Making Logic out of Horseflesh

Column by Hal Walter

Equines – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

WHEN I WAS ABOUT 6, during one of my family’s cross-country migrations, my great-uncle Glenn, who plowed untold acres of northern Missouri with horses and mules, put me on the back of a Shetland pony. My parents and other family members watched in horror as the pony bolted. He bucked and galloped across the grassy farmland, finally jerking to a stop just short of a fence. Somehow I managed to stay on, but I believe the experience scarred me for life.

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A difference of opinion about Pat Schroeder

Letter from Jeanne Englert

Politics – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine


Ed, I agree with most of your opinions, but beg to differ with you about Pat Schroeder. Certainly she had a national feminist constituency, but the main reason she got re-elected and re-elected, etc., was because she was constituent-oriented. You had a problem with Social Security? Veterans benefits? She got her staff right on it.

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Getting sucked into the movements

Letter from Slim Wolfe

Agitation – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine


Okay, so my story about poor typing skills was a bit of a lame excuse. After a couple of turkeys retrieved from the Saguache dump, the Alamosa Dumpster Goddess came forward with a ’71 Smith Corona which isn’t too quirky and only draws one amp. Take that, you modem-heads.

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Where’s the equal protection in forest user-fee laws?

Letter from Steve Hannon

Forest Service Fees – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Editors,

About the latest expansion of fees to use our public lands, it only seems fair that those who use something should pay for it.

What about livestock? Public-lands ranchers pay approximately $1.50 per “animal unit month” — a cow and calf for one month. That’s 1,000 pounds on eight feet that stomp all over the land, but mainly wetlands, at a fee of 5¢ per day. Each human fee-payer averages 150 pounds on two feet, at $10 per day.

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Recognizing one’s own uneasy submission to authority

Letter from Andy Burns

Colorado Central May edition – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine


About your “Cures…” article in #75. I used to watch an excellent Spanish lesson in the middle of the night on my 3-inch T.V. I only got one channel. I even donated some $ to PBS. The very night after I mailed my check it went off the air, along with a very interesting class on tort law. After several weeks it came back on again, but during the hiatus I discovered that I’d donated to the Denver PBS. I don’t know why they were soliciting in Salida, since we got our PBS out of Pueblo then.

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Who’s to blame for those user fees?

Essay by Ed Quillen

Outdoor Recreation – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

IT IS NOT FASHIONABLE to express sympathy for government employees, especially those of the federal government, but I always feel sorry for forest rangers.

Why? In high school, many of us took those personality-profile tests that were supposed to match your characteristics with a career. If you were a self-starter who also scored very low in the “social interests” section — that is, you didn’t much like being around people or working with others — then the guidance counselor invariably suggested that you should become a forest ranger.

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Historic buildings could come under recreation fee umbrella

Sidebar by Bob Berwyn

Forest Service Fees – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

As Congress prepares to consider making the recreation fee program permanent, Forest Service recreation managers are putting together a wish list by identifying sites that could benefit from the cash infusion that fees can bring.

On the Pike-San Isabel National Forest, the emphasis seems to be on a series of historic buildings that the agency would like to open up to the public. Currently, there is very little funding available to preserve valuable historic resources.

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Uncle Sam wants you to pay to play on public land

Article by Bob Berwyn

Forest Service Fees – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

IT’S THE BEST TIME of the year at Cataract Lake. The fields are full of sassy wildflowers, each flaunting a brighter color than the next. The lake, cradled in its setting of glacially polished granite, glistens like an alpine jewel, reflecting the toothy crags of the Gore Range.

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By Request: The Creede Repertory Theatre’s 35th season

Article by Marcia Darnell

Local arts – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS isn’t old for a redwood, a building, or a human being, but for a small theater in a tiny town, it’s ancient.

“So few arts organizations are this old,” says Richard Baxter, artistic director of the Creede Repertory Theatre. “Considering the location — Creede has only 500 year-round residents — it shouldn’t exist.”

