Category Archives: Rio Grande West

Southern Colorado and northern New Mexico: Life in the Rio Grande West.

Puma, Panther, Cougar. . . Lion!

“Close enough to hear them purr”

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  By LARRY JOSEPH CALLOWAY (C) Mountain lions live here in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of Colorado. So you’d think Ron Garcia would not be surprised to see one. He’s the longtime manager of the Baca National Wildlife Refuge five minutes from Crestone, and lions are, of course, wildlife. They are unmistakable, with adult […]

A Long Time On The Colorado Plateau

What happened there anyway?

Without planning it that way, I have spent a lifetime looking for the Anasazi. In books. In clefts in cliffs, as Gary Snyder put it.

Self Government, Subdivided

First Of All, Eject All The Lawyers

The subdivider land rush on Western ranches in the 1970’s, stopped after  a few years by environmentalists, left behind conglomerates of lot owners governed under covenants written by the subdividers. The rule of law — and influence of lawyers — elsewhere does not often apply to these non-profit corporations any more than democracy applies to […]

Minutes Of A Crestone Meeting

The Case For Economic Sustainability

Baca Grande Membership Vote Update.  See Baca Blog. . .    By Larry Joseph Calloway The anti-government passion that animates politics nationally was echoing off the walls at Jillian’s studio, where I have experienced yoga classes, a Sufi zirka, a feng schui talk, a sales pitch for ionized water, and such. Crestone is not where […]

Is It Really All About Money?

A Report On The First Public Forum By Organizers Of The Proposed New Emergency Services District

Sheriff Mike Norris, who for two decades has encountered every imaginable hazard in Saguache County, has one big fear. “Fire scares the hell out of me,” he told the first public forum on the proposed Crestone Emergency Services District. “One of my biggest fears has been fire in the Baca,” the sheriff continued. That fear […]

The Rural Utilities Service Is No REA

And Obama Is No FDR

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The Crestone community, despite its international reach, is isolated by an apathetic internet service provider. The Fairpoint Communications system is a klunker, and the small-town phone company has no announced intention to update it. Crestone-Baca  is not on an equal footing with most of the nation in the category of  affordable high-speed internet service. This […]

Bird By Bird

That’s the word. . .

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Bird pictures big and small.

SunCatcher Noise May Sink CO Project

Health, welfare, safety, etc. But what if folks just don’t want it?

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The Dec. 6 hearing draw a standing-room crowd at the Saguache County Courthouse. The noise of these solar Stirling engines is what drew the most opposition.

Hiroshima Day

Sixty years later

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They were teenagers from Japan, summer students at the Shumei Institute near my home. It was the 60th anniversary of the Japanese surrender ending World War II. They gave me paper cranes.

In The Hard Heart Of The Sangres

Some Mountains Are Manly, Some Not

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I got her number but not her name. Thoughts of a trog in June.