Twenty Years of Preserving this Place Called Home

By Hal Walter Poet and conservationist Gary Snyder once said: “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” For 20 years now, San Isabel Land Protection Trust has been helping people protect places they call home, and in turn helping provide a home for nature in a time of increasing strain on land […]

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The South Park City Museum

By Laura Van Dusen At South Park City Museum in Fairplay, time stands still. Visitors there can wander through buildings salvaged from the gold and silver mining craze of the 1860s-1890s. They can touch the furnishings, sit in the chairs or even lie in the beds once occupied by frontier Colorado miners and railroad tycoons. […]

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The Natural World: Lagomorpha

By Tina Mitchell Bugs Bunny is an imposter. Those extraordinarily long ears and gangly limbs expose him as a hare, not a rabbit. Bugs is not the only victim of rabbit confusion. The early settlers on the plains named the first bunny-like beings they encountered “jackrabbits” – but those critters also were hares, not rabbits. […]

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About the Cover Artist: Brynn Ronning

Brynn Ronning paints with oils and finds home in the town of Buena Vista, Colorado. As a seven-year resident, Brynn has immersed herself in Jailhouse Arts, a community project of artists that collectively and creatively inhabit the town’s former jailhouse. Brynn has acted as gallery and events coordinator for the Jailhouse, encouraging the hands of […]

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Dispatch From the Edge

by Peter Anderson Road weary after the drive up from Page, I stop in Kayenta, near a handmade espresso sign on a sheet of plywood, and I follow the arrows – coffee this way – through an opening into a courtyard and into the Blue Shepard Coffee Shop. Try a cool, refreshing Nava-Joe, says another […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Gena Akers Gator Gets a New Home Jay Young, owner of the San Luis Valley’s Colorado Gators Reptile Park, recently drove 2,200 miles in 48 hours to rescue Jaxon, an 8-foot alligator. Wildlife officials found Jaxon in a backyard in Los Angeles, relocating him to a zoo. After retrieving Jaxon, Young visited the alligator’s […]

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A Farmer Afield – American Schnitzel: The War on Peace

by John Mattingly Note: This is the second in a three-part series that looks at the current cultural sausage being made by our U.S. military, starting with the curious case of the American Sniper, followed by the troubling question of military honor and why our high-powered, big-dollar U.S. military keeps losing wars. The final piece […]

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Regional News Roundup

Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the pristine beauty of the night sky over the region, was founded by Smokey Jack in the late 1990s, with the goal of raising awareness within the region about the dark night sky as a […]

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Quillen’s Corner

by Martha Quillen Americans Are Still Strong, Courageous and Bold, But Courage May Be Overrated Are Americans driven by unfounded fear and anxiety? According to an article in the March issue of The Atlantic, our fears regarding crime and terrorism are way out of touch with reality. With backup from numerous experts and studies, Jonathan […]

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On the Ground – Down on the Ground with Prosperity

by George Sibley “Economic development” is again in the air in the Upper Gunnison Valley. For the past three decades, the Upper Gunnison River basin has periodically engaged in the quest for economic development. The first effort, in the 1980s, was mostly the conventional smokestack-chasing gambit typical of mid-20th-century local economic development. That effort ended […]

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Places: Aspen Ridge

by Ericka Kastner Aspen Ridge is highly regarded by Colorado leaf-peepers touring on four wheels in the fall, but fewer people consider the area’s beauty and recreational merits for two-wheeled outdoor enthusiasts in the spring and summer. The nearly 40 miles of double track spanning from Salida to just east of Johnson Village on Trout […]

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Wild Connections: Mapping Potential Wilderness Areas

By Tyler Grimes Up the East Gulch from its confluence with the Arkansas River, a few miles east of Texas Creek in Fremont County, is Echo Canyon. Further up the gulch, Table Mountain looms to the southwest, past Bull Ridge. Surrounding this mountain, gulch and canyon are 32,000 acres of roadless Bureau of Land Management […]

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Book Reviews – Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation

Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation By Kathryn Winograd Conundrum Press, 2014, paper, 148 pp, $12.99 Reviewed by Annie Dawid Phantom Canyon, a rough and rustic valley in the Front Range, inspires Colorado essayist and poet Kathryn Winograd to write visceral essays that both wound and heal. Rich with mining history and the detritus of a […]

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Hollywood’s Railroads, Volume Three–Narrow Gauge Country

by Larry Jenson Motion picture directors, producers and writers have long recognized the multitude of possibilities for comedy, drama and suspense that railroads offer. Chases, races, robberies, wrecks, derring-do and intrigue on and around trains provided the kind of excitement that kept audiences coming back for more. In a quest to find interesting locations, Hollywood […]

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The Natural World

by Tina Mitchell Bugs Bunny is an imposter. Those extraordinarily long ears and gangly limbs expose him as a hare, not a rabbit. Bugs is not the only victim of rabbit confusion. The early settlers on the plains named the first bunny-like beings they encountered “jackrabbits” – but those critters also were hares, not rabbits. […]

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