Border Country

Article by Ed Quillen

History – February 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

From 1819 to 1848, the Arkansas River was part of the western boundary of the United States of America. On the other side lay Spain, then Mexico, perhaps the Republic of Texas, and other claimants included the Bear Flag Republic of California.

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High-Country Composting

Sidebar by Sharon Chickering

Composting – February 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

I have always been frugal at heart, so the possibility of turning garbage and sewage sludge into a valuable resource like compost excites me. It’s like getting something for nothing. And when I look around my mountain home and see the abundance of rocks and paucity of soil, I am in favor of almost anything that will increase my ability to grow trees, flowers, and garden vegetables, not to mention a little grass.

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Rebuilding Mt. Elbert

Article by Sharon Chickering

Reclamation – February 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

Some hikers bag Colorado Fourteeners the way others bag trout. But what happens when trails are used to death — spreading to widths of forty feet with gullies four to five feet deep?

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CHAOS: Maybe it was an apt name after all

Article by Marcia Darnell

Local Publishing – February 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

Let’s say a few dedicated people in your community decide to band together to do good. They join forces in a volunteer project aimed at promoting art and culture in the area. Sounds great so far. No payroll, no government, only altruistic motives.

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Putting Shep Down

Essay by Clint Driscoll

Rural Life – February 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

When I first moved to Buena Vista, one of my neighbors was a 12-year-old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix with the unoriginal but practical name of Shep. His owners, retired ranchers, had sold their property near Nathrop and settled in town, raising vegetables and a lawn instead of beef. Shep had been a working animal, earning his living on the ranch moving cattle and guarding against bears, coyotes, deer, and other, smaller critters. I don’t think he ever really got used to town life.

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We can run but we can’t hide

Essay by Ed Quillen

Rural Life – February 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

“He moved here to get away from that.”

Those words, spoken by a friend, served as something of an epitaph for Richard Ellis, murdered on Jan. 3 in his convenience store on the west side of Poncho Springs. He moved to the mountains, the friend said, to get away from the crime in Dodge City, Kansas.

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Notes and Commentary for February 1995

Brief by Central Staff

Around Central Colorado – February 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

Art ups and downs

SALIDA — An update on the local art and cultural scene would show some Seasonal Affective Disorder. Concerts Plus will not present concerts this winter. The Art of the Rockies Coöperative Gallery lost its home because the building has been sold. The Palace Hotel & Gallery is in a state of flux; the art on display was being removed as we went to press, manager Todd Sigmeir was quitting, and said “I don’t know what’s going to happen here.”

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Time for a new homestead act

Letter from Slim Wolfe

Rural Life – February 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

Once again the American electorate seems to have proved itself about as intelligent as the glue that congeals in the nozzle of your glue jar. Not that the rest of the world is in any better shape, but we as a nation had a better historical shot than most at bringing about liberty and justice for all.

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Everything is fabricated

Letter from Michael Dzubinski

Literature – February 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

In your review of Mysterious Places of the West in January’s issue of Colorado Central, you called The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield a “fabrication” that stays on the ~non-fiction bestseller lists for æons.”

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