Questions and Answers About Swine Flu

by Jennifer Dempsey When Moffat High School offered a swine flu shot clinic this fall, Jerry Bergstrom decided not to have her two children get the vaccination. Bergstrom said she isn’t entirely against the vaccine, but that she’s “been told positive and negative things about it. I feel that the shot hasn’t been tested enough,” […]

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Reintroducing the Tabors: A Series. Part 2 – A Circled Kiss

by Francisco A. Rios (Editor’s note: Dr. Rios, a retired professor from the University of Colorado at Denver, spent 805 volunteer hours over a span of one year and seven months cataloging hundreds of letters from the Tabor Collection at the Colorado Historical Society (CHS) onto a computer database. We are reproducing some of these […]

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USFS CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING INFO

(LOCAL EXCEPTIONS MAY APPLY TO THE INFORMATION BELOW) CORE CUTTING DATES/GENERAL PERMIT REQUIREMENTS: Core Cutting Dates: December 5-13, 2009 Permits: $10 each. One tree per permit. Limit 5 permits per person. All sales are final. Area Entry Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – For your safety, no entry is allowed before or after these […]

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Quillen’s Corner

By Ed Quillen Before the sun came up on the morning of Oct. 1, I got into my pickup to drive to the Salida Café & Roastery (the establishment formerly known as Bongo Billy’s Salida Café) for breakfast followed by the monthly business meeting of the Salida Business Alliance (formerly known as the Salida Merchants […]

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Down on the Ground with Personal Responsibility and Health Care

by George Sibley I have a friend here in the Upper Gunnison with whom I argue politics a lot, mostly electronically. We are always sending each other e-mails with editorials, news stories, and essays attached, mostly focused on aspects of the political economy – which should be distinguished from the real economy, the miraculous helter-skelter […]

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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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