A regional answer to the food-supply questions

Column by Hal Walter

Food – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

IN MY OTHER PROFESSIONAL LIFE, the one in which I actually make a living off my writing, I’ve spent half a decade researching and writing about food and nutrition. Most of this has been as editor of a newsletter called The Maffetone Report which reports on health and nutrition as it relates to the philosophies of Dr. Phil Maffetone, health/nutrition expert and author of In Fitness and In Health.

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Sally Gilchrist: A Designing Woman in Westcliffe

Article by Rayna Bailey

Arts – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

FOR SALLY GILCHRIST, looking into a room and seeing how it can be improved is as natural as opening a window and taking a cleansing breath of fresh mountain air.

The environment in a person’s home is the only place he or she can control, Gilchrist says. “The way we live our daily lives at home is a matter of utmost importance. Our surroundings should be serene and uncluttered, peaceful and minimally decorated.”

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Poetic Salida

Article by Lynda La Rocca

Local Arts – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

WHEN I MOVED TO Central Colorado from the east coast in 1982 Salida was, in the words of the great Jimmy Buffett, “a dyin’ little town.” So was Leadville, which is where I settled. Frankly, so was much of central Colorado. Mining and, to a lesser extent, railroading — the region’s two major industries — had collapsed, plunging residents into the “bust” end of what has historically been called the “boom-bust” cycle.

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Where the water buffalo roam

Essay by Ed Quillen

Water – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

IF WE HAD THE RESOURCES, this magazine could probably keep a full-time writer busy on regional water issues, everything from snowpack and river flows to adjudications and Front Range schemes.

Indeed, our own Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District could have kept a writer fully occupied, perhaps with overtime, in recent weeks.

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Pack Burro Racing Results for 2003

Brief by Central Staff

Pack-Burro Racing – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

So far as we know, pack-burro racing is the only organized competitive sport that originated in Central Colorado, which is as good a reason as any for us to publish the results of the 2003 season.

The Western Pack Burro Racing ASS-ociation held the end-of- season banquet in November at Twin Lakes. Awards — some serious and some whimsical — were a prominent feature of the festivities.

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Serious Winter

Column by George Sibley

Climate – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

THIRTY BELOW in Gunnison again! Minus 33, according to the Denver TV, so it must be true!

And then there are all those radical thermometers down by the river. So-and-so had 44 below! I heard a minus 46!

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The pro-Nazi American soldier who aided an escape

Article by Allen Best

History – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

SIXTY YEARS AGO, on Feb. 12, 1944, a bus rolled into Salida carrying two soldiers stationed at Camp Hale, located 75 miles to the north. The soldiers were on a shopping trip, purchasing a man’s black hat, and a woman’s scarf, sweater, and handbag. They also bought a fishing line, hooks and sinkers, and, finally, some .22-caliber cartridges.

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German POWs worked in the San Luis Valley

Article by Marcia Darnell

Local History – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

DURING WORLD WAR II, German prisoners of war lived and worked in the San Luis Valley. The stories of their lives here, and afterward, abound throughout the Valley. Although they were only here for a couple of years, their work lives on, and the impact of their time here still resonates.

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Feeling like an alien

Letter from Slim Wolfe

Modern life – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine


My Visitors Guide to Planet Earth defines Christmas as a synonym for excess. This morning before dawn I indulged my own bit of excess, consisting of turning on two 60w bulbs simultaneously. Generally my activities, including machine-sewing and typewriting, are adequately serviced by one, and I have several swivel mounted bulbs (really 14-watt high-efficiency which yield a 60w equivalent) in strategic places. By not lighting areas not in use I save energy but still imagine I have more available lumens than Joseph and Mary in the manger. Their eyes, like mine, probably were strengthened by years of use to adjust to less-than-daylight conditions, and we don’t have a tale of some busybody innkeeper busting in on the pair, crying, “turn on some lights, you numbskulls, or you’ll ruin your eyesight.”

