Whither Pack-Burro Racing?

The sages tell us that everything is always changing, and in fact the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said that nothing endures but change itself. Thus is the case of Colorado’s indigenous sport of pack-burro racing. It began back in 1949 with a race over Mosquito Pass to Fairplay. Nearly seven decades later I’m beginning to wonder […]

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The Saguache County Museum

By Connie Rapalski The Saguache County Museum began as an idea that grew into a huge community project. At the time, all Colorado communities were asked to join in the 1976 Centennial celebration of the Rush to the Rockies, which brought miners and other pioneers to Colorado. Several clubs including the Saguache Women’s Club along […]

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What Do You Want?

By Jennifer Welch Summer never starts off with these words, “What do you want?” It begins on a much softer note. “Hi, what can I help you with today? What can I get for you? Is that all you would like?” Everyone in the service industry has the lines memorized by heart and, at least […]

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Badger Creek: A Wilderness?

Article and photos by John Lacher I grew up in the hills just outside Boulder. That upbringing offered me the opportunity to ramble around the mountainside on little explorations. I was always thinking about discoveries just beyond the next ridge or rock outcrop. Perhaps I would find an abandoned cabin, an old Indian campsite, or maybe […]

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CD Review: The Heartstring Hunters 

By Brian Rill From my experience as a songwriter, most love songs start as a series of passionate screams inspired by a beautiful muse, only to end in a desperate, stifled echo never to be heard by the intended recipient. The Heartstring Hunters however have a very different story. Started by husband and wife duo […]

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George Sibley: Down on the Ground with Science and Politics

A couple months ago, I marched for science in Gunnison with a handful of the several hundred thousand Americans marching throughout the nation, and a week later, in cold blustery weather, marched for the climate up in Crested Butte. These were enjoyable events with others like myself who currently feel ignored by a political administration […]

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Quillen’s Corner – Another Pandemic Threatening Our World: Losing Perspective

By Martha Quillen The sort of cruel gossip your mama forbade is now a common political ploy employed by both parties. That’s the way campaigns are conducted in the new millennium. Political players grab attention by making stunning accusations about their opponents’ morals, motives, and history, which they liberally supplement with humorous put-downs, and clever […]

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A Farmer Far Afield: An Unexpected Death

By John Mattingly During a recent visit to the pharmacy, I learned my Medicare Part D had been terminated due to my “death.” I called the provider to correct the mistake, but a cheerful service specialist verified their records showed I was deceased. No further information available.

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Dispatch from the Edge

By Peter Anderson I must have missed one of the rock cairns that marked the trail and walked off the map, but I did find a fine camp in an alpine meadow, with an island of spruce shielding me from elk grazing the waning tundra sun in a snow-rimmed cirque a mile or so off […]

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Places: Antonito, CO

By Ericka Kastner If you know me, you know New Mexico is my happy place. I realize that’s an unlikely lead for a column in Colorado Central Magazine. But my love of New Mexico means that I’m passing through southern central Colorado on a fairly regular basis; it also means that every time I head […]

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Reviews: The Second Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas

Lynn E. Wickersham, Editor Colorado Bird Atlas Partnership Reviewed by Forrest Whitman The second edition of the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas is out and it is stunning. This is the bible for birders, but also a lovely book in and of itself. The illustrations by Radeaux are almost worth the price of the book. The […]

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Eye on the 5th

By Daniel Smith Last month, Congress and the country were shaken by shootings in Alexandria, Virginia, at a Republican representative practice for the annual baseball game between Republicans and Democrats.

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New Life for an Old Hotel

By Mike Rosso When Steve Stewart and Cathy Kent randomly parked in front of an old hotel during a visit to Saguache, Colorado, on a November day in 2016, little did they know that single, incidental act would change their lives and possible the future of the entire town.

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Pitkin, Colorado

County: Gunnison Founded: 1879 Elevation: 9,241ft Population: 66 (2010) By Daniel Smith Traveling the back roads in our region always holds an attraction if you love discovering and telling stories about a place and its people.

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