Down on the Ground Trying to Learn Balance

By George Sibley I was glad to see an article recently reporting on a study of mental processes in aging people. It concluded that while older people do think more slowly, it’s not just mental deterioration; it’s at least partially due to the fact that their brains have accumulated a lot more stuff to paw […]

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Sculptor Chris Byars: A Salida Original

By Mike Rosso It’s quite likely there may never have been an arts scene in Salida without the arrival of sculptor Chris Byars. One of the ironies of this is that many recent artists to town have never even met the man. While on a back roads tour of Colorado in 1971, the Denver native […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

Heartbreak Theatre in Monte Vista  The would-be theatre that was proposed before the Monte Vista City Council has been denied. The project vanguard, the Kelloff Regional Center for the Arts, was initially met with high praise and raised substantial funds through the community for the construction of the theatre, but reported difficulties met through meetings, and […]

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State House Update

By Christopher Kolomitz The Colorado legislative has passed the halfway point and session ends May 7. Lawmakers haven’t been as controversial as last year and they’ve made some bipartisan headway on flood relief, fire mitigation efforts and business stimulation. For the upcoming second half of the session, look for plenty of debate regarding state finances […]

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Twenty Minutes from Home

By Hayden Mellsop Twenty minutes from home is a ski area I sometimes go to. Leaving town, I drive up into the mountains, from sunshine into clouds and a whole other world. It’s not a particularly fashionable resort. The parking lot is small and full of tattered Toyotas and sticker-clad Subarus. The lifts aren’t heated […]

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Stations of the Cross

Story and photos by John McEvoy The roots of Hispanic history in Colorado lie beneath the charming little town of San Luis and radiate throughout the San Luis Valley from there. San Luis is the oldest town in Colorado and is located in one of the world’s highest desert valleys; at over 7,000 feet in […]

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Regional News Roundup

A Loquacious Bill A bill has been introduced by Sen. Gail Schwartz and Rep. Jim Wilson to address a controversial speed study initiated by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The bill, SB-14-146 does not mince words: “Concerning information that the Department of Transportation may consider when conducting a traffic investigation for the purpose of determining […]

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The Salida Arts District

By Patty LaTaille    Those who have lived in Salida any length of time, say from 2002 onward, may have noticed an artistic renaissance slowly transforming the rural mountain town of 5,300 from its origins as a railroad/mining town. Salida has one of the largest historic districts in Colorado, with beautifully renovated buildings – many […]

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The Arts in Salida

This month, partly due to Salida’s recent designation as a Creative Arts District, we are celebrating some fine Salida-based artistic talent.   In the first article, we’ve profiled four area sculptors, all working with whimsical themes: monsters, rockets and robots, in many cases made from discarded junk and machinery. The artists interviewed also represent a […]

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Book Review

The Cowboy Takes a Wife By Davalynn Spencer ISBN-13: 9780373486977 Publisher: Love Inspired, 2014 Reviewed by Elliot Jackson Ah, the “historical” romance novel! Casually dismissed by the non-cognoscenti as “bodice-rippers,” the classic formula is this: take one beautiful and spirited (also penniless, orphaned or in some way materially disadvantaged) heroine, and one handsome, studly, often […]

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Full Circle

 By Jennifer Welch It’s embarrassing, really. I’ve lost two cows in two months. The first cow, Luna, snagged her training halter on a tree limb and snapped her neck trying to get loose. The second, my favorite cow, Deluxe, pushed her way into our feed stores and ate an entire bag of layer pellets. She […]

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Inner Old Man, Part 3 – New Year’s Reservations

By John Mattingly Inner Old Man (IOM) understands that these New Year’s Reservations are written one fiscal quarter late, but IOM is, after all, old and forgetful. He spends an alarming amount of time each day hunting down things he has apparently hidden from himself, so keep in mind the views and opinions of IOM […]

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Voices of the Valley

In 2014, the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas hosted Voices of the Valley, an evening of poems and essays inspired by the natural landscape and water resources where we live and play. The event was held in March at The Book Haven in Salida, and Colorado Central Magazine was a sponsor. As part of […]

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Old and Young Are Similar, Except for the Wrinkles

By Martha Quillen Today, technology is advancing so rapidly it’s changing how we socialize, entertain ourselves, get our news,and participate politically. Whether you like it or not, new technology is altering the way we live, work and shop – and also what we buy. Whether you live in Chaffee County or China, change comes slowly […]

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