The Real Deal Music Review: SHEL Just Crazy Enough

By Brian Rill SHEL – Just Crazy Enough The 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche prefaced his book The Will To Power with this line, “Of what is great one must either be silent or speak with greatness, that means cynically and with innocence.” I will attempt to relate honestly the virtue of music amidst my […]

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Water Update

By John Orr November Election Recap Normally this column deals with water issues and water folks in Central Colorado, but in the aftermath of the weirdest election season in my lifetime this iteration will take on a statewide and national flavor. Del Norte rancher Travis Smith, currently serving on the Colorado Water Conservation Board, likes […]

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George Sibley: Down on the Ground Trumped and Stumped

Things may be settling out a bit by the time you read this. All the cheers and jeers over the election, the anger in “Not My President” and “Build The Wall” rallies here and there, the stock market rollercoaster, the warnings and pleas from leaders around the world, and so on. All of that now […]

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Quillen’s Corner: Are Our Political Leaders Leading Us Astray?

By Martha Quillen Surprise! The November 8 election delivered a shocker, not just to Democrats, but probably even to Donald Trump himself. From the beginning of the 2016 season, Trump was the candidate whom reporters noticed. Even when Hillary Clinton was deemed the presumptive winner, Trump was the media star. Pundits and pollsters kept saying […]

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John Mattingly: The Tale of Dingdoggy

By John Mattingly An old yellow dog named Dingdoggy came from fortunate breeding and circumstance. His daddy, Dongdaddy, had been a well-cut dog with excellent cunning who ate well, accumulated an enormous number of bones, lived large with attractive bitches, and worried little about necessities. In short, Dongdaddy mastered his masters, for the most part. […]

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Keeping the Darkness at Bay

By Hal Walter In the wake of the recent election, I found myself pondering the future and reading a book called Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. We’ve all heard of the Holocaust in which six million Jews were killed by the Nazis. One piece of history I was not aware of […]

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Places: Simmons Peak

Story and photo by Ericka Kastner As of the writing of this column, snow had not yet fallen in Central Colorado’s banana belt, making it pertinent to write about hiking places rather than snowy adventures for December. Should a descent of the white stuff begin to grace the San Luis Valley and accumulate by the […]

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Colorado Muralist: Lightning Heart

By Anthony Guerrero It is impossible to explore the San Luis Valley without seeing many beautiful murals and amazing pieces of art. Some of the most prominent works are the vision of Colorado artist Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein. The artist painted his first mural in 1977 and since then has created 138 murals that can […]

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Book Review – Early Days in South Park: Parked in the Past

By Laura Van Dusen Vandusenville Publications, 189 pages ISBN 978-692-72310-4 Reviewed by Forrest Whitman Sooner or later, if you live in Colorado, you’ll drive through South Park. It’s a lovely ride in its own right, but this book will keep the motorist seeing it all in a fresh way. Van Dusen, long-time writer for many […]

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The Poncha Springs Italian Connection

Early Settlers from Lago, Italy to Poncha Springs, U.S.A. By Dr. Francesco Gallo On April 5, 2016, Ralph Benjamin “Ben” Scanga was elected mayor of Poncha Springs, a statutory town in Chaffee County where, one-hundred thirty years ago, his great grandfather Giuseppe Scanga had emigrated from Lago (Cosenza), Italy. It’s a dream that has come […]

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The Way We Really Were

By Virginia McConnell Simmons Skiing at Cooper Hill was a favorite family outing 60 years ago. Compared to the rope tow over on Fremont Pass, the T-bar at Cooper Hill was swell, once you learned not to sit on the bar and just let it push you from behind. No fashionable garb required. We wore […]

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About the Cover Artist: Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein

Colorado muralist Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein completed this depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the side of the Atencio Tire Shop in Antonito, Colorado, on October 20, 2016. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated […]

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George Sibley: Down on the Ground with Democracy Again

By George Sibley Trying to reduce the personal library a while back, I came across a book titled The Irony of Democracy: An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics. I have no idea where I got it – probably some yard sale – and don’t remember ever opening it. By the reduction standards I’ve set, it […]

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