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One good rule

Letter from Ray Schoch

Colorado Central – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Martha and Ed:

(It does say “Letter From the Editors,” as in plural):

A fine job, my friends, on Issue Number 119, beginning on page 2 with Stacy Mitchell’s piece. That sales taxes fall disproportionally on those least able to afford them, and fluctuate in ways guaranteed to make any fiscal officer nervous, doesn’t even have to be part of the discussion. As long as we have locked ourselves into this odd system of community financial support, granting Wal-Mart, or any retailer, an exemption from paying the sales taxes that are for most political entities the primary source of revenue, seems genuinely and foolishly self-defeating.

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We have the highest mountains, but not the highest lake

Brief by Allen Best

Geography – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

Central Colorado can boast of the highest mountains in Colorado — Elbert, Massive, and Harvard are 1, 2, and 3 — but the highest lake is apparently in Summit County.

It might even be the highest lake in the United States, according to Carl Drews of Breckenridge. Nowhere can he find evidence of a lake at a higher elevation than one at 13,420 feet near Breckenridge that he proposes to call Pacific Tarn.

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Regional Round-up

Brief by Martha Quillen

Regional News – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine –

Mad Cows

In Colorado thus far, worry about mad cow disease seems more prevalent among ranchers, who are apprehensive about their future, than among consumers.

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association says that U.S. beef is heavily regulated, and safe. Nation-wide cattlemen and beef producers have maintained that U.S procedures for stockgrowing and meat production are sound, while pointing out that the scare was caused by a Canadian cow.

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Fat pork makes a comeback

Brief by Central Staff

Agriculture – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

We remember when pork came with a lot of tasty fat. We also remember, more recently, when it was so lean that it was advertised as “the other white meat.”

Now the pendulum might be swinging back. The current trend in pork, according to an article in the Jan. 13 Wall Street Journal, is now “fatter, darker and tastier,” which “tastes like pork used to taste before pig farmers bred their hogs to produce meat that’s 30% leaner than it was 20 years ago.”

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Monarch gets a B on environmental report card

Brief by Allen Best

Environment – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

Monarch this year got a “B” in an environmental report card designed to gauge environmental impacts. The report card assembled by the Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition graded 76 ski areas across the West, coming up with a composite score of a C+.

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$100,000 study will examine cloud-seeding

Brief by Allen Best

Climate – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

After a several-year drought, the ski areas, cities, and water districts of Colorado are spending more than $1 million this year to seed clouds in hopes of inducing more snow. But does it really work?

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Don’t climb Tabeguache via Jennings Creek

Brief by Central Staff

Recreation – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

If you want to minimize wear and tear on the landscape, this is probably the best time of year for climbing 14ers. Most of us, however, visit the highest peaks in more clement seasons, and if you’re planning to climb Mt. Tabeguache someday, you may want to consider a different route.

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Briefs from the San Luis Valley

Brief by Marcia Darnell

San Luis Valley – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

Hot Winter Nights

Firefighters are getting slammed in the Valley, as a series of fires destroyed homes, garages, and an historic theater. Several house fires in the Alamosa area were the result of heating problems, a not-uncommon occurrence in the winter. Two vacation homes were burned in South Fork, cause yet unknown.

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Drought of 2002 was the worst since 1685 … or so

Brief by Allen Best

Climate – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

For students of classical music, or religious tyranny, 1685 was a banner year. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born that year, as was George Frederick Handel. The French king outlawed Protestantism, while the Swedish king banned Jews.

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Here’s to an honest man

Essay by Todd Wilkinson

American Life – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

CHANCES ARE you’ve never heard of Jim Alderson, and I’m willing to wager that no toy company is going to model an action figure after him. He’s more than a little balding on top and he’s working on a middle-aged paunch. You won’t find charisma to match that of California’s movie-actor Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Western Water Report: February 3, 2004


A notice in the Federal Register (Volume 69, number 13, page 2943-2945) expresses the intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and schedules scoping meetings for 2/24 in Gunnison (at the fairgrounds), 2/25 in Delta, (Middle School), and 2/25 in Grand Junction (Mesa State, Liff Auditorium). All meetings will be from 6:30-9 pm. The EIS is to evaluate the effects of operational changes for the Aspinall Unit related to flow recommendations in compliance with the Endangered Species Act. Scoping is an early process for determining the issues to be addressed and suggesting alternatives related to the proposed Federal action. Reclamation is asking that scoping comments be submitted by 3/15. We can expect the EIS process to take 3-4 years to complete.

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