Category Archives: Rural Issues

Native American Colorado Chef Turns To Indigenous Food Activism

Chef Karlos Baca, of Ignacio, grew up foraging for traditional, Native American ingredients in the San Juan Mountains. Later, he went on to learn classical European cooking and became the head chef at some posh restaurants. Now he tells Colorado … Continue reading

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The Future Of Food May Depend On The Past: Saving Seeds And Their Stories

Bite into a juicy heirloom tomato from a local farmers market and you could be chewing on a bit of history and cross cultural exchange. That’s because someone may have collected, saved and shared the tomato seeds. Master gardener John Coykendall is one … Continue reading

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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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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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Colorado Ranch Homesteaded By 17-Year-Old Girl In 1886 To Be Honored At State Fair

Kathryn Grahn, who is 87 years old, says her grandmother survived tuberculosis, drove a mule team on a frontier mail route and staked out her claim to land in Prowers County that is now the 5,000 acre Rocking 7K Ranch, … Continue reading

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Photographer Michael Crouser Captures The Realities Of ‘Mountain Ranch’ Life In Colorado

You can almost smell the scent of well worn leather in the black and white image of a cowboy swinging onto a moving horse on the cover of Minneapolis photographer Michael Crouser’s new book, “Mountain Ranch.” This collection of photos made at … Continue reading

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Lessons From The Intersection Of Science And History At The Headwaters of The Colorado River

Historian Thomas Andrews delves into the history of the headwaters of the Colorado river through the lens of geology, archaeology, biology and more. His book “Coyote Valley: A Deep History in the High Rockies” is a Colorado Book Award finalist. The … Continue reading

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From Standing Rock To Colorado, American Indians Fight To Control Their Resources

The Standing Rock Sioux’s protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline recently grabbed the nation’s attention. But American Indian tribes have a long history of fighting for sovereignty and control of their resources. The new documentary “Beyond Standing Rock” starts with … Continue reading

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Proposed Colorado License Plates Are Pueblo Chile Hot

A mock up of the design for the special Pueblo Chile license plate awaiting approval from the state legislature. Courtesy Pueblo Chile Growers Longtime Pueblo oil painter Teresa Vito never thought she’d see her artwork on cars cruising Interstate 25. … Continue reading

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FDA Tightens Rules On Antibiotics In Livestock Feed

Feedlots, ranchers and even 4-H kids sometimes give their animals feed and water laced with antibiotics. This practice is known to help promote growth, as well as prevent disease. But there’s growing concern about the increase in antibiotic-resistant germs. So … Continue reading

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