The Hippies of Archuletaville

By Kenneth Jessen Hippies are usually thought of in negative terms, especially when it comes to any kind of work ethic. To run across a town – ragged and run down or not – founded by hippies is certainly a rare find. During the late 1960s, landowner Dan Archuleta allowed a hippie colony to move […]

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My Introduction to the “Joys” of Winter Hiking

By Maisie Ramsay It was about this time last year that Adam, Aaron and I decided November was a perfectly reasonable time to hike up Mount Yale. Adam is my husband. Aaron is a guy who knows a thing or two about cold weather, having spent the summer on an Alaskan glacier. I’m an idiot. […]

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Living Small – The Tiny Home Movement

By Mike Rosso It might be a reaction to the mega mansions and trophy homes of the 1990s and 2000s. Housing shortages and rising home prices may also be contributing to it, but the minimalist, tiny home movement is alive and kicking, nationally and here in Central Colorado. What is a tiny home? Also known […]

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A Farmer Far Afield – Morgan Goat Company

by John Mattingly Colorado Central readers who have driven through the San Luis Valley on Hwy. 17 and looked east between Roads Z and X may have noticed large herds of cloven-hoofed and horned creatures interrogating the grass and brush inside a six-foot-high woven wire fence enclosing about 800 acres. The above-mentioned creatures are, for […]

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places – Boss Lake

by Ericka Kastner Situated at 10,880 feet in elevation and surrounded by stunning 12,000-foot peaks, Boss Lake is an idyllic spot to spend a day in any season of the year. Initially built as a reservoir to collect snowmelt and runoff back in the 1890s, the lake has naturally decreased in storage capacity by about […]

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Book Reviews – The Railroads of Leadville, Colorado

SILVER RAILS: The Railroads of Leadville, Colorado By Christopher James Sierra Grande Press ISBN 978-0-9670867-2-6 Reviewed by Forrest Whitman This is the book I want for Christmas. I’ve read many books about railroads and railroading, but this one stands out. Many of these rail books have great pictures of a historical era or region. Others […]

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Restaurant Review – MoMo Sushi Bar Wok & Grill

By Mike Rosso Mo Mo Sushi Bar Wok & Grill 1540 Royal Gorge Blvd., Suite D Cañon City, Colorado (719) 275-3667 Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. It seems a little redundant to write a review of a restaurant sixty miles from Salida, only to […]

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The Crowded Acre – Perceptions

by Jennifer Welch It wasn’t so long ago that we decided to move The Crowded Acre to a larger parcel of land – just over five years ago, to be exact. It’s strange to think, in hindsight, of what our “ideal” farmland was and how much we expected it to cost. Initially we wanted to […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

“Patriot” Arrested A man who claimed to be the founder of the Operation Patriot Rally Point militia was arrested in October by the Colorado State Patrol and Alamosa police, according to The Denver Post. Rodger Marsh, 48, also known as Colt Severs, was arrested in Alamosa without incident on warrants from Texas for probation violation […]

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Regional News Roundup

Cold Case Reopened A 35-year-old missing persons case in Salida has been reopened after new DNA testing has revealed the identity of the person missing. Beverly England disappeared on June 12, 1980 after last being seen in Riverside Park in Salida. In 1992, human bones were found at a site on Mount Shavano and were […]

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From the Editor – Prison Labor

by Mike Rosso There was a big news story this past month that hit close to home. The national grocery chain Whole Foods, after protests from a small but loud group of customers, decided to stop carrying products grown and processed by Colorado inmates through a work program run by Colorado Correctional Industries (CCI). Here […]

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