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Immersion in local language, culture a must along Pacific coastline of Costa Rica

By Bill Haggerty

Pura Vida! It’s the national saying AND the national attitude of Costa Rica. This is really living. Here on the beaches of Flamingo Bay along the Pacific coastline, when you’re asked, “How are you?,” “Como esta ...

Colorado DOW might consider late-summer bear hunt to prevent stuffing

By Dave Buchanan

It’s the middle of spring and what better time to talk about re-instating a spring bear hunt. Or not, depending on how well the Division of Wildlife listens to the state’s voters. Rep. J. Paul Brown, a Republican woolgrower from ...

Spend a day enjoying our outdoor heritage

By Dave Buchanan

The magic words: It’s free and lunch is included. Where do I sign up? The reasons to attend the fourth annual Outdoor Heritage Day on Saturday at Palisade’s Riverbend Park are as numerous as the trout recently stocked in the ...

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Costa Rica, through the lens of Bill Haggerty

By Bill Haggerty

Haggerty’s Hikes travels to Central America, and Costa Rica.  ...

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Outdoor Heritage Day a great opportunity for youth to learn outdoors

By Dave Buchanan

Saturday marks the fourth Outdoor Heritage Day, an event conceived by local District Wildlife Manager Frank McGee of the Colorado Division of Wildlife. It was grown from McGee’s initial idea of pulling youngsters away from electronic ...

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Modern-day Costa Rica exotic, tropical and will do wonders for your skin

By Bill Haggerty

“Cambiamos las armas por cuadernos.” “We exchange armed forces for notebooks,” said Daniel Zúñiga from Monteverde, Costa Rica. It’s a way of life for the 4.5 million residents of Costa Rica, Daniel ...

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Bring a camera, Grand Staircase/Spooky Gulch full of spectacular views

By Bill Haggerty

“Work, work, work,” said retired Denver area teacher Larry McKenna. “You’re my hero.” Sitting in the lawn chair next to our camping spot along Harris Wash in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with ...

Idea of Division of Wildlife merging with Colorado State Parks has both pros, cons

By Dave Buchanan

Unless you’ve been on a long vacation, you are aware the state is thisclose to merging the Division of Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, aka, Colorado State Parks. Heaven forfend that this scribe would question ...


National parks go sans entrance fees for week

By Dave Buchanan

National Park Week begins Saturday and runs through April 24, and you probably aren’t surprised to learn western Colorado offers a variety of parks and monuments in which to spend a day or two or seven. There are 394 national parks ...

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Grand Staircase/Devil’s Garden is ‘masterpiece’ worth trip

By Bill Haggerty

The Devil’s Garden is a fairyland of goblins, hoodoos, gnomes, knobs and arches. It’s also Heaven for rock hounds, scientists, historians, photographers and other desert rats like me. Although it’s located only a ...

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