Author: Jamie Wolkenbreit


Award-winning Salida duo releases new music Please don’t ask Salida recording artists Duke and Tami Sheppard the question, “Who’s the Pint and who’s the Half?” Just know, a pint and a half will always be 50 percent more than just a pint. And what’s in a pint? It will be an authentic, thoughtful beverage with body and flavor, most typically. Now don’t get mad – cans have a solid role out in the field. Those snifters of fancy beer/wine give the proper noseful of whatever you just paid $14 for, and wiry flutes of light provide a solid grasp...

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‘The Last Waltz’

Salida musicians re-create legendary concert THANKSGIVING DAY, 1976 – A who’s who of musicians performed an incomparable farewell concert, honoring a rock group that has earned the right to be called simply “The Band.” The Band’s influence was evidenced by the who’s who of musicians that guest starred in the show, documented in the film The Last Waltz, directed by Martin Scorsese. Forty-one Thanksgivings later, The Band and the film continue to inspire, as local musicians will demonstrate at 7 p.m. today at the Salida SteamPlant when they present Salida’s First Last Waltz. Ever since arriving in the Ark Valley 20 years ago,...

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Hello Ark Magazine readers, It’s great to be back after a short break from printing. This issue is full of fall celebration, and we’re feeling pretty festive at The Ark Magazine. Last year at this time, Managing Editor Joe Stone and I were talking about how best to take an online calendar of events to a weekly product with professional journalism. Over the next few months, some of the best writers in the area came our way. The magazine and the calendar were nurtured by their creative perspectives as Cailey McDermott, Ericka Kastner, Janet Varnum, Brennan Ruegg, Marcus Lyons and Melody Buschur all jumped in with energy and ideas. I want to thank them all for helping to create what has been a dream for me. I also want to thank the businesses that have believed in this project and supported us with their advertising dollars. By creating The Ark Magazine, I wanted to give a different sort of voice to this community, which is the home I have always sought with treasures not found anywhere else in the world. In my mind, it is the people of the Ark Valley ‒ what we create, how we exist and the reverence we have for our home ‒ that makes life here so amazing. We all hear talk around our towns each day of how to conserve our cultural character and integrity amid the challenging issues...

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Salida’s seminal blues band honors J.N. Bates The years have been good to Central Colorado, musically. Beautiful vistas, dramatic weather, punishing rapids, a teeming fishery and crappy soil somehow make fertile ground for musical roots to take hold. It was not always this way. Suddenly in the 1980, Salida sprouted a blues band that would become the dance track for most every event from FibArk to the weekly, beery, stomp and grind at the Victoria Tavern for nearly 10 years. The Lazy Aliens Blues Band formed from local Monarch Quarry staff members J.N. Bates, Deke Rushton and Jimmy Luchetta,...

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All ages enjoy searching for treasure in Buena Vista The undeniable pull of the Upper Arkansas Valley is the proximity of almost every breathtaking feature of Colorado from river to sky. Chief among the gratifying challenges for the residents and organizations that focus on the outdoor experience is how to continually find new ways to enjoy our Ark Valley treasures. So with treasure in mind, Buena Vista locals Mark and Erin Godonis approached the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce with the idea to set up a geocaching challenge. For Kathi Perry of the chamber, this was an introduction into...

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