation quite a few times in the six months since my dad died. It’s like […]

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BEAR GULCH

By E.J. Phillips I reach up a wee bit higher, first with one hand, then the other, clinging to the round, gritty surface. My arms spread out and fingers grasp tight. Inch by inch I scale the rock until I reach a small scooped-out hollow carved by wind and rain. I wiggle into the little […]

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Browns Canyon on the Big Screen

After years of on-the-ground research and action that stretched all the way from the rapids of the Arkansas River to Washington D.C., the Friends of Browns Canyon (FOBC), a local nonprofit group, still needed an effective way to tout the landscape and allure of Browns Canyon, which lies between Buena Vista and Salida. They’d made […]

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Mrs. Caroline Kipling in Salida

By Mike Rosso One of Salida’s early residents went on to become the wife of a well-known author as well as a tragic and controversial figure herself. In the summer of 1884, Caroline Starr Balestier, aged 21, moved to Salida from New England with her brother Wolcott, then a promising young author. Wolcott had been […]

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The Elephant in the Parlor

By Virginia McConnell Simmons While I was reading about African elephants, I wondered about certain differences and resemblances between elephant and human families. In Louisa May Alcott’s well-known Little Women, Marmee goes on at Orchard House, wisely and gently tending to her brood while Father is far away doing man things. Anthropologists would call Marmee’s […]

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Families in Nature

By Tina Mitchell Every weekend from mid-March through early August, you’ll find me checking more than 100 nestboxes on our 39 acres in western Fremont County. Remember that scorching, enervating, record-breaking heat of last summer? Yep, I was out there, on foot, each Friday and Saturday afternoon, sweating, plodding – and having a grand time. […]

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In the Strangest of Places

By Eduardo Rey Brummel Even though it’s commonplace for me to be in bewonderment over the ways I find myself connected to this town, I still have difficulty not constantly calculating my cost to others. You could blame my upbringing. Dad made it a point to tell people, “I would have finished college, but I […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

By Patty LaTaille Solar Damages? Is Ron Briggs in a position to claim property damages due to Saguache County’s decision to permit California-based SolarReserve to build a concentrated solar power planet directly across from his property north of Center? Saguache County courts are willing to consider his case against the county, and it could be […]

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Regional News

Uranium Mine on the Horizon? Western Fremont County might become the site of multiple uranium mines if the price reaches a profitable threshold, according to The Mountain Mail. Black Range Minerals Colorado owns the mineral rights to 13,500 acres on the Hansen site, which contains one of the largest deposits of triuranium octoxide ore, approximately […]

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Regional News

Region Spared Flooding Despite the ravaging floods in Colorado’s Front Range foothills, the central Colorado region was spared the devastation but did receive large amounts of precipitation. As of Sept. 26, Salida received three inches of rain for the month, compared to an average of 0.89 inches. In Gunnison, 2.41 inches had fallen as of […]

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