Center: In the Middle of the San Luis Valley

By Anthony Guerrero There is a small town in the center of the San Luis Valley and its location has gifted it with the name Center, Colorado. It is also not uncommon to hear the Spanish pronunciation, Centro since it is populated by a very large Hispanic and immigrant population. Center was incorporated on January […]

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Greenback Cutthroat Trout Update

By Tina Mitchell In July, 2016, a lightning strike sparked the Hayden Pass Fire in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Within days, it had exploded into a 26-square-mile conflagration that forced area residents to evacuate. As they prepared to head out, firefighters raced in. Following close behind, a team of more than 30 specially trained […]

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The Rusty Lung: Salida’s Newest Trail

By Mike Rosso Since 2006, a group of volunteers named Salida Mountain Trails (SMT) have been steadily increasing the number and quality of non-motorized, multi-use trails in the Salida vicinity. The latest addition to the extensive trail system harkens back to the early days of mountain biking in the area. Back in the 1980s, mountain […]

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Gardening in Circles: Give Peas a Chance

By John Mattingly Shutting down a garden is like saying goodbye to a good old friend who visited for the summer, a friend who challenged you, fed you, worked you, taught you the upside of patience and sharpened your powers of observation and contemplation. You knew the friend had to leave, but in the course […]

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The Last Word: Commissioner Hal?

By Hal Walter The early morning phone call caught me by surprise. It was a longtime and well-respected friend and neighbor. As I was rushing about trying to get my son Harrison to the school bus, he quickly explained he was calling on behalf of some local citizens hoping to draft me to run for […]

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Quillen’s Corner: Being Top Dog Is Overrated

By Martha Quillen Everything I ever really needed to know I could have learned from my dog. But for some reason I didn’t realize how smart he was until after he was gone. Bodie died last month (with a jolt of assistance from the vet). He’d started getting sick about three months earlier, and the […]

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Places – Hawkinsville: An Obscure Ghost Town

Story and photos by Kenneth Jessen On the east side of the Arkansas River, north of the town of Granite, were several small mining camps based on the discovery of gold ore in 1860s. Historically obscure, they are only mentioned in passing in ghost town books. Hawkinsville, in Hawkinsville Gulch, was not really a town […]

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Dispatch from the Edge

By Peter Anderson It is the gleaning season. Somewhere in the Bible, he recalls, the farmers leave the remnants of their harvest for the hungry. It is still so for those who know where to look. As the high aspens begin to turn, the sandhill cranes circle above the valley before settling into some shallow […]

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Book Review – Navajo Textiles: The Crane Collection at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

by Laurie D. Webster, Louise I. Stiver, D. Y. Begay, and Linda Teller Pete, with introduction by Ann Lane Hedlund University Press of Colorado, 2017 ISBN 978-1-60732-673-1 Paper, large format, color, 230 pages, $34.95 Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons Here is a book that will be coveted by curators in regional museums, libraries, private collectors, […]

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Alpine: The Town That Wouldn’t Die

By Jan MacKell Collins There is much to say about Colorado ghost towns that have found new life in more recent years. While some places have simply vanished, others have been regenerated in one form or another. One such place is Alpine, located about twelve miles from Nathrop on Highway 162.

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From the Editor: Not A Local

By Mike Rosso It’s hard for me to fathom, but I’ve called Salida home for 16 years come this November. This is the longest I have lived continually in any one place, including the town I was born in. Yet, I don’t yet consider myself a local. I reserve that title for those who were […]

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