Roller Skating in Colombia

By Lillian Wood Chaffee County’s roller derby team, the Ark Valley High Rollers, first formed in January 2010. Since then, they’ve recruited many new players (playfully referred to as “fresh meat”), and are now 18 strong and ranked 188 out of 284 by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). When they became a sanctioned […]

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Salida’s Vandaveer Ranch

By Daniel Smith Photos by Mike Rosso From cattle ranch to golf course subdivision, center for natural resources to concert venue, on to citizen-driven development: WHAT’S AHEAD? Over the years, various visions for the 192-acre property have been floated by planners and city leaders. The former Vandaveer Ranch property on Salida’s eastern border has been a work in […]

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Places: Old Monarch Pass

Story and photos by Ericka Kastner As I write this, a full moon is rising and will shine overhead this evening. There’s no place I’d rather witness this orb of night than at the top of the Continental Divide.

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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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Affordable Housing – Has it Become a Myth?

by Daniel Smith It’s a phenomenon affecting communities from Denver to small mountain towns – a lack of affordable housing for lower-income workers often employed in service industries vital to a community’s economic health. Many political candidates are voicing concerns over the need for affordable housing, but assessing and addressing the issue is a lengthy […]

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Mine Spills Not That Rare

By Christopher Kolomitz When the Gold King Mine blew out in southwestern Colorado above Silverton in early August, it sent millions of gallons of toxic sludge into the Animas River, turning the popular river orange and prompting closure of the waterway.  The blowout reminded Central Colorado residents of two eerily similar incidents that fouled the […]

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Bad Times for the Boreal Toad

By Daniel Smith It’s the amphibian of your youth. Brown, squat, lumpy with “warts” – the kind your mother warned you about. The Boreal Toad (Anaxyrus Boreas) is the quintessential toad in appearance. The little four-inch toad is the focus of an important preservation campaign in Chaffee County, which has one of the few isolated […]

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Aerial Adventures in a Canyon

When Salidan Monty Holmes purchased nearly 30 acres of arid canyon land near Wellsville, Colorado in 2000, his original dream of building cabins on the property transformed into something much bigger and much bolder. Lacking access to electricity for the properties, he decided on another strategy, to “make lemonade outta lemons,” and did what any […]

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Quillen’s Corner – This Land is My Land, This Land is Your Land

by Martha Quillen The transfer of wealth from America’s middle classes to those who already have the most continues – with very little resistance. “Why Workers Won’t Unite,” an article by Kim Phillips-Fein in The Atlantic this April, explores why laborers haven’t come together to reverse this ominous trend – and also why old-fashioned economic […]

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Spring Cleaning

By Richard R. Cuyler, Salida, Colorado March and Mountain Bluebirds and nest boxes with last year’s residue of white and down and grass. I open one and she commands the other, the cocked head saying it’s her own.

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Quillen’s Corner – Fear and Loathing One Hundred Years After Sand Creek

by Martha Quillen In The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo illustrates how ordinary people can be incited into acts of almost unimaginable violence. “The process begins,” he warns, “with creating stereotyped conceptions of the other, dehumanized perception of the other, the other as worthless, the other as all-powerful, […]

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A Sister City for Salida

by Mike Rosso A recent decision by a town council 6,000 miles away has led to the first sister-city designation for Salida, Colorado. Lago, in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy, is the ancestral home of many early settlers to Salida, many of whose names are very familiar to locals. A […]

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Off the Grid – Salida Goes Solar

by Ron Sering Many places claim to be in Colorado’s sun belt, but Salida makes good on it. Estimates vary between 260 and 300 days of sunshine a year. That’s a lot of energy, and through a combination of improved technology and innovative funding, Salida is tapping into it. From the top of the Palace […]

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