About the Cover Artist: Susan Mayfield

Susan Mayfield is an artist known for her color- and light-filled pastel and oil paintings of the landscape of the Southeast and Southwest. She is a native of South Carolina and spent most of her life in the Charleston area until 2008, when she and her husband, Lee Hunnicutt, moved to Salida, where she paints […]

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Salida Depot

The postcard below, depicting the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot and  “Mount” Tenderfoot was provided to us by Christopher Kolomitz, a collector of Colorado memorabilia. Judging by the parked cars, the photo was probably taken sometime in the mid to late 1930s. We thought it would be fun to take a modern photograph from […]

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Leah Cerise: Evolution of an Artist

By Sue Snively He stands in the middle of the field, looking strong and personable, just waiting for the silly dog to charge. When the dog does, you can almost hear the bird laughing as he caws and flies away, only to return to the ground and wait for the next charge. The artist captures him […]

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Dispatch from the Edge

By Peter Anderson Other than a blue hole off to the west, from which a late afternoon sun throws a promised-land glow over the hills south of Del Norte, we are driving under a woolen-gray February sky. Crossing over the Rio Grande, gusts of Wolf Creek wind carry billowing sheets of snow down the frozen […]

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Down on the Ground at a Real Allegorical Cliff

By George Sibley Over here on the west side of Central Colorado, we seem to have achieved another victory over the underlying realities of modern life. The Bureau of Land Management bowed to strong local pressure and called off – for the time being – the leasing of some 20,000 acres of public land in […]

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The Dog Particle

By John Mattingly When the world’s physicists broke the big news, I heard about it secondhand from an ornery, partially deaf neighbor: “Well,” he said, shaking his head in wonder, “I guess them scientist fellers finally found that diggers’s bone.” After a courteous pause, I ventured confirmation, “Do you, by chance, mean the Higgs boson […]

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The General Store Cornucopia

By Phillip Benningfield Older roadside establishments in the San Luis Valley are scarce, happy to serve, and hard to resist. Ones that have endured hold on to putting one at ease and know being present is more important than speed. In our neck of the woods – or high desert – a handful of places […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP

Proposed Endangered Listing for the Gunnison Sage-Grouse On Jan. 13, 2013, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed the Gunnison Sage-grouse (GUSG) for listing as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The GUSG is only found in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. The GUSG is a unique species of bird, and in 2000 […]

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Colorado’s Transportation Pioneer, Thomas Jefferson Ehrhart

By Don Love The first miners and ranchers in Colorado’s mountain country depended on the rough roads that connected them to each other and to the world beyond. Popular interpretations of western history hold that railroads, which came to the mountain country in the 1880s, gave the region an economic boost that wagon roads had […]

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Seeds: The Missing Link?

By Tyler Grimes Photos by Beth Johnston The conference at Joyful Journey Hot Springs near Villa Grove was at capacity. People of all ages came to share seeds, offer gardening tips and celebrate the upcoming growing season. The Sprout Cafe offered organic concessions and Joyful Journey’s 42-foot grow dome was open for tours. Beekeeping information […]

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Sound of the Sun

  The sound of the sun sweeps the burning bowls of snow ignites all that is certain delicate flakes fall, then white wombs of night swell like a mystical ocean in the middle of the plains the Rockies rise above

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News from the San Luis Valley

By Patty LaTaille Severe Drought SLV residents experienced the second worst drought year on record for Colorado since 1895. 2012 was right up there with recorded extremely dry years at the height of the Dust Bowl. The U.S. Drought Monitor currently shows all of Colorado under dry conditions, with the eastern plains under extreme or […]

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Cross-Purposes Breed Cross Politics

by Martha Quillen We’ve all heard about people looking for love in all the wrong places. But where are you supposed to look for purpose in your life? At work? Home? Or Walmart? From family? Friends? Or religion? Through email? Or on Facebook? My husband died in June and my mother in December, and I […]

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I Say Saleeda, and You Say …

 By Kevin Patrick “I’m callin’ about the stay away.” “The stay away?” “Yeah. The stay away.” … “The STAY away?” We began again. The serves and whiffs went on for a ridiculous minute before I realized a transplanted New Englander was responding to an ad I’d run to get help rebuilding a stairway (“stay away”). […]

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