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“So, I wanted to talk to you about a training opportunity” my boss said. “Ok.” “There’s a conference the NFPA is putting on down in Walsenburg.  I think it would be useful for you with your job.” “Walsenburg?  Where is Walsenburg?” Colorado is a big state.  There are lots of…

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The End of the Mining Era

“Is anyone still mining in this area?” the man asked. It was a question I got all the time during my stint as the coordinator at the Nederland Mining Museum.  Nederland, after all, was found on mining way back in the 1800s. At the time, the person that came to…

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Growing up Colorado Style

Climbing into The Gondola at Winter Park, I thought I had the car all to myself.  But at the last minute, a young teenage girl climbed in with me.  She sported a sleek, lycra racing suit and carried long straight skis with her. “I guess you’re racing today?” I asked….

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