Cut My Hair

By John Mattingly Not long ago, I was dining out with a friendly group of Republicans who went on and on about the glories of the Reagan years. It’s difficult to stay quiet on this topic if you actually lived in the Reagan years and paid attention. But, before I could give the discussion a […]

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Happy Trails: The New Colorado Trail Basecamp

By Tyler Grimes “Mile for mile the beautiful trail in America,” boasts the Colorado Trail Foundation (CTF) of the 468-mile trail between Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango. Thousands hike the free-to-the-public trail, some day users, others straight through. “In 2015, there were 230 known CT completers, a hodgepodge of multi-year section doers and […]

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All Aboard the Southwest Chief from Pueblo?

By Forrest Whitman “A review by BNSF Railway of needed infrastructure improvements to support that service would be complete before Christmas,” said Ray Lang of AMTRAK. He gave that quote at a Southwest Chief Commission meeting to the Colorado Association of Railroad Passengers. The folks in Pueblo have worked for several years to make passenger trains […]

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A True Champion

By Hal Walter In my book, what really sets the greatest athletes apart from the really good ones is what they do off the field of play with the skills they developed through sports. Recently, when I was asked to introduce my good friend Tom Sobal to the Leadville-Lake County Sports Hall of Fame, I began […]

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Amendment 69: Pros and Cons

This November, Coloradans will have the opportunity to vote on a yet another historic referendum. Amendment 69 would replace the Affordable Care Act with a statewide, single-payer plan, offering comprehensive health coverage, from preventative check ups to end-of-life care for all Colorado residents.

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The Way We Really Were

By Virginia McConnell Simmons Colorado’s mountains were filled with smoke above and with tunnels below, while diseases and accidents killed miners and smelter workers, children drank and splashed in polluted water, women scrubbed raggedy work clothes, and moguls built mansions in Denver, as long as the mines yielded ore and the price of silver and […]

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From the Editor: Weather, Trails, and Health

By Mike Rosso The “monsoon” season has arrived, helping to dampen down the landscape and snuff out the recent forest fire. I put “monsoon” in quotations because, when I consider that term, I visualize palm trees battered by tropical winds, violently bending at 90 degree angles. In Colorado, it translates to brief afternoon rainstorms, sometimes, […]

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About the Cover Photographer: Shanna Lewis

Shanna Lewis is a Central Colorado-based photographer, journalist and writer. Once a denizen of the darkroom, digital photography changed Shanna’s world – for the better. With the cost of film and processing removed, she found the freedom to experiment: to try new angles, techniques and compositions. Shanna sees the world through the eyes of both […]

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Down on the Ground across the Greater Divide

By George Sibley Colorado has now had a state water plan long enough (half a year) for critical commentary to crank up. The main criticism seems to be that the water plan is “not a plan at all, but just a lot of ideas and suggestions” for better water use. The critics seem to want […]

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Quillen’s Corner: One Country Indivisible

By Martha Quillen Years ago, Art Linkletter, an old variety show host, asked young school children to recite the first line of the Pledge of Allegiance and explain what it meant, and several of the kids called it “one country invisible,” and one thought he was pledging “a legion” of soldiers to protect the flag. […]

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Places: Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area

Story and photos by Mike Rosso Anyone who’s made the drive along US Hwy. 285 between Monte Vista and Saguache has passed right by it. Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area is easy to miss at 65 mph, but those who take the time to divert their travels or plan a specific outing will be rewarded.

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Book Review: The Western Lonesome Society

By Robert Garner McBrearty ISBN: 9781-942280-12-5 Conundrum Press: 2016 $14.99; 123pp. Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel This isn’t your father’s Western novel. Time frames – past, more recent past, and what’s current – get sloshed together. Also, every so often an imagined psychologist appears, questioning and harassing our narrator, Jim O‘Brien, who’s also battling “president […]

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Excerpts from “What Gold Buys: A Silver Rush Mystery”

Autumn 1880 in the Rocky Mountains brings frost, snow and the return of Silver Queen Saloon owner Inez Stannert to Leadville, Colorado, in What Gold Buys, the fifth of Ann Parker’s Silver Rush historical mystery series. In this silver rush boomtown, those who are hungry for material riches seek their fortunes in precious metals while […]

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The Natural World: Wildlife Refuge

By Tina Mitchell “Weasel out! Close the doors! Nobody without a rabies vaccination touch it! Cover the baby possums!” Not an utterance you’d hear in just any volunteer setting. But as a volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation center, I can vouch for the fact that it’s just another day on the job. I have been […]

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