Where have you gone, Johnny Horizon

Column by Hal Walter

Land Use – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

TO THE WEST OF MY HOUSE stands a behemoth dead ponderosa pine. A thing of gnarly beauty, this tree is the birthplace of countless owls, woodpeckers, swallows and other birds each spring. It is a hunting perch for redtailed hawks, and a twisted ornament on the horizon of more scandalously beautiful sunsets than I can remember.

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Eppie Archuleta of Capulin: Weaving a Life

Article by Marcia Darnell

Local Artists – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

W EAVING requires hundreds of different threads and decades of work and creativity. Eppie Archuleta has 78 years of living on her personal loom, a tapestry of work and family, success and failure, children and teaching, building and growing.

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The Media War for the I-70 Corridor

Article by Allen Best

Regional Media – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

IT HAD BEEN SHAPING UP as a classic newspaper war, but with a peculiar twist. Living far away, the protagonists were two families, but the battleground was in Colorado, where their warriors were vying for the proliferating riches of the I-70 corridor.

On one side was Morris Communications. Based in Atlanta, this family-owned company owns 40 newspapers, 31 radio stations, and 20 magazines, as well as billboards and other assorted media. Arriving in Colorado’s high country in 1994, Morris first bought a daily, the Glenwood Post, then weeklies in Rifle and Carbondale, followed by Eagle, Snowmass, and Basalt.

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Getting Globalized

Column by George Sibley

Regional Media – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

IN THE ABSTRACT, there’s something attractive about the idea of “globalization” — all the nations and peoples of the world interconnected in a big happy “village,” everybody exchanging goods, services, and information, freely, with no concern for antiquated old borders.

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Why Uncle Sam will keep the public lands

Article by Ed Quillen

Public Lands – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

WITH EVERY CHANGE in presidential administrations, the big question in this part of the world, in the interior but far from the interior of the Washington Beltway, is not “Who will be attorney general?” or “Who will run the state department?” Instead, we wonder about the Secretary of the Interior.

That’s because Interior manages federal land, and Uncle Sam is by far the largest landlord in Colorado, especially Central Colorado.

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Some questions inspired by the Year of the Space Odyssey

Letter from Roger Williams

Colorado Central – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Ed & Martha:

Your Issue No. 83, January, Year of the Space Odyssey, inspires numerous questions and remarks.

When I took out a Safeway card, p. 2 (“Your Savings Are In The Card!”; also I can pay with it), I didn’t get any more junk mail, except a few of their books of savings, which is reasonable.

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How long is an hour that passes without a watch?

Letter from Gene Rybarczyk

Millennium – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Ed and Martha:

I was pleased to see the article regarding the correct year for the start of the new millennium on page 6 (or should it really be page 5?) of the January 2001 edition of Colorado Central. I have entertained what I had hitherto considered frivolous opinions regarding this controversy, but I believe Colorado Central may be the appropriate forum in which to air them.

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Poets coming to Salida

Brief by Central Staff

Poetry – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Sparrows have been alighting in Salida lately — not the birds, but images on posters for a poetry festival that runs February 2-4.

These Sparrows are an acronym for “Stories, Poems and Relations to Raise Our Winter Spirits,” and the festival is being organized by one of Salida’s premier performance poets, Jude Jannet.

Tickets for the three-day festival are $30, available from Jannet at 719-539-9847, and most events will have separate tickets that can be purchased at the door. There’s a lot more information on the web at www.allonecaravan.com.

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Seen any size 24-EEEEEE footprints lately?

Brief by Central Staff

Wildlife – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Most legends about Bigfoot (or Sasquatch) come from the Pacific Northwest, where there are many tales about giant hominids walking about.

But a long article in the Jan. 14 Denver Post mentioned some Colorado sightings that have popped up over the years, and many of them are around here.

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Perhaps coming to a theater near you

Brief by Central Staff

Colorado Central – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Colorado Central could be going to Hollywood. No, there’s no script based on the struggles of a small regional monthly magazine, nor is there a film in development that is based on anything we’ve published.

If the deal goes through, the magazine will be a prop in a road-buddy film. The plot has two young men driving across America from sea to shining sea. The financing means that every scene will be shot within 30 miles of Los Angeles.

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Anza World Conference will be held in Pueblo

Brief by Central Staff

Local History – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

If you’re a regular reader of this magazine, you know about Anza Day, an event we help put on in Poncha Springs to honor the first written account of Central Colorado.

That was the 1779 campaign by Juan Bautista de Anza, governor of Spanish province of New Mexico, against the Jupe Comanche. Anza left Santa Fé that August, ventured north into the San Luis Valley, then over Poncha Pass and eventually to South Park before arriving at the plains and a battle with the Comanche in the area of Greenhorn Peak.

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Now we know what Doug Bruce really thinks of us

Brief by Central Staff

Colorado Politics – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Douglas Bruce of Colorado Springs was the main mover behind TABOR (the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights), which Colorado voters adopted as a constitutional amendment in 1992.

TABOR requires voter approval of all tax increases, which is a good thing, but complicates other aspects of state and local government, not always to the benefit of citizens and taxpayers.

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Briefs from the San Luis Valley

Brief by Marcia Darnell

San Luis Valley – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Baca Buy?

The federal government is actively negotiating to buy the Baca Ranch as part of the Great Sand Dunes monument-to-park deal.

Steve Chaney, superintendent of the monument, said Bruce Babbit’s staff is in active negotiation with Farallon Corp., which owns the ranch, for a multi-year purchase deal. The target date for a deal was Inauguration Day.

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Guess that intersection

Brief by Central Staff

Local Lore – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

In the January edition, we published a short quiz about slogans, and promised to run the answers if we remembered. Our mental circuits did suffer greatly from the shock of the monthly bill from the Greedy Gas Co. (which was once owned by the famous lawyer Clarence Darrow), but have since recovered to this extent:

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Everybody’s a Doctor in the Back of Beyond

Essay by Rebecca Clarren

Rural Life – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

I NEVER WANTED to be a nurse. I never dressed up like Florence Nightingale for Halloween. I never even took care of my dolls — my idea of tender loving care was washing Barbie’s hair with turpentine.

But I live in a small town on the Western slope of Colorado. The nearest hospital that honors many locals’ insurance is 70 miles and another county away. That’s a long distance phone call and a long trip to the doctor — even at break-neck speed. So when a friend recently had knee surgery, I had no choice. Just call me Flo.

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Western Water Report: 10 February 2001


We all know that water is important but did you know that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half world pop.) In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%. One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a U-Washington medical study.

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