News from the San Luis Valley

Plane Crash at the Sand Dunes Takes Two Lives A Piper PA-28 piloted by Monte Vista resident Richard Cutter, 69, crashed in a remote area on Medano Pass at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve on June 8. Cutter died in the crash. A passenger, Sandra Fitzgerald, 51, of Alamosa, died June 18 […]

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About the Cover Photographer: Ericka Kastner

Photographer, writer and event stylist by trade, Ericka Kastner lives in historic downtown Salida with her three school-aged children. She has worked as a photojournalist for The Chaffee County Times, The Mountain Mail and Colorado Central Magazine and shoots event photography for local running races.

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The Curious Crystal Ball Inside Mount Princeton

By Jane Koerner The logistical and technical challenges seemed daunting at times. A drilling site had to be found that met all the specifications of the geologists, who had to take into account the tectonic forces that continually shape Mount Princeton and the rest of the Sawatch Range. Permits had to be obtained from the […]

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From the Editor

Fall has definitely arrived in Central Colorado. Most of the aspen trees have shed their golden leaves, pickup trucks full of orange-clad hunters are making their way through town into the high country, numerous political signs are visible in yards throughout the city and the mountains are beginning show evidence of snow. It’s a shoulder […]

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Down on the Ground with the NFL

By George Sibley I went to my first NFL football game this October and am trying to figure out how to fit that into the context of my still-evolving but generally mundane sense of reality. My partner Maryo and I were again spending October in Wisconsin – her home state and home of much of […]

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Granite Stage Stop and Livery Stable

By Fay Golson for The Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board This Granite stage stop and Livery Stable is the fifth property featured from the Chaffee County Historic Resources Survey completed this summer. Granite was spawned by the stampede of prospectors struck by gold fever. The initial gold discovery in 1860 by G.A. Kelley along […]

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The Offering

By Jennifer Welch I was recently visited by a dear friend – the kind of friend who swoops in with a bottle of whiskey in hand and leaves you feeling more connected with your sense of being than when he arrived. On this particular visit, he happened to be in town the night before my […]

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Regional News

By Christopher Kolomitz Rockslide Tragedy Dwayne, Dawna and Kiowa-Rain Johnson, all of Buena Vista, plus two other relatives visiting from out of state, died in a rockslide Sept. 30 while they were hiking at Agnes Vaille Falls. Gracie Johnson, 13, was seriously injured after being trapped in the rubble. The deaths were a big blow […]

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Breaking the Shackles of Time

By Abby Quillen As many know, my dad died last summer, and I’ve been compiling an anthology of his work. By November 1, Deeper into the Heart of the Rockies will be available on amazon.com and at select bookstores. Occasionally, over the months of anthologizing, I’ve needed to access my dad’s email account to retrieve […]

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Book Reviews

A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography By Kayann Short Torrey House Press, paperback 215 pp $14.95  Reviewed by Annie Dawid   Thus must it be, when willingly you strive throughout a long and uncomplaining life committed to one goal: to give yourself! And silently to grow and to bear fruit. Rainier Maria Rilke, “The Apple Orchard”

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A Warning from Venus

By Jim Costello Beautiful Venus, striking and bright in the western evening sky, brought wonder and awe to human imaginations before the concept of a planet existed. Today, knowing what we do about Venus, those thoughts are stretched even further with critically important questions for Earth and life itself. When Venus is close to Earth, […]

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Treasure of the Sierra Sangres

By Hal Walter Largely because of geology, the Sangre de Cristo range was not heavily mined or prospected, though ironically, the town of Silver Cliff in the valley below was founded on minerals extraction. Still, over the decades, many have sought out other resources in the “Big Mountains” – timber, game, grazing, water. Some of […]

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