Wandering through the golden days of autumn

Column by Hal Walter

Mountain Life – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

IT’S FALL. I know this not by the calendar but by a certain blue color of the sky and the spray of white on the higher peaks. A select few branches of some aspen trees have begun to turn, and the first cold front has blown through, taking most of the bugs and summer with it.

I also know it’s fall by the almost primal instinct to start gathering necessary commodities. Firewood and hay are the two biggies. Wild meat for the freezer is another.

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Resources for Anza in Colorado

Sidebar by Earle Kittleman

Anza References – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine


Kaelin, Celinda Reynolds. Pikes Peak Back Country. Idaho: Caxton Press, 1999.

Kessler, Ron. Anza’s 1779 Comanche Campaign, Second Edition. Monte Vista, Colorado: Adobe Village Press, 2001.

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Finding Anzas 1779 battle site

Article by Earle Kittleman

Anza – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

THE SAYING THAT “all politics is local” could be applied to history as well. The Sixth Annual World Anza Conference in Pueblo over the Labor Day weekend brought together an ardent band of local historians, genealogists, and all-out fans of Juan Bautista de Anza.

The continuing purpose of the conference is to illuminate the military and political genius of the man who served as the King of Spain’s colonial governor of New Mexico from 1777 until 1787.

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If we’re saving all this time, where can we find it?

Essay by Martha Quillen

Modern Life – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

THE GOOD NEWS: It’s still harder to arrange an international conference than to get an American family with school age kids together to eat dinner. After all, a family dinner doesn’t usually require faxes, e-mails, fees, brochures, or a web site.

But even so, the everyday, ordinary family dinner just doesn’t seem to be all that everyday or ordinary any more. There are just so many things to juggle these days: dual jobs, cooking, housework, homework, after school activities, band practices, sports, home and yard maintenance, town meetings and civic obligations… The list goes on.

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Poets who know their place

Column by George Sibley

Poetry – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

“Knowing your place” used to be a kind of snobbish putdown. Certain kinds of people said of certain other kinds of people, “Don’t they know their place?” — which presumably indicated some kind of uppity social status on the part of the speaker.

But today, in post-modern, post-industrial and post-urban Central Colorado, to “know your place” has a different connotation. In this case, I think we’d rather have people here who “know their place.”

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Monte Vista’s High-Tech High School

Article by Marcia Darnell

Education – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

IMAGINE GOING through high school again. Now stop grimacing and imagine going to class only when you want to, not having to match your learning pace with everyone else’s, and never having to listen to a lecture in a classroom or stand in line in the cafeteria.

That’s the reality of high school at Monte Vista’s On-Line Academy, which is now in its seventh year of educating people who don’t fit the mold.

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Bypass flows will become an issue hereabouts

Sidebar by Ed Quillen

Water – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

The bypass flow issue originated in northern Colorado, where plains cities like Greeley had reservoirs on Forest Service land in the mountains. Many of these could contain the entire flow of the river, so that the bed was dry downstream from the dam — but over time, they began to leak, and aquatic life returned to the stream.

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State fights Feds on bypass flows

Article by Allen Best

Water – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

THE CURRENT QUARREL between Colorado’s water establishment and the U.S. Forest Service comes down to creeks named Fancy, Missouri and French. They tumble off the Sawatch Range and — if left to their natural ways — flow into Homestake Creek and thence into the Eagle River.

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Sarah Woods of Westcliffe, the accidental artist

Article by Rayna Bailey

Local artist – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

WESTCLIFFE ARTIST Sarah Woods is an admitted conservative from a family of conventional teachers and lawyers. There may not be a “Bohemian” actor, musician, or artist in the entire clan. Except for Sarah.

Woods started out following in the family’s footsteps. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor of fine arts degree, and says that although the university’s fine art program was highly specialized and open only to a limited number of students, it failed to teach participating students “the business of art,” or how to make a career as a professional artist.

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What is a meteorite?

Sidebar by Annie Hays

Meteorites – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

What is a meteor/meteorite?

Meteor is the term used to describe both the small pieces of solid material that enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up, and the streak of light (shooting or falling star) produced when debris from space passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.

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A Meteoric Search

Article by Annie Hays

Meteorite – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

THE PIERCING SOUND of a Japanese girl band was blaring from my car speakers as I made my way to Saguache, and that strange, foreign, somewhat annoying noise somehow fit with the task at hand: searching for a meteorite.

