Following A Drop: One Man’s Mission to Trace the Arkansas River from Leadville to The Gulf of Mexico, Part 1

By Mike Rosso Hannes Zacharias is on a mission. But the 64-year-old resident of Lexana, Kansas is not on just any mission. He is currently in the process of “following a drop of water” from the headwaters of the Arkansas River in Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico. And why would he take on such …

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First in Boating the Arkansas – FIBArk Turns 70

Spectators enjoy the FIBArk competition on the south bank of the Arkansas River after embarking from the Denver Rio Grade Railroad sometime in the mid-1960s. Courtesy of the author.

By Christopher Kolomitz
Photos by Mike Rosso

Salida’s signature summer event celebrates its 70th anniversary this month when hundreds of athletes and thousands of spectators descend on the event known as FIBArk.

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George Wade Foott – Art, Artifacts … and Whitewater

Ever since we took over the reins of this magazine last March we’d been hoping to do a profile on George Foott. His wonderfully realistic historic paintings and his legendary boating skills — skills he was still developing well into his late 60s — were an inspiration to many in a variety of intersecting circles in Colorado.

Then suddenly, he was gone, a victim of the melanoma which had metastasized and quickly took George on December 17, 2009 at the age of 70.

Rather than write a tribute to the man ourselves we sought out some of his old friends, kayaking buddies and business associates and asked them to tell us about George in their own words. We thank them for their memories and contributions. — M. Rosso

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