Touring (and Arguing) The Great Railroad War

By Forrest Whitman Lots of the railroad history around Central Colorado is fun to discuss and argue about. The great railroad war (1878-1890) was a fierce fight. The contenders were General William Jackson Palmer’s Denver and Rio Grande Railroad versus the Santa Fe Railroad led by William Barstow Strong and Thomas Nickerson. The reader is […]

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Regional News Roundup

Election Results Salida residents chose Jim LiVecchi as their next mayor, replacing outgoing Mayor Jim Dickson. Chaffee County passed a half-percent sales tax increase to help fund county EMS services. Florence Mayor Keith Ore retained his seat. Leadville elected Greg Labbe as its new mayor. Lake County passed a mill levy to support the hospital […]

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Restaurant Review – MoMo Sushi Bar Wok & Grill

By Mike Rosso Mo Mo Sushi Bar Wok & Grill 1540 Royal Gorge Blvd., Suite D Cañon City, Colorado (719) 275-3667 Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. It seems a little redundant to write a review of a restaurant sixty miles from Salida, only to […]

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Day Tripping, Part 1

by Mike Rosso and Daniel Smith One of the joys of living in Central Colorado is the opportunity for adventurous day trips. Whether you live in Leadville, Westcliffe, Gunnison or here in Chaffee County, there are miles of scenic and historic drives one can take, see some amazing sites, and still make it home for […]

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Regional News Roundup

Police Close Case on Western Student’s Death An investigation into the death of a Western State Colorado University wrestler, Dammion Heard, whose body was found hanging in a tree east of Gunnison on April 2, has officially been closed. After conducting 45 interviews and receiving 187 pages of investigative reports, Gunnison police have determined that […]

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Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area

 By Mike Rosso The Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area (BCWSA), near Penrose, is a hidden gem encompassing nearly 27,020 acres. Administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a portion – 13,734 acres – is within an Area of Critical Environmental Concern. As part of the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the BLM […]

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Historic Architecture

by Kenneth Jessen The adobe brick Garden Park Schoolhouse is located about nine miles north of Cañon City on the Garden Park Road leading to Cripple Creek. The area was settled during the late 1860s, not long after the Colorado Territorial Legislature established Fremont County. The attraction of Garden Park is obvious – a lush […]

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Vintage Camping Colorado Style

By Mike Rosso We all need a vacation from time to time. But what about a vacation back in time? A time of ducktail hair, poodle skirts, sputnik and Elvis? It’s easy to do if you live within driving distance of the Royal Gorge. Five miles west of Cañon City and just south of U.S. […]

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The “War” for the Royal Gorge

by Judy Suchan Two aggressive railroads, hastily built forts, a cannon commandeered by the legendary ‘Bat’ Masterson, gunfire, and a legal battle that raged in the courts for almost two years. This was the little known Royal Gorge War, an event that helped shape Colorado’s, as well as the nation’s transportation system. In the late […]

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Restaurant Review

Alfonso’s Real Mexican Food 2801 East Main Street Canon City, CO 81212 (719) 276-0186 Driving through Cañon City on U.S. Hwy 50 it is easy to miss one of the best taquerías in Central Colorado. That’s because it is located inside a Conoco mini-mart off a frontage road on the southeast side of town and […]

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The Imagery of Charles Frizzell

What would be the best course of action when the director of the art department at your college informs you just prior to graduation that you will never make it as an artist? That you are too “scattered?” In the case of artist Charles Frizzell, he chose to ignore her admonition and went on to […]

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Raising Crops … and Hopes

Story and photos by Mike Rosso It is one of the largest agricultural operations in Colorado, encompassing nearly 6,000 acres. It includes a goat dairy, corn fields, vineyards, floral greenhouses, cow dairy, tilapia fish farms, composting operation, a wild horse training program, and it is all located in Fremont County, just outside Cañon City. Most […]

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