Who’s in charge of our land?

Column by Hal Walter Land Use – January 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine If there’s anything beautiful about our government, it’s how slowly it does or doesn’t work. Our founding fathers — hoping to save us from ourselves — designed it that way. It keeps our elected clowns from doing wrong things too quickly. That’s […]

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47 years of getting an ass up the pass

Article by Hal Walter Pack-burro racing – August 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine How could something as ridiculous as the sport of pack-burro racing go on for 47 straight years? In 1999 — just four years away — the only sport indigenous to Central Colorado will be half a century old.

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When will this end?

Essay by Hal Walter Mountain Life – June 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine I knew I was on the edge when I actually sat down with paper and pen to diagram how I could spell out a certain two-word expletive using wrecked car bodies.

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Focus on Colorado

Review by Hal Walter New magazine – November 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine Focus on Colorado Bi-monthly magazine ORIGINALLY THE EDITOR asked me to review a new magazine available free in Custer County called Focus on Colorado.

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Bear Encounters

Article by Hal Walter Wildlife – October 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine It was by no cosmic coincidence that I went to sleep reading The Grizzly Years by Doug Peacock and awoke to the sound of low growling. It was not a bear.

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Central Colorado’s only indigenous sport

Article by Hal Walter Pack-Burro Racing – July 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine Rain, sleet, and snow fell in sheets. Thunder rocked the talus roadbed of Mosquito Pass. Lightning blazed like God’s own black light. The fog-shrouded bolts painted the intensely gray scene with purple snowflakes against a sky darker than death itself. Darker than […]

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The third landmark in Silver Cliff

Article by Hal Walter Musuems – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine Really, there are only three landmarks in the Wet Mountain Valley town of Silver Cliff. Two are taverns; the other, the Silver Cliff Museum. If you happen to stumble out of the Silver Dome or Clever’s on a bright summer afternoon and need […]

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The Sublime Rite of Spring

Essay by Hal Walter Mountain Life – April 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine Folks who have lived in Central Colorado for a while have undoubtedly noticed that much of the snow that falls here doesn’t actually melt. It just sort of goes away.

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Land scams go around, and around, and around …

Essay by Hal Walter March 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine In the beginning, the town of Westcliffe was founded on a land scam. It worked something like this. The railroad built a spur from the main line along the Arkansas River to the boom town of Silver Cliff so that miners, ranchers and farmers could […]

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