Called Home: Sandhill Cranes and Humans

by Susan Tweit Driving across the San Luis Valley recently, Richard and I spotted groups of sandhill cranes probing the stubble of harvested fields for seeds and insects. Standing four feet tall, with wide gray wings, long, skinny legs, and necks outstretched, these birds are unmistakable. They’re also part of this improbable high-desert-and-marsh landscape. Twice […]

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Colorado Art Ranch – Provoking thoughtful inquiry among rural Colorado residents about issues, art and community.

by Susan Bavaria Imagine a grand opportunity to pursue your creative craft unencumbered by phone, to-do lists or obligatory conversation for 30 days in a picturesque part of Colorado. Sound ideal? An artist residency makes it possible. Artist residency programs exist worldwide, offering as much variety as there are interpretations of art. Some enjoy illustrious, […]

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The Caboose

by Forrest Whitman COLORAIL Loses on Union Station? Union Station, the premier rail hub in Colorado, won’t have much room for rail passengers if current plans go through. COLORAIL (Colorado Assn. Of Rail Passengers) has sued over the plan. The COLORAIL claim is that Union Station has become little more than another big real estate […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

by Marcia Darnell Outdoor Adventure Winter fun proved treacherous for three in February. Wayne Brown’s snowboard outing led to his getting lost in Mineral County for three days after a snowstorm. He was found safe and in the process of hiking out. In Conejos County, a couple from New Mexico were also found safe. Donald […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

“Right to Float” Bill Hits Snags DENVER – Colorado House Bill 1188, the “River Outfitters Viability Act,” was abandoned by the state senate and will be sent to the Colorado Water Congress for evaluation. The legislation, proposed by Rep. Kathleen Curry, was designed to protect the boating industry from restrictions sought by a private landowner […]

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‘Taxarado’: Love it or leave

by Hal Walter Here in politically regressive Custer County I’ve seen a number of interesting bumper stickers reflecting the general dissatisfaction of the majority so-called conservative crowd. Perhaps the most interesting is one that depicts the old green-and-white Colorado mountain license plate, the artwork that became the basis for a generation of bumpers stickers that […]

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A Farmer Far Afield – Job Creation

by John Mattingly Imagine these two words spoken a thousand years ago, or five hundred, or even a hundred years ago, when most people were so survival-shackled the last thing they wanted was more jobs to be created. An extreme contrarian might suggest that a 10 percent jobless rate in the U.S. is actually a […]

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Down on the Ground with Urban Reality

by George Sibley Recently it became official – globally, there are now more city cousins than country cousins. In other words, more than half of all humans live in large urban concentrations. We central Coloradans are now part of a global minority, which is probably not that much of a surprise here, where our state’s […]

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Reintroducing the Tabors: A Series

by Francisco A. Rios Horace Tabor’s Loneliness Whatever promise the mines in Mexico may hold out to Horace, he pays a terrible price in loneliness, and probably guilt, at being away from his family for months at a time, especially when there is a serious illness at home. The modern device of the telegraph allows […]

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Hasta La Vista, Suckers

by Patty LaTaille Time Share Beware. Okay – so not a timeshare exactly – a “Club Membership” to be precise. Young, in love, blissful honeymooners, unaware and feeling the buzz from celebratory champagne. Fresh meat for the El Presidente Intercontinental Club representative sharks.

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Water Update

by John Orr State Representative Curry’s bill: What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been State Representative Kathleen Curry’s bill, HB 10-1188, was designed to clarify the rights of outfitters on Colorado streams that have been traditionally used for rafting. The original bill meant to allow portages during high water and the right to float certain […]

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“A Good Day for a Drive”

an essay by Chris Hunt First there’s the cramped aisle seat on the commuter. Knees aren’t meant to bend that direction. At least not for that long. Then off the plane and into the airport. The rush. Harried faces counting gate numbers. Life becomes a watch face. Everybody has a smart phone at their ear, […]

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Book Review – Halfway to Heaven

Halfway to Heaven By Mark Obmascik Published in 2009 by Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster ISBN13: 978-1-4165-6699-1 Reviewed by Martha Quillen Halfway to Heaven is an adventure travelogue featuring harrowing tales of derring-do and death, along with passages about Colorado history, Colorado places (including Leadville and Salida), Colorado fourteeners, and mountain climbers; […]

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