Hummers

By Tina Mitchell Glittering, feathered jewels of green, orange, dark purple and red charge and chase each other with long, thin, pointed daggers, sputtering like electric sparks. A scene from an animated science-fantasy movie? No, it’s July at Central Colorado’s hummingbird feeders and wildflowers.

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Roller Skating in Colombia

By Lillian Wood Chaffee County’s roller derby team, the Ark Valley High Rollers, first formed in January 2010. Since then, they’ve recruited many new players (playfully referred to as “fresh meat”), and are now 18 strong and ranked 188 out of 284 by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). When they became a sanctioned […]

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Down on the Ground with the Garden

By George Sibley May and June are dominated here by the garden. Gardens, I should say; when we moved into our Gunnison home 20-some years ago, we were unimpressed with the expanse of bad lawn that came with it, and we resolved to annually convert 50 square feet of bad lawn to garden space. I lack […]

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Quillen’s Corner: Is There Such A Thing As A Good Politician?

In a column posted on Wired.com, Issie Lapowsky called Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg “one of the most skilled politicians of our times.” That observation came after conservatives accused Facebook staffers of suppressing conservative content in its Trending Topics feature. In response, Zuckerberg invited more than a dozen prominent conservatives to a meeting in the Silicon […]

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John Mattingly: Inner Old Man Update

Just as science fiction is having a hard time competing with science fact, Inner Old Man is having a hard time competing – or perhaps the word is coping – with the voices of complaint, despair and outrage. Terrorism is horrible, but so are car accidents and train wrecks and the fact that more teenagers […]

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Book Review: Mountain Rampage

Mountain Rampage By Scott Graham ISBN: 978-1-937226-45-9 Torrey House Press: 2015 $14.95, 269pp. Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel In Rocky Mountain National Park someone is poaching Rocky Mountain sheep, taking just the heads and leaving the bodies. Meanwhile, Chuck Bender, hired by a professor at Durango’s Fort Lewis College, is leading an eight-week college field […]

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Asparagus Walks

By Mary Pope-Cornum My husband came in, smiling from ear to ear with his hand behind his back, looking like the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. I wondered if he was going to pull a water snake out and try to scare me, or something equally teasing as he is so fond of doing. […]

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Take a Book, Leave a Book: Community Book Exchanges

By Tom Senkus Perhaps you’ve seen them on a stroll through your neighborhood. Housed in what appears to be a posh birdfeeder that could douable as a listing on Airbnb are miniature libraries, often with the tagline, “take a book, leave a book.” Inside are often a large number of books: used paperbacks, children’s magazines […]

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Counting Our Neighbors

We asked Mike Porras with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), Northwest Region if he could share with us a current estimate of some wildlife species in Colorado. With assistance from a wildlife biologist with CPW, they provided the following numbers. He explained that herd animals are easier to estimate as they can be spotted more […]

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The Lariat Loop: An Engineering Marvel at Texas Creek

By Forrest Whitman Readers of Colorado Central have probably driven right next to the roadbed of a spectacular railroad loop without noticing it. Even today, the Rio Grande’s Texas Creek extension gives us spectacular views of a line built around the mountainside and up to the sky. Getting a view and photo of its high […]

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The Strange Tale of Samuel Derry

By Kenneth Jessen In modern society, those responsible for mass shootings of innocent people are sometimes sent to a mental hospital instead of death row. Some are sentenced to life in prison. This often infuriates much of the public who wish to see a more severe form of justice served. But the insanity defense goes […]

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From the Editor: Railroading

By Mike Rosso Confession: I enjoy trains – a lot. I’ve been aboard most of the tourist trains in Colorado, and was lucky enough to hear John McCutcheon sing City of New Orleans in the original Illinois Central club car, chugging down the west side of La Veta Pass one rainy summer afternoon. Sometimes I’ll […]

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