Restaurant Reviews

By Mike Rosso Baldo’s Mexican Restaurant 1100 Park Ave, Monte Vista, CO (719) 852-0222 Open 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Mon. – Sat. Sun. 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm. Closed Wed. A wave of hunger after a Monday morning drive over Wolf Creek Pass, which included getting stuck in a cattle drive outside Del Norte, […]

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The Real Deal Music Review

by Brian Rill The Journey – Bar Scott Lucy Max Music 2014 ASCAP artist Bar Scott could easily become the Celine Dion of Central Colorado. Towering with vocal power that outshines any competitors, she is destined to sell out theater tickets at the box office. Her verbal style pierces into the heart, singing as if […]

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Book Reviews – Simply Nora: High Heels and Diapers

Simply Nora: High Heels and Diapers by Theodore Marquez Club Lighthouse Publishing ISBN 978-1499648430 Reviewed by Forrest Whitman This is a tender book about a mother, written by her son. It reads like a Christmas card or high school scrapbook. Theodore Marquez was born and raised in Del Norte, Colorado. Nora, his mother, had 24 […]

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Browns Canyon: A New National Monument for America

By Christian M. Lyons On Feb. 19, 2015, President Barack Obama designated 21,586 acres of pristine canyons, rivers and backcountry forest in Colorado as the Browns Canyon National Monument. “Conservation is a truly American idea,” the president said. “The naturalists and industrialists and politicians who dreamt up our system of public lands and waters did […]

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Twin Lakes & the Interlaken Resort

by Virginia McConnell Simmons Although few places in Colorado have finer scenery than the conjoined Twin Lakes, the fortunes of this hamlet have ebbed and flowed, just as the water levels of the lakes has. Originally, these natural glacial lakes consisted of conjoined bodies of water, one about two and one-half miles in length by […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Gena Akers Have Lemons? Make $2,000 Peyton Sanchez, a 9-year-old Alamosa resident, organized his second annual lemonade stand for charity during Summerfest on the Rio in Alamosa. Last year all the proceeds he raised benefited Children’s Hospital programming and the Alamosa anti-bullying program. This year, Peyton is supporting La Puente and the PALS Children’s […]

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Regional News Roundup

Pirate Treasure Discovered A Western State graduate has gained worldwide notoriety after discovering what he believes is pirate treasure in Madagascar. Undersea explorer Barry Clifford (class of 1969) was part of a group of divers who claim to have discovered treasure belonging to the Scottish pirate William (Captain) Kidd. The group discovered a 50 kilogram […]

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La Caverna del Oro (The Cave of Gold)

by Kathy Weiser-Alexander Long before the white man came to the United States, the legend of La Caverna del Oro, the Cave of Gold, was passed down from generation to generation by the Native Americans. When the Spanish explorers arrived in the 15th century, monks translated the legend and the storied gold was eagerly sought […]

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From the Editor – About the Cover

by Mike Rosso The photo of a hemp plant gracing this month’s cover was taken at a farm in Cañon City in mid-June. We chose this photograph to illustrate our article about this particular strain of cannabis, also legalized by Colorado’s Amendment 64 in 2012, but containing little if any of the psychoactive components found […]

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Hemp: Colorado’s Next Big Thing

 By Mike Rosso Colorado voters made history in 2012 when they passed Amendment 64, allowing for the cultivation, sale and personal use of marijuana. But easily overshadowed by its sexier cousin was the part of that ballot initiative that also allows for the growing and processing of industrial hemp. Although 64 did not authorize the […]

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Places: Willow Lake

By Ericka Kastner The Rocky Mountains are scattered with high mountain lakes, and Central Colorado is no exception. One of the best lakes I’ve seen yet lies at about 11,800 feet in elevation just east of Crestone. While the Willow Lake Trail is wildly popular with visitors on weekends, it still makes for a spectacular […]

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The Crowded Acre: Drinking Leads to “Porking”

By Jennifer Welch I’m hitting my stride. I’ve always known that I was a whiskey girl. Whiskey. Bourbon. Single-malt Scotch. Maybe a blend if you force my hand. Neat. Always neat. This I know. But my stride has nothing to do with that. No, my stride has more to do with curly tails and round […]

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Schofield Pass

By Polly Oberosler Editor’s Note: Back in April of this year, a massive rockslide occurred on Schofield Pass, a four-wheel-drive forest service road which connects the towns of Marble and Crested Butte. Popular with mountain and dirt bikers, hikers and Jeep enthusiasts, there was speculation that the sheer enormity of the slide might permanently close […]

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In the Vortex of Compassion, Strength and Skill

By Hal Walter The burros were fresh in the cool evening air and, as they often do, sensed a neophyte in my companion, who was also having a bit of an issue adjusting to the altitude. At one point they bolted uphill and I had to simultaneously sprint ahead while literally “climbing” the lead rope hand-over-hand […]

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