Posted inColoradans, News, Politics and Government

Amache is on the verge of earning national park status — and its place in history — after U.S. Senate approves bill

Nearly 80 years after a presidential order created incarceration camps on American soil to hold people of Japanese descent, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation Monday night designating the site of Colorado’s Granada War Relocation Center – also known as Camp Amache – a national historic site. The vote marks the last key step toward […]

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SunLit Interview: Author Bill Sonn found a “starter drug” in library archives

Bill Sonn is an author and long-time writer whose work has appeared in Outside/Mariah and Chicago magazines, The Progressive, Columbia Journalism Review, The Boston Globe, Bild, Westword and more. A former news and communications executive and editor of several health care and general periodicals, he co-founded a news company and served as a consultant to […]

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SunLit Special: “Something Like Treason” tells a bizarre Colorado-based story of WWII

Editor’s note: This passage from “Something Like Treason” tells the true story of a U.S. Army company, based in the Colorado mountains, designed as a landing spot for misfits, including men who were alienated, brilliant, suspected of harboring anti-American sentiment — or gay. Led by the only American soldier convicted of treason in the U.S. […]

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Colorado forgot this WWII hero. A new statue at the Capitol will help it remember.

In George Lundeen’s second-floor studio, the 3-foot tall clay model of the war hero stands surrounded by military paraphernalia acquired to guarantee historical accuracy, from the general’s two-starred helmet to the cut of his jodhpurs to the way his signature cavalry boots creased from constant wear. But one conundrum remains: Lundeen, the 72-year-old Loveland sculptor, […]

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Push to get Colorado’s Amache internment camp a national park designation interrupted by coronavirus

At first, the trip unfolded as just an academic tracing of family history.  John Tonai had for years heard the stories from his father, Minoru, about the Amache internment camp in southeastern Colorado, where the U.S. government transported thousands of Japanese Americans from California and held them behind barbed wire and guard posts for three […]

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In “Scholars of Mayhem,” a real-life WWII secret agent’s exploits remained hidden for years in a tin box

Daniel C. Guiet is the son of Jean Claude Guiet, who began his clandestine career as an embedded agent in occupied France during WWII. Daniel graduated from Manual High School in 1970. He attended the University of Colorado and subsequently became the associate director of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood. He later moved to Durango, Colorado, […]

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Daniel Guiet pieced together his father’s clandestine life slowly, from a discovery at age 5

Daniel C. Guiet is the son of Jean Claude Guiet, who began his clandestine career as an embedded agent in occupied France during WWII. Daniel graduated from Manual High School in 1970. He attended the University of Colorado and subsequently became the associate director of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood. He later moved to Durango, Colorado, […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Silverman: Our greatest generation succeeded despite setbacks. Let’s hope our kids can do the same.

What happens when world events interrupt scholastic achievement? Severe disruptions such as COVID-19 are rare, but not unprecedented.   An American boy named Felix Sparks, born Aug. 2, 1917, was a superb sportsman and student at his Miami, Arizona, high school when the Great Depression hit. His copper mining town got crushed. There were no jobs. […]