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After the Fire, Giving Thanks

Editor’s Note: Alan Scott was in the neighborhood evacuated for the East Canyon fire, a Type 2 fire which quickly burned 3,000 acres here in southwest Colorado. Scott watched anxiously as planes dropped fire retardant on and around his home as the fire raged all […]

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Wildfire Evacuation: No Time to Think

Last Sunday was like most others. After a lazy breakfast of tea and toast, I was ticking off my property project list. In the late morning, I gathered equipment – loppers, bug dope, and two quarts of water for myself and the dogs – for […]

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Lockdown Elsewhere

A note from the Editor: Here at Cayuse Communications, we’ve been thinking about our community. How best to come together and share during this time? We’ve reached out to friends to see how they are making lemonade from lemons and coping with the strains of […]

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Absurdities Make Us Human

Katrin Silva writes eloquently about quarantine fatigue here. For me, though, it’s all about quarantine absurdities, like this ridiculous meme a friend sent me. Sometimes I feel punch drunk from the pandemic. It beats mild panic, which hits me, too. I think about death and […]

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Western Snap: Pretty and Versatile

Through their form, fashion, and function, clothes define us. They can explain to others what we do and what we value. More importantly, here at Cayuse Communications, we believe clothes should serve us well and make us feel good. It’s a simple idea that can […]

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Pandemic Progress?

Editor’s Note: This short report is part of the Cayuse Corona Community, a series of posts to share and communicate our challenges and successes during the 202o pandemic. Read more Cayuse Corona Community posts here. Read about Whoopie Pies and Wilderness Read about Lemons, Oranges, […]

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Of Whoopie Pies and Wilderness

Here’s the thing about whoopie pies: They aren’t that good. Never were. The official Maine State Treat is a century-old tradition with a similar shelf life. Made mostly of sugar, flour, lard, and cocoa, they live somewhere between a cookie and a cake and are […]

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Oranges and Lemons

Do you take the oranges? Outside my closed, local gym, there sits a box of oranges and lemons. The sign, scribbled in pen on a flap of the cardboard, says “Virus-free fruit. Help yourself.” There’s a plastic bag containing other plastic bags. Another message that […]

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High on Hokas

Editor’s Note: Aside from her impressive accomplishments as a horsewoman, Katrin Silva is also a top ultra runner. She has competed in nineteen 100-mile races, including seven Leadville 100s, and three Western States. This year alone, Silva placed 5th among women at Bighorn 100 and […]

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Dirty Work

While not typical HighCountryOutsider fare, this post is something I worked on for the Raven Narratives Story Slam of “Dirty Work.” I’m a big fan of producers Tom Yoder and Sarah Syverson, who have encouraged me to reach outside my comfort range. The theme Dirty […]

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