Paddling the Inferno

By Erik Dahl Raft guides are commonly faced with diverse situations: rescuing a swimmer, cleaning up after a flip or coordinating the evacuation of a customer. As a guide, you expect these situations to arise and are ready for them. The afternoon of June 10, 2013 brought a situation that had not been considered as […]

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Walking in Ben’s Footsteps – Leadville’s Guggenheim Home

By Carolyn Coleman White For nearly 30 years, the decaying building at 134 West 6th Street in Leadville, Colorado was a party place, its windows kicked out and graffiti sprayed on the walls. Neighborhood teens used to gather there, leaving beer cans, cigarette butts and other paraphernalia scattered on the once-glossy hardwood floors. During the […]

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Dispatch from the Edge

By Peter Anderson How do you know when a place has become a part of you and you a part of that place? Thirty-five years ago, I lived in a small cabin under a very big sky. Like Crestone, it was at the end of the road. Well, not exactly at the end. You could […]

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A Rare Arrastra Near Buena Vista, Colorado

By Kenneth Jessen In its simplest terms, an arrastra is a grinder and dates back thousands of years. The grinding surface is typically flat bedrock situated near a stream. A vertical pocket is drilled into the rock, and a perpendicular pole is placed in the pocket. Attached to the pole near its base is a […]

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Coming soon: A New Ed Quillen Anthology

A daughter compiles a collection of her late father’s columns. Popular Denver Post columnist Ed Quillen died suddenly last June, leaving behind a lifetime of writing, including thousands of weekly columns. Abby Quillen, his daughter, is compiling his later columns into a sequel to his 1998 collection, Deep in the Heart of the Rockies. The […]

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Hot Springs City, Colorado

By Christopher Kolomitz Easing the car off the highway and into the dirt parking lot at Joyful Journey Hot Springs, visitors gaze east out across the landscape which is nearly free of obstruction. Few trees, even fewer buildings and a steadily blowing breeze greet them as they hustle into the warmth of the now modern […]

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Rocky Mountain Livestock Sales

One of Chaffee County’s Historic Resources By Fay Golson for The Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board “Although farming preceded ranching in Colorado and has long since surpassed it in importance, the great cattle ranches of the seventies and eighties first gave agriculture any considerable weight in the State’s economy,” according Colorado, A Guide to […]

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Down on the Ground with the Patriot Dream

By George Sibley I started writing this a couple days after Memorial Day – the beginning of “the patriot season.” Memorial Day, followed by Flag Day which is now past, with Independence Day on the horizon; the patriot season. The patriot season began for me this year a couple days before Memorial Day. Every Friday […]

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Regional News

Early Fires Keep Crews Busy Fire season is underway in Colorado, and judging by the damage done in June alone, it could turn out to be one of the worst on record. First, a fire which began June 11 at the Royal Gorge, west of Cañon City, burned at least 3,218 acres and destroyed 48 […]

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Rocky Mountain High – Colorado’s Other State Song

By Mike Rosso In our October 2012 issue, #223, we wrote about Colorado’s first official state song “Where the Columbines Grow” by A.J. Fynn, which was adopted in 1915 by the General Assembly. In March of 2007, “Rocky Mountain High,” by singer songwriter John Denver, was named the second official state song by the Colorado […]

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An Interview with Area Native Billie Love

Conducted by Tyler Grimes Billie Love’s grandfather fought with, and fell behind, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s regiment and lived to tell the tale. Her father was a brick mason who worked on notable Chaffee County buildings such as the Buena Vista Correctional Facility, the Smeltertown smokestack, and Salida Middle School. When Franklin D. Roosevelt […]

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A Point Of Diversion or: A Fluid Curiosity

By John Mattingly This is the first in a series of articles about “fluid curiosities” of Colorado water laws as they may apply to the San Luis Valley, where water users and attorneys are in the process of forming subdistricts to achieve sustainability in use of the Valley’s rechargeable aquifers. This series comes, of course, […]

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A Cold and Broken Hallelujah

 By Jennifer Welch There is a certain amount of romance associated with farming; I can’t deny that this is true. Maybe it’s the idea of marrying a piece of land with a herd of livestock, or consummating that marriage with the careful placement of a seed deep inside a fold of the earth. There has […]

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The Caboose

by Forrest Whitman Ramblin’ Jack Talks Booze Trains It’s time to head down to the Vic in Salida and drink rye whiskey in honor of Ramblin’ Jack Snyder. When he passed away two years ago, we lost a repository of Colorado rail history. The story is that he drove his aging Cadillac to a Denver […]

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Onion Thief

By Laurie James, Salida, Colorado A woman I saw yesterday had small crooked hands that clutched at her coat to keep the cold out. Her head was wrapped in scarves, like snakes ready to strike.

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