Big Something intern Ruby Kimberly put together this look back at Drop City—frequently cited as the first artist/hippy commune—in Trinidad, Colorado. Kimberly writes:

In passing through the region surrounding Trinidad, CO today, one encounters a vast expanse of arid and sparsely populated land where, for a brief moment in the 1960s and 70s, became [...]

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Warm days like today provide us with that hastening toward Springtime feeling, though we know we’re not yet safely out of Winter’s cold embrace, our spirits our kindled with a sense of exploration and dreams of adventure.  Because we’ve not yet shed the cocoon of cold time lethargy enough to embark on a new adventure [...]

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On Monday we featured a documentary in the works about Hanna Ranch and the family of the late environmentalist and rancher Kirk Hanna. This children’s book about the young Kirk Hanna by writer Nancy Wood and her then-husband Myron Wood was brought to our attention and we were fortunate enough to get permission [...]

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The Hanna Ranch south of Colorado Springs along Fountain Creek has been an important crossroads for the environmental movement and traditional ranching culture. Kirk Hanna, who grew up on the ranch and also went to college, was one of the first ranchers in Colorado to see the overlap between ranching and sustainability as [...]

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The mobile slaughter unit we profiled in the Septembers edition of Western Skies will be on hand tomorrow at Venetucci Farm for a demonstration of how this kind of small-time processing can connect consumers with the food they eat. Very few people in the US ever get the opportunity to have a literal ranch-to-table experience and we highly recommend this for those who want to have a more complete understanding of how their meat can be processed in a humane and healthy way on the land where it was raised by a person who lives in our community.

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Yesterday, in the first installment of our journey down the Lower Arkansas River from Pueblo to Avondale, we found our way onto the river, wobbled around a bit and discovered the joys of this seldom-traveled, slow-water canoe trip. In the second part, here, we see a lots of weird things and piles of concrete, some handsome wildlife, and a lot more river-beaten trash. The we take an unplanned dip in the river and…

See the exciting conclusion of our two part series!

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Late last month, Craig Richardson and I, having heard only rumors of its passability by boat, decided to take a trip down the lower Arkansas River from Pueblo to Avondale. So we purchased a used Mohawk canoe from a gentleman on Craiglist for $220, borrowed some paddles and life jackets and, drove to Pueblo and …

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We’re really incredibly proud of this episode of Western Skies. It’s heavy on the information and an attention grabber all the way through. If you care about the food you eat and where it comes from, we guarantee you’ll learn something great. If you missed it, you can listen to the whole thing [...]

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Zine Garden

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Full of diaries, cartoons, essays, articles and poems by herself and others about everything from gender bending chickens to a primer on garlic, Sandra Knauf’s wide-eyed struggles with the earth and its bounty (or not) over the past decade make her zine approachable and highly relatable. On top of that, there’s a lot of practical gardening and urban farming wisdom to be gleaned.

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Last summer, we took you on a tour of a Buckminster Fuller-style geo-dome greenhouse made on the cheap by John Sondericker in his back yard. We went back this summer to see how it went last summer and what modifications had to be made and how it changed his cost among many other things he learned.

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Though its future lies in the cross-hairs of the economy, Rock Ledge Ranch at the foot of the Garden of the Gods continues to preserve “living” treasures of our local and national history and culture. This video gives a glimpse of our important past at Rock Ledge Ranch.

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If you’ve never been to the county fair, you’re missing out on a living tradition rich in the history and knowledge to which all of us are still tied in some form by the food we eat and the agrarian traditions that make all of our lives possible. Of course it’s far more than just a celebration of the animal husbandry and the skills of country living; the county fair is rides and funnel cakes and shows and … fun!

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · A community is holding its breath, awaiting a decision on whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18. Brown’s family is calling for calm.
 

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · In a recent article, a student named Jackie describes how her initial excitement of being invited to a party was replaced by fear and violence, after a group of men trapped her in a room.
 

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · As Ebola surges in the east African country, the capital city sends surveillance teams into the neighborhoods to record who might be sick with the virus — or already dead.
 

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · Andy Cohen is host of Watch What Happens Live and also the Bravo producer responsible for the Real Housewives franchise. He’ll play a game called “Bzzz … bzzz … bzzz.”
 

November 22, 2014 | NPR · From NPR’s Guy Raz, host of the TED Radio Hour: the story of environmentalist John Francis, who took a 17-year vow of silence — and what he learned about the power of quiet.
 

November 22, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.
 

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · The Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges is known as an actor, but he’s been playing music for just as long. “Whenever I’m working, I’ll have my guitar with me,” he says.
 

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · The Dinosaur Jr. frontman, one of the world’s loudest musicians, performs unplugged and acoustic in the NPR Music offices.
 

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · Thoughts on whether superior technique actually detracts from music’s quality.
 

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