A Cold Shoulder for Chipeta

By Wayne Iverson Southern Chaffee County boasts a fabulous view of three mountains in the Sawatch Range named for a Ute (Nuche) Indian family – Mount Ouray, Chipeta Mountain and Pahlone Peak. Indians don’t typically name mountains after themselves, so my guess is that some “white guilt” went into that honor – like a developer […]

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Great Horned Owls

By Tina Mitchell Who’s awake? Me too! Who’s awake? Me too! In the bleak midwinter, this series of five rhythmic, muffled, slightly eerie hoots – all on one pitch – wafts through the darkness. The sentinel taking attendance is the Great Horned Owl. Measuring nearly 2 feet from head to tail, the Great Horned is […]

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America’s Candidates Keep Running the Wrong Way

By Martha Quillen So far this season, the 2016 candidates have insulted immigrants, refugees, environmentalists, Muslims, Christians, the unemployed, undereducated, and whoever else was handy. And in the least charitable campaign ever, Donald Trump promised to kick out Mexican migrants; forsake homeless refugees; keep out Muslims; and arm our southern border against exploited children trying […]

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The Way We Really Were

  Devout Penitentes in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico gathered in adobe moradas (meetinghouses) during Lent, where hermanos (brothers) remained for the entire 40 days to pray and fast.

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From the Editor: Wanderings

By Mike Rosso After taking one issue and a few weeks off, we’re putting the final touches on the March issue. We hope you enjoy the wide variety of content offered up this month by our talented contributors.

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About the Cover Photographer: Eve Nagode

I like to tell stories, sometimes in a single image and sometimes as a series. I treat my subjects like digital paintings inspired by real-life events. Careful thought is put into composition, texture, color and light. Themes range from a century-old farm to jubilant, wild polar bears playing in the snow. If my photographs speak to […]

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Down on the Ground Counting Blessings

By George Sibley It was a moderately surreal event: 80 people gathered on top of Monarch Pass on the Continental Divide in early January (sunny, temperature 9 degrees), around an altar carved out of the deep snowbanks, on which were arranged icons of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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Keeping Up With the Bundys

By John Mattingly If you’re like me and many sensible folks in Nevada and Oregon, you’re wondering why the federal response to the Bundy antics has been so patiently executed. Before pondering that puzzle, I’d like first to state my perception of the underlying problem, for which the Bundys have become icons: The cattle business […]

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Places: Old Monarch Pass

Story and photos by Ericka Kastner As I write this, a full moon is rising and will shine overhead this evening. There’s no place I’d rather witness this orb of night than at the top of the Continental Divide.

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Music Review: Jah Kings

By Brian Rill Psalm 68:4 King James Version Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him.  Jah Kings are an authentic reggae band from Crestone, Colorado. The music’s magic manifests from the start with an indigenous anthem called South Africa. It’s followed […]

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Restaurant Review: Chappy’s Mountain View Bar and Grill

By Elliot Jackson 213 Main Street, Westcliffe, CO 81252 719-783-0813 Monday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. For a town of its size (565, or 1,152 if you combine it with neighboring Silver Cliff), Westcliffe has an amazing number of restaurants. Not all of them are open all […]

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