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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Mike Rust – An Intense Guy

by Betty Plotz In order to pay tribute to his life, I’ve been casting about to find a word to describe Mike Rust. A unique and independent person who proudly lived “off the grid” near Saguache, Co, “Mike Bike,” as he was known by friends, disappeared on March 31, 2009 after confronting burglars near his […]

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Recipe – Fideo (and Old Friends)

Fideo sounds like a dance, maybe a Rumba, or the sound when you discover something you’ve lost, like “Eureka!” This simple and satisfying pasta dish is all of the above. Origins unknown, it arrived on the plates and palates of the lost and weary time travelers Donna, Ruth and Jan, originally from Long Island, New […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Mine Drainage Act Passes WASHINGTON, D.C. – On September 29, the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel Remediation Act of 2009 (H.R. 3123) passed in the U.S. House. The bill had been introduced by 5th Dist. Congressman Lamborn along with a companion bill by Senator Mark Udall. The bill assigns responsibility for the problematic tunnel to the […]

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Getting “Home” was the Problem

by Patty La Taille Home is a relative term, especially when you marry into the military. My first year of marriage was a rocky one – a spontaneous European elopement as the shadow of Desert Storm – the first war in Iraq – descended on his battalion based in Nuremberg, Germany. Jim and I were married in Vejle, Denmark, on […]

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Byways Reward with Scenery, History — and an Award

by Susan Tweit If you’re a wildflower lover as I am, take a trip to Colorado’s High Plains soon. This year’s unusual dose of early monsoon moisture has painted the shortgrass prairie in a vivid array of scarlet, yellow, purple, and magenta wildflowers. Chose one of the scenic byways that traverse eastern Colorado’s seemingly endless sea […]

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Down on the Ground with Water and Democracy

by George Sibley Colorado’s “Water for the Future Act” is now going into its fifth year. Is it working? Well, I am betting that most Coloradans who read that paragraph will say, “Huh?” “Colorado’s what?” This could be taken as a measure of the extent to which the “Water for the Future” process is not […]

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Book Review: Art in America

by Ron McLarty Published in 2008 by Penguin Books Ltd. ISBN: 978-0-670-01895-6 367 pp. Reviewed by Marcia Darnell What do you get when you add a New York writer to the San Luis Valley? “Art in America.” Veteran character actor Ron McLarty has built a successful second career as a writer. Creede Repertory Theatre is […]

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