The Salida Circus turns Ten

By Elliot Jackson “When I came to Salida and began talking about starting a circus,” says Jennifer Dempsey, artistic director of the Salida Circus, “people thought I was nuts. So I stopped talking about it and just started doing it.” If anyone still thinks that, they aren’t saying so as Salida Circus stands on the […]

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Restaurant Review: Chappy’s Mountain View Bar and Grill

By Elliot Jackson 213 Main Street, Westcliffe, CO 81252 719-783-0813 Monday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. For a town of its size (565, or 1,152 if you combine it with neighboring Silver Cliff), Westcliffe has an amazing number of restaurants. Not all of them are open all […]

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Foxhunting in Colorado: Headwaters Hounds

by Elliot Jackson “Foxhunting provides those fleeting moments of total abandonment – of wind-in-your-hair, bugs-in-your-teeth kind of living. At its best, it is totally out of control. Hounds are screaming, hooves are thundering, the horn is blasting as you race and jump across country to die for, often in weather not fit for man or […]

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Reviews – Intermission: A Place in Time

By Glenda Lee Vollmecke Outskirts Press Paperback: 192 pages ISBN-10: 1478712406 ISBN-13: 978-1478712404 Reviewed by Elliot Jackson I confess, I started this book laboring under a misapprehension. From the cover art, which shows a handbill for a “Beatles Night Out” at “The Tower Ballroom, New Brighton,” I was expecting a lot more about the English […]

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Book Review

The Cowboy Takes a Wife By Davalynn Spencer ISBN-13: 9780373486977 Publisher: Love Inspired, 2014 Reviewed by Elliot Jackson Ah, the “historical” romance novel! Casually dismissed by the non-cognoscenti as “bodice-rippers,” the classic formula is this: take one beautiful and spirited (also penniless, orphaned or in some way materially disadvantaged) heroine, and one handsome, studly, often […]

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Meet Doctor Robert

By Elliot Jackson For most of us, our first memory of “The Music” was mediated through the miracle of electronics, whether through the radio: 12 years old, rushing around getting ready for school, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” plays on the AM radio, stops me in my tracks, and I’m instantly in love – […]

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Book Review

Buried by the Roan by Mark Stevens People’s Press, 2011 Softcover, 348 pages, $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-9817810-9-9 Reviewed by Elliot Jackson OK, let me see if I’ve got this straight: our heroine in Buried by the Roan is plucky Allison Coil, yet another average working-girl mystery heroine – who always seems to be at least 40 […]

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Restaurant Review

Garlic Mike’s 2674 Hwy 135 Gunnison, Colorado 970-641-2493 Reviewed by Elliot Jackson I confess that since moving to the Gunnison Valley earlier this year, I haven’t taken as much advantage as I might like of the multiple opportunities to dine out that the area offers. Part of this is due to time crunch, as I […]

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regional restaurant review

Little Cambodia 135 N. F Street Salida, CO 719-539-6599 by Elliot Jackson It was a couple of years ago, on a trip to San Francisco, that I became acquainted with Phò. I remember the meeting vividly – I was sitting at a large table in a Vietnamese restaurant, surrounded by the family and friends of […]

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Book Review

Historic Photos of  Heroes of the Old West Text and captions by Mike Cox Turner Publishing Company, 2010 ISBN: 9781596525689 Reviewed by Elliot Jackson The title of this handsome coffee-table book tells you almost everything you need to know about what you will find inside: yet for every photo of a traditional “hero” or villain […]

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Pipes, Whistles and Fiddles in the Rockies

by Ellot Jackson When I moved to Colorado from Chicago over ten years ago, there were many things about the city that I found myself delighted to be leaving behind: traffic, crime and wild extremes of climate among them. However, the one thing I found myself indubitably missing – and craving – was its music […]

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Book review

A Dozen on Denver: Stories – edited by the Rocky Mountain News Fulcrum Publishing, 2009 ISBN: 9781555917272 Reviewed by Elliot Jackson The late, lamented Rocky Mountain News, shortly before its demise, commissioned a collection of tales from twelve Colorado authors, some famous and some virtually unknown, to commemorate the sesquicentennial of both the paper and […]

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A Few Words about the Cover Girl

by Elliot Jackson The cover photo of my Siberian Husky, Sovay, was taken in early 2009 when, as a vigorous 13-year-old, she was still pacing pal Mike and me up mountain passes and breaking trail when we went snow-shoeing. Sovay, typical of her breed, is a highly energetic dog, easily bored and not all at […]

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