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Ted Mullings: The art of mining

Article by Steve Voynick

Local Artists – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

FORTY-SIX YEARS AGO, Leadville’s Ted Mullings began his art career literally at rock bottom — a thousand feet underground on the Phillipson Level of the Climax Mine. Despite that inauspicious beginning, Mullings has earned a reputation as one of the region’s best-known artists.

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A felon shortage?

Brief by Central Staff

Corrections – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

It might appear that way in Park County, where Civigenics, a private jail operator, said it wasn’t getting enough state prisoners to turn a profit and so it was pulling out of Park County.

The county built the jail a few years ago, and contracted with Civigenics to operate it. A few cells are reserved for county prisoners, while Civigenics planned to make most of its money by housing overflow prisoners for the state Department of Corrections.

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Salt Works Ranch will be on the History Channel

Brief by Central Staff

Local history – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

One of Colorado’s oldest working ranches, the Salt Works Ranch near Antero Junction, will be featured in a History Channel documentary scheduled to be broadcast on June 3.

The production, called “The Vanishing Cowboy,” examines the myths and reality of cowboys in the conquest of the West and in the minds of Americans.

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Salida: Low wages and expensive houses

Brief by Central Staff

Salida economy – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

Salida is a city of contradictions, according to the people who put together the city’s proposed new comprehensive plan.

The average Salida resident is, to put it politely, “economically challenged.” Median household income in Salida in 1990 was $17,482, lower than Buena Vista’s $20,462 and the county’s $21,174.

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Media Wars and Longevity

Brief by Central Staff

Media – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

The century-long newspaper war between the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News came to an end on May 11, with the Rocky throwing in the towel and asking for a “Joint Operating Agreement.”

The JOA means the papers can combine production and marketing functions, while maintaining separate news and editorial operations. Under the plan, both would continue to publish on weekday mornings, while there would be a Saturday Rocky and a Sunday Post.

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Creede residents vote against a tourist train

Brief by Central Staff

Tourism – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

Many mountain towns would be eager to get another 400 visitors a day, but Creede isn’t one of them.

The visitors would arrive by rail on the 21-mile line from South Fork to Creede, which the Durango-based Denver & Rio Grande Historical Foundation plans to purchase from the Union Pacific this summer. Freight service ended in 1985 when the last of Creede’s mines closed.

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Briefs from the San Luis Valley

Brief by Marcia Darnell

San Luis Valley – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine


The Sanford sports teams have new uniforms, thanks to the World Wide Web. Area resident Bill Werner donated the proceeds from an eBay auction to the K-12 school to buy the new threads. Werner’s property, three small parcels near Alamosa, brought in $6,000 for the cause. Rah, rah!

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Low molybdenum prices lead to mine lay-offs

Brief by Central Staff

Mining – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

Five years ago, molybdenum prices were so high that the Climax Mine above Leadville re-opened after a 10-year shutdown. It stayed in production for only a couple of months; by the time the mine was running again, the price of moly had begun to fall.

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Predicting crime rates from Zip code demographics

Brief by Central Staff

Crime – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

How safe is your town from crime?

CAP Index, a company in Pennsylvania, uses census demographic data to generate a statistical likelihood for crime, rather than following the traditional reliance on police reports.

The company has a theory that the amount of “socia

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Manifold Destiny

Essay by Allen Best

Outdoor recreation – June 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

FIRST CAME the backcountry ski huts. I loved them, but they took “back” from the backcountry. Summer brought different toys, similar dynamics. Gleaming four-wheel beasts of burden were just the start. New toys, the all-terrain vehicles and mountain bikes, broke down distances and, by extension, forests.

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Western Water Report: 11 June 2000


Early snowmelt ended up being absorbed into the ground with most of the snowpack left in May being lost to sublimation.

(Sublimation is the process where snow evaporates before it melts) At the beginning of June, snowpack was only about 14% of average. Stream and river flows are expected to be substantially diminished this summer where they are not augmented by releases from reservoirs.

Reservoir storage remains at or above average

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