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A hike in the South San Juan Wilderness

A hike in the South San Juan Wilderness

This week we return to our description of events that took place in the southeast corner of Archuleta County that I am loosely referring to as Banded Peaks Country. A…

Lloyd Anderson and the bear

Lloyd Anderson and the bear

We continue from last week’s column the story of now-deceased Lloyd Anderson’s encounter with a grizzly bear up in the Weminuche Country circa 1952. I got the story directly from…

Grin and bear it

Grin and bear it

One of the wildest and least known areas in Pagosa Country is the southeast corner. If you drive south on U.S. 84 to Chromo and then look due east, you’ll…

A stroll (in boots) down memory lane

A stroll (in boots) down memory lane

Have you ever felt like a stranger in your own personal boots, cowboy hat and hometown? Those were the cobwebs I was tangled in on the Fourth of July this…

Where is the water?

Where is the water?

Well. Here it comes again, a summer with no water. You could almost say that the history of the West was “Where is the water?” Remember the song “Cool Water”…

‘Pagosa Springs, the largest, hottest and most singularly curious springs …’

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr wrote in January of 1849, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Read the following publication and see if you agree with the Frenchman.…

Revisiting ‘Death Rode the High Country’

Revisiting ‘Death Rode the High Country’

The tourist season has arrived, along with summer activities such as hiking and camping in the wilderness. Unfortunately, unless more rain comes quickly, the San Juan Forest will be closed…

Men of the Martinez family

Men of the Martinez family

We’ve been writing about Emmett Martinez, a member of one of the prominent pioneering Hispanic families in Archuleta County. Before he passed away, I had the privilege of spending many…

Straight from the horse’s mouth

Straight from the horse’s mouth

As you might have guessed from my last column, I had the privilege during the late 1970s to talk with several Pagosa old-timers. Coffee was the favored lubricant for loosening…

Coffee, history and talking cowboy

Coffee and history seem to go together. I know that statement requires an explanation, so here goes. Way back in 1976, I was working at The Pagosa Springs SUN and…