Watershed BV: A Small-Town Hub

In 1937, the U.S. Forest Service built a ranger station on Main Street in downtown Buena Vista. It remains the only historical downtown ranger station in Colorado. It served its purpose for the Forest Service until the 1970s when it became a Chaffee County health clinic. For the past 20 years the building has sat […]

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The Fremont Connection

Residents of Fremont County can now log on to a new community website for news, issues, opinions as well as cultural content and other items of interest. Fremont Connection is the brainchild of Kristina Lins, Bob and Kay Parker, Dan Grenard and Gloria Stultz, who felt the county was not well enough served by the […]

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A healthy community

Letter from Andy Burns Community – November 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Colorado Central,: George Sibley was quoted in High Country News October 2: “I judge the health of a paper and its community by the quantity and quality of the letters it gets….” I notice lately that Colorado Central has a heck of a […]

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It takes a village?

Brief by Central Staff Community – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine A study commissioned by Breckenridge’s town government about youth in Summit County brings to mind the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The 31-page study noted that many local parents lead relatively non-traditional lifestyles. People who moved to the mountains […]

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Another mountain town doesn’t want to be Aspen or Vail

Brief by Allen Best Community – April 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine Yet another town doesn’t want to be like Aspen or Vail. The comparisons were provoked by the property acquisitions of David J. Brown in Pagosa Springs and surrounding Archuletta County. The Durango Herald, which is headquartered 51 miles to the west, reports that […]

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How to build a ghost town with great views

Essay by Auden Schendler Community – April 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine A TEACHER FRIEND of mine just shook the change out of his trousers to buy and then fully remodel a dump in Telluride, Colo. The house cost $1 million, and it was the cheapest thing going. I didn’t ask about the cost of […]

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At the movies

Column by George Sibley Community – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine CAN YOU BE a real town if you don’t have a movie theater? That’s a question Gunnison has been asking itself, with the consensus being that the answer is no.

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Problem Solving

Column by George Sibley Community – November 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine “Problem solving” in the West has historically been a matter of applying science and technology to “tame the land” and make the wild West more people-friendly. This problem-solving process has significantly rearranged a lot of western ecology, especially in the vicinity of surface […]

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Good Gossip Builds Stronger Communities

Essay by Steve Mandell Community – April 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine WE ONCE LEARNED MORE about a town from one good piece of gossip than from a year of polite conversation. Few things revealed more about a town than the last two or three rumors to have made the rounds down Main Street or […]

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A Reading List

Sidebar by George Sibley Community – April 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine Berry, Wendell. Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community. A collection of essays from America’s post-urban Jeremiah, the best of which refute traditional arguments about the smallness of small communities. But don’t read it for the sex.

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Can community be more than a marketing buzzword?

Article by George Sibley Community – April 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine Two factors make the idea of “community” almost impossible to talk about intelligently today: 1) everyone thinks he or she knows what it is (and that it’s quaint), and 2) everyone thinks he or she is part of one (or wouldn’t be caught […]

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