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White buffaloes, tough cookies & county mounties
White buffaloes, tough cookies & county mounties
By Chris Aaland
12/05/2019

My annual Thanksgiving trip to Kansas didn’t go as planned this year, mainly due to the pair of storms that ripped through the Midwest last week.

Fathers & sons (or musings from the land of Bud Light)
Fathers & sons (or musings from the land of Bud Light)
By Chris Aaland
11/27/2019

My buddy Elwin Johnston texted me last week to drop by his house and pick up a deck of sports trivia cards to help pass the time on my annual pheasant hunting trek to Kansas.

Ukuleles, cellos and rebooting Jay & Silent Bob
Ukuleles, cellos and rebooting Jay & Silent Bob
By Chris Aaland
11/21/2019

Every once in a while, something truly cool comes along in the mail. Last week, it was a CD of Bloodshot Records’ 25th anniversary compilation, “Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots.”

Sour Grapes, Venturing to Ska and Blue Notes
Sour Grapes, Venturing to Ska and Blue Notes
By Chris Aaland
11/14/2019

Talk about sour grapes. Don Cherry, the hockey personality known as “Grapes” for his lengthy rants on “Hockey Night in Canada,” was fired Monday by Sportsnet, the network that airs the NHL in Canada and produces his “Coach’s Corner” segment.

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Day in the Life

Feeling the pull
Feeling the pull
12/05/2019

Sedona, Ariz., is known as a mountain biking, yoga, energy-vortex and psychic mecca all rolled into one.

Ties that bind
Ties that bind
By by Stephen Eginoire
11/27/2019

From 1902 until the mid-1960s, the railroad line between Farmington and Durango was busy hauling everything from agricultural supplies to oil drilling equipment up and down the Animas River corridor.

Ice Castles
Ice Castles
By Stephen Eginoire
11/21/2019

Evidence of last season’s historic avalanche cycles still abound throughout the San Juans. As we transition into winter, established ice dams and rugged debris piles remain in place.

Sedimental journey
Sedimental journey
11/14/2019

Behold one of the world’s most common minerals: gypsum!

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