Highway Haiku: Writing While on the Road

by Susan Tweit In April, Richard and I traveled from a spring blizzard that buried our valley under almost a foot of wet snow to sun-warmed red sandstone cliffs dotted with wildflowers in far western Colorado’s remote canyon country. In between trips, we were home for just long enough to do the laundry, re-pack the […]

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Quillen’s Corner – My Chronic Condition

by Ed Quillen Martha tells me that people have come up to her at work and whispered something like “I saw Ed at the hospital. Is he okay?” I don’t know why they don’t just ask me that, because when I lost some weight a few years ago, I got many inquiries along the lines […]

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Less “Gumment?”

by John Mattingly I caught this headline last month: “Americans Want Less Government, Fewer Services.” Indeed. A recent poll revealed 68% of U.S. citizens have exhumed Ronald Reagan’s famous claim, “Government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.” I spoke with a few agricultural folks about this survey, and they agreed, […]

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Book Review

Representation and Rebellion: The Rockefeller Plan at the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company: 1914-1942 By Jonathan H. Rees Published in 2010 by University of Colorado Press ISBN 978-0-87081-964-3 344 pages, paperback, $34.95 Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons The Ludlow Massacre near Trinidad was attracting national outrage in 1914. Leading up to it, labor unrest was […]

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Down on the Ground with Water Again

by George Sibley Next month – June 7 to be exact – there will be a water-related meeting in Salida that could be kind of historic if there’s a genuine effort to make it so. It’ll be a meeting of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable and the Arkansas Basin Roundtable. The purpose of the meeting is […]

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State House Update

by Christopher Kolomitz With a majority of the hot topics finalized, state legislators are eyeing May 12, the scheduled end of the Colorado legislative session. As of the middle of April, more than 100 bills await signature by the governor and close to 600 bills had been introduced into the house and senate.

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Marcia Darnell Can’t Fight City Hall A coalition of Alamosa residents was unsuccessful in convincing the city Council not to build a new city hall/library/firehouse complex. The council voted to move forward with the bidding/building process. The anti group was successful at garnering enough signatures on a petition to force a vote. The issue […]

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Colorado Rail Facts

The original Del Norte rail depot was a wooden structure built in 1881 to service the freight being generated in the Summitville mining district. It was replaced in 1911 by the depot shown above which was used until 1970 when it was taken over for town government offices. Photo by Mike Rosso

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Central Colorado Gems: Chaffee County’s Heritage Area and Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway

by Alan Robinson- Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board member Concern for preserving “heritage resources” (the collective natural, cultural, historic and scenic features which define an area’s sense of place) in Chaffee County took a front seat in 2004 when its county commissioners ambitiously declared the whole county a heritage area. They also appointed an 11-member […]

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Called Home: Sandhill Cranes and Humans

by Susan Tweit Driving across the San Luis Valley recently, Richard and I spotted groups of sandhill cranes probing the stubble of harvested fields for seeds and insects. Standing four feet tall, with wide gray wings, long, skinny legs, and necks outstretched, these birds are unmistakable. They’re also part of this improbable high-desert-and-marsh landscape. Twice […]

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Colorado Art Ranch – Provoking thoughtful inquiry among rural Colorado residents about issues, art and community.

by Susan Bavaria Imagine a grand opportunity to pursue your creative craft unencumbered by phone, to-do lists or obligatory conversation for 30 days in a picturesque part of Colorado. Sound ideal? An artist residency makes it possible. Artist residency programs exist worldwide, offering as much variety as there are interpretations of art. Some enjoy illustrious, […]

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The Caboose

by Forrest Whitman COLORAIL Loses on Union Station? Union Station, the premier rail hub in Colorado, won’t have much room for rail passengers if current plans go through. COLORAIL (Colorado Assn. Of Rail Passengers) has sued over the plan. The COLORAIL claim is that Union Station has become little more than another big real estate […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Marcia Darnell Outdoor Adventure Winter fun proved treacherous for three in February. Wayne Brown’s snowboard outing led to his getting lost in Mineral County for three days after a snowstorm. He was found safe and in the process of hiking out. In Conejos County, a couple from New Mexico were also found safe. Donald […]

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