Category Archives: Colorado Matters

The Wolf Who Became A Legend, And A Pawn In American Culture And Politics

  Wolf O-Six photographed from Soda Butte in Yellowstone National Park in October, 2012. (Courtesy:Doug McLaughlin) Journalist Nate Blakeslee chronicles the life of a wolf in the Rockies and the forces both natural and human that shape her destiny. His new book is “American Wolf: A True Story Of … Continue reading

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A Favorite Public Radio Voice Leaves The Airwaves. NPR’s Robert Siegel Retires Today

Robert Siegel, host of NPR’s All Things Considered (Stephen Voss/NPR) Robert Siegel, known to millions as the longtime host of NPR’s All Things Considered, retires today after 40 years with the network. Siegel covered countless major stories for NPR. He was at … Continue reading

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85-Year-Old Gives An Insider’s Look At Life In Big Eldercare

Sue Petrovski and her husband on their wedding day. (Courtesy Sue Petrovski) Moving into senior independent living is a little like being back in a college dorm, with all the pluses and minuses of communal living. Then there’s the fact that much of … Continue reading

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Pueblo’s Forward Thinking Funeral Director: Remembering Charles McCulley

The McCulley Family of Pueblo. Courtesy: Angelus Chapel Mortuaries Puebloan Charles McCulley’s family says he was “born into the funeral business.” He assisted with his first embalming at the age of eight. His mortuary served southern Colorado’s African Americans and Hispanics … Continue reading

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Pueblo’s Newspaperman And Water Guardian: Remembering Robert Hoag Rawlings

Bob Rawlings in The Pueblo Chieftain pressroom in 2009. Courtesy: John Jaques/Pueblo Chieftain Robert “Bob” Rawlings worked as a newspaperman for 70 years. More than half that time was at the helm of The Pueblo Chieftain, Colorado’s oldest operating daily newspaper. … Continue reading

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Digging Into The History Of Wild Horses To Understand Their Future

Wild horses are symbolic of freedom and are part of the mythology and legends of the American West. Yet growing herds are costing millions of taxpayer dollars as politics and society collide over how to manage them. Pulitzer Prize- winning … Continue reading

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If You’re Lost On Public Lands, Who Would You Call? There’s No Guarantees

If you got lost in the wilderness would you expect to see helicopters, sniffer dogs and rescue teams searching for you? Think again. Michigan writer Jon Billman has reported all kinds of missing-in-the-wilderness stories over a 20 year career. He tells Colorado Matters about … Continue reading

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Colorado Springs Poet Explores Life’s Landscape Of Longing And Belonging

Janice Gould is the voice of an outsider when she writes with a tender intimacy of how she felt different as a teenager. Then she goes deep into the connection of family, a family standing at the “precipice of mortality” … Continue reading

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Pueblo’s Bell Game: The Zenith Of A High School Football Rivalry That’s Lasted 125 Years

Pueblo’s Central and Centennial High Schools have been rivals on the football field since 1892. It might be the oldest high school rivalry in the west and for the last 67 years the Centennial Bulldogs and the Central Wildcats have … Continue reading

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Women Who Pioneered Colorado’s Art Scene

Imagine hiking a Colorado 14er in a corset and long skirt. Would you do it just for the sake of art? In the 1870s landscape painter Helen Henderson Chain did.  She’s among the women who helped lay the foundation for … Continue reading

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