Queen, Witch or Saint: Who Was the Real Baby Doe?

By Craig Wagner Leadville is home to one of the last legends of the Old West. Not a gunfighter or gambler but a tiny old woman who displayed extraordinary grit in the name of love and pride, and possibly madness. Her story has spawned books, movies and a famous opera. Baby Doe Tabor’s scandalous affair […]

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The Bearded Lady

By Jennifer Welch – The Crowded Acre “The wheels on the bus go round and round …” It was mid-summer when we purchased the 1984 65-passenger Bluebird school bus. At that time, it had been almost a full year since I had broken the news to my husband – I wanted to go back into […]

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Places … Mayflower Gulch

By Ericka Kastner Some hikes are just worth repeating, and the trek to Mayflower Gulch in the Tenmile Range is absolutely an adventure to revisit time and again. In the summer, the basin is filled with wildflowers, and in the winter, Mayflower is a snowy wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels. Mayflower Gulch […]

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Colorado’s Fiery Past

By Vince Matthews Colorado has seen its share of volcanoes. Numerous volcanoes erupted here during several geologic periods. This fiery activity spanned the gamut of volcanic types. Three major eras of eruption were 1.75 to 1.72 billion years ago, 38 to 26 million years ago, and 26 million years ago until the present. The most […]

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Leadville: City in the Clouds

By Mike Rosso It’s the highest incorporated city in North America. Towering nearby at 14,440 feet is Mount Elbert, the second-highest summit in the contiguous United States, after Mount Whitney. It is home to seven museums and a famous old opera house among its 70 city blocks of Victorian buildings. Just for kicks, the residents […]

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Nothing Else Like It: Leadville Ski Joring

By Kathy Bedell If truth be told, it all started at the old Ossman Ranch. That’s where Leadville Ski Joring officially got its humble beginnings in Lake County. For it was on that family ranch, just north of Leadville on Hwy. 91, where “Mugs” Ossman’s love of quarter horses met up with Tom Schroeder’s love […]

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Down on the Ground with the Next Generation

By George Sibley I got talked into revisiting my checkered past as an instructor at Western Colorado State University this fall; the Environment and Sustainability program needed a class covered, and asked if I would conduct a seminar on Western water. So I cobbled up a seminar titled “The Colorado River in the Anthropocene.”

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Is the U.S. Political System Fixable?

By Martha Quillen Many Americans are disillusioned with our political system, and some are completely fed up with government, but Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig thinks we can fix things. Or even if we can’t, he thinks we have to try. And Lessig is doing just that. He’s trying to overturn Citizens United, reduce political […]

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Football and Religion

By John Mattingly With the playoffs going full force and the Super Bowl on the horizon, my mind wandered back to many years ago when my wife and I got married. We made a deal: I would go to Roman Catholic mass with her on Sunday morning if she would watch football with me on […]

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Music Review: Carin Mari – Miles Per Hour

By Brian Rill Buena Vista native Carin Mari has fully arrived with her first solo CD Miles Per Hour. After fourteen-year journey, her career has officially begun. Having won countless awards and performing at the Ryman Auditorium and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Carin pursues critical success with her pedigree.

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Book Review – The Denver Artists Guild: Its Founding Members, An Illustrated History

The Denver Artists Guild: Its Founding Members, An Illustrated History Colorado History and University Press of Colorado, 2015, USBN  978-0-942576-58-0 By Stan Cuba 260 pages, 9×11, color, 187 figures, paper, $39.95; also available as ebook Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons In 1928, a vibrant group of 52 artists formed the Denver Artists Guild, and for a […]

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Attempted Murder in the Mine

By Jeffrey Runyon A dictionary defines what a thing is – say, a mountain. Art teaches what that mountain means. This may be similar to what Oscar Wilde meant in his 1889 essay, The Decay of Lying, where he suggests, contrary to long-held belief, that art does not imitate life, life imitates art – that […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

Xcel Buying Solar From Hooper Xcel Energy is now purchasing power generated by the 50-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in Hooper by SunPower Corp. The power purchase agreement allows Xcel to purchase the energy at cost-competitive rates. It estimates the 320-acre plant is generating enough electricity to power approximately 13,500 average Colorado homes. Xcel is based […]

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Passings

Colorado Central Magazine has quite a few readers over the age of 60, so when I scan the obituaries of the eight different regional newspapers we receive here, I’m sometimes taken aback to learn that we’ve lost another subscriber. Several of them passed away in 2015 and I’d like to take a moment to pay […]

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