From the Editor

Have you noticed how home projects always take at least three times as long as planned? I am currently in the process of remodeling the enclosed porch on the rear of my house (okay, it’s a mud room). A project that began in late fall and, at this point, with luck, might be done by […]

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Odd Fellows –Not So Odd Anymore

by Nathan Ward The first snowstorm of the winter whipped across Salida but the lights blazed at the Poncha Springs Grange hall. The smell of fried chicken floated out through the snowflakes as a few hearty souls gathered to meet Frank Pegoraro, the Colorado Grand Master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF). He […]

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Difficult Love

By Susan Tweit One morning, I was sitting with my mom in her bedroom, feeding her a cherry danish broken up in tiny pieces. Her hospital-type bed held her upright; her frail body was propped up with pillows. After I fed her a bite, her mouth opening obediently like that of a baby bird, she […]

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Inscription in Stone: New England Cemetary

“It is a fearful thing to love, what Death can touch.” And so it is. I know, for I love you through all our restless days, waves crashing blue-black, frothy white, against our spilling sands, so rich, so sweet, so deep and fine it is, it was, to know your skin, to taste your tongue, […]

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From the Classroom

Thoughts on Love Love is what someone wants, love is what someone needs, love is what someone is, and love is what someone feels. Love can be for a person, a place, or even a thing, but what we don’t know is why love is what it is. We do know that love does exist […]

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I Love Salida’s Living Room

By Eduardo Rey Brummel Roughly a decade ago, Salida Café was called by a Front Range newspaper, “Salida’s living room.” Certainly, this is true, for there’s a hint of mother hen in the air; and anyone walking in when Clark is there, is considered both friend and family. Robert Frost once said home is the […]

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For the Love of Food

By Jennifer Dempsey I have always had a complicated relationship with food. I’ve feared it, desired it, hoarded it, denied it, resented it, obsessed over it. So I’ve always felt a little envious and intimidated by folks who enjoy a pure, uninhibited love affair with food. But after interviewing several food lovers for this article, I feel embraced by these enthusiastic epicures, and […]

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Water Update

by John Orr Coloradans elect John Hickenlooper What fun it was watching the election season last year. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper won the chance to deal with Colorado’s fiscal vise grip – TABOR, Amendment 23 and the Gallagher Amendment. The three constitutional amendments essentially tie the hands of the legislature and governor when they try […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

Fate of Transmission Line in Limbo A proposed electricity transmission line over La Veta Pass is facing uncertainty after Xcel Energy threatened to walk away from the project. Xcel would like to see public money used to help finance the Southern Colorado Transmission Line Project. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will soon decide whether to […]

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Chaos Remembered in Tranquility

Long ago, Andrew Marvel wrote the best love poem in the English language, so it is futile to attempt to write another. Instead of poesy, I offer some well-known quotations and advice about love and marriage, some of which have been found in The Book of Quotes, (Barbara Rowes, 1979). After all, even love and […]

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Ilse then and now

By Hal Walter “ISLE, July 10, 1896 – Ilse is the name of the new post office and town that has sprung up at the Terrible Mine, which is on Oak Creek in Custer County, very near the Fremont County line. There are in the neighborhood of twenty-five families living in Ilse, and there is […]

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