The Final Gift

By Hal Walter It’s never easy to say goodbye to a close friend but when Curtis Imrie headed over the pass last month, I found myself scrambling for words and trying to regain my own sense of balance and direction. My first reaction was, Curtis can’t die. For here was a man who lived life […]

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The Crowded Acre: The Dude

By Jennifer Welch It’s no secret to most that I am part woman, part wild animal. I walk a paper thin line between human reasoning and animal instinct, between empathy for our man-made problems and disdain for the four walls surrounding me. I find it difficult to relate to most people, especially the ones that […]

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Legendary

By Ben Lara Editor’s note: This tribute to Brett Beasley was read during a Celebration of Life event held on February 10, 2017. My name is Ben Lara and for the past seven years I had the amazing experience in working with Brett as his immediate supervisor.  Brett started his Forest Service career in 1995 in […]

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A Public Lands Champion, Brett Beasley: 1970-2017

By Mike Rosso On February 4, 2017, U.S. Forest Service employee and Salida resident Brett Beasley, along with a teenaged boy, set out from 11,380-foot-high Uncle Bud’s Hut near Leadville for some backcountry skiing. The weather then turned bad. A fast-moving blizzard blew in and the pair likely became disoriented, resulting in a frigid night […]

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About the Cover Photographer: Beth Grimes

Inspired by the natural world and the human story. Beth Johnston Grimes, owner and operator of Yellow Feather Photography, “captured” this mountain goat on her birthday while hiking in the Chicago Basin. For Beth, a trip to the backcountry is incomplete without a camera in hand. Her lens magnifies the colorful beauty she finds in […]

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Quillen’s Corner: Give Me That Old-Time Religion

By Martha Quillen Trump’s mean-spirited but wildly popular insults have come as a bit of a shock to America and the world. But it’s hard to imagine a really nice guy becoming president. The idea of a peaceful, benevolent leader seems antithetical to American enterprise. Smiling George W. gleefully pitched us into war, and coolly […]

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John Mattingly: Wild Cherry Creek

In the northern San Luis Valley, County Road AA – known sometimes as Alanon Afterway – intersects Colorado Highway 17 about five miles south of the intersection of Highway 17 and U.S. 285. Highway 17 at Road AA is the corner of four surveying quadrangles, the northeastern of which is the Mirage Quad. Looking to […]

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Places: Silver Skate Park, Creede

By Ericka Kastner Growing up in Minnesota, there was one gift my brother and I could always count on each year: a new pair of ice skates for Christmas. Replacing the ones we’d outgrown the previous year, we’d tie the skates together and toss them over our shoulders on the way out the door to […]

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Book Reviews – The Longest Night: A Novel

By Andria Williams Random House, ISBN-13: 9780812987423 Hardcover, $27 384pp Reviewed by Annie Dawid The debut novel by Colorado Springs author Andria Williams explores in white-knuckled prose the meltdown at a nuclear reactor in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on January 3, 1961. This particular disaster, resulting in the deaths of three young military operators, receded into […]

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The Way We Really Were

By Virginia McConnell Simmons During Colorado’s gold rush and mining boom, rugged Methodist circuit rider Father John L. Dyer, the “Snow-shoe Itinerant,” is famous for carrying a Bible and packs of mail across 13,135-high Mosquito Pass. Enduring physically, economically, emotionally, and spiritually were his challenges. During his walk from the upper Midwest to Denver in […]

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Jack Haverly’s Towns for Suckers

By Jan MacKell Collins “Jack Haverly, Jack Haverly I wonder where you are. Are your fortunes cast with Sirius, or ‘neath some kindlier star?” – “Memories of Jack Haverly” by Eugene Field, the New York Times circa 1901 We all know certain people in our lives who never seem to hold onto their money, no matter […]

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Remembering Curtis Imrie

“Curtis was a gift to all who knew him. Populist to the core, a brilliant, principled person who did everything with a true gusto for life.” – Linda Brandon Powers, Former Colorado State Senator, former Crested Butte Mayor and City Councillor “After his flaming near-death wreck on the Interstate a dozen or so years ago, it […]

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Curtis Imrie: “When in Doubt, Print the Legend”

By Hal Walter “The following may or may not be true. And if it ain’t then it ought to be.” That is an opening quote from one of Curtis Imrie’s films, The Lost Frontier. Curtis collapsed and died while preparing to show one of his donkeys at the National Western Stock Show back in January. […]

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