Mine Spills Not That Rare

By Christopher Kolomitz When the Gold King Mine blew out in southwestern Colorado above Silverton in early August, it sent millions of gallons of toxic sludge into the Animas River, turning the popular river orange and prompting closure of the waterway.  The blowout reminded Central Colorado residents of two eerily similar incidents that fouled the […]

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Revolution

 By Jennifer Welch – The Crowded Acre “The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.” – Paul Cezanne How many times has a single head of lettuce changed your life? I received a call saying that my tank was ready for pickup – the one that I take to […]

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The Danger in the Fun

By Hal Walter I was running third place in the last couple miles of the Buena Vista Gold Rush Pack-Burro Race and had just regained much of the ground I’d lost to the leaders. In fact, I’d just seen them turn off the Midland Railroad Grade and onto the steep and rocky trail that leads down to […]

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The Crowded Acre – Revolution

by Jennifer Welch “The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.” – Paul Cezanne How many times has a single head of lettuce changed your life? I received a call saying that my tank was ready for pickup – the one that I take to the local goat […]

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Q & A with Art Goodtimes

What prompted you to begin writing poetry? A mother thwarted in her dream of becoming a surgeon because, although she got accepted into an accelerated high school program in San Francisco in the ‘30s, her alcoholic father beat her if he found her reading or doing homework at home. Running away at 16, she met […]

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Poetry – Dry Creek

Dry Creek By Cole N. Foster, Alamosa, CO Tic, tic, tic, tic, tic – the mouse trundles his tiny trail Just inches back of my head, on the edge of the crusty canvas wall Of the tent Carroll bargained for at the San Diego Goodwill And the pinpoint raindrops murmur on and on, so gentle […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Gena Dellett Playground Gets Facelift La Puente and the City of Alamosa are partnering with KaBOOM, a Washington. D.C.-based grantmaker, to replace all the play equipment in Zapata Park, located on the southside of Alamosa. The park is three blocks away from La Puente’s homeless shelter. The new play equipment will be valued at […]

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Poetry – EEEEEk!

EEEEEk! By Maria Weber, Buena Vista, CO One group of mice underwent bile duct litigation (BDL), where the bile duct was obstructed to cause an accumulation of bile in order to trigger liver fibrosis. The other group was given carbon tetrachloride, a potent toxin which damaged the liver. Both groups were fed capsaicin (the component […]

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Poetry – Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved Direct observation along the Arkansas Riverwalk By Doris Dembosky, Westcliffe, CO An old man pushes an elderly woman in a wheelchair. He leans into his task as if into a headwind. His age-spotted hands grip the handles of the chair. He lifts his head to judge the distance along the hard-pack, riverside path. […]

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Poetry – Ideas…Matter

Ideas….Matter By David J. Rothman – for Wendy Videlock They scatter and sing their truths, their liberty, and invisibly change everything. Meanwhile, the dust, mostly space, remains a squatter and does nothing except face what it must. David J. Rothman serves as the Director of WSCU’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, and directs the Poetry […]

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Poetry – the calculus of you

the calculus of you By Aaron Abeyta, Antonito, CO a balloon is rising at the rate of 5ft/s a boy is cycling along a straight road at a speed of 15ft/s when he passes under the balloon it is 45 ft above him how fast is the distance between the balloon and the boy increasing […]

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Regional News Roundup

Mine Spills Not That Rare by Christopher Kolomitz When the Gold King Mine blew out in southwestern Colorado above Silverton in early August, it sent millions of gallons of toxic sludge into the Animas River, turning the popular river orange and prompting closure of the waterway. The blowout reminded Central Colorado residents of two eerily […]

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Poetry – Whose Shoes

Whose Shoes By Art Goodtimes – for Michael I walk a mile out the Orvis front door before I realize whose shoes are whose Shortly after your unclosed eyes watched, half-dressed as I laced up the wrong boots & chatted you up about everything except the obvious if inadvertent theft

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Sparrows – Performance Poetry Festival 2001-2007

by Laurie James In the early fall of 2000, driving back from a Talking Gourds poetry gathering at Windy Point on the Uncompahgre Plateau, poet Jude Janett proposed that she and I start a poetry festival in Salida. She led a writing circle I had been in for a couple of years and had gotten […]

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