News from the San Luis Valley

Unfair Hunting Practices Someone poached five deer on the Adams State College campus April 22. The three mule deer and two fawns were shot and stabbed at the south end of campus. The college has offered $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the poacher(s), matching the reward offered by the Humane […]

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The Real Price of Fossil Fuels

by  Aaron Mandelkorn The time has come for a change in the way we think about energy. This is a statement many of us have heard. For me, this is a statement that is thrown around quite carelessly, especially from the people and industries that do the most environmental damage. With the recent BP oilrig […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Lawsuits Galore in Chaffee County BUENA VISTA – Former Buena Vista mayor and current candidate for Chaffee County Clerk Cara Russell has filed a lawsuit against the B.V. town government and its board of trustees over an attempt to remove her from office in November 2008. A notice of removal was prepared against Russell by […]

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The caboose

by Forrest Whitman The California Zephyr Report Train #5, The California Zephyr (CZ), pulled out of Union Station Denver at exactly 8:05 a.m., as advertised, on May 2. The conductor welcomed us over the PA and reminded us that National Train Day, May 8, would feature special displays and even goodies in the old Union […]

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Viewing the Future from a Downtown Homestead

by Martha Quillen Too many environmentalists air their views about melting ice caps, peak oil, and gas-guzzling ignoramuses while talking about their long-distance road trips. Or photo safaris. Or whirlwind tours of foreign nations. That’s irritating. So I always thought it best not to mix observations about my vacations with reflections about environmental matters. But […]

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Down on the Ground with Cultural Tectonics

by George Sibley I continue to be thoroughly fascinated with the theory of plate tectonics, based as it is on what St. Paul (in an entirely different context) called “the evidence of things unseen.” Why are there volcanoes? Earthquakes? – both of which we have become reacquainted with in a big way recently. What unseen […]

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White-faced Ibises Journey Through

by Susan Tweit Last week, as Richard and I drove to Denver, I spotted a flock of dark birds with slender necks and skinny, red legs, probing energetically at the soil along a meandering creek. “White-faced ibises!” I cried, pointing at the birds. Richard spotted them and grinned. If you’ve never seen a white-faced ibis, […]

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Old Salida Opera House Faces Demolition

A landmark building in historic downtown Salida is in imminent danger of demolition unless drastic steps are taken to save it. The building, known locally as the Unique Theater was built in 1889 to replace the original Salida Opera House which was destroyed by fire. The Opera House was part of the “Silver Circuit” which […]

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Baby Doe Tabor, 1934.

Reintroducing the Tabors: A Series

Part 7: An “afternoon interlude”with Baby Doe by Francisco A. Rios Note: This is the last in a series of letters chosen from hundreds from the Tabor Collection at the Colorado Historical Society and cataloged by Dr. Rios, a retired professor from the University of Colorado at Denver. An exchange of letters in the summer […]

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Hal Walter – Packing it in

This story is an excerpt from Hal Walter’s forthcoming book, “Wild Burro Tales.” The book includes pen-and-ink sketches by Westcliffe artist Lorie Merfeld-Batson, and should be available in May through local booksellers and amazon.com. Check out www.hardscrabbletimes.com for news about the book’s release. Early day prospectors combed the West looking to strike it rich. I […]

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Walden Chamber

The Walden Chamber Music Society

by Mike Rosso Area fans of quality chamber music need not journey to the big city to hear consummate performances by world-class musicians. They can be found right here in Central Colorado, thanks to the efforts of pianist Jo Boatright and her husband Harvey of Buena Vista, along with a dedicated board of directors who […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Leadville Deputy Charged After Jailing Fire Captain LEADVILLE -A Leadville sheriff’s deputy was charged with three crimes stemming from his earlier arrest of a Leadville fire captain who had been treating a victim of an emergency call. On March 27 Fire Capt. Dan Dailey responded to an emergency call at the sheriff’s office in regard […]

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Q & A with Colorado-based author Craig Childs

Craig Childs is a writer who focuses on natural sciences, archaeology, and mind-blowing journeys into the wilderness. He has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books on nature, science, and adventure. He is a commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, […]

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