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: 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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From the Editor: Mistaken Identity

By Mike Rosso Readers sometimes ask how we come up with our cover art. There’s not one particular method for this. Often we seek out the artwork, scouring the Internet for photographs or other mediums by the many talented artists who live and work in Central Colorado. Sometimes it’s luck: we run across a striking […]

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From the Editor: “Mediacracy”

By Mike Rosso I’m a full-time news junkie and part-time political junkie. You’d think this election season has been manna for a person like myself. Instead, I’m repulsed by the notion that I am even remotely associated with the formerly respected fourth estate. Not satisfied with their roles as reporters, the major media has abrogated […]

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From the Editor: Wanderings

By Mike Rosso After taking one issue and a few weeks off, we’re putting the final touches on the March issue. We hope you enjoy the wide variety of content offered up this month by our talented contributors.

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New Year

By Mike Rosso The winter solstice has officially come and gone here in Central Colorado, and the mercury dipped to minus 5 degrees last night, so we are now marching headlong into springtime!

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