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GEMSTONES & MINERALS – Spinel: The unfamiliar gemstone

GEMSTONES & MINERALS – Spinel: The unfamiliar gemstone

Since beauty, rarity and durability measure the value of a mineral or gemstone, certainly red, light red, and orange spinel (pronounced spin-ELL) should rank near the top. This, unfortunately, is not the case for spinel; in fact, not only the public but many jewelers are completely unfamiliar with this species. The reasons for this state […]

A TAILING TALE – A Tailing Tale of George Nelson

A TAILING TALE – A Tailing Tale of George Nelson

In 1931, President Herbert Hoover led our struggling country through the great depression. The U.S. adopted the Star Spangled Banner as our national anthem, and on May 7, George Nelson was born in a little hospital on the corner of Broadway and Alpine in Boulder. The first child born to Martin and Dollie Nelson, George’s […]

Ride ’em cowboy: National Western Stock Show saddles up

Ride ’em cowboy: National Western Stock Show saddles up

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GAMING – Thinking About Poker: Whatcha gonna do?

GAMING – Thinking About Poker:  Whatcha gonna do?

As I write this I’m sitting in San Diego having visited family and friends over Christmas and am contemplating what my 2017 bucket list will hold. I don’t make New Years’ resolutions as those are too easily broken and/or forgotten and by a large margin are unrealistic and unattainable. I try to keep my future […]

THE LAST HAND – A good cabin-fever joke about our lovely snow

THE LAST HAND – A good cabin-fever joke about our lovely snow

It seems, historically, whenever the National Western Stock Show arrives, the bitter cold weather comes right along with the fancy livestock, horses, sheep and chickens. The recent snow has been minor compared to cold snaps that put the temperature into minus degrees across the state. Skiers are reporting awesome snow at all the Colorado ski […]

TRAIL’S END – 101 Years of The Denver Western Stock Show

TRAIL’S END – 101 Years of The Denver Western Stock Show

The Wild West and Buffalo Bill Cody are synonymous when it comes to the adventurous American West. Arguably America’s first western showman, William F. Cody personified the West and endeared America as well as Europe to a by gone era. While Buffalo Bill’s frontier exploits are legendary, the time spent from his Pony Express days […]

Check your texts and other lessons from 2016

Check your texts and other lessons from 2016

I made at least one person mad in 2016. There might be more, but one was mad enough to say so. You know how when you’re introduced to someone named Rudolf, you’re tempted to say, “You do have a very shiny nose.” Or when you meet someone named McDonald, you’re overcome with the urge to […]

A Tailing Tale of Dolores Spellman, Matriarch of Black Hawk

A Tailing Tale of Dolores Spellman, Matriarch of Black Hawk

Born January 10, 1933 in Chase Gulch, Dolores Blake Spellman proudly states she is the oldest native resident still living in Black Hawk. As I sat down with the town matriarch recently, she pointed out on a picture of the town every location that has been an integral part of her life for the past […]

Solar power emerging as viable green energy

Solar power emerging as viable green energy

2017 is here, and solar power is emerging as a viable green sustainable energy source.  Costs are dropping for this clean energy, which is a trend that’s likely to continue in the foreseeable future, according to Mother Earth Living. The way we produce energy now is changing thanks to market forces, consumer choices and government […]

Review of 2016 and a preview of 2017

Review of 2016 and a preview of 2017

Wow – is 2016 over already? It seems like yesterday I was toasting the New Year coming in; playing that fun first hand of the year; and making those New Year’s poker resolutions – promising myself I would play better. Playing better meant not chasing those long shot one-outers – and I stuck to this […]