No more free entry into the Great Sand Dunes

Brief by Central Staff

Outdoor recreation – February 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

On clement days in the off-season, Great Sand Dunes National Monument was a great deal: Free.

But those days are past. On Jan. 1, it became one of 50 National Park Service areas in a “demonstration fee project.”

This means that the rangers will be staffing the gate all year, instead of just in the summer.

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One Tough Road

Article by Sharon Chickering

Leadville Transition – February 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

During winter months, the sun hasn’t begun to lighten the sky over the Mosquito Range when parents begin dropping off children at The Center day care facility in Leadville. Buses, either from Avon-Beaver Creek Transit, or from individual hotels and resorts, pass by The Center and other locations to pick up these parents for jobs in Eagle and Summit counties. The resulting ten- to twelve-hour days are long for both children and adults.

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What’s the difference between the oil and ski industries?

Essay by Ellen Miller

Recreation Industry – February 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

Growth problems brought about by ski area expansion have been making the news again and the U.S. Forest Service keeps looking only at the small part of land that will have skiers on it, instead of trying to analyze what it all means.

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Interstate 70’s swath continues to expand

Essay by Ed Quillen

Tourism industry – February 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

One of the inspirations for starting this magazine occurred several years ago on a snowy afternoon while I was sitting in a saloon in Buena Vista, enjoying the view out its big window until a Copper Mountain bus pulled up and disgorged a dozen or so people.

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Review was too kind to The Mysterious Valley

Letter from Judy Lewallen

UFO book – February 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Martha Quillen:

You were much too kind to Chris O’Brien in your review of his book, The Mysterious Valley. Not to say that we shouldn’t take these allegations of strange occurrences lightly. I do believe that mind-boggling events do happen in the San Luis Valley. I am just not sure that these happenings are the effect of outside forces.

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Some churches are getting the job done

Letter from Ide Trotter

January 1997 edition – February 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Martha,

Loved your Letter from the Editor in the January Central. You had me eating out of your hand right down to the last sentence of the next to last paragraph. Had I tumbled to a failure in logic on your part? Highly unlikely, I’ve come to believe. Was there some misunderstanding on my part?

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Saguache bull skeeter population jeopardized by hunt

Letter from Riff Fenton

Mosquito hunt – February 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Editor:

I was disappointed to see Surf Central give any credibility at all to the recent debacle reported on by the American Sportsman Channel.

At least you showed some sense by printing that night’s TV programming on the back page. We can only hope that nobody viewed the Winter Mosquito Hunt in Saguache. It was a travesty, and in no way “sporting”.

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US 285 traffic grows, and grows, and …

Brief by Central Staff

Transportation – February 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

285 Traffic Grows, and Grows, and …

If it seems to you that traffic is getting thicker on U.S. 285 as you get closer to civilization, you can take consolation in one fact — the Colorado Department of Transportation agrees.

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