No Longer a 14er Virgin

by Laurel McHargue “Left foot. Right foot. Feet. Feet. Feet. Oh how many feet you meet.” How would Dr. Seuss have known just how I was feeling as I placed one foot before the other, oftentimes only with inches of separation, as I trudged my way to the top of my first 14er? Living with […]

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Water Update

by John Orr Taylor River rafting rift comes full circle The epic saga, termed “row vs. wade” by some opponents, ended up with a deal for this season between Wilder on the Taylor fishing reserve owners Jackson-Shaw and the owners of the two rafting operations, Three Rivers Outfitting and Scenic River Tours. Hours of operation […]

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Monarch quarry

The CF&I Connection

by Virginia Simmons McConnell Part 1 of 2 Romantic as tales of gold and silver discoveries may be, the history of mining in Central Colorado has its grimier chapters. Many tell us how people of this area once earned their livelihoods, producing materials that fed a steel mill. In these stories, Central Colorado has strong […]

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Book review

A Dozen on Denver: Stories – edited by the Rocky Mountain News Fulcrum Publishing, 2009 ISBN: 9781555917272 Reviewed by Elliot Jackson The late, lamented Rocky Mountain News, shortly before its demise, commissioned a collection of tales from twelve Colorado authors, some famous and some virtually unknown, to commemorate the sesquicentennial of both the paper and […]

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From the Editor

Last month I needed a book to take along on a flight to the West Coast and grabbed from my bookcase a beat up old copy of Resist Much, Obey Little; Some Notes on Edward Abbey. I read a bunch of Abbey’s works in my twenties and thirties as did many of my peers here […]

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Wild things in the tack room

by Hal Walter It pays to be “in the now” in my line of work, but often I find my mind somewhere else and running on overdrive as I go about my chores. My most reliable employment these days is managing a small ranch where we keep horses, cattle and a fair number of barn […]

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Springtime is whine-time – Writers on the Range

By Dennis Hinkamp Spring is the cruelest month in the mountain West. Yes, I know that spring technically occupies three months as one-quarter of the four annual seasons. But here in northeastern Utah, it really only lasts a month. And it doesn’t even last a distinct month; what I’m saying is that you get about […]

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Don’t Get It, Part 2

by John Mattingly Though loathe to admit it, I’m officially the ornery, cranky old farmer I said I’d never become. Of course, the fact that I, or anyone, is here on earth to complain about it is, in itself, a miracle. The likelihood of any person being alive in the universe is on the order […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

Unfair Hunting Practices Someone poached five deer on the Adams State College campus April 22. The three mule deer and two fawns were shot and stabbed at the south end of campus. The college has offered $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the poacher(s), matching the reward offered by the Humane […]

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The Real Price of Fossil Fuels

by  Aaron Mandelkorn The time has come for a change in the way we think about energy. This is a statement many of us have heard. For me, this is a statement that is thrown around quite carelessly, especially from the people and industries that do the most environmental damage. With the recent BP oilrig […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Lawsuits Galore in Chaffee County BUENA VISTA – Former Buena Vista mayor and current candidate for Chaffee County Clerk Cara Russell has filed a lawsuit against the B.V. town government and its board of trustees over an attempt to remove her from office in November 2008. A notice of removal was prepared against Russell by […]

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The caboose

by Forrest Whitman The California Zephyr Report Train #5, The California Zephyr (CZ), pulled out of Union Station Denver at exactly 8:05 a.m., as advertised, on May 2. The conductor welcomed us over the PA and reminded us that National Train Day, May 8, would feature special displays and even goodies in the old Union […]

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Viewing the Future from a Downtown Homestead

by Martha Quillen Too many environmentalists air their views about melting ice caps, peak oil, and gas-guzzling ignoramuses while talking about their long-distance road trips. Or photo safaris. Or whirlwind tours of foreign nations. That’s irritating. So I always thought it best not to mix observations about my vacations with reflections about environmental matters. But […]

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