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Rosa Parks gives a talk in my small town

By Betsy Marston

It was 2 p.m. on a recent Sunday in the western Colorado town of Paonia, population 1,500, not an ideal…

Rosa Parks, Unseen Histories, Unsplash

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Rushing water closes a highway in Western Colorado

By Dave Marston

The small towns of Paonia and Hotchkiss in western Colorado are seeing fewer tourists this spring. Exceptionally high runoff blew…

Bear Creek digs a big ditch across Highway 133, Patti Kaech photo, May 15

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Want to farm? Get a cash register

By Dave Marston

In 1991, when Lee Bradley started farming near Paonia in the North Fork Valley of Colorado, he was hired to…

Image credit: P.j. Briscoe

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Looking back to when water was plentiful

By Dave Marston

During his 50 years in rural western Colorado, Jamie Jacobson has seen a lot of flooding. While caretaking a farm…

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If the Water Goes, the Desert Moves in

By Dave Marston

“Without water, you’ve got nothing around here.”

Photograph by David Marston

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ALMOST 70 WHEN THE VIRUS ENDED HIS JOB

By Dave Marston

Brezonick knows that the huge furnaces that burn coal are closing fast. “I don’t think coal will recover and society has turned against it,”

Photograph by Matt Brezonick

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