Book Reviews – The Longest Night: A Novel

By Andria Williams Random House, ISBN-13: 9780812987423 Hardcover, $27 384pp Reviewed by Annie Dawid The debut novel by Colorado Springs author Andria Williams explores in white-knuckled prose the meltdown at a nuclear reactor in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on January 3, 1961. This particular disaster, resulting in the deaths of three young military operators, receded into […]

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The Way We Really Were

By Virginia McConnell Simmons During Colorado’s gold rush and mining boom, rugged Methodist circuit rider Father John L. Dyer, the “Snow-shoe Itinerant,” is famous for carrying a Bible and packs of mail across 13,135-high Mosquito Pass. Enduring physically, economically, emotionally, and spiritually were his challenges. During his walk from the upper Midwest to Denver in […]

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Jack Haverly’s Towns for Suckers

By Jan MacKell Collins “Jack Haverly, Jack Haverly I wonder where you are. Are your fortunes cast with Sirius, or ‘neath some kindlier star?” – “Memories of Jack Haverly” by Eugene Field, the New York Times circa 1901 We all know certain people in our lives who never seem to hold onto their money, no matter […]

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Remembering Curtis Imrie

“Curtis was a gift to all who knew him. Populist to the core, a brilliant, principled person who did everything with a true gusto for life.” – Linda Brandon Powers, Former Colorado State Senator, former Crested Butte Mayor and City Councillor “After his flaming near-death wreck on the Interstate a dozen or so years ago, it […]

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Curtis Imrie: “When in Doubt, Print the Legend”

By Hal Walter “The following may or may not be true. And if it ain’t then it ought to be.” That is an opening quote from one of Curtis Imrie’s films, The Lost Frontier. Curtis collapsed and died while preparing to show one of his donkeys at the National Western Stock Show back in January. […]

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Good Cop… Bad Cop

SHERIFF CYRUS “DOC” SHORES and STOCK DETECTIVE TOM HORN By Judy Buffington Sammons Both Doc Shores and Tom Horn were law enforcement officers in the frontier era of Colorado’s Western Slope. Shores, upon his death at the age of ninety, had become a celebrated peace officer, who would be recalled thenceforth as “… just, fearless, […]

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From the Editor: On the Road

By Mike Rosso What a difference a month makes. At 7:30 a.m. in early January, I walked the five blocks from my house in minus 8 weather to the Salida bus station. I didn’t mind the cold so much, knowing I was bound for Northern California where the climate was certain to be milder.

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About the Cover Photographer: Linda Gibas

I grew up in Denver, but always had the mountains in my blood. As a young girl, I would often ask my parents if we could move to the mountains and get a horse. I attended Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs where my interest in photography was sparked. I took numerous photography classes during […]

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Lessons in Guitar and Compassion

By Hal Walter The guitar has three major cracks in its soundboard and bears the scar of some unknown impact to the rosette that encircles the sound hole. The saddle to which the bridge is attached appears to have been retrofitted from a piece of thin wood paneling, perhaps an attempt to hold the entire […]

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Rok Skool

By Mike Rosso Since 2011, many Chaffee County teens have learned the fine art of rockin’ out, thanks to Rok Skool, a musical education program offered through Articipate, a Salida-based nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping arts education alive and thriving in the 21st century. The founders, Jill and Trevor “Bones” Davis, saw an alarming trend […]

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Alamosa’s New Venue: Society Hall

By Mike Rosso Back in 2014, a small group of Alamosa residents began considering the possibilities of buying and converting an old Christian Science Society building into an event and performance center. By the spring of 2015, they formed a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, The Society Hall Foundation, and purchased the building in August that same year. […]

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Ancient Tones: The Lithophone

By Marilyn Martorano Several years ago, a number of very interesting and unique artifacts were identified in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve museum collections and in private collections throughout the San Luis Valley. A cursory study of these artifacts suggested that some of them may have been used as tools called pestles. […]

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George Sibley: Down on the Ground with Old Movies

I know this is the music issue, but there are a lot of other things kicking around in my mind these days. So my musical focus for this column is going to be short and sweet. Last week, Netflix failed us one night, so my partner Maryo and I watched Casablanca for about the fifth […]

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Rockin’ the Rope: The New Lariat Bar

By Mike Rosso When Court and Robbie Johnson rented a cabin near Hartsel back in 2009, little did they know it would eventually lead them to a successful enterprise in Buena Vista. “We were actually ski bums at the time,” said Court of the decision to buy the cabin. Previously in the home construction business, […]

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