Loyal Duke

The Legend of Loyal Duke

By John McManus The tale of Duke stems, as most legends do, from the seeds of reality. Where reality ends and myth prevails can only be personally resolved. The name of the lonely Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad worker who brought Duke the dog to the Salida rail yard is lost forever. Duke, however, […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Despite Approval by Town Council, A Question Mark Still Hangs over The Meadows By Sterling Quinton Buena Vista has come to represent a kind of stage upon which the tensions of small-town politics and development pressures now tangle in the increasingly murky waters of a vast economic slump. Standing front and center in the most […]

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Service Dogs – Helping Coloradans Achieve Independence

by Laura Pintaine Walk into any grocery store with a properly attired service dog puppy and eyes turn towards you. Reactions vary depending upon the customer. Some might consider, “what an admirable act to raise a dog for a disabled person,” while others might be thinking “I could never give up a puppy I’ve raised.” […]

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Conversations with Dog

by Dawne Belloise “Try to be the person your dog thinks you are …” Dogs … our best friends, givers of unconditional love and loyalty, benevolent protectors and part of the family. But no matter what you do, your dog still tears up your furniture, messes the carpet and snarls at you. Your pet could […]

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Reintroducing the Tabors: A Series

Part 3 – The Arduous Life of a Senator by Francisco A. Rios Using letterhead stationery of the United States Senate for the envelope and his letter, Horace Tabor wrote to Lizzie McCourt at Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Feb 20 1883 as follows:

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News from the San Luis Valley

By Marcia Darnell Enviro News The proposed super-power line over La Veta Pass is garnering protest from residents on both sides of the mountain range. Opponents say the Valley doesn’t need more power and that the project is an eyesore and a threat to wildlife habitat. According to federal standards, the project will require an […]

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A Canine Playground

by Mike Rosso It was a chance visit to an Englewood, Colorado dog park that ultimately led to the creation of Chaffee County’s first open space for dogs, Loyal Duke’s Dog Park. The dog park, which opened its gates on November 29, 2009, is the brainchild of Salida resident Laura Pintaine, who, along with her […]

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A Farmer Far Afield – John Mattingly

The Power of Negative Thinking Martha Q’s piece in the last issue, in which she touched on the negative consequences of too much positive thinking, reminded me of a few things. Her writing often has this effect on me. The approach of a new year has brought a lot of curious optimism into our circles, […]

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A Miracle

by Peggy Godfey Last Spring I began riding two herds of cows who were calving. An icy, muddy, windy seven weeks kept me horseback and checking for difficult births, abandoned and sick babies. Both my dogs went with me, staying back when I needed to ride close to cows with new calves.

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Lessons from a Big Dog

By Susan Tweit At the Post Office recently, someone asked, “How’s your Great Dane? I haven’t seen her in a long time.” I had to clear the lump from my throat before answering: “She died more than two years ago.” Some dogs stick in your heart. Isis, named for the Egyptian goddess of wisdom and […]

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Kinks, frisbee, dog

Kinks: Rock and Roll Frisbee Dog

By Mike Rosso What is it about Border Collies and Frisbees? One is a descendent of droving and gathering breeds from the Welsh-English and Sottish-English border regions whose origins can be pinpointed to a single dog, Old Hemp, who was bred in Northumbria in the late 1800s. The other is a flying plastic disc developed […]

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regional restaurant review

China Village, 60693 U.S. Hwy 285, Bailey, CO, (303) 838-3308 By Patty LaTaille Whenever I mention China Village as my favorite restaurant to visit on trips to and from the Front Range, the inevitable response is: “Chinese food? In Bailey? Where?” Yes, you bet your sweet bippy there is good Chinese food in Bailey! My […]

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Book Review

Island of Grass By Ellen Wohl Published in 2009 by University Press of Colorado ISBN 978-0-87081-963-6 $22.95, paperback; xiv+224 pages Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons At first glance, a book about the grasslands of the eastern third of Colorado might seem to hold little interest for readers in Central Colorado. This volume warrants a less […]

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