Make them buy the schools they keep promoting

Column by Hal Walter

Education – February 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine

The ’95 election will go down in history as the first time Custer County voters banded together against unchecked real-estate development, by wisely rejecting a proposal for a new $4.3 million elementary school. The new school flunked by a margin as tall as the mountains that shadow the Wet Mountain Valley. Hip, hip, hooray!

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Silverton’s great if you can make a living

Letter from Matt Hutson

Transportation – February 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Ed,

I just received the latest edition of Colorado Central and enjoyed it very much. I’m also a railroad nut and I liked your Letter From The Editors. I fear there is no hope, however. Many thousands of miles of track have been ripped up in this state with few getting reprieve.

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Find it at the Big Rock Candy Mountain

Letter from Clint Driscoll

Idealism – February 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine


Although at first reading it was easy to sympathize with Ken Wright’s complaint in his modest proposal in your January issue, further consideration leads me to believe Mr. Wright has become the victim of one of the West’s many illusions, i.e. an idyllic, rural lifestyle can be led forever in the Rocky Mountains.

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Mineral Belt Trail recycles old Leadville rail routes

Article by Sharon Chickering

Rail trails – February 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine

The name Leadville is synonymous with mining, railroads, and mountains. What better way to showcase the area’s fascinating history than to connect various parts with a multi-purpose trail benefiting local residents as well as tourists? Taking advantage of miles of abandoned railroad beds that linked major mining areas of the last century, a group of Lake County citizens is hard at work developing the 10.2-mile Mineral Belt Trail.

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Fortunately, we don’t have time for some things

Essay by Martha Quillen

Politics – February 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine

As last year waned, I fantasized about all the things I would do to make 1996 a better year. In 1996, I would eat better, exercise more, and get organized. I would keep current on correspondence, and I wouldn’t get behind on housework. My desk wouldn’t be piled with unread newspapers, and I would actually read all of the review books sitting by the bed.

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War on Weeds

Brief by Central Staff

Agriculture – February 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine

If you thought “alien invaders” meant little green creatures stepping out of flying saucers and taking over the world, then you need to indulge in a second thought.

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