Pickin’ Sisters

Article and photos by Ericka Kastner Early exposure to musical performance prompted two Salida teens, known on stage as The Powell Sisters, to enter the Colorado bluegrass music scene. Years later, they’re strumming their way into house parties and music festivals across the country. Phoebe Powell, 16, says she was first inspired to learn the […]

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Kansas in the Mud

By Mark Kneeskern A giant hand is pushing sideways against our truck, rocking her back and forth like a toy boat. We tack south on 385, then bear west on 96 through Chivington and Eads, Heath and Sugar City, gaining hard-fought ground, inch-by-inch. Recently, I wrote an epic song in homage to the wind and […]

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Colorado’s Original Adventure Sport

By Hal Walter It’s July and the Colorado pack-burro racing season will soon be in full swing, with the sport’s Triple Crown taking place right here in Central Colorado in the towns of Fairplay, Leadville and Buena Vista. I’m always surprised when people haven’t heard of our indigenous sport, recently designated Colorado’s Summer Heritage Sport by […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

More Solar for the Valley Xcel Energy has signed a power purchase agreement with SunPower Corp, of San Jose, California for the output of a 50-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant the company plans to build in the San Luis Valley. Permits, financing and interconnection rights are still needed by SunPower in order to begin the project,.They […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Mountain Tornadoes Rare but Not Unique In early June, a small but unusual tornado spun across Colorado’s South Park, damaging several homes, uprooting trees and knocking out power lines near the community of Lake George. A tornado of that magnitude would barely make the news in Oklahoma or Alabama, in what is called North America’s […]

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About the Cover Photographer – H. Mark Weidman

As a boy, Mark Weidman spent Friday nights (while his parents were out) digging a secret tunnel in his backyard. Not many seek adventure in suburban Philadelphia, but Mark was born to explore. A horseback trip in Yosemite when he was 14 introduced him to the panoramic beauty and wide-open spaces of the American West, […]

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Quillen’s Corner – Changing Times Cause Conflict

I went to Aspen last weekend because Ed’s book, Deeper Into the Heart of the Rockies, which was compiled and edited by our daughter Abby, was a finalist in the Colorado Humanities 23rd annual book awards. We didn’t win, but it was nice to see the stunned joy other writers displayed upon winning. Perhaps more […]

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On the Ground – Are We Part of a City-State?

by George Sibley Badmouthing Denver and the Front Range metropolis that it has seeded is a pretty common sport in the nonmetropolitan parts of Colorado. But, we probably ought to all be asking ourselves if this isn’t a little disingenuous, and try to clarify our real water relationship with Denver. The water planning process the […]

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About Those Gay Loggers for Jesus and July 4th

By Brian Leland – Writers on the Range A town’s July 4th celebration says a lot about a community, and this holiday in Bozeman, Montana, promises to be relatively laid-back, with locals typically heading for nearby Livingston or Ennis to catch their parades, then back home for stirring music and fireworks at the fairgrounds. Just […]

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Beef – It’s What Eats the Rancher’s Lunch

by John Mattingly After my last month’s column that took a somewhat sanguine look at the cow-calf end of the beef business, suggesting that cow-calf ranchers are basically keeping large pets, I trust readers will have sold the 100 virtual cows I gifted them for exactly what they paid for them. Not because they didn’t […]

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Reviews – The Hash Knife Around Holbrook

By Jan MacKell Collins Arcadia Publishing ISBN 978-1-4671-3093-6 127 Pages, $21.99 Reviewed by Forrest Whitman The Hash Knife brand and the cowboys who were part of that legend have created a cottage industry around Holbrook, Arizona. Each year a well-funded trail ride, called the Hash Knife Pony Express ride, goes from Holbrook south to the […]

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The Caboose

by Forrest Whitman Salida’s Magic Caboose Saturday, June 21 was dedication day for Denver and Rio Grande Railroad caboose 0576. It’s a magic caboose chock full of symbolism. It would take an author as sensitive as, say, Gabriel Garcia Marquez to write up all of that. A caboose speaks to the kid in us all. […]

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Dispatch From the Edge

by Peter Anderson Letter to a Once-Young Swamper It is the summer of 1976, you have just turned twenty, and you have landed your dream job. You arrive at Lees Ferry in a U-Haul truck full of vintage World War II rubber. And as you are blowing Shop-Vac air into two long sausage tubes soon […]

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