About the Cover Artist: Paulette Brodeur

Artist Paulette Brodeur, a longtime fixture on the Salida arts scene, has had a presence downtown longer than most. She opened her first gallery, The Art Studio, on East Second Avenue back in 1994 along with artist Marcy Csiky and later on, Steph Brady. She eventually relocated to the corner of First and Ninth Streets […]

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In Vino Veritas

Articles about winemaking in Central Colorado wouldn’t be complete without a toast (salute) to Salida’s Italian immigrant community. According to Dr. Francesco Gallo, in 2007, 11 percent of Salida’s residents were of Italian descent. Over half of those could trace their roots back to one particular town: Lago, in the province of Cosenza within the […]

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South Fork to Wasson at 12 Miles Per Hour

by Kenneth Jessen At the western end of the San Luis Valley, near the town of South Fork, passengers can enjoy a most unique railroad experience. It is a 12-miles-per-hour trip in a motorcar along the historic Creede Branch of the former Denver & Rio Grande Western Railway. Trips run twice a day between South […]

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Quenching the Parched West

By Michele Parenti A brisk, windy Saturday morning beckons Bill Zeedyk and a crew of “white collar muscles” to the Wolf Creek basin in Gunnison. It’s October in the high Rockies. The morning weather is turbulent with rain and snow as the shivering volunteers listen to the day’s instructions. Bill is wearing Muck boots, layers […]

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Surveying Chaffee County’s Historic Resources

By Fay Golson for The Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board Driving along the Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway (Salida to Poncha Springs and Buena Vista to Granite), buildings and structures come into view that have many stories to tell. Some of these buildings and structures are not visible from the Byway but instead […]

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Fine Wines of Central Colorado

Vino Salida By Ann Marie Swan Heaven is a place where Salida winemaker Steve Flynn can follow his calling as an artist. He’s created Vino Salida Wine Cellars with a spiritual vibe where he can get into a focused zone, taking chances while concocting unique, tasty products. “The winery is my art studio,” Flynn said. […]

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Inner Old Man, 2

By John Mattingly Getting old is supposed to be “no fun.” My Inner Old Man (IOM) hears this all the time from various uninformed folks who have failed to grasp that life is a terminal disease. Meaning: the Right to Life advocates have it backwards. Death begins at conception, not birth. The only guarantee that […]

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The Natural World

By Tina Mitchell A soft, descending “phew, phew” alerts me to a Mountain Bluebird in the vicinity; a few seconds later, a female zooms to a tree beyond one of the nestboxes I am monitoring. Inside the box, thin strips of juniper bark woven into a sculptural swirl confirm that this is indeed a Mountain […]

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Observations

The curtain has risen on yet another tourist season here in Central Colorado, and it’s looking to be a busy one. There also seem to be a lot of new faces in town and an uptick in housing sales that presumably has area realtors licking their chops. One curious theory about the popularity now gaining […]

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Wolf at the Door

By Slim Wolfe The article about teen texting etiquette in the May issue is a good reminder that socialization is largely a factor of limits and boundaries. One Santa Fe teenager recently told a story of going cold turkey (a drug addict’s expression for quitting a habit) for five days. People of my age never […]

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Down on the Ground with Us Endangered Species

By George Sibley You may not have noticed, but May 18 was “Endangered Species Day.” So it seemed a good time to reflect on an “endangered species” situation under evaluation in Central Colorado, mostly over here in the Upper Gunnison River valleys but also across the divide near Poncha Pass. The species allegedly endangered is […]

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Good Grass Makes Great Beef

By Hal Walter If you’re in the livestock business in the Wet Mountain Valley, what that really means is that you’re in the grass business. Few people know that better than Elin Parker Ganschow, owner of Music Meadows Ranch and Sangres Best Beef. Elin’s been in the grassfed beef business for nearly two decades, continuing […]

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Frontier Justice

By Jane Koerner The lonesome straightaway on Highway 24 lured me into complacency. For miles I had been defending my lightweight Honda Civic against the crush of bumper-to-bumper traffic and the shock of worn pavement. There is no vision like tunnel vision. I looked away from the gun sight of my windshield for some psychic […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

Fracking in the SLV Rio Grande County (RGC) commissioned a hydrological study of First Liberty Energy (FLE) to address widespread concern about negative effects of oil and gas exploration and development on Valley aquifers and water supply systems. This resulted in FLE’s acceptance of more stringent conditions than those required by the Colorado Oil and […]

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