A Farmer Far Afield: Wind

By John Mattingly The months of March, April and May are the windy period in the Valley. Wind often determines what can or must be done. A big wind can quickly dry out or blow out a crop, make construction impossible or repairs necessary, damage fences freeing livestock, and generally make misery on an otherwise […]

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Places: Phantom Canyon Road

By Ericka Kastner Phantom Canyon Road lives up to its name; until very recently this route had been haunting me. It’s been several years since a friend told me about the road running from Penrose to Victor. Since then, County Road 67 has been filed in the notes section of my iPhone where I list […]

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Book Reviews – A Compendium of Curious Colorado Place Names

By Jim Flynn ISBN: 978-1-46713-732-4 The History Press: 2016 $21.99; 186pp, plus index Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel Cannibal Plateau. Breckenridge. Westcliffe. Slumgullion Pass. Tin Cup. Saguache. Colorado is chockablock with odd and peculiar place names. Fortunately, there are numerous books telling the varied tales of how these names came to be. (I own two […]

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Museums of Central Colorado: The Rio Grande County Museum

By Lyndsie Ferrell As with many museums throughout Colorado, the Rio Grande County Museum in Del Norte is home to some of the area’s oldest artifacts, highlighting the rich history surrounding the San Luis Valley and beyond. The Valley was homesteaded in the early 1800s by both Anglo and Spanish travelers, who came to the […]

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Dispatch from the Edge

By Peter Anderson Highway 17, the road I drive south to Alamosa, is also known as “The Cosmic Highway.” Why? UFOs I suppose. At the very least, alien aficionados can find each other on the observation deck at the UFO Watchtower. And then there’s the billboard, earth as seen from the moon, the great revelatory […]

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Eye on the 5th

By Daniel Smith Hard to keep pace with the astounding events surrounding the Trump administration these days. Many of them leave Americans’ heads swimming, such as the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the naming of a Special Counsel to further probe the involvement of Russia in seeking to affect the U.S. presidential election. […]

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Burris and Sons: Bucking Bulls

Story and photos by Anthony Guerrero Angry, mean and muscular bucking bulls have made their way to the San Luis Valley for the last seven years. They are being raised in Mosca by professional rodeo announcer Shane Burris.

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From the Editor: Notes

By Mike Rosso Last month’s tagline poked fun at the dwindling shoulder seasons in Salida, but a quick walk downtown on a late May afternoon reveals the truth: we are officially on the map. Both in-state and out-of-state plates abound, sidewalks are more crowded, the bays at the local gas station are nearly always full. […]

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About the Cover Artist: Jessica Vogel

Jessica Vogel began her love affair with compelling images as a commercial photographer. It all began at the University of Florida’s Photojournalism School. Later, while interning with a noted Texas photographer, she improved on the technique of making Polaroid transfers, separating the color layers in the film and putting them back together to create images […]

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Quillen’s Corner: Run for Your Lives, Nice Guys

By Martha Quillen Do nice guys finish first? Or last? That’s a classic question, but what I want to know is not where nice guys finish (since they likely finish in different places), but what merits the designation “nice.” In our era, citizens tend to either praise political VIPs or call them stupid – and […]

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George Sibley: Down on the Ground with the Great Divide

By George Sibley You’re probably thinking I mean the “Continental Divide.” No, I’m talking – again – about the lurking ghost that has always haunted America, but which burst forth in full dark bloom in last year’s election: the urban-rural divide. Or, as demographers increasingly characterize it today: the metropolitan-nonmetropolitan divide.

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Places: Cottonwood Creek

By Ericka Kastner I’m pretty sure I’m going to regret telling you about this trail. It’s long been one of my favorites – this is the spot where I go when I need a day knee-deep in wilderness. This is the trail that I keep quiet about, only inviting certain people along to experience the […]

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The Real Deal Music Review: Pint & A Half – Boomtown Ghosts

By Brian Rill Pint & A Half return from their part-time gig as Smeltertown ghost whisperers to record the stories of forgotten souls who paved the way through old mining town memories, while raising a rags-to-riches fairy tale in this western small town paradise of Salida, Colorado. Regrouping, the pair this time collaborates with legendary […]

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Reviews: The Silver Baron’s Wife

By Donna Baier Stein Serving House Books ISBN 978-0-997010-6-5 Reviewed by Forrest Whitman Lizzy “Baby Doe” Tabor is a tough subject for any novelist to pick, and Donna Stein has done a good job here. There are hundreds of books and articles written about this famous figure from Colorado history. There are also plays and […]

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