Quillen’s Corner – This Land is My Land, This Land is Your Land

by Martha Quillen The transfer of wealth from America’s middle classes to those who already have the most continues – with very little resistance. “Why Workers Won’t Unite,” an article by Kim Phillips-Fein in The Atlantic this April, explores why laborers haven’t come together to reverse this ominous trend – and also why old-fashioned economic […]

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On the Ground – Down on the Ground with Water Again

by George Sibley By the time you read this, something about the future of Central Colorado – this place where the waters of the West start – will be at least written down. I’m writing this a day after I sent off my part of a Gunnison Basin Water Plan out to 2050: an “appendix” […]

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The Caboose

by Forrest Whitman Train Day is coming May 9, and at least 20 of us from Colorado Central territory will be on the Southwest Chief train that day. We’ll meet other Chief fans along the way and spend the night in Las Vegas, New Mexico. There will be partying on and off the train. We […]

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Book Review – Responding

Responding Beatrice Strawn and Sue Mills CreateSpace: 2015 ISBN-13: 978-1503384378 $18.50, 48pp. Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel Beatrice Strawn has been a consistent and sturdy contributor to Central Colorado’s art scene for close to three decades; and for 16 years, prior to retiring here, she crafted and taught in Denver. Here, in this book, 16 […]

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Bringing the Stone Age into the 21st Century

by Ericka Kastner Crestone’s Earth Knack Stone Age Living Skills founder Robin Blankenship says by the time she graduated from college, she’d spent half of her life in the outdoors, a journey that was set in motion when she was a young girl attending a 63-acre campus in the Northern Illinois woodlands from first through […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

By Gena Akers Less Water for Irrigation Farmers have less water to irrigate with this year. While Colorado has a head start on delivering water under the Rio Grande Compact to New Mexico and Texas, the irrigation ditches are low. Both the Rio Grande and Conejos stream-flow forecasts are below average, according to The Pueblo […]

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Regional News Roundup

Gardner Wants to Delay Sage- Grouse Listing Freshman Colorado Senator Cory Gardner has introduced an act to delay the endangered species designation of the Gunnison Sage-grouse. His act would allow states at least six more years to implement conservation and management plans to protect the grouse without the need for federal protection. Once numbering in […]

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Day Tripping, Part 1

by Mike Rosso and Daniel Smith One of the joys of living in Central Colorado is the opportunity for adventurous day trips. Whether you live in Leadville, Westcliffe, Gunnison or here in Chaffee County, there are miles of scenic and historic drives one can take, see some amazing sites, and still make it home for […]

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On Top

by Jane Koerner My turn to tie into the umbilical cord, the dangling rope. I start around the corner, and the route to the top of Dallas Peak disappears into thin air, like Will did 45 minutes ago when he took the lead. Once my eyes adjust to the glare, I realize I am standing […]

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The First Draft Horses in the San Luis Valley

by Jan MacKell Collins Most history buffs have heard of George McJunkin, the former slave from Texas who discovered the much heralded “Folsom Fossils” in New Mexico during the 1930s. There was another McJunkin family however, distant cousins to the Texas family who eventually gave George his freedom. This branch of the family made history […]

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From the Editor

by Mike Rosso About the Weather Inside, the calendar says April 25. Outside, the remnants of the most recent snowstorm have finally vanished, leaving a good dosage of moisture to help jump-start the local flora and fauna to do their spring thing. But the natural world seems in no big hurry to begin its annual […]

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