Q & A with Colorado author Kent Haruf

A Colorado native, Kent Haruf is the award-winning author of five novels including “Plainsong,” published in 1999, which became a national bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award, The Los Angeles Times Book Award and The New Yorker Book Award; it won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award, The Midland Authors Award, The […]

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An Overview of Distilling

 By Tyler Grimes For those who don’t know the distilling process, most of the local distilleries would likely be willing to give a basics 101 course. Here’s a brief overview of distilling and some of the differences between spirits, starting with single malt whiskey: 1. Malt barley is placed into a mash tun, and basically […]

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The Trouble With Words

By Martha Quillen Lassie is crying and agitated. “What’s wrong, girl? Are you trying to tell us that Timmy is in danger again?” Forget Lassie and all that whining, barking and carrying on. Some fictional pets are far more erudite and even tell their own stories. There’s a new book out, Love Saves the Day, […]

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Regional News

Drones over Central Colorado? Residents of Central Colorado may be seeing more air traffic in the form of drones, the unmanned aircrafts used by the U.S. military for surveillance and weapons deployment. In late February, officials from Lake and Chaffee County met with John Huguley, a representative of a state group which wants to apply […]

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Inner Old Man

By John Mattingly Someone told me the other day that I needed to get in touch with my inner child. Nope. I neither have – nor have I ever had – any interest in being a child, especially when I was one. At every age, I wanted to get older: old enough to walk, go […]

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Places: Swinging rock

Swinging Rock has been a tourist attraction in Chaffee County for years. The random geological occurrence seems to defy the laws of nature and provides a great view as well. Just outside the former ghost town of Turret, a short and slightly strenuous hike will get you to the rock; and if you happen to […]

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State House Update

by Christopher Kolomitz 69th General Assembly A Democratic-led Colorado House and Senate have tackled a handful of hotbed social issues during a furious first three months of the 69th General Assembly. Limits on the size of ammunition clips, gun background checks for all, approval of civil unions for same-sex couples, and granting in-state tuition for […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

By Patty LaTaille Political Upset in Center The voters of Center recalled the mayor and two town trustees in a special election on March 19, while one trustee retains his position after the recall election over efforts to improve the town water system. Mayor Susan Banning was recalled by a 253-218 vote, and trustees John […]

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Getting out

By Hal Walter When I use the excuse that I don’t “get out enough,” what I really mean is I don’t get out of Custer County enough. Over time this actually becomes a problem. Driving skills deteriorate. Social skills vanish. Anxiety around people and crowds increases. I think a lot of it stems from working […]

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Slim Wolfe

I can remember when printing a photo was less common than it is today. Newspaper columns, ads, flyers and business cards hardly ever showed a smilin’ face, and readers had to form whatever thoughts they might according to printed words. What a hardship! I haven’t seen a doctor’s or dentist’s diploma on the wall lately, […]

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The New Spirits of the West

By Tyler Grimes Colorado has been known as a beer-brewing mecca for years, and recently that trend has shifted to micro distilleries. In early 2011 the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau had issued 18 distilling permits in Colorado. In November, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery in Salida received the 38th permit in the state. […]

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Bill Forrest: Inventor, Climbing Legend – 1939-2012

By Patty LaTaille When I was asked to write a story about Bill Forrest, I hesitated briefly. Having met Bill during an interview assigned by The Mountain Gazette, I spent a number of fascinating hours listening to his stories and poking around his workshop filled with all sorts of innovative climbing devices and snowshoe models. […]

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An Avian Symphony

By Tina Mitchell It’s spring morning, and I’m out with the dogs shortly after sunrise, heading to the low ridge to the east. It’s a peaceful time for us humans and canines. But once I shift my awareness, I can hear the air crackling with communications. “DEE-DEE-DEE.” (Mountain Chickadee) “CheeriLEE-cheerio cheeriLEE-cheerio.” (American Robin) A repeated […]

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