Colorado Trail

by Columbine Quillen Once, a great long while ago, a donkey named Virgil and I hiked from Denver to Buena Vista on the pristine Colorado Trail. The Colorado Trail is a 486-mile footpath that traverses the state from Denver to Durango through the rugged foothills and the Rocky Mountains. Finding myself in Colorado this summer […]

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Columbine Quillen

In an era where children are constantly being asked, “What do you want?” or “What do you think?” might I offer you the Ed Quillen School of Child Rearing. The next time your child is clamoring at you to buy him something, don’t say no or tell your child to get a job. Instead quickly […]

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Brave New West, by Jim Stiles

Review by Columbine Quillen Tourism – March 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine Brave New West – Morphing Moab at the Speed of Greed by Jim Stiles Published in 2007 by the University of Arizona Press ISBN 0816524742

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Zipping across a canyon

Article by Columbine Quillen Recreation – September 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine “I take lemons and make them into lemonade,” replied Monty Holmes when asked what made him think of the idea to open a zip line park on an old mining claim east of Salida. And sweet it is that he was able to […]

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Tami Sheppard: A passion for beads

Article by Columbine Quillen Local Artists – January 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine THERE ARE MANY ARTISTS IN Salida, but there are probably very few who focus more on their materials than on the finished product. Tami Sheppard happens to love beads as much, if not more, than beading. “I have a real passion for […]

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Singletrack Salida, by Nathan Ward

Review by Columbine Quillen Recreation – July 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine Salida Singletrack: Mountain Biking in Colorado’s Upper Arkansas Valley by Nathan Ward Published in 2004 by Ice Mountain Publishing ISBN 0-9748814-06

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Keith Gotschall: A few steps beyond furniture

Article by Columbine Quillen Arts – March 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine WHEN YOU MEET Keith Gotschall, any notion you might have of someone who spent twenty-two years in Boulder, such as Vegan, Sierra Club Member, Rolfing guru, or herbal tea drinker — and especially any notion you might have of a Boulder artist, such […]

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Ghost Stories

Article by Columbine Quillen Local lore – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine ASK ABOUT GHOSTS In Salida and you’ll hear plenty of stories. Some say the old bookstore used to be haunted, the Lovelace, the First Street Café, the Odd Fellows Hall, or perhaps even most of the buildings on First Street, and many […]

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Peg Corthoust and her flowering art

Article by Columbine Quillen Local Artist – November 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine MANY AREA RESIDENTS are familiar with Peg Corthoust. She was one of the fastest skiers at Monarch’s Town Challenge Race last winter and she loves a good river trip. She always seems to be smiling and ready for a tasty conversation or […]

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Cindy Lilly: Silversmithing and stones, set in Salida

Article by Columbine Quillen Local Art – March 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine ANYONE WHO COMES THROUGH Salida these days notices all of the art galleries. Artists from all over the country have moved here in recent years, but very few of them grew up here. Cindy Lilly’s trade, however, wasn’t learned at an art […]

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Racing at the top

Article by Columbine Quillen Pack-burro racing – January 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine IT’S A SHORT SEASON for a professional donkey racer; the pack burro racing season is not nearly as long as the football, basketball, or hockey seasons. And the profession is not nearly as prestigious — nor as lucrative. But to keep winning […]

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Getting it for a song (actually an essay)

Essay by Columbine Quillen Mountain Life – December 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine THE ICE PALACE INN in Leadville could be yours for only $230 — and a bit more. Giles and Kami Kolakowski, the owners of the Leadville bed and breakfast are sponsoring an essay contest in which the winner will take over the […]

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