Prisoners of War in Colorado

By Mike Rosso During World War II – from 1943 to 1946 – Colorado was home to around 43 Prisoner of War (POW) Camps, according to Metropolitan State University of Denver. Nationwide, there were 175 Branch Camps serving 511 Area Camps housing nearly 425,000 POWs, most of whom were German, although some of the earliest […]

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From the Editor: Springtime in the Rockies

By Mike Rosso Outside my window the sun is shining. The lawn is revealing signs of green and the lilac bushes are cautiously budding. This past winter came and went, not like a lion, but a lamb. Sure, there were a few snowy days here in Salida, but they were the exception. The snow shovel […]

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From the Editor: On the Road

By Mike Rosso What a difference a month makes. At 7:30 a.m. in early January, I walked the five blocks from my house in minus 8 weather to the Salida bus station. I didn’t mind the cold so much, knowing I was bound for Northern California where the climate was certain to be milder.

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Rok Skool

By Mike Rosso Since 2011, many Chaffee County teens have learned the fine art of rockin’ out, thanks to Rok Skool, a musical education program offered through Articipate, a Salida-based nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping arts education alive and thriving in the 21st century. The founders, Jill and Trevor “Bones” Davis, saw an alarming trend […]

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Alamosa’s New Venue: Society Hall

By Mike Rosso Back in 2014, a small group of Alamosa residents began considering the possibilities of buying and converting an old Christian Science Society building into an event and performance center. By the spring of 2015, they formed a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, The Society Hall Foundation, and purchased the building in August that same year. […]

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From the Editor: Staff Notes

By Mike Rosso When I was growing up, my Mom often had the radio on, usually tuned to one of the top 40 stations from one of the nearby cities. Some of my earliest memories are formed around the pop songs and singers of that time Aretha Franklin, The Dixie Cups, Frank Sinatra, the Beach […]

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From the Editor: The First Amendment

By Mike Rosso Is the freedom of the press in the United States under attack? Judging from the past year, the evidence would suggest so. First, you’ve got the Republican nominee for president insisting libel laws be changed to make it easier to sue the media. His reasons for this are obvious; the media’s reporting […]

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From the Editor: The Cost of Shelter

By Mike Rosso It’s a pattern repeated throughout Colorado; a small town gets “discovered,” thus becoming a magnet for retirees, lone eagles, trust funders and those simply looking for a quiet place in the mountains. Naturally, these folks need someplace to live, so the demand for housing goes up. But what if the supply does […]

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About the Cover Photograph

By Mike Rosso I had my first photo darkroom when I was 14 years old. It was in the basement of the next door neighbor’s house. I had managed to piece together a rudimentary darkroom consisting of low-end, secondhand equipment and was allowed to use it in exchange for babysitting services. As a teenager, that […]

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From the Editor: Weather, Trails, and Health

By Mike Rosso The “monsoon” season has arrived, helping to dampen down the landscape and snuff out the recent forest fire. I put “monsoon” in quotations because, when I consider that term, I visualize palm trees battered by tropical winds, violently bending at 90 degree angles. In Colorado, it translates to brief afternoon rainstorms, sometimes, […]

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From the Editor: Fire on the Mountain

By Mike Rosso July 10 was a crystal clear, blue sky, Colorado day when my friend Julia and I decided to take a hike on the Colorado Trail up on Monarch Pass. That same day, the temperature recorded at Denver International Airport hit 101 degrees, setting a record high for that date. But we were […]

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From the Editor: Railroading

By Mike Rosso Confession: I enjoy trains – a lot. I’ve been aboard most of the tourist trains in Colorado, and was lucky enough to hear John McCutcheon sing City of New Orleans in the original Illinois Central club car, chugging down the west side of La Veta Pass one rainy summer afternoon. Sometimes I’ll […]

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From the Editor: Modern Salida

By Mike Rosso Last month, our intrepid proofreader Meryl announced that she and her family would be relocating to Vermont this summer and she could no longer help to find those obscure typos, misspellings and other grammatical transgressions in our publication.

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The Vandaveer Ranch: A Brief History

By Mike Rosso Some old-time Salidans still refer to it as the Clifton Ranch. It was Clarence Clifton who sold the vast ranch on the eastern end of Salida to Harold Vandaveer in 1957. Chaffee County records indicate that Clifton had purchased some or all of the ranch from Theodore and May Driggers in 1948, […]

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