Ranching the Scenery: how the new settlers rule

Column by Hal Walter

New West – June 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

The battle is basically over, and by all accounts we’ve lost both it and the war.

But even as we stand in the rubble of development gone awry, there’s still time for us to define our sense of place, still the necessity to speak up for what we feel is right. It’s not over until they evict us. Even though it seems they’re dreaming up ways to do just that every time the local zoning board meets, we’re still here, like a pack of varmints, just waiting to see what happens next.

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And when elk get real high, do they become mountain goats?

Letter from Clay Warren

May 1997 edition – June 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

And when they get real high, elk turn into mountain goats?

Editors:

Ah sincerely appreciate Roger Williams’s remarks in Issue #39 regarding Colorado wildlife. However hit appear’s that ah left a few details unmentioned in my previous letter, for the sake of brevity of course.

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The Last Ranch: a great title, not a great book

Letter from Gary Boyce

May 1997 edition – June 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editors:

The 7½-page preface to Sam Bingham’s new book, The Last Ranch, is one of the most intriguing and promising introductions I have had the pleasure to read. By contrast, the epilogue underscores a miserable failure of 342 intervening pages.

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Do we need all this advice?

Essay by Martha Quillen

Changing West – June 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

If you’re looking for solutions to problems caused by growth, migration and tourism, I’d suggest you don’t go near a college campus.

But if you need to confirm your growing sense that the issues involved are not only irresolvable, but are in actuality far too complicated to ever fully untangle — then by all means sign up for a college symposium on these issues.

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A beginner’s guide to geologic hazards

Article by Paul Martz

Geology – June 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

The subject of geologic hazards gets a lot of media attention every time there is an earthquake in California, (or a minuscule, on the scale of things, volcanic eruption like Mt. Saint Helens), but not a lot of discussion most of the time.

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Hear that lonesome whistle

Brief by Central Staff

Transportation – June 1997 – Colorado Central Magazin

Steam may make its last visit to Brown’s Canyon and Tennessee Pass this month, when the Royal Gorge Steam Special, powered by Union Pacific Locomotive 844, chugs through.

The passenger excursion will leave Denver June 21, and stop that night in Cañon City. It will pass through Salida, Buena Vista, Malta, and Minturn on June 22, stopping for the night in Glenwood Springs. On June 23, it proceeds to Salt Lake City for the National Railway Historical Society convention.

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What people say about those trails in the woods

Brief by Central Staff

Outdoor Recreation – June 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

Ever wonder what people write in those registers you see at trailheads in the National Forests?

We asked, and Barbara Timock, public affairs officer for Pike and San Isabel National Forests, sent us a list of comments received in 1996 from the registration sheets in the Bridger (Wyoming) Wilderness Area:

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The eyes of Texas could be upon us

Brief by Central Staff

American History – June 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

This isn’t the place to discuss the recent group of terrorists and forgers who called themselves “the Republic of Texas,” but it is a good place to point out that a fair portion of Central Colorado is inside the boundaries of the historical Republic of Texas.

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