Pitkin, Colorado

County: Gunnison Founded: 1879 Elevation: 9,241ft Population: 66 (2010) By Daniel Smith Traveling the back roads in our region always holds an attraction if you love discovering and telling stories about a place and its people.

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Jack Haverly’s Towns for Suckers

By Jan MacKell Collins “Jack Haverly, Jack Haverly I wonder where you are. Are your fortunes cast with Sirius, or ‘neath some kindlier star?” – “Memories of Jack Haverly” by Eugene Field, the New York Times circa 1901 We all know certain people in our lives who never seem to hold onto their money, no matter […]

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Still Sweeter Every Day

By Chris Rourke With a sound as sweet as their name, “Free the Honey” blends three-part harmonies and traditional stringed instruments, while telling listeners about the simple goodness of life. Yet this time the Gunnison Valley-based acoustic band has a new song to sing, as it returns to its roots as an all-female trio. Its […]

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Living Small – The Tiny Home Movement

By Mike Rosso It might be a reaction to the mega mansions and trophy homes of the 1990s and 2000s. Housing shortages and rising home prices may also be contributing to it, but the minimalist, tiny home movement is alive and kicking, nationally and here in Central Colorado. What is a tiny home? Also known […]

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Music Review: Free the Honey – Fine Bloom

Fine Bloom is an album graced by three instrumental muses: mandolin player Jenny Hill, violinist Lizzy Plotkin and guitarist Katherine Taylor. In the hives of these queen bees dwells a lone upright bass player, Andrew Cameron. He works his tail off to bring home a steady beat that forms the bottom end of this talented […]

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Down on the Ground with Rationality

by George Sibley I’m doing a seminar here at Western State this fall, titled “The Colorado River in the Anthropocene.” The Anthropocene, as many of you have probably read or observed yourselves, is an acknowledgement that humans have, over the course of the past 200-10,000 years, begun imposing the kinds of largely irreversible changes on […]

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The Fairview Lookout

by Ericka Kastner Lovers of four-wheeling, hikes above treeline and ridiculous views of the Continental Divide should put this adventure on their to-do list. The highest fire tower in North America sits on Fairview Peak at 13,214 feet in elevation, just north of the town of Pitkin. This one-room stone hut, constructed in 1912 (just […]

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Regional News Roundup

Towns Sign on to Pact A group of Colorado towns has launched a “Mountain Pact” in an effort to reform the way the Feds collect royalty payments from the coal industry, and to offset the negative effects of climate change on their communities. Signed on to the pact are Leadville, Buena Vista, Ridgway, Carbondale, Aspen, […]

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The Gourmet Guy

Indian Chai/Chicken Curry By Pemba Sherpa – Sherpa Café, Gunnison and Crested Butte (Dedicated to the people of Nepal) Indian Chai (Makes five cups) 1/4 cup of Chai tea leaves or seeds 2 cinnamon sticks About 1/4 cup of cardamom seeds (Break up the cardamom to release the flavor) Small piece of ginger 2-3 pinches […]

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Regional News Roundup

Election Results The yards signs are gone, the glossy mailers no longer clog our mailboxes, the robocalls have ceased (for now) and the results are in. In one of the most expensive races on record for a U.S. Senate seat, Republican Cory Gardner (with a leg up from The Denver Post) defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. […]

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The Headwaters Conference – Celebrating 25 Years

The 25th Headwaters Conference, The Working Wild, began Friday, Sept. 20 at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. The auditorium was full in anticipation of the keynote speaker, Gary Snyder. One spectator mused, “It’s the gathering of the eagles,” with community leaders from all over the Headwaters region in attendance. After a poem by Art […]

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Persistance – Food Production in the Gunnison Valley

By Polly Oberosler Up until the 1950s, water running through small ranches in the Gunnison Valley and other rural areas in western Colorado were destinations for fisherman from the Front Range. Nearly every ranch had a cabin or two where the fisherman came to set up “housekeeping” for a few days, and the ranchers had […]

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Q & A with Gunnison Athlete David Wiens

Western State Colorado University graduate and Gunnison resident David Wiens has won two World Cup Mountain Bike races, two U.S. Mountain Bike National Championships and six consecutive Leadville 100 races. In 2000, he was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, three years after his wife Susan DeMattei’s induction. This year, WSCU has hired […]

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