Wearing A Cause On My Sleeve

By Hal Walter My wrists are often bruised and bear small cuts or scars. When my son Harrison gets frustrated or angry he often hits my arm or grabs me by the forearm and squeezes, frequently digging in with his fingernails. Sometimes he grips my wrist with both hands and butts his head against it. […]

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Doyleville, Colorado: Jumping-off point into the Gunnison Country

By Duane Vandenbusche The little ranching community on Tomichi Creek preceded the great mining boom in the Gunnison country. Doyleville, located near the mouth of both Hot Springs and Razor Creeks, began in 1876 when 52-year-old Henry Doyle of northern Michigan, his wife and two youngest sons, crossed Marshall Pass and entered the Tomichi Valley. […]

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Dispatch from the Edge

By Peter Anderson 1. One winter afternoon in 1974, I knew how good a hockey goalie’s life could be: skates sufficiently dull to slide around in the crease (but sharp enough for stability and precision), pads snug and riding well on legs, good light and clear vision though the eyeholes of a fiberglass mask, glove […]

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Park County Mining Controversy Grinds On

By Daniel Smith Mining was a big part of Fairplay’s past, but a recent mine expansion off Colo. Hwy. 9 has residents divided over its benefits versus concerns over environmental harm and change to the town’s character. In addition, the fact that Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush” reality TV series has been filming and aiding miners’ […]

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Places: Droney Gulch State Wildlife Area

Photos and article by Mike Rosso Folks who drive U.S. Highway 285 from Poncha Springs to Buena Vista have passed by the interpretive sign on the west side of the highway titled “Christmas 1806.” It describes Zebulon Pike’s expedition as it passed through the Upper Arkansas Valley and how the hunting party shot eight buffalo […]

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Book Review – Belle Turnbull: On the Life & Work of an American Master

by David J Rothman, Jeffrey R Villines, eds. ISBN: 978-0-9641454-9-8 Pleiades Press, 2017 $16.00; 201pp. Reviewed by Eduardo Brummel David J. Rothman is Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Gunnison’s Western State Colorado University. He is also, as anyone who’s recently spent time with him already knows, a passionate advocate for Breckenridge-based […]

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The Crowded Acre: The Good Sow

By Jennifer Welch I remember the first day I saw her. She wasn’t a particularly impressive pig. I picked her and a few Durocs out of the litters available and came home with a menagerie of feeder pigs. Our original intention was to eat them all. I had visited several pig breeders and decided, ultimately, […]

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Down on the Ground with Wildness

By George Sibley Professor John Hausdoerffer is running wild at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison – but not with the conventional 20th-century “born-to-be-wild” wildness. His is a disciplined, philosophically grounded wildness, most recently manifested in Western’s December announcement that the university (which 25 years ago barely had an Environmental Studies minor) now has a […]

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Colorado’s Three Native Cats

By Ed Quillen (Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the May 1999 issue of Colorado Central Magazine. Since that time, it has consistently been one of the top accessed posts on our website, www.cozine.com. We’re not sure what the reason is for that, but we thought we’d share the original article with our print […]

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A House, Some Hounds, and Property Rights

By Jan Wondra The fallout from Chaffee County inserting itself into a neighbor conflict isn’t just a property owner who found herself homeless for Christmas, although that is exactly what happened. At its worst, this may be an example of a government over-reaching its authority. At the least, it is a county Grinch, which first […]

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Long Time Coming

The Mystery of Mike Rust Solved and A Killer Convicted By Nathan Ward   The San Luis Valley locals knew who killed Mike Rust on the night of March 31, 2009, in Saguache County. They told us the killer’s name just days after we started making a film to celebrate Mike’s role as a pioneer in […]

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