Eye on the Fifth

By Daniel Smith Until the recent horrific tragedy in Charlottsville, Virginia, brought renewed attention to issues of race, diversity and white supremacist groups’ self-empowerment to demonstrate their hateful, devisive agenda, Salida had been in the national news over a shocking immigration incident. At the end of July, eight German exchange students headed for residents’ homes […]

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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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Eye on the 5th

By Daniel Smith When offered the chance to write this column, I thought about the complexity of tracking Congress in general and a single representative in particular – aren’t they whirlwinds of activity, needing staff to keep tabs on their daily appointments? I also thought about those millstones around many political reporters’ necks – legalese, […]

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The Man Who Died Twice (Part 2)

By Daniel Smith Seared into his memory, Bill Reeves remembers the moment: “Soon the downdraft pushed us below the clouds, just enough to where I could see pine trees off our left wing tip fairly closely, and looked ahead and there was a ridge coming at us. I said ‘ridge’ and ‘turn’ and Wil turned […]

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The Man Who Died Twice (part I)

By Daniel Smith For a journalist, some stories, even those which start relatively small, can have long “legs,” and can emotionally touch you. The most intriguing stories, naturally, are those that involve human drama. But throw in a strange twist of fate connecting two seemingly unrelated events and you have … well, stories with a […]

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Affordable Housing – Has it Become a Myth?

by Daniel Smith It’s a phenomenon affecting communities from Denver to small mountain towns – a lack of affordable housing for lower-income workers often employed in service industries vital to a community’s economic health. Many political candidates are voicing concerns over the need for affordable housing, but assessing and addressing the issue is a lengthy […]

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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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