REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Ski Area Expansion Nixed CRESTED BUTTE – Saying the project isn’t in the interest of the public, a local forest supervisor on Nov. 5 told Crested Butte Mountain Resort officials the agency will not enter an environmental review of proposed expansion to Snodgrass Mountain. The decision just about ends any possible expansion which has created […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Marcia Darnell Election First Alamosa will have its first woman mayor, following Kathy Rogers’ election Nov. 3. Alamosa voters also voted no on a new aquatic center, raises for city council members, and opening city boards to non-residents. Saguache County voters voted to take on more debt to get a BEST grant for the […]

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Water Update

by John Orr Creede hydroelectric project It makes sense to generate electricity with water and gravity where possible. Hydroelectric power is clean and as reliable as the water supply. Near Creede the A.E. Humphrey Ranch is going to get a shiny new hydroelectric plant for the dam there. Owner Ruthie Brown is ponying up over […]

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Solar Energy: An Introduction to Photovoltaics

This is the first article in a six-part series dedicated to renewable energies. by  Aaron Mandelkorn Solar energy is not a new concept. For years, civilizations utilized the power of the sun’s rays to warm their homes and dry their food and clothes. Today, we know so much more about what the sun can do. […]

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A Farmer Far Afield – Dreams of Fields

by John Mattingly Out a narrow window I see my new center pivot on the loose, crossing Highway 17. Cars and trucks are jammed and honking as the machine spreads out like a praying mantis on the warpath, pulling its electric line out of the ground like a giant umbilical cord. It runs roughshod over […]

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Book Review – Grizzly Wars: The Public Fight Over the Great Bear

By: David Knibb Eastern Washington University Press: 2008 ISBN: 978-1-59766-037-2 Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel Grizzlies, like wolves, are “NIMBY” critters. They are iconic to our images of “the wild west,” and our lands seem a sham in their absence; yet it seems the majority want them, “out there,” away from their own backyards and […]

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regional restaurant review – The W Café

For over fifty years the W Cafe has been feeding its share of hungry Western State students, alumni, locals and tourists. With its vinyl tablecloths and booths, yard-sale wall art and hectic but friendly and efficient staff, one can’t help but hearken back to roadside cafes from endless road trips through America’s midsection. This is […]

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Book Review – Historic Photos of Colorado Mining

Text and Captions by Ed Rains 2009 – Turner Publishing Company ISBN:978-1-59652-535-1 Reviewed by Mike Rosso Having spent several years as a photo restorist in Durango, working with museums in Durango, Cortez, Dolores and Silverton, I was eager to obtain a copy of Historic Photos of Colorado Mining when it was offered for review.

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Susan Tweit – Growing Generosity

These are tough times: the economy tanked last year, the stock market took a corresponding dive, unemployment is up more than in a decade or more, and jobs are not easy to come by. All of which makes it a great time to cultivate generosity and help each other. Remember the movie “Pay It Forward”? […]

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Harrison Walter on Ace the burro

Hal Walter – The Burro Boy

Long before I learned my son Harrison has autism, or what the word “hippotherapy” means, I had this idea he should ride our burros. For me this was a way to incorporate fatherhood into my lifestyle. For three decades I have trained burros for pack-burro racing, including six world championships, as well as for packing […]

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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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