A Farmer Far Afield – Apocalypse When

by John Mattingly Homo sapiens has a long history of durable histrionics when it comes to the End of Times. Before science de-mystified many of the most frightening cosmic events in our world and universe, ancient humans understandably saw apocalyptic potential in earthquakes, volcanoes, comets, eclipses and so forth. Today, even though humans understand much […]

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Quillen’s Corner – Do You Know the Way to a Better Day?

by Martha Quillen Getting citizens, parties and government officials to communicate, cooperate and work together is nigh impossible these days. But despite several decades of growing dysfunction, I thought we would eventually work things out, until I read Mistakes Were Made (but not by me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hateful Acts […]

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On the Ground– Down on the Ground with Poverty in Paradise

by George Sibley A couple months ago I wrote about the “One Valley Prosperity Project” (OVPP) in the Upper Gunnison Basin – the western part of Central Colorado. This is our valley’s latest assault on the challenge of economic development for high remote mountain valleys. Most recently, to better inform the discussion, the county-led OVPP […]

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The Real Deal Music Review – Pint & A Half – Blue Sky Earth

by Brian Rill The blue sky stretches out long over the Colorado Rocky Mountains, sweeping clear onto the eastern seaboard. Then, threading back through the majestic St. Louis Arch and finally, in between towering cliffs that hang silently and over a saintly green valley. High above an obfuscated pass, followed down slowly by devout hermits, […]

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Places Column – Zapata Falls

by Ericka Kastner Stunning sand dunes views, classic Colorado wildflowers, creek wading, slot canyon exploration and an awe-inspiring waterfall. Surprisingly, the short hike to Zapata Falls has it all, and then some. The wide, quarter-mile long trail ascends gradually from 9,000 to 9,400 feet in elevation and takes only about 15 minutes to complete. There […]

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Salida StudioTour – GILMORE VAN STONE, JR.

by Mike Rosso Since 2009, art fans have had an opportunity to meet Salida artists and craftspersons in their working studios, thanks to the Salida Studio Tour. Every other year, artists open their doors to the public for a chance to watch the artists at work, discuss techniques and view private displays of art. Among […]

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Book Review – Red Lightening

Red Lightning: A Novel By Laura Pritchett Counterpoint, hardback, 208 pp, $24 ISBN: 9781619025332 1619025337 Reviewed by Annie Dawid What would be the relief in redemption if it were a simple sorry, forgive me? Grace is not achieved so easily. Redemption is to purchase back something previously sold, the recovery of something pawned or mortgaged, […]

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Water Update

by John Orr Hobbs to Say Adiós to the Colorado Supreme Court Greg Hobbs is calling it quits after 19 years as the Colorado Supreme Court’s “water expert.” Early in his career he clerked for the 10th Circuit, worked with David Robbins at the EPA, and worked at the Colorado Attorney General’s office. AG duties […]

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The Caboose

by Forrest Whitman I recently took a lovely walk up the old Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad grade to the Orient mine in the northern San Luis Valley. It’s a spot anyone can visit on their own. Just stop at the Valley View Hot Springs office and sign in. Graded in 1881, this narrow […]

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Flags Abound

By Mike Rosso Several months back I decided to make a slight change in the design of the Colorado Central website, cozine.com. On the top banner, I incorporated the theme of the Colorado flag to reflect our connection to, and pride in, this great state. Since then, I’ve begun to see the flag – in […]

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Bad Times for the Boreal Toad

By Daniel Smith It’s the amphibian of your youth. Brown, squat, lumpy with “warts” – the kind your mother warned you about. The Boreal Toad (Anaxyrus Boreas) is the quintessential toad in appearance. The little four-inch toad is the focus of an important preservation campaign in Chaffee County, which has one of the few isolated […]

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PJ Bergin Felt Artist

by Ericka Kastner Felting has been around for a long time. But the large-scale wall installations and glow boxes created by PJ Bergin in her Salida Felt in Hand Studio are exceptionally unusual. It’s been seven years since PJ launched her business and website, and the majority of her work is primarily commissioned pieces for […]

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The Natural World

by Tina Mitchell Let’s say you’re a bird. Your breeding area this spring and summer abound with budding plants, fresh fruits, nutritious insects – plenty for you and the kids you raised. But what about the coming fall and winter? To paraphrase The Clash, should you stay or should you go? In Central Colorado, most […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

New Courthouse in the Works? County commissioners in Alamosa are expected to send a proposal to voters for a one-cent sales tax increase to fund a new courthouse and jail renovations, according to The Pueblo Chieftain. The proposed three-story courthouse, expansion of the existing jail and overhaul of the existing courthouse, built in the 1930s, […]

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