Reviews– The Garden of Dead Dreams

The Garden of Dead Dreams By Abby Quillen Sidewalk Press: 2014 ISBN: 978-0-9899822-3-8 $13.95, 253 pp. Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel In her novel’s opening lines, Abby Quillen tells us: Etta Lawrence wasn’t the only one who came to Roosevelt Lodge to become someone else. That’s why they’d all come. Forty-some years earlier, Vincent Buchanan […]

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The Moment of New Light

by Hal Walter As the days reached their shortest, the week became a blur of Christmas cards, doctor appointments, school programs and visits to the post office – so many, in fact, that I joked I should pay rent for desk space there. The doctor appointments in Pueblo were annual checkups for me and my […]

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Colorado Food Facts

Compiled by Mike Rosso Veggies, Fruit, Meat and More • The San Luis Valley is the largest and highest alpine valley in the world capable of producing crops. Elevation in the valley ranges from 7,400 to 8,000 feet. It is also the main supplier of barley for the Coors Brewing Company. • Colorado produces more […]

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Dispatch from the Edge

by Peter Anderson Wolves had never been a presence in my life. I had never lived around them, so I didn’t know much about their biology or natural history. Then, early on a November morning about 10 years ago, a chance encounter here in the Sangre de Cristos changed that. I have never talked much […]

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PLAY BALL! Colorado Sporting Facts

Compiled by Christopher Kolomitz From lush green playing fields to brightly lit indoor gymnasiums, combined with a plethora of outdoor adventures in between, Colorado is a sports lover’s dream. Blessed with successful professional teams and a host of college, semipro and amateur champions, Colorado is a treasure trove of sports trivia and facts. Olympic Dreams […]

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The Natural World

by Tina Mitchell When people plan a trip to Colorado, what do they envision? Soaring mountains begging for exploration. Fly-fishing for trout in gold-medal waters. Fresh champagne-powder skiing at one of the state’s stunning resorts or gorgeous backcountry roads. Whitewater rafting on a rushing, pristine stretch of river. Birding. Birding? Okay, probably not that one […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Gena Akers Drilling Lawsuit Moves Forward Individual declarations have been submitted to the U.S. District Court and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to contest the authorized exploratory oil/gas drilling in San Francisco Creek, an area south of Del Norte. The complainants assert that the BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to […]

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Regional News Roundup

Browns Canyon Meeting Draws Big Crowd Approximately 500 people were in attendance for a standing-room-only meeting held in Salida Dec. 6 to discuss and listen to opinions from citizens, business owners and land-use representatives for the possible designation of the Browns Canyon Wilderness Study Area as a national monument. As Congress has continually dragged its […]

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Leadville – Places and Facts

Compiled by members of Lake County High School’s Awesome Authors writing group: Emma Cary, Sam Hall, Makala Schnablegger and Elli Torsell, led by Laurel McHargue. The group meets each Wednesday afternoon for 2.5 hours to work on creative writing projects. All photos are courtesy of Laurel McHargue. The Mining Museum • It was originally built […]

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The Sand Creek Massacre, 150 Years Later

by Kenneth Jessen On Nov. 29, members of the Cheyenne Nation gathered at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site for a time of healing with private services on “The Hill.” The significance of The Hill is that this was where the brutal attack by 750 soldiers under the command of Col. John Chivington started. […]

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Colorado Big Game, Rabbits, Dog and Cow Facts

Compiled by Elliot Jackson The Big Game! In addition to deer and elk, there are five other species of big game animals for which you can get hunting tags in Colorado, according to the Department of Natural Resources: Bighorn Sheep – The estimated in-state population is about 6,900. Mountain Goats were imported to the state […]

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Poetry – Stage Theater

By Margery Dorfmeister, Buena Vista, CO It was a wonder-filled once upon a time When they came down out of the theater braced up by a languid Chinook breezing through the glass-roofed arcade unaware of the man in the dark blue jacket standing in the marquee-lit concourse until someone said It’s him. It’s Kent. A […]

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Kent’s Agenda

By Jennifer Dempsey When Kent Haruf married my mother, I don’t think he had plans to attend any more Lamaze classes. He was 52, my mother was 52, and each had already raised children of their own. When they married in 1995, Kent was on his way to becoming a bestselling author, and I’m pretty sure […]

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