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Native Writes: Memories and spirits

Posted: Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014
As children, most of the people who lived in Alamosa were aware of the major industries that kept the men busy.
That's in addition to C&G Billiards, Mac's, the red light district, Beef's, The Vic and men's clubs.
Wages were paid and families supported by jobs at Oriental Refinery and the railroad.
Adams State had a strong staff, the hospital
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Movin' On With Nellie: Girls’ brains matter, too

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
I have to get this idea off my frontal lobe!
Americans watch television with all of its generalizations and by now, have seen the recent crop of public service announcements including the one from 4-H.
The latest 4-H commercial starts off, "Like lightening on the Great Plains, a spark ignites the imagination of a young 4-H member named
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Alamosa Trees: Trees need summer care

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
Water is the biggest summer need for Alamosa trees. We've been getting a bit of rain in the San Luis Valley this month, but it probably has not been enough to keep your trees healthy.
If you can, poke into the soil and see how wet the top foot is -- remember most of a tree's active roots are
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: We care about the land

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
The Valley is more than just a pretty face.
When I drive around the San Luis Valley, I feel gratitude for our open lands and the land owners, organizations, government agencies, and their supporters that have worked to conserve them. After users have been altering its landscape, land, and water for about a century and a half, it's almost
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MH17 brought out worst in US

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
When Flight MH17 went down over Ukraine it was viewed as a sad tragedy. The nearly 300 passengers feared dead, there was not much to be done simply because the airliner went down in a warzone.
Initial news reports and reaction in the US took the tone of sadness. News outlets mentioned it might have been shot down, but no
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Letter to the editor: Museum program was the best

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
On Sunday, July 20, I went to the San Luis Valley Museum for a music and poetry gig that was the best I've ever attended anywhere!
 The terrifically inspiring poets were Peggy Godfrey, Phil Ray Jack, Ben Humphrey (Colorado's Senior Poet for 2013), Patricia Nolan, Margarita Martinez, Chris and Lucy Cisneros.
A beautiful poem was read by Margarita Martinez on
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Still Waters: A TV for the (enemy) troops

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
I am finally replacing my TV. I've had my old one since December 1994, so we had a good run.
The last several months the color has been wonky, with people's faces appearing green or orange. I have gotten used to it and have tried to watch as many black and white Hitchcock mysteries as I could (I know
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It Seems to Me: That’s just not me

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
In an online discussion group that I belong to, the question was asked, "Who is your favorite poet, and why do you like their work?" To be honest, this kind of question always bothers me. Having a favorite seems to diminish everything else to a lower category, and I've recently realized that my answer depends on my mood at the
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Native Writes: Stampede

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
Back when I was a kid, an old family friend declared that the San Luis Valley had three seasons: winter, spring and Stampede.
He wasn't really wrong. There's something about the oldest pro rodeo in Colorado that ignites layers of memories for generations of Valley people.
One philosopher once set forth the idea that the spirits of frogs inhabit Valley
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Movin' On With Nellie: Mr. Putin, step away from the Ukraine, and MH17 crash site!

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
It bothers me; does it bother you that MH17 was shot down and 298 people died including infants, grandfathers, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts? They were 33,000 feet above the ground; no hand held missile launcher could have reached them; but a Russian provided surface to air missile did.
Who do you believe in an earthly spat
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Letter to the editor: Dempsey photo inappropriate

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
Making a fool of Jack Dempsey by The Alamosa Courier and Emma Rogers was a sad day. This man was one of the greatest heavy weight boxers who was a champion to be admired by the world. This is the man who put Manassa, Colorado on the map, and people come from all over the country to see his birthplace.
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Kids’ growing season

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
Summertime, and the kids are sprouting. Many grownups have been trying hard to give the sprouts good growth in the Valley's fertile soil with a variety of wonderful activities.
Some are primarily for fun, although they can be good learning experiences too. On the popular fishing days, for instance, there were staff personnel, Friends, community members, and parents, giving their
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Valley Gardening: Everything is good in the neighborhood—kind of

Modified: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Everything is good in the neighborhood--kind of. On Thursday I discovered that a young man who has been coming into the store fairly often was actually stealing from me. When you are raised to trust everyone, this is pretty devastating. Especially when he came in with his little girl and would buy her a six-pack of flowers--how can anyone who
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Smorgasbord: I’m a traveling man, made a lot of stops

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
FORT COLLINS -- Those are the words of a song by one of my favorite singers, Ricky Nelson, but unlike Ricky who "traveled all over the world" and "had a girl" in every stop, I have no such thing.
However, I do have friends at every stop, and, unlike Ricky, I'm still alive -- and he is not, dying in
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Denver Human Services leads the way

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Few stories arising from the US-Mexico border crisis have been positive. For a few weeks now news stories have shed light on the mass amount of unaccompanied children crossing from Mexico to the US, some who have died trying to find refuge.
In Texas, Arizona, and California children and families trying to flee the chaos of their home countries have
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It Seems to Me: The power of choice

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
When my ex-wife asked for a divorce, she said she wanted it because she was tired of pretending to be someone she wasn't.
We were married for 10 years, and we've been divorced for 20, so I've pretty well gotten past most of the emotion that goes along with it, but that one statement sticks in my mind.
I've always
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Still Waters: Words worth repeating

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
"Editor & Publisher" e-mails always include a quote at the top. Sometimes they make me smile. Sometimes they make me think.

I've collected some of my favorites, and hopefully they will make you smile or think, too.
• "We must be free, not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it." -- William Faulkner
• "He who would
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Letter to the editor: Cumbres & Toltec is moving forward, rapidly and successfully

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
I am pleased to report to you on behalf of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad the positive news on where we are this season to date. Our reservations are up 8 percent and our revenue is up 22 percent. We had a banner year in 2013 with a 19 percent increase in ridership. We had 34,525 riders
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Letter to the editor: Less is more

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
The French would say "Je suis en retard" as to publicly thanking Dr. Brinton and his wife for their kind gesture in saving the Polston property for viable life and soul sustaining use and thereby keeping it from detrimental ungodly avaristic (sic) use of commercial greed.
For more than two decades of one health crisis to the next, Dr. B
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