News from the San Luis Valley

By Marcia Darnell Enviro News The proposed super-power line over La Veta Pass is garnering protest from residents on both sides of the mountain range. Opponents say the Valley doesn’t need more power and that the project is an eyesore and a threat to wildlife habitat. According to federal standards, the project will require an […]

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A Canine Playground

by Mike Rosso It was a chance visit to an Englewood, Colorado dog park that ultimately led to the creation of Chaffee County’s first open space for dogs, Loyal Duke’s Dog Park. The dog park, which opened its gates on November 29, 2009, is the brainchild of Salida resident Laura Pintaine, who, along with her […]

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A Farmer Far Afield – John Mattingly

The Power of Negative Thinking Martha Q’s piece in the last issue, in which she touched on the negative consequences of too much positive thinking, reminded me of a few things. Her writing often has this effect on me. The approach of a new year has brought a lot of curious optimism into our circles, […]

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A Miracle

by Peggy Godfey Last Spring I began riding two herds of cows who were calving. An icy, muddy, windy seven weeks kept me horseback and checking for difficult births, abandoned and sick babies. Both my dogs went with me, staying back when I needed to ride close to cows with new calves.

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Lessons from a Big Dog

By Susan Tweit At the Post Office recently, someone asked, “How’s your Great Dane? I haven’t seen her in a long time.” I had to clear the lump from my throat before answering: “She died more than two years ago.” Some dogs stick in your heart. Isis, named for the Egyptian goddess of wisdom and […]

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Kinks, frisbee, dog

Kinks: Rock and Roll Frisbee Dog

By Mike Rosso What is it about Border Collies and Frisbees? One is a descendent of droving and gathering breeds from the Welsh-English and Sottish-English border regions whose origins can be pinpointed to a single dog, Old Hemp, who was bred in Northumbria in the late 1800s. The other is a flying plastic disc developed […]

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regional restaurant review

China Village, 60693 U.S. Hwy 285, Bailey, CO, (303) 838-3308 By Patty LaTaille Whenever I mention China Village as my favorite restaurant to visit on trips to and from the Front Range, the inevitable response is: “Chinese food? In Bailey? Where?” Yes, you bet your sweet bippy there is good Chinese food in Bailey! My […]

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Book Review

Island of Grass By Ellen Wohl Published in 2009 by University Press of Colorado ISBN 978-0-87081-963-6 $22.95, paperback; xiv+224 pages Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons At first glance, a book about the grasslands of the eastern third of Colorado might seem to hold little interest for readers in Central Colorado. This volume warrants a less […]

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Squirrel on a Cold Tin Roof

by Frankie Will In this climate we have a phenomenon called black ice. A road or a surface looks completely dry, but is covered with a thin sheet of ice – slippery as a wet ice cube on a warm countertop. It is very dangerous and causes many accidents. This November, we’ve already had quite […]

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A Miracle

A Miracle – by Peggy Godfey Last Spring I began riding two herds of cows who were calving. An icy, muddy, windy seven weeks kept me horseback and checking for difficult births, abandoned and sick babies. Both my dogs went with me, staying back when I needed to ride close to cows with new calves. […]

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Sunny’s Days

by James E. Muse This is not the story I would like to have written about this four-legged family member. No, that story would have had a different ending, or in this case a different beginning. So, starting with the bad news is the only way to deal with not having to tell you in […]

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Werewolves of Westcliffe

By Hal Walter Years ago, when Ed and Martha Quillen were conspiring to start a magazine called Colorado Central, we met for a greasy hamburger at a saloon called Susie’s in Westcliffe. As I recall it was a slightly chilly day, and afterward we were standing outside in the street with Ed gesturing his speech […]

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Reintroducing the Tabors: A Series

In the Tabor correspondence, no one uses the name Baby Doe. Her family calls her Lizzie, and Horace, after opening his letters with “My Darling Wife,” calls her Babe. In the Tabor collection at the Historical Society, she appears, for brevity’s sake, as EBT, for Elizabeth Bonduel Tabor, which will come in handy for her […]

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