Browns Canyon Wilderness…Another Chance?

by Mike Rosso What began in the 1970s as a review and evaluation for wilderness designation has become a jumble of information and falsehoods – involving politicians, off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, wilderness proponents and the National Rifle Association. If designated, the proposed Browns Canyon Wilderness Area in central Chaffee County would be one of the lowest […]

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Writers on the Range – Burning Man was better next year

by Dennis Hinkamp My collection of silly buttons from the Burning Man festival in Nevada includes one that says, “Burning Man was better last year.” The irony, of course, is that this button is given out every year, and every year thousands of people keep coming back. If you’ve ever been part of an annual […]

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If a deer falls in the forest

by Hal Walter Out for a run one afternoon in October, I was negotiating a burro down a steep trail that cuts from one cul-de-sac to another in a nearby subdivision. Downhill and to my right I saw a doe deer literally flopping down the hill through the trees. The animal appeared unable to gain […]

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Down on the Ground with Another Love Story

by George Sibley I’m writing this column from a cabin on the bank of the Wisconsin River, again. A lazy, lovely river, attractive to big gaggles of geese, a snag across the way in which a eagle often sits, occasional resting place for a sandhill crane or two, a couple egrets, and a daily parade […]

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A Lender Be (A Cautionary Tale)

by Jeff Osgood It takes about three minutes for me to realize I’m not prepared. The six-person tent needs to go up and the light is fading and the rain’s about to move back in. It’s only my second go-round with this tent and the first was in our backyard in broad daylight where the […]

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Historic Architecture of Central Colorado

Valley View School, located two miles west of Salida on County Road 140, represents one of the last of more than 30 rural school districts formed in Chaffee County at the peak of mining activity. Built in 1903, this one-room schoolhouse held classes for up to 42 students from ranching families. The property includes a […]

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Book review: Brothers on the Bashkaus

by Eugene Buchanan Published in 2007 by Fulcrum ISBN 978-1-55591-608-4 Reviewed by Ed Quillen In the summer of 1993, Eugene Buchanan and three fellow American floaters arrived at the Moscow airport, where they were supposed to meet André to run the Kalar River in Siberia. Except André was in Turkey with no firm return date, […]

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Portrayer of Souls – The Art of Bailey Escapule

by Sue Snively She exudes personality, showing kindness in her eyes, determination in the set of her jaw and subtle humor in the “almost” half smile on her lips. There is wisdom coming from the overall expression on her rugged and wrinkled face. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but the elegance of […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Marcia Darnell Sad but True One of the Valley’s greatest mysteries has been solved. The whereabouts of Danice Day, missing since January 2002, have been resolved. Remains uncovered in Arizona were confirmed to be the 19-year-old waitress from Monte Vista. Her romantic partner, Victor Braun, 33, who directed authorities to the remains, has been […]

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Reintroducing the Tabors: A Series

by Francisco A. Rios (Editor’s note: Dr. Rios, a retired professor from the University of Colorado at Denver, spent 805 volunteer hours over a span of one year and seven months cataloging hundreds of letters from the Tabor Collection at the Colorado Historical Society (CHS) onto a computer database. Over the next several months we […]

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The Colorado Cannabis Question

by Jennifer Dempsey When Salida resident Harold Coffman was diagnosed with bladder cancer last year he began taking a cocktail of prescription drugs that included pain-relieving narcotics, antibiotics and laxatives to ease his pain. On the recommendation of a friend, Coffman tried marijuana as an alternative pain reliever. The relief was almost instantaneous and he […]

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Flaming Om

by Celeste Labadie It’s a conspiracy, someone said, but I’ve done this myself. I’m collecting things. Drowning in stuff. Clinging to memories while packing and repacking what I’ll surely leave behind when the big whatever has its way with this corporeal sensibility.

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From the Editor

LAST MONTH I HAD the opportunity to participate in a roundtable workshop held October 15 by the Denver-based Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. The roundtable, part of an all-day summit held in Salida, drew about 50 participants representing business and non-profit leaders, elected officials, alternative and mainstream energy providers, educators and other community members from Chaffee, […]

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