Restaurant Review: Sangrita

By Elliot Jackson Sangrita 212 Main Street, Westcliffe, CO Open throughout the winter. Wed.-Thurs., “3 p.m. to close (or about 8 p.m.)” Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-close (8:30-9, traffic dependent). 719-626-4120

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Book Review: Richard Sopris in Early Denver

Richard Sopris in Early Denver by Linda Bjorklund History Press 2016, 138 pages ISBN 978.1 46713.593.1 Reviewed by Forrest Whitman Richard Sopris is one of the least known of the early Colorado influential leaders. This book should help correct that. A “fifty-niner,” arriving during the 1859 gold rush, he was one of the earliest miners […]

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Perfect Imperfection

By Jennifer Welch My heifer has a penis. If you remember, it wasn’t too long ago that I was waiting for my dairy cow to calve. And I called heifer. So you can imagine my surprise when my heifer was born … with a penis. Damn. I guess it’s true that we can’t always get […]

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Water Update

By John Orr MINUTE 323 Several tributaries of the Colorado River get their start in the crags of the Central Colorado mountains. Storied rivers: Blue, Eagle, Roaring Fork and the powerhouse Gunnison. They’ve all faced the footstep of humankind. The mines dotting the slopes, hay fields, ranching, orchards and cornfields bear witness and are now […]

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Victor: The End of the Road

By Mike Rosso Victor, Colorado, is not on the way to anywhere else. To get there requires dedicated purpose. Those arriving for the first time will discover a time capsule of a town, a place that seems left behind from the modern world, yet still occupied by a hearty citizenry, who seem to prefer living […]

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About the Cover Photographer: Beatris Burgoin

Beatris Burgoin was born and raised in southern Baja California, Mexico, as a member of an artistic family. She started painting when she was 19 and recuperating from a car accident. She’s been developing her style for over 17 years and has evolved into a modernistic oil painter utilizing only three primary colors and white. […]

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The Perfect Season

By Hal Walter It was one of those awkward encounters. A casual acquaintance threw out a random statement and it made me think. In this case it was in a grocery store and the statement was essentially that there’s such a gap in this country, everything from homeless people “doing nothing” begging in the streets […]

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Center: In the Middle of the San Luis Valley

By Anthony Guerrero There is a small town in the center of the San Luis Valley and its location has gifted it with the name Center, Colorado. It is also not uncommon to hear the Spanish pronunciation, Centro since it is populated by a very large Hispanic and immigrant population. Center was incorporated on January […]

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Greenback Cutthroat Trout Update

By Tina Mitchell In July, 2016, a lightning strike sparked the Hayden Pass Fire in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Within days, it had exploded into a 26-square-mile conflagration that forced area residents to evacuate. As they prepared to head out, firefighters raced in. Following close behind, a team of more than 30 specially trained […]

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