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Maybe Dr. Science knows

Letter from Slim Wolfe

Modern times – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Colorado Central:

Come off it, readers, am I a Luddite? Ludd would surely roll over in his grave at the comparison. Honestly, I thought Luddite was some kind of magic mineral found on Mr. Tonganoxie and sold by enterprising longhairs for its restorative qualities.

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Inches of acres, and some minor triple divides

Letter from Roger Williams

Geography – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine


I noticed with amusement that the ad from the Wall Street Journal, “Colorado: An Enviable Position” about “Southfork” that was on page 11 [of the September edition of Colorado Central], and says their sites “are protected by almost 2 mm acres” of National Forest land. This is 2 millimeters or about 1/12 of an inch. (I think they meant million). Of course, an inch of acres doesn’t mean anything.

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Where are the alternatives to the growth of ORV use?

Letter from Robert Cross

Public land use – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine


While I enjoyed the reprint from the Washington Monthly [“Playground or Preserve” in the September edition], I found it lacking (perhaps because of the audience at which it was originally directed). Ms. Watzman does a thorough job of reporting the existing status of the growing problem with off road vehicles. While the article was lengthy, when I finished reading, my impression was that it hurried to a lame conclusion for the sake of publication space.

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Day of Infamy, II

Essay by Martha Quillen

Attack on America – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Tomorrow is our deadline day. So we merely need to put together eight or ten more pages, finish the calendar, tweak that one last minute story, add a few Tracks, proof-read everything, and we’re through!

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The rumors of its demise were greatly exaggerated

Brief by Central Staff

Media – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

The review of the novel Fool’s Gold in our September edition observed that the novelist, Rob Schultheis, was a columnist for Inside/Outside Southwest magazine in Durango.

And it went on to say “the last time I saw the magazine before its demise …”

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¡No es Brazo!

Brief by Central Staff

Geography – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

In a discussion of place names in the September edition, our bifocal-wearing publisher misread Rio Bravo on a map as Rio Brazo.

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Congressional connections

Brief by Central Staff

Politics – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Rep. Gary Condit of California’s 18th Congressional District has been much in the news lately after the May disappearance of Chandra Levy, an intern from his district with whom he was having an affair. (Her internship was not in his office, but with the federal Bureau of Prisons.)

We note that he represents the only other Salida in the United States — Salida, California, a suburb of Modesto in the Central Valley and home to some almond-processing plants.

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Is there a spray to keep Bambi away?

Brief by Central Staff

Wildlife – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Hunting season does a pretty good job of keeping deer away from the roads, but the deer seem to know that it’s illegal to hunt in town — and that yards and gardens often offer an abundance of fine dining.

This problem is not unique to Central Colorado — it’s a national phenomenon, according to an article in the Aug. 21 edition of the Wall Street Journal, which pointed out that America’s deer population has gone from 500,000 to 15,000,000 in the past century.

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Briefs from the San Luis Valley

Brief by Marcia Darnell

San Luis Valley – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Too Much of a Good Thing

The near daily rains the San Luis Valley enjoyed most of the summer were a dark cloud to the area’s barley growers. The barley crop, which needs dryness at harvest time for best quality, was soaked by the rains. Coors, the major buyer of the Valley’s barley, bought only a fraction of the crop.

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Who’s the old-timer now?

Essay by Judy Holzworth

Rural Life – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

AS A KID IN RURAL Montana I grew up knowing _characters like June, a snuff-spitting, aging cowgirl who drove a pink Lincoln Continental, and Joe, a bronc buster with bow legs who taught a pair of Texas longhorns to nicely pull a buggy. Both were leather-faced, and if they ran a little short on social graces, June and Joe were long on personality.

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Western Water Report: 9 October 2001


On 9/13, FERC issued an order approving the application for the Jacobson Hydro No. 1 Project, and lifted the stay of the license order. This gives Jacobson until 1/13/02, to begin construction of the project. The project’s financial feasibility is in question, and FERC is requiring the licensee to submit a project financing plan for FERC approval prior to any ground disturbance, to ensure financing to complete construction. If the hydropower facility is built on the Price-Stubb dam, a fish ladder will have to be built around the dam near Grand Junction instead of breaching the dam to help expand habitat for endangered fish. Construction of the ladder is tentatively scheduled for 2003-2004.

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