George Sibley: Down on the Ground with Groundwater

Water again. Just can’t get away from the stuff – literally can’t, I guess, being myself about 70 percent just water that learned how to stand up and look around. What’s caught my attention this month is a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, finding that more of the water in the Upper Colorado […]

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John Mattingly: Home Land Security

When leaders and legislators use the word “homeland,” war is usually on the way. Putting the words “home” and “land” together commutes a national notion to one’s home and has been a reliable motivator for raising or deploying a fighting force. Young people in particular, the most able to fight, and who have been living […]

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The Real Deal Music Review: Still The Birds – Darryl Purpose

By Brian Rill The spiritual purpose of Nederland-based Darryl Purpose’s new collection purposes to insight mass awareness and, thereby, inspires world peace. A magical musical collaboration with eleven songs, co-written by author and songwriter Paul Zollo, Still The Birds soars like a black swan against the mediocre motley crew who unfurl Jolly Roger flags over […]

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The Gourmet Guy: Pork Medallions with Dried Plums

By Chef Pierre Luc, Alma, Colorado 4 medallions of pork 12 dried plums 1 tablespoon oil 6 tablespoons butter 1 shallot, finely chopped 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/2 cup chicken stock or brown stock 1 sprig of fresh thyme 1 bay leaf 1 cup heavy cream Salt and pepper Begin by sautéing the pork […]

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The Crowded Acre – What A Long, Strange Trip

By Jennifer Welch Y’all … what a long, strange trip it’s been. I am a pig farmer, a cook, and the owner of a 1984 65-passenger Bluebird school bus. The amount of stuff I don’t know could fill that school bus ten times over. But there are a few things I have learned along the […]

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Pigweed and Me

By Richard R. Cuyler, Salida CO The goddamn pigweed’s sprouting everywhere! I’ve pulled and pulled and pulled and still there’s more. They’re even more invasive than before despite deracinations just last year.  

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The Maverick Potter – All Fired Up

Having grown up in Hong Kong, Salida ceramic artist Mark Rittman gained a uniquely Asian perspective in his work. Mark, along with his wife Suzanne, has been operating the Maverick Potter in downtown Salida since 2008. Their store, located at 119 F Street, features a variety of artwork from regional artists, but it is Mark’s […]

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Making A Difference in Del Norte

By Virginia McConnell Simmons Mark M. Jones, AIA, who died from hantavirus in May, is leaving a lasting imprint on the town of Del Norte and other areas in the San Luis Valley. He will be remembered for his expertise as an architect, his high standards of design and workmanship, and his vision for revitalizing […]

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The Way We Really Were

By Virginia McConnell Simmons School’s out. Summer’s sightseers in Central Colorado will enjoy photographing and painting picturesque one-room schoolhouses that now stand empty or have taken on new roles such as community centers or museums – Mirage (pictured here), Alma, Jefferson, Malta, Sargents, Twin Lakes, Valley View, Westcliffe, and many more. But before we get […]

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From the Editor: Modern Salida

By Mike Rosso Last month, our intrepid proofreader Meryl announced that she and her family would be relocating to Vermont this summer and she could no longer help to find those obscure typos, misspellings and other grammatical transgressions in our publication.

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About the Cover Artist: Sally Mather

Although I spent my professional life as a nurse-midwife providing women’s health care, the need to be creative has always been pervasive throughout my life. Taking art classes and workshops through the years, I have explored many different mediums – clay, print making, oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors and mixed media.

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Places: San Luis State Park and Wildlife Area

By Ericka Kastner I’ll admit it. I’m usually not much of a state parks gal. I tend to migrate toward wilderness areas, BLM  lands and National Forests. So when my friends asked me to join them on a warm July weekend last summer for a boat outing to the San Luis State Park and Wildlife […]

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