About the Cover Artist: Stuart Codington Andrews

A resident of Buena Vista since 1984, Stuart Codington Andrews made Central Colorado his home due to the quality of light and rich diversity of the landscape. Since arriving here, he has built an artist’s life based upon his reverence for the beauty of the natural world, his fascination with the peculiar interactions of humanity, […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

By Richard Flamm Alamosa Set to Build New Airport Terminal Due to the dilapidated condition of the current building, Alamosa County Assistant Administrator Carol Osborn stated the new terminal is a necessity. The Valley Courier reports the new terminal will likely attract a new air service provider as well. The estimated cost of the terminal […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP

By Christopher Kolomitz Snow – and Headaches – Pile Up Snowfall in early February has helped the region’s snowpack considerably and has caused a few headaches at the same time. At Monarch Mountain, the magical 100-inch base was reached after it snowed more than 11 feet in two weeks, creating some epic powder days. The […]

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A Beautiful Friendship

By Lynda LaRocca From the moment I heard about it, I knew it was a grand idea (and by “grand,” I mean “wonderful” and “brilliant”). I also knew that if anyone could pull it off, it was Ed and Martha Quillen. So when Ed telephoned one afternoon in late 1993 asking for reprints of articles […]

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20 Years

By John Mattingly Cherishing Ed Quillen’s aversion to sentimentality, I will note that the human tendency to attribute special significance to years with zeros has a long and rich history. Zero is very special. Yet it had to take a tortuous, and tortured, path on its way to being the real champion of our number […]

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Down on the Ground with Colorado Central

By George Sibley Mike’s reminder that this issue marks the end of the 20th anniversary of Colorado Central sent me to a couple closets here in Gunnison, to look for my copy of the first issue, to remind me why Ed and Martha Quillen, who had already done enough time in the media world to […]

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More on the Pyramid

By Martha Quillen In honor of Colorado Central’s 20th birthday, Mike asked me to revisit the cover story I wrote for the first issue. Times change; that’s as apparent and expected as the sunrise. But upon rereading the March 1994 issue, I realized that the changes we anticipate are not necessarily the changes headed our […]

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The St. Julien Livery and Feed Stable

By Fay Golson for The Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board The St. Julien Livery in downtown Buena Vista is the eighth property featured from the Chaffee County Historic Resources Survey. The 0.39-acre property is located at the southwest corner of Chestnut Street and Railroad Avenue. The building not only served as a livery but […]

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Book Review: Parked in the Past – Historic Tales from Park County

By Laura Van Dusen The History Press, 2013  ISBN 978.1.62619,161.7 Reviewed by Forrest Whitman This is a delightful read for anyone interested in our Colorado Central country, especially Park County. Laura Van Dusen wrote most of these chapters for her monthly column in the Fairplay Flume newspaper, and that’s an advantage. The reader can pick […]

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The Natural World

By Tina Mitchell It’s 8 a.m. at the wildlife rehabilitation center where I occasionally volunteer, and the place already bustles with activity. This particular morning, we have 66 orphaned or abandoned baby squirrels to weigh, 66 formulas to blend, 66 babies to hand-feed, 66 babies to clean up and settle back into their cages – […]

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Q&A with Linda Powers

Editor’s note: In the first issue of Colorado Central Magazine in March 1994, Linda Powers was the subject of an article entitled Bella Abzug in Cowboy Boots. Linda had been elected to the Colorado State Senate in 1992 by a margin of 53% to 47% over her opponent, Republican lawmaker Harold McCormick of Cañon City. […]

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A Crestone Pyramid Update

By Peter Anderson The nightmare would begin something like this: From the western flank of the Sangres, I am looking down on my home territory, out across the windswept savannah of the San Luis Valley toward the usual landmarks – San Antonio Mountain and the south San Juans off to the southwest, the La Garita […]

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Old Monarch Pass – Winter 2012-13

By Ed Lambert, Salida, CO Buried in waist-deep snow, this century-old, mostly abandoned roadway is a pleasant cross-country ski among healthy pines to airy 11,375 feet windblown, old Monarch Pass summit. Meandering north and south from here, this twisting ridge of cold granite, a massive, magnificent swelling of earth, divides the North American continent, like […]

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