News from the San Luis Valley

Eco News December storms that ravaged the rest of the country were kind to the mid Valley: lotsa cold, little snow on the ground, but good snowpack. According to the Division of Water Resources, the Rio Grande Basin went from below normal to above normal snowpack in about a week.

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From the Editor

I’m a cat person. There, I’ve said it. Somehow I tend to relate more to those independent-minded, self-absorbed masters of the art of lounging than their canine counterparts. Cats have always been part of my adult life. Grey tabbies mostly, and, if I may indulge in a little Buddhist philosophy, am pretty sure each one […]

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Quillen’s Corner

Silly and stupid, but we love ‘em anyway by Ed Quillen The Rocky Mountain Dog is a magnificent creature who rides easily in the bed of an old pickup. His barking and growling, done only when necessary, protects his people from bill collectors, process servers, revenue agents, drug enforcers, Mormon missionaries, siding salesmen and other […]

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Loyal Duke

The Legend of Loyal Duke

By John McManus The tale of Duke stems, as most legends do, from the seeds of reality. Where reality ends and myth prevails can only be personally resolved. The name of the lonely Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad worker who brought Duke the dog to the Salida rail yard is lost forever. Duke, however, […]

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Üllr: Diggin’ his New Job

Story and Photos by Mike Rosso As a native of Black Hawk, Colorado, Aaron Peyrouse has been playing in the mountains all his life. He learned to ski at Loveland Ski Area at a young age and eventually became a full-time ski patroller. It was during those years at Loveland that he learned about avalanche […]

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A Few Words about the Cover Girl

by Elliot Jackson The cover photo of my Siberian Husky, Sovay, was taken in early 2009 when, as a vigorous 13-year-old, she was still pacing pal Mike and me up mountain passes and breaking trail when we went snow-shoeing. Sovay, typical of her breed, is a highly energetic dog, easily bored and not all at […]

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REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Despite Approval by Town Council, A Question Mark Still Hangs over The Meadows By Sterling Quinton Buena Vista has come to represent a kind of stage upon which the tensions of small-town politics and development pressures now tangle in the increasingly murky waters of a vast economic slump. Standing front and center in the most […]

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Service Dogs – Helping Coloradans Achieve Independence

by Laura Pintaine Walk into any grocery store with a properly attired service dog puppy and eyes turn towards you. Reactions vary depending upon the customer. Some might consider, “what an admirable act to raise a dog for a disabled person,” while others might be thinking “I could never give up a puppy I’ve raised.” […]

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Conversations with Dog

by Dawne Belloise “Try to be the person your dog thinks you are …” Dogs … our best friends, givers of unconditional love and loyalty, benevolent protectors and part of the family. But no matter what you do, your dog still tears up your furniture, messes the carpet and snarls at you. Your pet could […]

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Reintroducing the Tabors: A Series

Part 3 – The Arduous Life of a Senator by Francisco A. Rios Using letterhead stationery of the United States Senate for the envelope and his letter, Horace Tabor wrote to Lizzie McCourt at Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Feb 20 1883 as follows:

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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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